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.