One of the best jobs in the entertainment industry is a soap actor. Not only are soap opera fans loyal, but a long-term contract role brings job security to a Hollywood career.
There’s an impressive list of actors who have stayed in their soap roles for 25 years or more. For example, Maurice Benard is celebrating his silver anniversary this September as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital.
One of the most significant things Benard has brought to his role as Sonny is his real-life battle with bipolar disorder. The GH writers incorporated Benard’s mental illness into Sonny’s storyline.
“It’s definitely made me a better person, being bipolar, because I’ve had to deal with a lot of pain, a lot of angst about it, and that always brings strength,” he told Soaps In Depth in its special collector’s edition issue on him. “If I wasn’t bipolar, I don’t think I would have been an actor. Everything I’ve been through because of my mental illness has made me a better actor.”
Find out who else is a part of the 25 years and up club in daytime television. Some of the names might surprise you!