The role of a lifetime.
The series premiere of E!’s Reunion Road Trip on June 10 brought together cast members of All My Children.
Eva LaRue, best known for portraying Mario Santos Grey on the revolutionary soap opera, organized the reunion and invited co-stars Cameron Mathison, Jacob Young and Rebecca Budig for a dinner party at a Los Angeles manor. The real-life pals reunited 50 years after AMC premiered and a decade after the series concluded following 41 years on-air with over 10,000 episodes.
AMC alum Kelly Ripa gave a special ode to her time on the beloved soap opera in a heartfelt tribute. “I was only 19 years old on the show and playing the role of Hayley Vaughan, which was one of the biggest roles of my life,” Ripa gushed. “It’s where I met my husband Mark [Consuelos]. I still consider my dear friends from the show my family and I miss every single one of them.”
Former co-star LaRue even is godmother to Ripa’s eldest son, Michael!
“Kelly started on the show about three years before I got there but the second we met, it was kindred spirits,” LaRue reminisced. “It was game-on friendship. She was the sweetest girl, so to see her catapulted into stardom, I think everybody was excited.”
Plenty of modern A-listers also got their start on the series, from Amanda Seyfried to Sarah Michelle Gellar, with icons like Oprah Winfrey and Carol Burnett making guest appearances.
Fan favorite stars Susan Lucci and onscreen couple Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams also returned via videochat to toast to the reunion.
Watch the full episode here to see who the cast thinks J.R. shot in that cliffhanger finale!
(E! and Peacock are both a part of the NBCUniversal family.)