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Rebecca Budig
Rebecca Budig
Rebecca Jo Budig

(1973-06-26) June 26, 1973 (age 46)
OccupationActress, television presenter
Years active1993-present
  • Daniel Geller (m. 2000)
  • Bob Guiney (m. 2004⁠–⁠2010)
  • Michael Benson (m. 2012)

Rebecca Jo Budig (; born June 26, 1973) is an American actress and television presenter. Her career began in 1993, and in 1995, she was cast in the role of Michelle Bauer on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. In 1999, she was cast as Greenlee Smythe on the ABC soap opera All My Children; she held the role off-and-on until the network series finale in 2011. In 2015, she was cast in the role of Hayden Barnes on General Hospital. In 2019, Budig was cast on L.A.'s Finest, as the villainous Carlene Hart.

Early life and education

Budig was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Mary Jo, a homemaker, and George Budig, a businessman.[1] She was raised in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. She graduated from the Cincinnati Public Schools School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) 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. While there, she began studying with acting coaches Howard Fine and Jay Goldenberg at the Howard Fine Acting Studio and at the Young Actors Space, respectively.


Budig's first acting job was in Aerosmith's music video "Livin' on the Edge".[2] She later had a cameo role as a teenage girl saved by Chris O'Donnell's character Dick Grayson in Batman Forever.[2]

In 1995, Budig auditioned for the role of Kelsey Jefferson on All My Children, but received an offer from Guiding Light, where she began her three-year stint as Michelle Bauer from (1995 to 1998).

Budig played the role of Patty in Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys in 1995. She then portrayed Babsy in the 1996 film God's Lonely Man, followed by James Dean: A Race with Destiny where she played actress Natalie Wood and Bonehead Detectives in the Paleo World where she played Allie. Both films were released in 1997.

Budig's most famous role has been that of the spoiled, rich girl-turned-makeup company executive Greenlee Smythe on All My Children--a role which she originated on August 11, 1999. Greenlee was supposed to be a recurring role, but executives enjoyed Budig and offered her a three-year contract.[3] While on All My Children, Budig garnered accolades from fans and press for her performance on the soap opera, as well as her character's pairing with Josh Duhamel's Leo du Pres.[4] She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2001 and again in 2003. Her onscreen pairing with Duhamel earned them a Daytime Emmy Award nomination as well, for America's Favorite Couple in 2002. She was often called "Little Budig" by Duhamel, who had given her the nickname.[2] In 2003, Budig won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress. In November 2005, Budig left the show to relocate to California.

Other notable roles include co-hosting The Sports Illustrated for Kids Show. Budig worked for the World Wrestling Federation as an interviewer for a short time on Sunday Night HEAT in 2000. She has made appearances on Out of Practice, as well as on Hope & Faith. She did a movie called The Perfect Child (2007) featured on Lifetime with the leading role as Sarah Daniels. In addition, Budig has been seen on CSI playing a role as a murdered lap dancer (Season 8, Episodes 9 & 10).

It was confirmed in late 2007 that Budig would be returning to All My Children as Greenlee Smythe, the role she originated. She had been replaced by another actress Sabine Singh earlier that year. She returned to the show in January 2008.[5] However, she signed a limited contract with the show. Later, while rumors circulated of Budig's departure, she confirmed in October 2008 that she would be leaving the series again in February 2009. Budig cited the reason for her departure as wanting to return to the West Coast to be with her husband. Budig returned to 'All My Children in late December 2009 (when the show relocated production to Los Angeles), and remained with the series until its series finale in September 2011.

In 2010, Budig won the first and only season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars. The show paired celebrities with professional ice skaters, who competed each week. Since September 2013, she began co-hosting the syndicated lifestyle television show Better, alongside JD Roberto. In 2012, she appeared with Janeane Garofalo in the comedic movie Bad Parents. In February 2015, it was announced that Budig had been cast on General Hospital in an unknown "killer" role. She debuted the role of Hayden Barnes on March 20, 2015.[6][7] On June 27, 2017, it was announced that Budig had been let go from General Hospital, with her dismissal cited as a "storyline necessity".[8][9] On May 9, 2019, it was announced that she would reprise the role of Hayden Barnes on General Hospital.[10] On June 27, 2019, it was announced that Budig would return in July 2019.[11]

Personal life

Budig is the youngest of eight children. She has five sisters and two brothers, including William D. Rusk, Jr. In 2000, Budig married Dr. Daniel Geller; the marriage only lasted several months.[12]

