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Kristian Alfonso On Her 30 Years at DAYS and Flying Solo As Hope Brady!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

There are many anniversaries over the next month to celebrate on your favorite soaps and one of them is with one of daytime’s all-time leading ladies, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady) at Days of our Lives.

Alfonso will celebrate 30 years in Salem on April 14th and to kick things off, Kristian spoke to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan on how it is flying solo these days without Hope’s other half, Bo played for decades by Peter Reckell (who opted to leave the show last year).  Here are a few interesting excerpts from the interview with Kristian below!

Kristian on Hope being Bo-less and what it means for future story:  “Pete is missed but what is there to do? It was his choice to leave. I hear he’s extremely happy. I’ve heard there’s a solo story coming for me. It would be great to see Hope trying to move on and what a struggle that would be for her. I’d like to see her build a relationship with another strong guy, whether it’s on the job or maybe she meets someone through being a single mom. I’ve had so many stories without Pete. Princess Gina was almost a year without him. And he had many without me. But what people remember most is the two of us together. We were given a golden opportunity.”

Kristian on if she is ever worried about getting the ax as her cast mates, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn have had happen at one point in their DAYS careers:  “Of course, because you hear so many rumors in the NBC hallways. Those walls pulsate! Losing Deidre and Drake Hogestyn for a while there was shocking. We all know nothing is forever so, when I get that call asking me to stay another year, it still takes my breath away. Because I do worry and my mind goes a little bit crazy. They’re making changes! Do they no longer love the character? Am I on the chopping block? But that’s okay. When you take things for granted you settle, and I don’t ever want to be that person. There’s always someone younger, prettier and taller who could probably do the job better. That’s why, 30 years later, I still come to work with pride, still ready to earn every cent.”

So soap fans, who should play a new love interest for Hope?  What story would you like to see Kristian given in honor of her 30 years on the longest running scripted series in NBC history? Weigh-in!

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Aria
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Aria

She’s one of the all time great beauties of daytime.

Cindy
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Cindy

Well, technically, isn’t she still married to John??? I don’t remember that ever being resolved, or, any remarriage or new vows between Bope, or between John/Marlena.

mo
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mo

Oh yeah, that’s right!

Sam
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Sam

no. John & Hope’s divorce went through. It was mentioned in passing between Bo, Hope, John, & Marlena.

Ces
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Ces

I think there was a little blurb somewhere that it went through. If you coughed you would have missed it.

MK
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MK

Never anything, they had to live in Almainia for a month before the divorce could happen, they left without resolving. I think the new writers just forgot, because it was such a Bad story. I thought Hope should be with Rafe (Pre-Kate) now I think Brady or Roman. Daniel too stupid for Hope. How about Justin and compete with adrienne?

Patrick
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Patrick

MK…

right on w/Justin and Adrienne…. those two would elevate KA… and it would be.. stand back… wait… watch… and erupt with Adrienne….

these two could help Hope along.. without faultering with Hope… ie: like Daniel and Jenn….

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sorry Ces- this is for MK, — They already had Hope with Justin when Bo was with Carly. Justin had it bad for her, but she wasn’t really into him. Then she started taking those pills that cause her to have a second personality- and her alter was all hot for Justin and tried to kill Bo. I think after all that Justin wouldn’t go near Hope ever again. But Roman? When she first came on the show, the character had a huge crush on him- so it might be possible, but the writers would have to really write it… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

They got divorced, but Bope and Jarlena never remarried. There is a rumor going around that Jarlena break up and Roman wins her back. I heard that they might fire Drake Hogestyn.

Michelle
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Michelle

Then they might as well put Hope with John instead of firing Drake… At least Drake and KA have chemistry and John and Hope have a sort-of past to work with. Roman? Ugh! The day Hope and Roman get together, is the day I stop watching! Days is on at dinner time in my country, so I’ll not be able to eat AND watch!

I love Drake, so I’ll do ANYTHING to keep him on the show!

Sam
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Sam

Who should play Hope’s new love interest? A new character. I can’t see Hope being paired with any of the men currently in Salem. What story should she be given? Learning that Bo is dead (though he might not ultimately be) and having to go through the grief process and figure out how to move forward, not only for herself, but for Ciara as well. Maybe Hope would want to get revenge on those she believes are responsible for Bo’s death. Maybe a gentleman stranger would enter her life and help her through the transition into the next phase of… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Maybe her and Roman? I hope to God it’s not Rafe. He’s too young for her.

Patrick
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Patrick

the ironic thing… is …. KA states… that hope has had story…. without BO…

“Princess Gina was almost a year… w/o Bo”….

what does that say? Bust….. they have her meddling at the police station… being aunt Hope to Nick…. and cousin to Jenn….

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Those walls pulsate! – behind the scenes drama unfolding.

