16 Soap Opera Stars Who Have Found Mainstream Success

  
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14. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Most people recognize Sarah Michelle Gellar from her major primetime role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gellar has also had an extensive film career with parts in movies like Cruel Intentions, Scooby-Doo, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. At 16 years of age, SMG got her big acting break playing Kendall Hart on All My Children (AMC). Gellar would enter the role in 1993 and only two years later would be awarded an Outstanding Younger Actress Daytime Emmy for her soap work.

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13. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonard DiCaprio really needs no introduction. But just in case, he’s been in Titanic, The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inception, Shutter Island, and the movie list goes on. DiCaprio is a Hollywood legend at the age of 42 and much like many actors before him, he had a stint on a soap as well. In 1990 at 16 years of age, Leo entered the world of Santa Barbara, a daytime drama that is now cancelled. He played the wealthy and spoiled teenager, Mason Capwell.

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