See the Cast of ‘Soapdish’ Then and Now
Released in 1991, ‘Soapdish’ starred Sally Field as an aging soap opera star challenged by a bitter rival and struggling to retain her role in the spotlight. Bolstered by co-stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Kline, this satirical comedy took audiences behind the scenes of the world of daytime soaps. Twenty-three years later, we revisit the cast of this delightful classic and see what they’re up to now.
Sally Field, Celeste Talbert
Then: Sally Field played Celeste Talbert, the longtime star of struggling daytime soap opera ‘The Sun Also Sets,’ in which she plays the character of Maggie. Field previously won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Places in the Heart.’
Now: Field went on to star in films like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Eye for an Eye,’ and ‘Where the Heart Is.’ She also lent her voice to the role of Sassy the cat in the ‘Homeward Bound’ movies. From 2006 to 2011, she starred on the drama series ‘Brothers and Sisters,’ and more recently, she’s appeared in ‘Lincoln’ and reprised her role as Aunt May in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’
Kevin Kline, Jeffrey Anderson
Then: Kevin Kline played Jeffrey Anderson, a previously fired actor brought back by the producer to reprise the role of Dr. Rod Randall and unnerve Celeste, hopefully forcing her out of the show. Kline previously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘A Fish Called Wanda.’
Now: Kline has since appeared in films like ‘Dave,’ ‘The Ice Storm,’ ‘In & Out,’ and ‘Wild Wild West.’ A classically trained stage performer, Kline is also well known for his work in the theatre, a talent that’s translated well in his performances in the Shakespeare adaptations of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘As You Like It.’ In recent years, he appeared in the films ‘No Strings Attached,’ ‘The Conspirator,’ and ‘Last Vegas.’ You can see him next in ‘The Last of Robin Hood,’ in which he plays classic film star Errol Flynn.
Robert Downey Jr., David Seton Barnes
Then: Robert Downey Jr. played David Seton Barnes, a producer on ‘As the Sun Sets,’ who conspires with Celeste’s co-star Montana to get the reigning soap opera queen off of the show. At the time, Downey Jr. was best known for his roles in the ’80s flicks ‘Back to School’ and ‘Less Than Zero.’
Now: He reunited with Kevin Kline a year later for ‘Chaplin,’ in which Downey Jr. played the critically acclaimed role of silent film star Charlie Chaplin. He appeared in films like ‘Natural Born Killers,’ ‘Only You,’ and ‘Gothika,’ though he struggled for a bit throughout the ’90s with personal issues before getting his act together and having a career resurgence with Shane Black’s 2005 film ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.’ After appearing in ‘Zodiac,’ he landed the role of a lifetime as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’ films. He also starred in the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ films, and recently reunited with his ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau for the upcoming film ‘Chef.’ Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Tony Stark once again in next year’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ but it’ll probably be the last major Stark action we see for some time.
Cathy Moriarty, Montana Moorehead
Then: Cathy Moriarty, best known for her previous role in ‘Raging Bull,’ played Montana Moorehead, Celeste’s co-star and bitter rival on ‘As the Sun Sets,’ who plays the character of Nurse Nan and works with the producer to get Celeste off the show.
Now: Moriarty went on to appear in the films ‘Matinee,’ ‘Casper,’ ‘Cop Land,’ ‘Crazy in Alabama,’ and the indie ‘But I’m a Cheerleader.’ In recent years, she guest starred on ‘Law and Order: SVU’ and ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent,’ and had a supporting role in the ‘The Bounty Hunter.’ She also starred in ‘Rob the Mob’ with Ray Romano and Andy Garcia. Up next, you can catch her in the dark indie ‘The Double’ with Jesse Eisenberg.
Elisabeth Shue, Lori Craven
Then: Elisabeth Shue played Lori Craven, recently cast on the soap as the deaf-mute Angelique, whom Celeste is supposed to accidentally kill to make the audience turn against her character. Shue was known for her roles in ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Cocktail,’ and the second and third ‘Back to the Future’ films.
Now: A few years later, Shue was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Leaving Las Vegas.’ She also appeared in ‘The Saint,’ ‘Hollow Man,’ ‘Mysterious Skin,’ and ‘Hamlet 2.’ More recently, she appeared in ‘Hope Springs,’ ‘House at the End of the Street,’ and ‘Chasing Mavericks,’ and she had a lead role on the long-running series ‘CSI’ since 2012.
Whoopi Goldberg, Rose Schwartz
Then: Whoopi Goldberg played Rose Schwartz, the head writer of ‘As the Sun Sets,’ who tries to help Celeste stick around. The comedian and actress was just coming off of an Academy Award win for Best Actress for her performance in ‘Ghost,’ making her only the second black woman in the history of the Oscars to take home that honor.
Now: Goldberg went on to star in the ‘Sister Act’ films, lent her voice to Shenzi the hyena in ‘The Lion King,’ and appeared in films like ‘Boys on the Side,’ ‘Eddie,’ ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back,’ and ‘Girl, Interrupted.’ She also had a recurring role on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ hosted the Oscars twice, and has been the moderator and co-host on daytime talk show ‘The View’ since 2007. In recent years, she lent her voice to ‘Toy Story 3,’ appeared in Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls,’ and had a recurring role on ‘Glee.’ Up next, you can see her in the new ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie.
Carrie Fisher, Betsy Faye Sharon
Then: Carrie Fisher, known to audiences best as Princess Leia from the ‘Star Wars’ films, played Betsy Faye Sharon, an executive on the show. That same year, Fisher appeared in the film ‘Drop Dead Fred’ with Phoebe Cates, wife of Fisher’s ‘Soapdish’ co-star Kevin Kline.
Now: Fisher went on to appear in the films ‘Scream 3,’ ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ and ‘Wonderland.’ In addition to acting, she doctored screenplays for ‘Sister Act,’ ‘Hook,’ and ‘The Wedding Singer.’ She also guest starred on ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Smallville,’ ‘Family Guy,’ and ’30 Rock.’ Fisher wrote two memoirs in recent years on the topics of her struggles with drinking and shock therapy, ‘Wishful Drinking’ and ‘Shockaholic,’ and developed a play based on the first. She recently guest starred on ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ and can be seen next in David Cronenberg’s new film ‘Maps to the Stars,’ in addition to reprises her Princess Leia role for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7.’
Teri Hatcher, Ariel Maloney
Then: Teri Hatcher played Ariel Maloney, one of the co-stars on ‘As the Sun Sets’ who becomes fond of Jeffrey and grows to resent Montana. Hatcher had mostly done work on TV with a recurring role on ‘MacGyver’ and guest spots on ‘Quantum Leap’ and ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’
Now: Just a couple of years later, Hatcher landed the role of Lois Lane on ‘Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.’ After the show ended in 1997, she appeared in the James Bond film ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and in ‘Spy Kids’ before landing one of the leading roles on the long-running hit series ‘Desperate Housewives.’ In recent years, she lent her voice to ‘Coraline’ and ‘Planes,’ and guest starred on ‘Smallville.’ She can be seen next in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’
Kathy Najimy, Tawny Miller
Then: One of Kathy Najimy’s very first acting roles was as Tawny Miller, the wardrobe mistress on the set of the soap opera. Just a year later, she reunited with co-star Whoopi Goldberg for ‘Sister Act.’
Now: Najimy is also known for her roles in ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘Hope Floats,’ and the Kirstie Alley sitcom ‘Veronica’s Closet.’ While she also appeared in films like ‘The Wedding Planner’ and ‘Rat Race,’ she is best known as the voice of Peggy Hill on Mike Judge’s long-running animated series ‘King of the Hill,’ which ran from 1997 to 2010. More recently, she appeared in Tyler Perry’s ‘A Madea Christmas,’ and guest starred on ‘Franklin and Bash,’ ‘The Big C,’ and the current season of ‘Veep’ on HBO.