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Kelly Ripa was simply 20 years outdated when she landed the role of Hayley Vaughan on the ABC cleaning soap opera “All My Children” — and it changed her life endlessly.
As a result of of the role, Ripa, 49, made a reputation for herself in the business and likewise met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the set of the iconic daytime collection.
Ripa mirrored on taking part in Hayley as she and Consuelos partook in Leisure Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series with different “All My Children” forged members to boost consciousness for coronavirus aid.
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“Well, you know, it’s so funny. Her original name was Hayley Wells and then they said, ‘The character sounds too much like Hayley Mills so we’re changing her name to Hayley Vaughan,'” Ripa remembered. “I was like, ‘I don’t know who anybody is you just mentioned, so I’ll go with it.'”
“I wasn’t like everybody else on this panel — everybody else had jobs and careers and they were professional actors,” she described. “I truly moved to New York and I was working at the Toy Fair and I auditioned sort of on a whim. I was originally dropping off other people’s headshots, because [that was] my side hustle.”
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Ripa mentioned as a result of she was simply starting in her profession, she went by “like six callbacks and two screen tests.”
“I wound up getting the job. But it was really — I mean, talk about happy accidents. It really was a happy accident. It changed my life. It changed my entire life — not just my acting life, but changed the whole trajectory of my life,” the Emmy winner insisted.
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Consuelos, additionally 49, mentioned he was in an analogous spot in his performing profession when he was forged as Mateo Santos.
“What drew me to the role was that I had never worked as an actor before, so that was very exciting, to get a job,” he defined. “It was one of my first auditions. Similarly, I had to re-screen test a few times as well.”