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ATWT Alum & Oscar Winner Julianne Moore Shares: “The First Time I was in Venice, I was an Actress on an American Soap Opera … If I Had Known Then I Would be Here as the President of the Jury, I Would Have Fallen in the Canal!”

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This year’s 79th Venice International Film Festival, finds a new president of the competition jury, and that is none other than Oscar-winning actress and former As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes).

Moore spoke to the press on Wednesday during the first day of the festival which features films from all over the world, and is often times a beginning barometer of how these features will go over with audiences, and potentially, as future Oscar nominees in 2023.

Julianne has obviously been at the Venice International Film Festivals many times throughout her motion picture career, but she shared how amazing it is to be back, but this time having a key role in judging the competition: “The first time I was in Venice, I was an actress on an American soap opera, it was 1986. If I had known then I would be here as the president of the jury, I would have fallen in the canal!”

The seven-person jury presided over by Moore also includes: Argentina director Mariano Cohn, Italian director and screenwriter Leonardo Di Costanzo, French director Audrey Diwan, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, the British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, and Spanish director and screenwriter Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

So … who would have thought from Oakdale to Venice for the incomparable Moore!

Share your thoughts on Julianne’s beginnings on ATWT to her acclaimed motion picture career in the comment section below.

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Well yes, Julianne Moore has gone the distance that most actors hope for — to international acclaim, better roles, the gamut of awards. Her performances in THE HOURS and the Oscar-winning STILL ALICE are among the best of any actress I’ve seen. I just wish that the stigma attached to soap actors would disappear. Daytime actors are every bit as good, often better, as actors in any other medium. The fact that soaps often feature preposterous plots shouldn’t reflect on the actors except to elevate them even more for having to sell the stories believably.

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

Julianne Moore continuing to speak of her beginnings on a soap opera and not in a negative manner. I love it. So gracious!

whynot
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whynot

It depends on how you read it. What she’s actually saying is, “I began on a piece of crap soap and now look at me”.

Violet Lemm
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why not
How utterly insulting you are! First of all I don’t believe she meant it that way at all and second of all ATWT was wonderful, and not a “piece of crap show”!

WDS
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It’s fine to speculate and say that’s what *you* think Moore meant, but there is no factual basis for saying that is what Moore “actually” meant by her statement.

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

Wow. You’re especially nasty, aren’t you? I took it how I took it and I am sure how she meant it to be.

Greg
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This is not a positive comment on ATWT. It sounds like she is saying look how far I have come! In recent years she has really put down the show and often jokes about it. At one point I thought she was proud of her soap past but her tone seems to have shifted. She even went so far as to say that she is glad CBS has her work locked up in an archive because she would be absolutely mortified if anyone saw her soap work. What happenned ?

WDS
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She is saying look how far I have come. That is not saying anything negative about ATWT. And many actors are mortified watching themselves, regardless of the medium. Unless she actually says she hated her time on ATWT and soap operas suck, I don’t think it’s worth the time creating digs where digs may not be accurating.

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Greg, no offense, but I’d feel the same way at age 61 about work I did in my early 20’s, especially for my first acting gig. Or for any work I did. A lot of actors remark they don’t like watching their work, especially their earlier work. Julianne Moore has been nothing but gracious about her soap opera beginnings, and trying to paint otherwise is painting a false narrative. The comment she made was clearly about not believing her career would’ve gone beyond her roles on As the World Turns, which I am sure MANY people feel when they don’t… Read more »

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ATWT Alum Jesse Lee Soffer Exits ‘Chicago P.D.’ After 10 Seasons

More departures announced for the upcoming primetime television season, and this one finds the exit of a beloved soap alum and key cast member of NBC’s Chicago P.D.

Three-time Daytime Emmy nominee, Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will Munson, As the World Turns) is leaving his role as Det. Jay Halstead on the crime show.  Soffer debuted in the part back in 2014, appearing in all 187 episodes.

According to Variety, Jesse will exit the show sometime this fall, which will mark his 10th season. Soffer confirmed the news with a tweet and a statement.

Jesse’s tweet expressed, “This is sad but true. Just want all the fans to know how grateful I am. You guys are why we do it! It has been an honor. Love you all”

In his statement Soffer shared: “I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during the past 10 years and want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my fellow castmates and our incredible crew. To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead.”

The character of Halstead has been at the epicenter of Chicago P.D. since its very beginning.

Share your thoughts on Jesse departing Chicago P.D. via the comment section below.

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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