8 Soap Opera Stars We Thought Were Going To Make It Big But Didn’t
Victor Newman, Erica Kane, Bo Brady, and Anna Devane are just some soap opera roles that have become iconic characters in the land of daytime drama. While there are actors and actresses who move on to become big names in the land of primetime and Hollywood, there are also stars who become legends on soap operas. However, not every actor and actress make it big in daytime drama, despite their potential. Below are eight soap opera stars we thought would make it big, but didn’t.
8. Chandler Massey
Chandler Massey stepped into his Days of Our Lives (DOOL) role as Will Horton in 2010, and trail-blazed through same-sex milestones on daytime drama with this part. He also won three Daytime Emmys (in a row) during his tenure as Will. While he did head back to school after he left Days in late 2013, and has done little in the land of soaps since, the good news is he still has some time to make it big in daytime drama world. At the young age of 26, it has been announced that Massey will be returning to DOOL this September.
7. Molly Burnett
Burnett played the feisty Melanie Jonas on DOOL (on and off) from 2008 to 2016. Her character was both a fan favorite and a staple on the soap for many years. However, when the talented Burnett left Days, her only other stint in the land of daytime was acting as a replacement for Kristen Storms on General Hospital (GH), temporarily filling in for the actress in 2016 playing Maxie Jones.
6. Lindze Letherman
Speaking of Maxie, her younger sister Georgie was adored by GH fans. Lindze Letherman stepped into the role in 2002, but exited five years later when her character was axed off by a serial killer. GH audiences were devastated by the plot twist, and while Georgie’s ghost does come to visit Port Charles now and again, Letherman hasn’t been seen in the land of daytime drama since.
5. Natalia Livingston
The same GH serial killer that got rid of Georgie also happened to target Emily Quartermaine that year in 2007. GH audiences simply adored Natalia Livingston in the role and many were quite upset when she exited the show. Months later, Livingston was brought back as Rebecca Shaw, Emily’s unknown twin, but even then the character didn’t work. Emily was destined to become an iconic character on the GH, but fell short in the long run.
4. Tamara Braun
Tamara Braun has an incredible list of credits when it comes to primetime and daytime roles, but has never been able to land that big soap opera part – despite her incredible acting abilities. She’s played Carly Corinthos on GH (for four years), had a small stint as Reece Williams on All My Children (AMC), and has played two different roles on DOOL: Ava Vitali and Taylor Walker. While Braun has had an incredible career, she’s yet to land that legendary or iconic role on a soap opera.
3. Jeff Branson
Jeff Branson dabbled in a variety of daytime drama roles over the years and, despite his handsome looks and talent, was never able to hit a part that had any staying power. He played AMC’s Jonathan Lavery, Guiding Light’s Shayne Lewis, and Young and the Restless’ (Y&R) Ronan Malloy. When he left his Y&R role in 2011 little has been heard about Branson since.
2. Billy Warlock
Billy Warlock has a long list of acting credits. Fans may remember him as Eddie Kramer from his Baywatch days, and speaking of Days, he also played Frankie Brady (on and off) from the 1980s into the 1990s. He also was recast into GH’s coveted AJ Quartermaine role, but most fans would agree that Sean Kanan owned that part. In recent years, Warlock has also had minor roles and short stints on the Y&R, As the World Turns, and One Life to Live. He’s certainly had an amazing career, and done a lot of things during his tenure as an actor, but hitting it big in soaps is not one of them.
1. Michael Muhney
When Michael Muhney stepped into the Adam Newman role in 2009, he turned Genoa City upside down and really added a certain depth the character needed. He’s handsome, talented, and seemed to have a big and bright future ahead in the land of Y&R. Sadly, Muhney was let go from the show in 2014 and, while Adam moved on with Justin Hartley, Muhney did not. Hartley left to get a taste of primetime fame thanks to This is Us, so maybe Muhney can be given a second shot, as there are plenty of Y&R fans who would love to see Michael’s return.