She met former Bachelor star Bob Guiney while hosting The Bachelor repeat shows on ABC Family. The two were married on July 3, 2004. On January 13, 2010, People Magazine reported that Budig and Guiney had decided to split,[13] with Budig filing for divorce in April 2010.[14]

Budig became engaged to television marketing executive Michael Benson on Christmas Day in 2010.[15][16] The pair married in 2012.[17] On May 1, 2014, Budig announced that she was five-months pregnant with the couple's first baby.[18] On September 8, 2014, Budig gave birth to a daughter.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Batman Forever Teenage Girl
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Patty Conrad
1996 Star Hunter Carrie Video
1996 God's Lonely Man Babsy
1997 James Dean: Race with Destiny Natalie Wood
2002 Pride & Loyalty Kelly Francini
2010 Please Give Big Back
2012 Bad Parents Allison
2013 Getaway Leanne Magna


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Murder or Memory: A Moment of Truth Movie Kathy Hansen TV film
1995-1998 Guiding Light Michelle Bauer Regular role
1997 Bonehead Detectives Allie TV series
1998-2005, 2008-2011 All My Children Greenlee Smythe Regular role
2003-2004 Hope & Faith Brooke Spencer Recurring role (season 1)
2006 Out of Practice Dr. Carla Munson Episode: "Doctors Without Bidders"
2007 Perfect Child Sarah Daniels TV film
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Joanna 'Candy' Krumsky Episodes: "Cockroaches", "Lying Down with Dogs"
2007 The Beast PJ TV film
2009 How I Met Your Mother Holli Episode: "The Three Days Rule"
2011 Castle Mandy Bronson Episode: "One Life to Lose"
2013 Blue Bloods Connie Patrick Episode: "Ties That Bind"
2015-2017, 2019 General Hospital Hayden Barnes Recurring role
2019 L.A.'s Finest Carlene Hart Recurring role

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Title Award Category Result
2001 All My Children Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Nominated
2002 Daytime Emmy Awards Special Fan Award for America's Favorite Couple, shared with Josh Duhamel Nominated
2003 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Won
OFTA Television Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 Daytime Emmy Awards Special Fan Award for Irresistible Combination shared with Cameron Mathison Nominated
2014 Rebecca Budig Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel Program Nominated

See also


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  2. ^ a b c "Soap Star Stats - ABC: Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC)". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved .
  3. ^ O'Neill, Jerry. "ABC: That Girl". Soap Opera Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Best New Couple". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Budig Returns to Role of Greenlee". SoapCentral. Retrieved .
  6. ^ SOD (February 10, 2015). "REBECCA BUDIG JOINS GH!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Simms, Richard M. (February 10, 2015). "Rebecca Budig Joins GH!". ABC Soaps In Depth. United States: Bauer Media. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ SOD (June 27, 2017). "Rebecca Budig Out At GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (June 27, 2017). "Rebecca Budig to exit General Hospital". United States. Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 8, 2019). "Exclusive: General Hospital is bringing back Rebecca Budig". Entertainment Weekly. United States: Meredith Corporation. Archived from the original on May 9, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Rice, Lynette (June 27, 2019). "Here's a first look at Rebecca Budig back on General Hospital". Entertainment Weekly. United States: Meredith Corporation. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Simms, Richard M. (January 6, 2011). "Budig To Be A Bride!". ABC Soaps In Depth. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-22. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Bachelor Bob Guiney and Rebecca Budig to Divorce".
  15. ^ Rizzo, Monica; Byrne, Alla (January 6, 2014). "Rebecca Budig Is Engaged". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ Us Weekly Staff; Celebrity Body (January 7, 2011). "Bachelor Bob's Ex Rebecca Budig Engaged: See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ Waldholz, Chantal (November 5, 2013). "'The Bachelor' Star Bob Guiney Set to Reunite With Ex-Wife Rebecca Budig !". Life & Style. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ Lewis, Errol (May 1, 2014). "WATCH: Former 'All My Children' Actress Rebecca Budig Announces Pregnancy On 'The Better Show' Read more: WATCH: Former 'All My Children' Actress Rebecca Budig Announces Pregnancy On 'The Better Show'". Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "'AMC's' Rebecca Budig Welcomes Baby Girl; Shares Her Feelings About Being a First Time Mom! - Soap Opera Network".
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