Here's proof that Julianne Moore's stint on As the World Turns is not a practical joke. As you may have heard, Moore is returning to the soap where she began her acting career, won a Daytime Emmy Award and played Frannie and Sabrina Hughes from 1985 to 1988. According to CBS, the 49-year-old actress will reprise her role as Frannie, who returns to Oakdale to celebrate her father and stepmother's wedding anniversary on the April 5 episode of As the World Turns.
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Julianne Moore, who has since earned acclaim with films such as The End of the Affair
, Magnolia, Far from Heaven, The Hours
and A Single Man
, isn't the first movie actress to return to daytime TV. If you recall, James Franco, whose credits include the top-grossing Spider-Man
franchise, Pineapple Express
and the Oscar-winner Milk
, puzzled viewers when he decided to appear on General Hospital last November
. At the time, Franco claimed that he's not doing soap for any other reason than for the experience of it but rumors later surfaced that it's part of his meta film project Erased James Franco
with artist/filmmaker Carte.
Moore, on the other hand, signed to appear on As the World Turns
as a farewell to the soon-to-be axed show.
"There is no time continuum in soaps, so I just came back as one of the sisters. The other one was stuck somewhere else! As The World Turns was my first big job and everyone was wonderful and incredibly professional and very supportive and loving. It was a great job for me, so when they said the show was ending it was incredibly sad because you don't want to see anything end like that," Moore told WENN
"I was happy to go back and glad to be there near the end of it. I was glad to see the people who played my parents and the woman who played my sister and to see a couple of the crew-members who were still there. It was cool to be able to have that opportunity and to thank people," she added.
(Image courtesy of CBS)