There are soap opera stars who have become staples in daytime drama, either by remaining within one show for an extended period of time or hopping around throughout the four programs that still rule the airways today. There are also those actors and actresses who initially dabbled in soaps and would eventually move on to bigger Hollywood and primetime roles. As such, below is a list of 16 soap stars who found mainstream success.
16. Eva Longoria
Who could forget the sexy and seductive Gabrielle Solis from the primetime drama Desperate Housewives? Eva Longoria gained a tremendous amount of exposure from that role and ended up gaining endorsements and tabloid attention. Longoria started off in the land of soaps on The Young and the Restless (Y&R) playing the scheming Isabella Brana from 2001 to 2003.Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection