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.

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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.

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Photo by Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock

5. Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna’s big break into acting started from the land of soaps on Days of Our Lives (DOOL). Entering the role of Billy Reed in 1992, she had leading men swooning and fans wanting more! Alas, thanks to the success of Billy, primetime began calling and Rinna found herself immersed in other projects, like Melrose Place and a few made-for-television movies. Rinna did end up reprising her DOOL role in 2002 (for some months), as well as in 2012. However, the demand of daytime had her deciding to move towards reality-based television projects. In a WhereAreTheyNow Buzz article, Rinna revealed the incredible work that went into her daytime role and how it was the hardest work one could ever do. Rinna can currently be seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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MediaPunch/REX

4. Cady McClain

Cady McClain is a soap opera veteran, entering this industry in 1988 with roles in All My Children, As the World Turns, and Y&R. What fans may (or may not) know is that McClain is also a blogger, singer, director, writer, and author. While soap fans last saw her on the Y&R in 2015 playing crazy Kelly Andrews, McClain has still been a busy bee outside the acting world. She’s written, directed, and produced some short films, including The World of Albert Fuha piece that has received acclaim at the Indie Gathering Festival. She’s also currently working on a documentary that spotlights female directors that work in television and films.

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Picture Perfect/REX

3. Renee Jones

While DOOL’s Lexi Carver has long passed away, where her final scene aired in the summer of 2012, there still seems to be a gap missing in the hearts of Theo (her son) and Abe (her hubby). while Renee Jones played the DOOL fan favorite for almost a decade, it seems that she is much happier living a life that doesn’t include the hectic work schedule that a soap demands. When she announced her departure from the soap in the spring of 2012 to TV Guide, she stated that she would retire from acting and looked forward to living a more simple life.

2. Kimberly McCullough

Speaking of female directors, playing Robin Scorpio on the popular soap opera General Hospital, Kimberly McCullough and her character are a bit of an anomaly in the world of daytime. McCullough entered the role at seven years of age and played the character (on and off) for about 30 years. Unlike some child soap opera roles that go through soap opera rapid aging syndrome (SORAS), Robin grew along with Kimberly and the character was never recast. While Kimberly dabbled in other acting gigs, including a role in the highly popular Reese Witherspoon movie Legally Blonde, McCullough now prefers working behind the scenes. She has taken off her acting hat and replaced it, working hard to establish herself as a director, as well as working as a writer on projects.

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James Atoa/Everett Collection

1. Susan Flannery

Most soap opera fans are familiar with Susan’s work on the Bold and the Beautiful playing the tough and passionate Stephanie Forrester for 25 years. Flannery also played Laura Horton on DOOL from 1966 to 1975. An accomplished daytime drama actress, she racked up four Lead Actress Daytime Emmys over her soap opera career and was adored by her B&B fans. That’s why it was so devastating when the actress decided to call it quits and retire from acting in 2012. Still, retirement hasn’t been bad at all for the actress who keeps very busy. When asked by TV Guide in the summer of 2012 if she missed acting at all, her response was a definitive “nope.”

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James Atoa/Everett Collection

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