7 Popular Soap Opera Actresses Who Don’t Act Anymore
The life of a soap opera actress can seem so glamorous. Adoring fans blowing up your Twitter account, steamy love scenes with handsome leading men, not to mention all the fun parties and shenanigans that occur on set. In actuality, the life of a soap opera actress can be quite demanding. These stars have to learn a lengthy amount of lines (in a short period of time), the hours on set can be long, and the salary (depending on the character) aren’t as incredible as primetime television actresses make or those who do films. Alas, below are seven popular soap opera actresses who bid adieu to the daytime drama world and don’t act anymore.
7. Jessica Collins
It’s only been about a year since Avery Clark stepped away from The Young and the Restless (Y&R), but fans desperately miss her smarts and sass on the popular soap. In fact, Jessica Collins received the 2016 Daytime Emmy as Supporting Actress for her incredible portrayal of the beautiful lawyer that would never back down. Still, Jess seems pretty content as of late, enjoying motherhood and the precious moments she has with her 10-month-old daughter Jemma. As a lover of all things culinary, Jessica continues to share interesting recipes and her adventures in the kitchen by blogging about it on her website jessicacollins.com.
6. Kelly Ripa
Once a soap opera starlet on All My Children (AMC), Ripa kept fans tuned in daily while playing the sassy Hayley Vaughn. Kelly was dedicated and worked hard in the land of daytime drama for close to eight years, receiving two Daytime Emmy nods in the Younger Actress category. Then along came a little daytime talk show opportunity known as LIVE! with Regis (which eventually turned into LIVE! with Kelly) in 2000, and the rest was history. Ripa did try to juggle both shows for a bit, but the overwhelming popularity from LIVE! (as well as endorsements and other high-profile projects, not to mention a growing family) resulted in her soap opera departure.