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Before They Were Stars: One Life to Live
What do actors Ryan Phillippe, Reiko Aylesworth and Nathan Fillion have in common? Answer: before they were stars, they were all on legendary, long-running soap opera One Life to Live.
Ryan Phillippe
Check out this slideshow of actors back-in-the-day who got their start on OLTL and see how many you can name. Hint: yes, they are all sporting the latest early 90’s fashions in these photos. We all probably owned or wore at least one of these outfits at some point.
susan, pelligrino, jonathan hogan, ryan phillippe
From left to right: Susan Pelligrino, Ryan Phillippe, and Jonathan Hogan. March 1, 1992
Susan Pellegrino played Virginia Douglas on OLTL from 1992-1994, and then again in 1997. She went on to play roles on As the World Turns and Law & Order.

Ryan Phillippe played Billy Douglas on OLTL from 1992-1993, and went on to star in big-screen films such as Crash, Igby Goes Down, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Flags of Our Fathers.

Jonathan Hogan played Walter Douglas on OLTL from 1992-1993, has been nominated for a Tony Award and had roles on As the World Turns, Quantum Leap and Law & Order.
chris mckenna, kelly cheston, ryan phillippe
From left to right: Chris McKenna, Kelly Cheston, and Ryan Phillippe. March 5, 1992
Chris McKenna played Joe Riley Jr., Rev. Joseph Frances Buchanan and Joey Buchanan from 1990-1993 on OLTL. He went on to series such as Opposite Sex, Touched by an Angel and 90210.

Kelly Cheston played Alana Brickner on OLTL and went on to a role on Dawson's Creek.
Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe. March 3, 1992
Fun fact: did you know that Ryan's character on OLTL, Billy Douglas, was U.S. Daytime television's first gay teenager? Now you know!
Kirk Geiger, Nathan Fillion, Reiko Aylesworth and Tuc Watkins
From left: Kirk Geiger, Nathan Fillion, Reiko Aylesworth and Tuc Watkins. July 9, 1994
Kirk Geiger played Lt. Governor Kevin Lord Riley Buchanan on OLTL from 1992-1994.

Nathan Fillion played Joey Buchanan on OLTL from 1994-2007, and went on to star in such series as Desperate Housewives and Castle.

Reiko Aylesworth played Rebecca Lewis from 1993-1994, and went on to roles in TV series' ER, 24, Damages and Hawaii Five-O.

Tuc Watkins has played David Vickers Buchanan since 1994 to the present day. He has also appeared on Desperate Housewives, Parks and Recreation and The Glades.
Jessica Tuck
Jessica Tuck, February 1, 1991.
Jessica Tuck played Megan Gordon Harrison from 1989-2012 on OLTL. She has also appeared on TV series' Grimm, Revenge and Twisted.
Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion, May 3, 1994.
Fun fact: Nathan Fillion starred as Captain Malcom Reynolds on TV series Firefly in 2002. He took his first singing role as Captain Hammer in Whedon's musical Internet smash "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day in 2008.
Joe Lando
Joe Lando, November 1, 1990.
Joe Lando played Jake Harrison on OLTL from 1990-1992. He went on to roles on TV series' such as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Higher Ground and The Secret Circle.
Reiko Aylesworth
Reiko Aylesworth, November 6, 1993.
Fun fact: according to her official IMDB profile, Reiko is a huge rodeo fan, and her ancestry is 1/4 Japanese, 1/4 Welsh and 1/2 Dutch.
Kirk Geiger and Nathan Fillion
From left: Kirk Geiger and Nathan Fillion. April 5, 1994.
Fun fact: Kirk Geiger is listed as "miscellaneous crew" on cult classic film Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), according to his official IMDB page. He also went on to roles on TC series' Ned and Stacey and Jag.