The Dramatic Pauses! The Perms! 10 Stars With Soap Opera Beginnings

You might think soap operas are a bit cheesy — the dramatic close-ups, the single tear release, the uber-passionate make-outs. But these over-the-top moments are also brilliant training for big screen acting (haven’t you ever seen James Lipton break this down on Inside the Actor’s Studio?). It’s no wonder so many soap actors end up becoming megastars. From Demi to LiLo, check out which A-listers had super-soapy starts.

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