‘All My Children’ is coming back to the screen with the sequel series ‘Pine Valley,’ executive produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos! Celebrate the news by looking back at the cast of ‘All My Children.’
A number of stars emerged from the fictional hamlet of Pine View, PA, the setting for ABC’s venerable soap opera All My Children. It debuted in 1970 and ran all the way through 2013. Now, the show is getting new life! Pine Valley, a sequel series to the long-running soap opera, is currently in the works at ABC and will be co-executive produced by former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, according Deadline. To celebrate the exciting news, we’re taking a look back at the stars of All My Children on the show and where they are today.
Actress Susan Lucci ruled the show from its inception all the way through 2011, playing Erica Kane. Susan was widely viewed as the first lady of daytime TV, earning over a million dollars a year by the early 1990s when the show was at its peak. Today, Susan does occasional guests spots on TV, but is focused on her Susan Lucci Collection of hair and skin care products, fragrances and more. She’s also active with the American Heart Association to shine a focus on women’s cardiovascular health, after having her own cardiac event in 2017 where she needed two stents inserted into her heart.
Probably the most famous alum of AMC is Kelly Ripa. She landed the role of troubled but fun-loving Hayley Vaughan in 1990 and went on the play her for 12 years. She concluded the part in 2002 after landing the seat next to Regis Philbin vacated by Kathy Lee Gifford on their syndicated ABC daytime Live! talk show. Kelly had competed in live auditions against other potential co-hosts such as Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Krakowski. But her chemistry with Regis prevailed and on February 5, 2001, she was announced as Kathie Lee’s replacement. When Regis retired in 2011, it became Kelly’s show. Her first co-host was former NY Giant Michael Strahan, followed by current co-host Ryan Seacrest on Live! with Kelly and Ryan.
Kelly found love on the set of AMC, falling for co-star Mark Consuelos. He landed the part of Mateo Santos in 1995 and the couple began dating in secret, though they were later cast as lovers on the show. Mark and Kelly eloped to Las Vegas in May 1996, and many of their co-stars didn’t learn about it until months after the fact that they were married. The couple went on to have three beautiful children. Mark and Kelly are still wildly in love after over two decades of marriage. Mark frequently fills in as Kelly’s guest co-host on Live!, and he currently plays Hiram Lodge on the CW’s Riverdale.
Cameron Mathison was the resident hunk on AMC. He played Ryan Lavery from 1998 to 2011. After competing on Dancing with the Stars season 5 in 2007, his good looks and charm were on full display. That helped lead to a reporting gig with Good Morning America where he signed on in 2009 to cover numerous awards shows and other events. He still does corresponding wor