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Before They Were Stars: All My Children
What do Amanda Seyfried, Kelly Ripa and Josh Duhamel have in common? Before they were stars, they were all on long-running soap opera All My Children.
Amanda Seyfried
Check out this slideshow of actors who went on to star in big and small screen hits after getting their starts on this day-time classic.
Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel
Before landing starring roles in films like Transformers and New Year's Eve and TV series Las Vegas, Josh Duhamel played the adventurous romantic Leo Du Pres on AMC from 1999-2002. Now married to Black Eyed Peas songstress, Fergie, Duhamel most recently starred in Nicholas Sparks' film Safe Haven alongside Julianne Hough.
kelly ripa and mark conseulos
Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos
AMC stars Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos fell in love when they played married couple Hayley and Mateo Santos in the 1990s. This on-screen romance resulted in a real-life 17 year marriage for Kelly and Mark that continues to go strong as they raise three children together. Kelly hosts popular ABC morning show Live with Kelly and Michael (formerly Live with Regis and Kelly), and Mark sometimes guest-hosts with her!
kelli giddish
Kelli Giddish
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Kelli Giddish played the conniving Di Henry from 2005-2007. Along with her leading role on Law & Order she's also appeared on other television series such as Damages, Chase, and The Good Wife.
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney
Karen Lynn Gorney played Tara Martin Brent on All My Children from 1971-1976 before starring in disco classic Saturday Night Fever alongside John Travolta. Gorney returned to All My Children 20 years later to reprise the role of Tara.
Alexa Havins and Justin Bruening
Alexa Havins and Justin Bruening
In another instance of an on-screen romance resulting in a real-life marriage, Alexa Havins and Justin Bruening fell in love just like their characters, Babe Chandler and Jamie Martin, and married in 2005. Both remained on AMC from 2003-2011 and Justin has since enjoyed guest starring roles on popular series such as ABC Family's Switched at Birth and ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett
You might know Jonathan Bennett best as Lindsey Lohan's love interest, Aaron Samuels, in 2004 hit Mean Girls. Before playing the hunky high schooler, Bennett had a brief stint on AMC as J.R. from 2001-2002.
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried
Before playing Cosette in Les Misérables and Sarah Henrickson in the HBO series Big Love, Amanda Seyfried played Joni Stafford on AMC for a little less than a year from 2002 to 2003. Amanda Seyfried went on to join fellow AMC alum Jonathan Bennett in Mean Girls as the ditzy Karen Smith.
Alana De La Garza
Alana De La Garza
Before playing A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa on Law & Order from 2006-2010, Alana De La Garza played Maria Santos' sister, Rosa on AMC in 2001.
Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits has starred in several hit TV series such as NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Dexter and Sons of Anarchy, but he got his start in television by playing a string of small roles on soap operas, including a monk on All My Children.
Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney played the wealthy son of Adam and Dixie, J.R. Chandler, on All My Children from 1998-2000 before the role was taken over by Jonathan Bennett and eventually by its current star, Ryan Bittle. McCartney went on to pursue a music career with his 2004 platinum solo album "Beautiful Soul" and has enjoyed a handful of other chart-topping hits.
Eva La Rue
Eva La Rue
Eva La Rue began her role as Dr. Maria Sontos on AMC in 1993 and continued to appear on this soap periodically until 2011, while she worked on CBS hit CSI: Miami.
Daniel Cosgrove
Daniel Cosgrove
Daniel Cosgrove has found success in daytime from his roles on Guiding Light, As the World Turns and, of course, as Scott Chandler on All My Children from 1996-2011. You may also remember him as Kelly Taylor's lawyer/boyfriend on Beverly Hills, 90210.