I do worry and my mind goes a little bit crazy – is she “Re-Signed”

I still come to work with pride, still ready to earn every cent.”

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“…just saying” behind the scenes at DOOL…. ie: Peter Reckell and Crystal Chappelle…

Maggie
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Maggie

Does everything have to always come back to Kristian vs Crystal? Hasn’t enough time passed that we should all just stop talking about it? At this point, who cares what really did or did not happen.
Kristian clearly still enjoys her job and is passionate about it. There’s no reason to try to read between lines that don’t exist, or think she’s making some sort of backhanded comment about anything that may or may not have happened in the past.

Patrick
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Patrick

agree.

you’d think Crystal Chappelle…. was burned at the stake…

this is the first time KA has “interviewed”..

merely wanted to point out… that… every one should be given their due…

K
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K

I would love to see Hope and E.J. Together. I don’t know how it would work, but would be fun! I also like her with Brady. She is too pretty to be cast with the older guys. Hope still looks very young! She is gorgeous and I’ve always been a big Hope fan 🙂

mo
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mo

I don’t think it’s 30 years in Salem, more like 30 years since she first appeared on the soap. She left for a number of years and did other stuff. How many total years has she actually been with the show? Still, congrats. And they do need to do something about Bo. Bring him down from the attic or something!

Abby
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Abby

She’s been on the show for the last 19 years straight. Out of the 30 years since she first started as Hope, she’s only been off the show for around 5, so it’s not like this celebration isn’t warranted, and the milestone isn’t worth mentioning.

Mo
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Mo

I thought it was more than five. Totally think she should be applauded for it. It’s great and I’m glad she’s still on.

jim
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jim

I wouldve paired her with Rafe had they not hooked him up with Kate. I would like to see her son Shawn D return with Belle and have Hope in scenes with them. It would be nice to see the next generation of Bradys invovled in the story again. Maybe Hope dealing with the death of Bo and then having to deal with the return of Chelsea who will blame Hope for Bos death, then the stress will have Hope turn to alchol with Maggie, a former alcholic tries to help her kick her habit. Whatever the writers do i… Read more »

jim
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jim

Some mistakes with spelling but im certain readers know what i mean

Ces
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Ces

I agree, I think she could have bonded with Rafe at the station while Bo was away, but they blew that. Basically, unless they recast Bo, there isn’t anyone on the show for her. It’s super shame because K.Alfonso is my absolute favorite and the reason I started watching Days in the first place back when she was introduced. Makes me mad that DAYS cannot figure out what to do with her character and yet we’re force fed Daniel & Chloe.

jim
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jim

Good actors like K.A. is hard to find, and i ‘HOPE’ DOOLs realize it and not let her roam around Salem in a DAYZ for long. I also like Nancy. Like Hope, shes a keeper.

Ces
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Ces

They really need to treat K.Alfonso better and give her a storyline already.
I like Patrika Darbo and actually wish Daniel & Chloe would end up together because I can”t stand Daniel & Jen together.

Patrick
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Patrick

I know… i’ve gouged my eyes out… muted Daniel and Jenn before my lbido takes leave and renders me deaf dumb and blind… stabbed myself multiple times with fervor…

give DOOL standing ovations for no stimuli…

reasonably? blinders for EJ and Sammi…. heck.. Kristen and Brady….

watching Daniel and Jenn…. they must lead the golden circle troupe…

Ces
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Ces

Haha Patrick! I can’t handle one more minute of Dr.Dumb and Jen. Why this couple is being force fed on this show is beyond me. They have zero chemistry and Dr. Dumb is oblivious to everything. Make it stop!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

NO! Rafe is too young for Hope. They’re better as friends. If Rafe must be with a woman besides Sami or Carrie, it should be with Nicole.

jim
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jim

I would like too see Rafe with Nicole but that doesnt look like its going to happen at the moment. If Rafe isnt too young 4 Kate he isnt too young for Hope. But i really dont feel she needs a man right now. Id like to see a strong independent woman make it on her own for awile kinda like a Mary on Mary Tyler Moore show. Thanks 4 reply.

Pam
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Pam

Rafe is in his forties and Hope is in her late forties, Hope has always been young she comes across as in her 30’s I am really tried of double standards!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Whatever they do they should do it soon because I would hate for Hope to end up like Roman Brady, who they only dust off when they need him to say a few lines now and then. I still think Hope could end up with Rafe- the whole Kate thing cannot be a long lasting love story. I still think Hope and John might of had a love child when they were Gina and the Pawn that could resurface now that Stefano is back. Any story will be better than none unless they have Hope fall in love with Daniel-… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL… i’d throw a brick at my television set as well… it’s galling… appalling… to know…. why are the writers doing this again… more Daniel? smelling salts for both Daniel and Jennifer…. i couldn’t breath any life in to them at all…. so… it’s up to Nancy and Anne? oye! although, i did laugh when Jenn attacked Nancy for what she did to her brother Dr. Mike Horton… and it was learned all she’d done for Dr. Craig to become chief of staff…. that was laugh out loud…..so, in this respect… if the writers have Nancy on for the long… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I don’t think “Rope” would be a good couple. I like them as friends, but Rafe was married to Hope’s half-nice (Sami) and was in a relationship with her other half-niece (Carrie). Not to mention how much older she is than him.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

