Born on June 26, 1973, Rebecca Budig is the former wife of actor Josh Duhamel, whom she married in June 1, 2000 and divorced four months later. She was also married to former Bachelor star Bob Guiney, whom she met while hosting the The Bachelor repeat shows on ABC Family, for almost six years.
Budig attended the Cincinnati School of the Performing Arts (S.C.P.A.) and later went on to major in zoology at Miami University in Ohio. In 1993, Budig moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career.
Budig’s acting debut came when she appeared in Aerosmith's music video Living on the Edge. Subsequently, she had a cameo role as a teenage girl saved by Chris O'Donnell's character Dick Grayson in Batman Forever.
More acting opportunities came her way as she auditioned for the role of Kelsey Jefferson on All My Children but instead got the role of Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light, playing her first soap character from 1995 to 1998.
Simultaneously, Budig landed movie gigs, including the role of Patty in Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys in 1995, Babsy in the 1996 film God's Lonely Man, James Dean: A Race with Destiny where she played acclaimed actress Natalie Wood and Bonehead Detectives in the Paleo World where she played Allie.
But her most famous work so far is her role as Greenlee Smythe on All My Children—a role she originated on August 11, 1999. Greenlee became one of daytime television's top bad girls, but later reformed into a heroine.