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Jon Hensley

Jon Hensley

Jon currently stars as "Holden Snyder" on CBS's soap opera "As The World Turns". He debuted with this rule in 1985. Since then he has left and returned several times, his most recent return was in 1997. Jon received his first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor.Jon made his television debut playing Brody Price on One Life to Live. He has appeared on stage in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Bucks County (Pennsylvania) Theater, and has studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music, Drama and Art. Hensley has also appeared in the USA Network movie, Wounded Heart, Beverly Hills 90210, and the sitcom Almost Perfect. Born on August 26, Jon grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The eldest of three children, Jon Hensley was raised by restaurateur parents in Bucks County, PA. Though he always wanted to act, he first studied broadcast journalism at New York University for six months before briefly working as a model, most notably for Tommy Hilfiger. He was fired from his first acting job on OLTL; burned out on the whole process, he showed up late and unshaven to his ATWT audition in 1985 because he was convinced that as a 19-year-old, he'd never be hired to play someone who was 16. But it worked -- the powers-that-be (and Martha Byrne, who was already playing Lily) immediately saw him in the role of the smoldering Snyder stable boy who made Lily weak at the knees. Within months, he was half of the show's most enduring supercouple. Hensley left ATWT in 1988 and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, then returned in 1990 and left again in 1995 to work in L.A. His last comeback was in 1997, soon after marrying Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily). They live with their two children, Sophie May ( b. December 23, 1998) and Spencer ( b. January 31, 2002) in suburban New Jersey. In his free time, the actor enjoys golfing and trading stocks online. He has been nominated for three Emmys, for Younger Leading Man (in 1986 and 1987) and Lead Actor (in 2001).

More fun stuff about Jon Hensley

—Still holds the record at his high school for the most goals scored in a soccer game

—First stage role was Geppetto in Pinocchio;

----won an art prize in the third grade for his drawing of a clown

"So many people come on to you all the time, you know.... It was difficult for me, coming from Pennsylvania, because I didn't know, I didn't know anything about it. And I was kind of thrown by it. I learned real fast. I learned to say no. To tell people, 'Now, look. Just don't.'" —on modeling in the big city, DIGEST, 3/25/86

"I had literally no experience. I was frightened of acting, and here I was doing scenes with Liz Hubbard [Lucinda] and that can be intimidating for anybody." —DIGEST, 10/2/90

"First of all, I have to thank Martha [Byrne, Lily/Rose], because I owe my entire career to her."—DIGEST, 1/13/98

"I would read these articles: 'The Reluctant Hunk,' and I'd go, 'What is that all about?' We're going back 15 years. I was a bachelor. I was a 21-year-old kid. Yeah, I'm much more settled now. What do you do at 35? Can you continue to do that stuff? I guess some people can. But I can't live like I used to and still function in the world of soap operas. Seriously, my wife and I are in bed at 8:30 at night."—DIGEST, 2/13/01

Rumors Have Jon Hensley Leaving

According to Internet rumors, two-time Daytime Emmy nominee Jon Hensley (Holden Snyder) is reportedly on his way out of Oakdale.

A native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Hensley got his start in daytime by playing Brody Price on ABC's One Life to Live. That same year, Hensley landed the contract part of Holden on CBS's As The World Turns. In 1986, Hensley earned his first Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Man in a Daytime Drama Series category. Hensley exited the show in 1988, but returned for another run from 1990 through 1995. This time around, Hensley had been a part of the show since 1997. In 2001, Hensley earned another Emmy nomination, this time for Outstanding Lead Actor.

Word from insiders, however, is that Hensley, who first joined the cast of As The World Turns in 1985, isn't going anywhere. A spokesperson for the show explains that it is not network policy to comment on Internet rumors.

One Happy Hensley Family

Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily) receives support from her nearest and dearest as she prepares to add a new member to her clan.

