10 Primetime and Film Stars Who Won Daytime Emmys



With Daytime Emmy season here once again, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the past winners, who went on to take Hollyweird by storm! They say soaps are the best training ground for a thespian; these 10 actors proved that notion and then some!

No. 10: Josh Duhamel, All My Children
 

Long before he was helping Autobots save the world from Decepticons, or salvaging rom-coms starring Katherine Heigl, movie hunk Josh Duhamel won the Daytime Emmy for his work as con artist-turned-hero Leo DuPres on ABC Daytime's All My Children. Duhamel took home the golden lady for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2002. That same year, the former model left the sudser to costar with James Caan and fellow daytime fave Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo in NBC's long-running primetime hit Las Vegas (2003-08). 

In addition to portraying suave casino exec Danny McCoy in Las Vegas, Duhamel managed to make the transition to film in 2004's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! However, it was his turn as Capt. William Lennox in 2007's motion picture adaptation of 80's cartoon series Transformers (and two sequels) that cemented this Daytime Emmy winner's status as one of Hollywood's most in demand leading men. To show he's never forgotten his award-winning, sudsy roots, Duhamel reprised the role of Leo in 2011, as All My Children was wrapping its storied network television run. 
 

No. 9: Rena Sofer, General Hospital

Rena Sofer is one of the busiest primetime character actresses working today, most recently appearing in Fox's medical drama House and USA network's spy drama Covert Affairs. Then there were those memorable stints on TV's top drama NCIS (as Margaret Hart), NBC's superhero saga Heroes (as Heidi Petrelli) and 24 (as Marilyn Bauer).

Sofer's primetime success should come as no surprise to fans of ballsy, Bensonhurst-bred Lois Cerullo Ashton, the character she portrayed on ABC Daytime's General Hospital from 1993-96 and again in 1997. Sofer took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for playing Lois in 1995.

After leaving GH, the actress quickly began booking primetime sitcom guest spots on such series as Seinfeld and Ellen, before snagging a series regular role as Amanda Woodward's (Heather Locklear) whacked out rival Eve Cleary during the final season of primetime sudser Melrose Place. While not all of Sofer's primetime projects have proven successful (NBC's version of Coupling, anyone?), there's no denying this Daytime Emmy winner has definitely carved out a successful post-soap career for herself.

Photo by PR Photos


Comments

Scooter Smith's picture
Member since:
11 January 2010
Last activity:
16 hours 40 min

You left out one of Cynthia Watros's biggest prime time roles. She was Libby on Lost, one of the people from the tail of the plane. Even though she (SPOILER ALERT) dies in the middle of her season, she keeps coming back in the flash worlds all the way up until the finale.

Member since:
22 January 2008
Last activity:
17 hours 1 min

@Scooter Smith...No I didn't.

guilty pleasure's picture
Member since:
15 March 2011
Last activity:
23 weeks 1 day

You left out the part that Julianne Moore also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock"! She played one of the love interests of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy!

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 5 days

Cynthia Watros was my 2nd favorite soap actress between 1997 and 1998. When she left Guiding Light, I truly feel that the show never recovered. It was ALMOST as big a blow, for me, as them killing off Maureen Bauer!

Member since:
16 May 2012
Last activity:
1 week 3 days

You forgot Vanessa Marcil, who won and Emmy in 2003 and has spent more time in primetime then daytime and has considerably less daytime drama's to her credits then Rena Sofer and a more successful primetime career to boot.

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 5 days

I am pretty sure that they are simply deciding to list people who actually DESERVED to win their Emmys, not people, like Marcil, who simply won because of political BS or because they happened to be "hot" at the time. As far as I'm concerned, ROBIN CHRISTOPHER was robbed of that Emmy in 2003. Vanessa shouldn't have won. Just my two cents!! Tongue

MsAgentProvocateur1's picture
Member since:
2 December 2011
Last activity:
25 weeks 4 days

Until the last decade of its run, ATWT was my favorite soap and Frannie/Julianne Moore was one of my favorites on that show, so obviously I'm tickled that she came out on top of this list.
While not well known, I think she was pretty good in Vanya on 42nd Street too as well as Robert Altman's film Short Cuts. Those two films kind of for me, was a sign that her career was really going to take off.

LOL@ NBC's version of Coupling. I was so sorry when I saw Rena Sofer in that mess. I didn't like the original British version either but the American version was so much worse! Oh memories!

david46208's picture
Member since:
15 January 2009
Last activity:
9 hours 37 min

@alstonboy4315: Vanessa Marcil was an okay actress. She wasn't doing Shakespeare. Nor did she ever do anything that said Oscars here we come. Because you know, "when you are trying to do Shakespeare...." Wink She was just a "pleasant" actress. And yes was a popularity win, back when they use to give out the Emmy's like it was the prom.

Now they just let Bucktoothed Bertha win it to cause some drama and make the show more interesting.

