Josh Duhamel on returning to 'All My Children': 'I always wanted to go back'

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It seems like you never stay dead on soap operas. But All My Children‘s Leo du Pres remained among the deceased longer than most. Or so we thought, anyway.

Today, Josh Duhamel’s beloved con man made his return to Pine Valley after a nine-year absence. “I guess in a way it was just my way of saying thank you to go back and do an episode,” Duhamel says of the long-running serial, which is set to air its final episode Sept. 23 before debuting as a web series by online production company Prospect Park on Sept. 26.

“I’ve been thinking about it for years. I always wanted to go back, even if it was just walking in the background of a scene and have the characters go, ‘Wait…was that Leo?'” A double-take would be merited. To conclude his three-year arc in 2002, Duhamel’s Leo plunged into a raging waterfall — although his body was never found — while trying to protect his wife, Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). In today’s episode, Greenlee, now married to Cameron Mathison’s Ryan Lavery, woke up in a hospital to find — shock! — Leo asleep on a gurney. Tomorrow’s installment will conclude Duhamel’s arc and “provide closure” on the Leo-Greenlee relationship, the actor says. 

After leaving All My Children, Duhamel made the jump to primetime with Las Vegas and the big-screen with the Transformers franchise. Though, he may have gone on to bigger and better things, he still credits AMC with “giving me my break.” With the sudser now going off the air, Duhamel he benefited from an opportunity young actors in the future won’t have. “Soap operas are such a great way to break-in to the industry,” he says. “The diminishing landscape of daytime TV means it’s going to be harder for young talent to get discovered.”

Still, even cancellation doesn’t mean this will be the last time fans will see their beloved Leo. When asked whether he might yet appear on AMC after it goes digital as a series of webisodes in September, he says, “I wouldn’t rule it out. Sure, why not?”

Pine Valley-philes, what d0 you make of Duhamel’s return? Do you think this will be the Leo-Greenlee reunion you had hoped for?

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  • avenger

    My boyfriends back :D I haven’t seen this show since he left, I hope he and Greenlee stay together. One of my all-time favorite characters along with Eric from Days. Love him

    • Barack

      I love him and Disabledsocialnetwork was amazing

  • dee

    Well that is kind of his acting range, soaps i mean.

    • Serena

      Huh?

      • The Rest Of The World

        Dee is saying nicely that he’s a pretty crappy actor.

    • Angie

      Meg Ryan, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore and many others got their start on soaps. Considering how much dialogue they must learn to produce a 5 episodes per week vs 1 episode per week or 1 movie per year…. The best can improv their dialogue, as well. James Franco has stated that working GH was very challenging to him as an actor.

      • Jeffrey

        Being able to memorize lines doesn’t make you a good actor.

      • jz

        GH NEEDS ALL THE HELP IT CAN GET BUT NOT BY JAMES WHO CARES FRANCO.HOW ABOUT GETTING ANNA’ROBERT LUCY BOBBIE TIFFANY SEAN FELICIA DUKE AND TONY BACK.THAT WOULD BE FANTASTC VIEWING.

  • Dave

    I think dee was slamming soap acting … forgetting about people like Anne Heche, Morgan Freeman, Julianne Moore, James Franco …

    • The Hypnotoad

      Please tell me you didn’t compare Duhamel acting wise to Morgan or Moore.

    • Demond

      Some of the best actors came from soaps.Tommy Lee Jones came from One Life To Live.

  • bringbackrocky

    Whether you think he’s a good actor or not, give the guy props for going back and acknowledging his roots.

  • Dee Jones

    I don`t understand, if it will end in September, then how will it continue online and will it be a totally new cast? I just don`t see how this will work.

    • Angie

      Prospect Park bought from ABC. They are dealing with the various unions right now. Unlikely that it will begin to air in Sept online. Latest news is that PP is trying to sell to a cable channel.

    • jz

      LET GO PEOPLE.MILLIONS OF VIEWERS DID OVER 20 YEARS AGO.

  • tomm

    I stopped watching AMC when Leo was gone

    • vivien

      I stopped watching when he chose toxic Greenlee over sweet Becca. Have been watching lately, just to see all the returns of AMC favorites. I hope Gillian comes back for Ryan, leaving Greenlee out in the cold, never could STAND her!

      • Trina

        She is. Check out the website Pine Valley Bulletin. It was posted about a week and a half ago that Gillian’s portrayer, Esta Terblanche, is returning.

    • Pam Chiocca

      The girl who played Becca was terrible actress, so I never bought into them. (and why she didn’t last) I hate Greenlee, but hated her the least when she was with Leo.

  • jennrae

    I’m not really a fan of soaps, but it does take tremendous talent to read those lines even remotely convincingly. It’s much easier to read good dialogue, so give soap actors some credit.

    • Jeffrey

      True. Only a real actor can talk a grizzly bear down or open their eyes, confused with amnesia after they’ve died, come back as a ghost, been seen in heaven with other dead characters and say “who am I?”

  • Carrie

    I think it’s really classy of him to come back to the show. He’s a movie star now, so it’s not like he needs the work. Leo was one of my all-time favorite characters, so I’m thrilled he’s returning.

  • Wyn

    He did win an Emmy for playing Leo…

  • sam

    I loved Leo and Greenlee together. Josh is a good actor who hasn’t yet found a great movie role. I hope that he does.

    • Demond

      Agreed.I think once he finds that role he will be an A-lister.He shouldn’t go back for another Transformers sequel thats for damn sure.

  • Tam

    Please get rid of Ryan while you’re there, Leo!

  • Teresa

    Unfortunately, they won’t be together as it should be. She’s going back to that dud Ryan. Let Ryan be with Madison and Greenlee go off into the sunset with her one true love – Leo! That’s how their arc should end.

  • Flip

    Unfortunately Leo isn’t alive, he was a drug-induced hallucination of Greenlee’s.

    • jz

      LIKE THE VIEWERS BELIEVING THIS SHOW IS GOOD.

  • jz

    HE’S WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ALL MY CHILDREN.GIVE ME A BREAK.HE’S NO BRAD PITT.PROSPECT PARK SHOULD LET THESE SHOWS JUST FADE AWAY.AMC AND OLTL ARE NOT WORKS OF ART.JUST LAME BORING PLAYED OUT SOAPS.WATCH EASTENDERS. THE BEST SOAP.

  • Alex

    Leo/Josh coming back to AMC has got me RIDICULOUSLY excited – and I haven’t watched AMC in a long time. He was always one of my favoritest characters.

    • vivien

      yes, I loved Josh as Leo. Charisma in spades.

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