Although her second pregnancy is turning out to be much more difficult than her first, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily) knows that it all will be worth it once the baby finally is born. "It's just a different pregnancy," she says, groping for the right words. "It's hard to explain."
Certainly, continuing to perform on ATWT while simultaneously caring for 3-year-old daughter Sophie May isn't helping matters for Hensley. "I go to work," she explains, "and then I don't come home and nap, I come home and I'm a mom. So it's double duty."
"Children Need Two Parents"
Hensley also was on her own around the house because husband Jon Hensley (Holden) was laid up for nearly a month following ACL replacement surgery on his knee. "I had a taste of what it was like to be a single parent for three weeks," she sighs. "That was tough."
It was during this time that she realized how difficult it was just taking care of the little things in life. "If I had to go to the grocery store one more time, or take out the garbage... " she says with a chuckle. But luckily, Jon will be up and around long before their newest addition comes home from the hospital. "Oh yeah," she says hopefully, "he'll be fine."

"Sophie Likes It Now, But... "
The couple aren't the only ones eagerly anticipating the new arrival — Sophie May can't wait either! "She always says to me, 'Mommy, when is it going to come out?' and, 'I want to see it, Mommy!'" Kelley says with a smile.
But the actress is also realistic about how things could possibly change. "I think it's going to be a different story when [the baby] arrives," she admits. "Sophie's used to being the center of the universe — of our universe — and she's going to have to learn to share time, and it's going to be hard. "From what people have told me about siblings, it's not an easy adjustment," she continues. "Maybe I'll be wrong. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised by her behavior."

"It's Too Much For Me To Think About"
But even with the entire family bonding, Hensley knows that the roughest times still may lie ahead, when she must return to work. "I'm beside myself trying to figure out what that's going to be like," she confesses. "I can't imagine. Leaving my one little baby at home is so hard for me, but to leave my other one... I don't know how I'm going to do it."
Still, one of the perks of working in daytime is the ever-changing schedule, so it's rare that both parents find themselves on the set at the same time. "That's the beauty of what we do," Hensley smiles. "Jon's at home most of the time when I'm not. I'm just hoping everything falls into place. We'll just juggle a little bit more."
And in the end, when she's holding that bundle of joy in her arms, Hensley knows that she'll have Jon and Sophie May by her side, and everything will be just fine. "I'm sure I'll figure it out," she beams. "I've got good help."

March-ing Orders

As a spokesperson for the March of Dimes, Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) has found a cause close to her heart.
"It just seemed like a no-brainer to me since I have two beautiful, healthy children," shares Hensley, who is mom to Sophie May, 5, and Spencer, 2. "They were not born premature, but one out of eight kids is born premature and there are a million reasons why. March of Dimes uses their money to prevent the prematurity and if they are born premature, they use that money to facilitate their recovery and get them home."

Hensley got involved with MOD when she was pregnant with Spencer. "I was invited to a little party given by Pea in the Pod," she recalls. "I got there and somebody from the staff asked if I would speak on behalf of the March of Dimes. They handed me this little synopsis of what I was supposed to talk about -- how important it is to have a healthy pregnancy to have healthy children. The timing was right and there was a reason behind it. I have done PSAs for them, which has been great. I do whatever they tell me to do (laughs)."
In March, Hensley participated in MOD's big fund-raiser, WalkAmerica, in New York with many of her ATWT castmates including husband Jon Hensley (Holden), Terri Colombino (Katie), Bailey Chase (Chris) and Jennifer Ferrin (Jennifer). "Joe Namath leads the walk, which is great," she relates. "He has been doing it for years. The people that turn out, it is just amazing. You have thousands and thousands of people with all of this good energy. I swear, you can feel the energy in the air. I said to my friend, 'If you could bottle this, the world would be at peace.'"

Hensley found a way to get ATWT fans involved. "At our fan club luncheon [in March], I had little cards [about MOD] so when people asked for an autograph, I said, 'You can have an autograph, but you have to send something. I don't care if it is $5. Go on the Web site and contribute,'" she explains. "People were just handing me money. People are very giving when it comes to things like that. Last year at the fan club luncheon, a lady told me that she had twins that were both premature, and how the March of Dimes helped her because she couldn't pay for it. You hear stories like that all of the time."

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