They're not all originally from New Jersey but several actressesly made their way to the Garden State while working on AS THE WORLD TURNS. NorthJersey.com just published an interesting article with quotes from Martha Byrne, Terri Colombino, Marie Wilson and Kelley Menighan Hensley.
Jersey native Martha Byrne:
It was an identifiable show. It was always about family, and when we did shows that weren't about family is when the fans reacted in a negative way. In soap operas you deal with the extremes of family issues and drama. … No one's been kidnapped seven times like I've been, but I'm sure people watched to see how I would get out of those situations. … You could relate to it in some way.
Kelley Menighan Hensley:
I turned on an episode, and it happened to be a scene in the Snyder kitchen, which I thought was the strangest thing I had ever seen on a daytime soap opera. I grew up watching ALL MY CHILDREN, and … it was all about mansions and fancy clothes and there's this Snyder kitchen that looks like it's dated from the 1950s. I thought, what did I get myself into?
It's been around for 54 years. In this day and age, you're lucky if a show goes five years. When something like that ends, it's like the end of an era. It's very heartbreaking.
The No. 1 factor is money. Reality shows are basically soap operas, and they're cheaper to produce. If you're going to the store [to buy] an apple and there's one for $1 and there's one for $500, which one are you going to buy? We have such a huge cast. It takes so much money to produce these shows every day. I get very emotional knowing that I was a small part of something so historical. There's never going to be any show that's gonna last as these shows did, ever. I mean, it's just not the way of the world anymore.