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Including the biggest stars who started their careers in soap operas including Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan and more

BRAD Pitt, Alec Baldwin, Lindsay Lohan and Leonardo DiCaprio are just a few of the big names who got their start in soap operas.

Guiding Light and General Hospital are two of many well-known shows that have served as launch pads for some famous stars.

Many notable stars got their start on soap operas

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Many notable stars got their start on soap operasPhoto credit: NBC
Some you may not even have recognized at first

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Some you may not even have recognized at firstPhoto credit: Getty

Here are some of the biggest names who have graced us with their dramatic acting skills on the small screen.

BRAD PITT

One of the most famous actors in the world, Brad Pitt got his start on the small screen

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One of the most famous actors in the world, Brad Pitt got his start on the small screenCredit: NBC/GETTY

Before becoming one of the biggest stars in the world – a title he still carries – Brad appeared in Another World for two episodes in 1987, playing a character named Chris.

It was the now A-lister’s first speaking role, and he’s done many more in his 30-plus year career.

ALEC BALDWIN

Alec Baldwin has no regrets about appearing in soap operas

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Alec Baldwin has no regrets about appearing in soap operasPhoto credit: Getty

Alec is known for many film roles including Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, The Departed and others. However, his first role on the small screen was as Billy Aldrich in The Doctors from 1980 to 1982.

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“Soaps are the best. They really are. If you can do a soap opera, you can do anything…” Alec, now 63, once told the interview, proving that he clearly has no regrets about his time on daytime television.

LINDSAY LOHAN

Lindsay Lohan also appeared on Another World prior to her successful film rundown

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Lindsay Lohan also appeared on Another World prior to her successful film rundownCredit: NBC/Getty

Just like Brad was in Another World, so was Lindsay, but her performance would come a decade later.

Lindsay played Alli Fowler on the show from 1996-1997, but the young actress had been a model since she was three years old.

She would of course continue to appear in many memorable films including The Parent Trap, Mean Girls and Freaky Friday and will star in two new Netflix films to kick start her acting career again.

JOHN STAMOS

John Stamos appeared as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital before making it big on Full House

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John Stamos appeared as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital before making it big on Full HousePhoto credit: Getty

Casual fans will know John Stamos as Uncle Jesse on the legendary sitcom Full House, but true fanatics of the actor will also know that he performed at General Hospital from 1982-1984.

John played a character named Blackie Parrish during his run on the series and even earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for his performance.

John’s Full House co-star Bob Saget died on Jan. 9, 2022, saying he would “never have another boyfriend” like Bob.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE

Hayden Panettiere was just a young child when she appeared on One Life to Live at just four years old

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Hayden Panettiere was just a young child when she appeared on One Life to Live at just four years oldPhoto credit: Getty

There aren’t many four-year-olds who can boast of acting on the small screen at such a young age, but Hayden Panettiere certainly can.

Hayden played Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live and stayed on the series for three years before landing another soap opera role in Guiding Light.

The now 32-year-old returned to her dramatic roots in 2012 in the popular series Nashville.

DEMI MOORE

Demi Moore also performed at General Hospital from 1982 to 1984

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Demi Moore also performed at General Hospital from 1982 to 1984Photo credit: Getty

While she is known for many of her film roles, including sculpting wet clay with Patrick Swayze in Ghost, Demi Moore actually began her career on the small screen.

Demi played Jackie Templeton in General Hospital from 1982 to 1984, at the same time that John was on the cat.

JUSTIN HARTLEY

Before his big role in This Is Us, Just Hartley Fox Crane was in Passions

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Before his big role in This Is Us, Just Hartley Fox Crane was in PassionsCredit: NBC/Getty

When you think of Justin Hartley, you think of his big role as Kevin Pearson on This Is Us, but this definitely wasn’t his first role.

Justin played Fox Crane on Passions from 2002-2006 and then found himself on the legendary soap opera The Young and the Restless before making it big in the hugely successful NBC series.

EVE LONGORIA

In addition to appearing in General Hospital, Eva Longoria also appeared in The Young and the Restless

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In addition to appearing in General Hospital, Eva Longoria also appeared in The Young and the RestlessPhoto credit: Getty

Eva Longoria first appeared in General Hospital in 2000 before landing a role in The Young and the Restless as Isabella Brana.

However, her hard work paid off when she found herself in a much larger role as Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s 2004 ratings hit Desperate Housewives.

Eva, now 47, also made it to the big screen with various films including Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin starred on the soap opera The Edge of Night from 1980 to 1984

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Lori Loughlin starred on the soap opera The Edge of Night from 1980 to 1984Photo credit: Getty

Although Lori Loughlin is best known for playing Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on Full House and Netflix Fuller House, she played Jody Travis on The Edge of Night from 1980-1984.

However, her career took a hit due to her shocking college admissions scandal when she pleaded guilty and agreed to serve two months in prison, do 100 hours of community service and pay a $150,000 fine.

Lori, 57, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Leonardo DiCaprio was no stranger to the small screen as a young actor either

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Leonardo DiCaprio was no stranger to the small screen as a young actor eitherPhoto credit: Getty

Just like Brad, Leonardo is also one of the biggest names in the world, and he’s had the acting bug since he was young.

Leonardo had a brief cameo on the 1990 soap opera Santa Barbara in a flashback before appearing on high-profile sitcoms like Growing Pains and Roseanne.

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The star’s career has since gone pretty well, to say the least, having appeared in box office hits like Titanic, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street and winning an Oscar for his performance in The Revenant.

He was most recently seen in the star-studded Netflix film Don’t Look Up.

Demi during a scene at General Hospital

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Demi during a scene at General HospitalPhoto credit: Getty
Brad on another world

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Brad on another worldPhoto credit: NBC
John in General Hospital

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John in General HospitalPhoto credit: Getty

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