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 5 days

David46208-- I liked Vanessa Marcil back in 2002 when she returned to the show. Never really watched GH in the 90s during its "heyday," so can't comment on her work then. Her last return was horrendous. A total waste of time. I am not saying she's a bad actress. I think was a GOOD actress back in the early 2000s, but that Emmy should have been Robin's. Robin had the better storyline and meatier material. As someone said on another blog, "Brenda stole Skye's man and her Emmy........" Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

Member since:
26 February 2009
Last activity:
1 year 35 weeks

I thought Rena Sofer was mostly known for being on shows that get canceled.

Member since:
16 May 2012
Last activity:
1 week 3 days

@Alstonboy I think when you speak of actors who won Emmys that didn't deserve it and got them for popularity you are speaking of Laura Wright, you know Miss took 20 years and no soaps left to get a nom and I'm sure some butt kissing by her and Brian Frons did help. Debbie Morgan should have one last year, heck even JFP looked shocked beyond belief of that win.

Actually VMG did deserve to win her Emmy and she is a far superior actress to anyone currently on the show. Also 2004 was probably the last year that the Emmy's weren't a popularity contest. I also thought her last stint she did excellent subtle work, which on the land of GH with "Look when I scream really loud and bare my teeth you'll know I'm acting" LW, her work wouldn't look as dramatic.

Robin Christopher is an excellent actress as well and could have easily won the Emmy that year, but I guess VMG had a stronger tape. There is a reason VMG gets primetime and film offers and Robin Christopher doesn't. RC is a very good soap actress but not mainstream, VMG is probably not as strong in the overdramatic soap world (90s GH wasn't really like that) but she is primetime caliber, hence constantly working.

alstonboy4315's picture
Member since:
12 February 2010
Last activity:
6 weeks 5 days

@Really---

I respect your opinions, but I disagree completely with your assessment of Laura Wright. Laura Wright is one of GH's and soaps' strongest actresses. She deserved to be nominated on Guiding Light as well. And many other soap actresses out there have gone unsung for years, never getting the nominations and/or wins that they deserve. And if JFP was shocked at Laura's win, it was probably more her being shocked that anyone could win an Emmy when she was doing such a horrible job on the show and running it into the ground, not because Laura's not talented.

And as far as Vanessa Marcil goes, I still don't think she's as great as you proclaim her to be, but I am not gonna argue the point with you. You are entitled to worship whoever you want to worship. Welcome to DC and happy posting! Smile Smile

Member since:
16 May 2012
Last activity:
1 week 3 days

We will have to agree to disagree on LW and VMG. I also wanted to edit my post to say I forgot that Jane Elliot and Rebecca Herbst are on GH, as they are beyond brilliant actresses, but since they aren't shown I forget they were a part of the show when I said VMG is more talented then anyone actress currently in the cast. I should have said anyone that is currently used of the cast. So I do apologize for forgetting JE and RH.

Oh and for the record I don't worship VMG, I just know talent when I see it and screaming isn't talent. I think you and I probably like different styles of acting, I like quiet subtle and layered performances that draws out emotions in me, versus loud performances that basically IMO tells me you are suppose to feel this way. I have always loved the actors whose performances allowed me to feel whatever I wanted. I fully admit that the later performances are better for soaps, and it probably explains why I don't really like to watch them anymore. 90s GH was much more understated, I liked that.

Thanks for the welcome. I probably won't post much as don't really watch GH anymore. No Lucky, no Brenda, no Robin and I don't care about any of the OLTL characters, or the unholy foursome that the constant focus on caused GH to lose more viewers then other soap. Plus I feel like they are firing JT soon and I wouldn't be shocked to see Liz or the Qs go so there goes the last threads of what made GH good. Oh and I hate how they are writing Anna, could she spend anytime with her grieving family?

I hope you're enjoying GH though.

blake3b's picture
Member since:
3 March 2009
Last activity:
1 day 9 hours

Cynthia Watros! Oh how I loved her playing Annie! It sucked that she didn't get interesting until after two years of being on the show, when she started popping pills then turning into the villian we all loved to hate!

It's too bad she didn't stay on longer, the show was not as good when she left. They also tried to fill the void with a bad recast choice and more way-out-there stories like the clone and Holly kidnapping all the Springfield children (!).

harlee490's picture
Member since:
6 December 2009
Last activity:
14 hours 44 min

I love when you do these lists Jamey! Smile It always brings a smile and fond memories of story-lines. Maybe sometime do a top ten list of nominees but then went on to have great successes in other venues. Julianne Moore to this day I watch because because of her shining talents. The one actress that comes to mind that was nominated twice in '91 & '93 was Sherry Stringfield for her portrayal of Christina "Blake" Thorpe. I love Liz Keifer but Sherry set the direction of Blake in stone and started the hot affair with Ross doing the "blackout" story-line and Holly caught them in bed...man that was good TV...her Blake was vicious! Wink Speaking of Julianne Moore on SoapClassics.com is a online episode from '88 right before she left as Frannie and she was hitting her stride, wonderful, simply wonderful.

MsAgentProvocateur1's picture
Member since:
2 December 2011
Last activity:
25 weeks 4 days

For all you fans of Cynthia Watros, here's a chance to stroll down memory lane to see Annie Dutton. There's a free episode of GL from '96 on Soapclassics.com