And how old is Kate? At least Hope still has a child who is a child, wherein Rafe is most likely in the same age range as Lucas and Austin-maybe a bit younger, so if he can be with woman who could be his mother, I don’t think Hope would be too old for him. But personally, I don’t feel Rope would be a good couple, I’m just saying unless Days brings in some new blood, Hope new romances if any, would be limited to men either younger than her or older- and out of that group, Rafe seems most… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Mary, I do not like Rafe’s romps with Kate either. She’s also too old for him.

k/kay
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k/kay

The actress who plays Kate just turned 60 on March 9th. The actor who plays Rafe is 42.

Phil
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Phil

Just bite the bullet and recast Bo! Is John Lopeieno available or Robert Kelker Kelley????

Kelly
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Kelly

Ewwww! Not Robert Kelker-Kelly! Anyone but him!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Yeah, Robert doesn’t get along with many members of the cast, so I doubt he’ll be brought back.

k/kay
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k/kay

Robert Keller-Kelly has retired from acting I think he is a flight instructor somewhere in the Mid-West. The members of the cast were upset because he was dateing an actress on there who had just turned 18 they eventually married and are still married. I personally thought he was a good recast.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Yuck Robert Kelker Kelley the Pedophiler who waited for Miriam Parrish to turn 18 before he ” offiicially” dated her? Sorry way too creepy. He’s no superhero in my eyes!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Does any one… think… it’s impenetrable… that…. what’s befallen Jenn… is “happening” to Hope. ? it’s with anguish that i ponder… the curse of the super couple… and it’s not far off to believe… how could any one replace gold? No Jack and No Bo… ——————– the one thing that’s hard to swallow… is both Bo and Jack are available…. TPTB thought that they’d hire good writers to move them along without? ——————- Mellissa Reeves…. has sapped the audience…. and… I’d rather blame Daniel… or, for, that matter… the Writers…. honestly… do they watch the daily’s… ? Chloe is being… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I hope they don’t put Rafe & Hope together. These cougar couples, like Krady and Rate, are just so disgusting! Plus, I’m sure that Safe will reunite sometime in the near-future. I think that the writers made a mistake by alienating Peter Reckell to the point where he quit. I enjoyed him on the soap, and don’t think anyone else could pull off Bo. His goodbye wasn’t properly executed either. They should’ve had him depart on that sailing trip around the world, maybe get something all the while on the DiMeras, return to put them behind bars, and have a… Read more »

Michael Jenkins
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Michael Jenkins

I am still pulling for a Rafe and Hope to end up together.

jim
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jim

I think now id like to see Shane Donavon return and fall in love with ex -sister- in- law Hope as they team together in search for the missing Bo and if Bo isnt killed off he could be just missing and presumed dead until if and when they decide to bring Bo(recast ?) back or not at all. I feel Shope would have wonderful chemistry together.

Michelle
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Michelle

I can’t see Hope with any of the men currently on the show, except for John, and that would alienate all the Jarlena fans, so … Idk

Roman – Hell no!
Rafe – just uh-huh… Can’t even picture it.
Danie I Another Hell no
Justin – tried it, HUGE fail! So no.

Maybe, if Shane returned, it could work.. But yeah, chemistry-wise, John is still the best bet.

Either that or she goes on the backburner, and that would sseriously suck!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I know… i still say Shane Donovan… and I love Kimberly to pieces….

but…. the only way to elevate: ie: any chance of giving Hope new life… sans Bo…

is someone tried and true… and with a rich, dimension and painful “history”…

you’d have the conflict from the starting gate….

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what do the fans know…. just saying…

i say the same thing for Jenn…. and thats Peter Blake…. she’d better get over her past… this is a business… .and would reel in big time…. for ratings… and she’s not even near death… she’s their…

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Shane would also be serious triangle w/Kristen….

Carbofan
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Carbofan

Hope should go into the Witless Protection Program & leave Salem for good. what a wast of airtime..

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I can honestly say none of the above should be with Hope. The only other guy she had some sparks with was Patrick. Either bring him back or recast another Bo. If not Bo then they need to have better closure on why Bo is staying away, doesn’t make sense. Hope should be served with divorce papers or hear of the awful news that Bo died somehow. How can they keep that significant part of her life open with nothing? C’mon Days it has been well over a year now, they should do something for Hope and Ciara!

Kathy
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Kathy

I think her and Rafe would be good together

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

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Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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