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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
Aria

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

Cindy
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
mo

Oh yeah, that’s right!

Sam
Sam

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

Ces
Ces

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

MK
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
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
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 well, since Roman is Bo’s half brother- it would take a lot to get these two characters to see each other in a different light. In the end Hope should be with Bo- I say recast.

Dmitri
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
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
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 her life.

Dmitri
Dmitri

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

Patrick
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ‘hope’ they dont make her a less important character the way the 1980s writers did to Doug and Julie when Bo and older Hope were introduced. By the way Julie was Stephanos first obssession when he first showed up in Salem and that was dropped in favor of him wanting Marlena.

jim
jim

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

Ces
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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- if that happened I would throw a brick at my television set

Patrick
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 haul…

the funny thing… and/or hard part… is it seems impossible to even bother venting… as they film so far in advance… that… it’s not worth posting and venting… from a fan standpoint… we all have to wait 3-4 months for changes…

i forgot to post below… that… IMO… of the two… Hope and Jenn… it’s Hope that still has that spark…. course, it may not even be Jenn’s fault… the writing and pairings? and they haven’t faultered with trying to pair Hope yet….

anyway…

it’s funny cause… Roman, that curse as well… I loved him more with Anna then Marlena… and this was a million years ago…
so… i hope this doesn’t happen to Hope.

Dmitri
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
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 likely, being cops together, sharing an office. I mean if the AC quits in the summer and Hope has to wear a tank top — that is all he needs to get his motor running right? It did it for him and Carrie anyway lol.

Seriously, if they wanted to honor the show’s history Hope and Roman could become a couple, because when Hope first came on the show she had a big crush on him, before she knew Bo, but I don’t think they will. In the end I can’t imagine Hope with anyone but Bo- I would like a recast, if they find the right person, otherwise, she should be a single lady- lots of them out in the real world

Dmitri
Dmitri

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

k/kay
k/kay

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

Phil
Phil

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

Kelly
Kelly

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

Dmitri
Dmitri

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

k/kay
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
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
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…

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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?

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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 wasted…. her mother… is supposed to distract us… and/or Anne is in the mix to foible this supercouple…?

i say this, in hopes of completing all thats good with days… for what it is… and simply say.. had it not been for this story…. DAYS would be on the up and up… surely, they realized that with the Daniel/Nicole story… the first time around… i’m anxiously awating Eric… ’nuff w/ him not knowing what’s going on w/Nicole… dragging this out… it’s time for this to start moving…us.
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I still hope that Peter Blake, RKK, and/or Shane Donovan… would return….

I honestly think… this is the one time that the writers… TPTB should take notice of what fans like….

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P.S. i love Hope and Jenn… and i’m not averse to DOOL moving on… it just seems like the stigma and/or infamy of the supercouple mode is nonplussing… and or perplexing… I wouldn’t know what to do….

Dmitri
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 nice wedding ceremony with Hope. The show now is crap, between Gabi’s storyline & Krady, between Dannifer and EJami (the airhogs of the show), everything is shoved down our throats and is incredibly boring. I just hope (pun intended) that Hope does something useful, instead of having talks with Jennifer at the coffeehouse about reuniting with Daniel.

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

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

jim
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
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
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
Carbofan

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

Cheryl
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
Kathy

I think her and Rafe would be good together

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Gabi’s Revenge Plot Begins To Unfold; Watch Out Abigail and Stefan!

Evil Gabi is back on Days of our Lives, and that means some great material for Camila Banus (Gabi) to sink her teeth into. After all, who doesn’t love a Gabi scorned?!  This week, viewers already learned that Gabi has already switched the paternity results to make it look as if Stefan (Tyler Christopher) is the father of Abigail’s (Marci Miller) unborn child, when it is really Chad’s (Billy Flynn).  To top it off, she is manipulating and “advising” Gabi on what to do about her paternity secret

On Tuesday’s episode while in the park, Gabi reflects on changing the paternity results and says out loud to herself: “Karma is a bitch. Since you and Stefan ruined my life …” but she stops talking when all of a sudden Stefan appears.  He wants to talk about “Gabi Chic”, and their mutual business interests, but she’s not having it one bit!

She blasts him and his fictitious girlfriend “Gabby” for framing her for murder, and all that has transpired in her life since then including: being beaten up in prison, which has left her unable to have any more children, due to a surgery and an infection she developed while in the slammer for a crime she did not commit.

Gabi says she is not like her ‘Madre.”  She believes in revenge and that people like him deserve to be punished, and that she wants to see him suffer like she has. Stefan is hoping that Gabi will eventually trust him, put the past behind them, and work together.  Stefan exits and once alone, a vengeful Gabi says:  “You and your little whore, Gabby, took something from me that’s precious. Now it’s my turn to take something from you.”

Then to put an exclamation point on her revenge plot, Gabi grins that “all hell will break loose.”

Are you glad to see Gabi back with an edge as she plans to make Abigail and Stefan’s life a living hell? What do you think will be the next move in her master plot? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on Days of our Lives, hell hath no fury like a Gabi (Camila Banus) scorned!  Now out for revenge after receiving devastating news that she can never conceive another child, Gabi has switched the DNA results to make it appear to Abigail (Marci Miller) that Stefan (Tyler Christopher) is the father of her unborn baby.

How far will Gabi continue to sink to carry out this lie and to give payback to Stefan and Abigail as her alter “Gabby” for sending her to prison for a crime she did not commit? Is her former lover, Chad (Billy Flynn) collateral damage in all of this?

Meanwhile, Brady (Eric Martsolf) prepares to say goodbye to his son, Tate after losing custody of his son when the judge rules in Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) favor, but will fate intervene, allowing Brady to keep his son after all?

Check out more teasers for this week’s DAYS below, and then watch the latest promo for this week’s episodes via NBC here.

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Monday, July 16

JJ takes the fall in order to help Theresa

Tuesday, July 17

Gabi takes Stefan to task and reveals her resentment towards “Gabby

Wednesday, July 18

Wracked with guilt, Eve admits to Chloe she’s partly responsible for Brady losing custody of Tat

Thursday, July 19

Claire asks Ciara if she’s moving on with Ben

Friday, July 20, 2018

Will receives a shocking note.

 

 

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ben Fights Off His “Killer” Instincts As Rob Scott Wilson Delivers Power Performance Of The Week

In Days of our Lives’ version of Beauty and the Beast, in this case Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is the ‘beauty’ and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) is the ‘beast’ she is to tame, last Thursday and Friday’s episodes illustrated to us where this duo could be heading in the future.

But first things, first.  The situation took a horrifying turn for Ciara, and for Ben, when he runs into the cabin beside himself!  He informs Ciara he went to the pharmacy to get his prescription but the police have swarmed the place.  Getting more and more agitated, Ben tells Ciara, he blames her, and her mother, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for putting an APB out on him!  Ciara says she didn’t say anything to her mother.   But, Ben is losing his grip on reality fast and he desperately needs his meds.  He’s on edge and begs her not to call Hope, as he can’t go back to the sanitarium.  Ciara tries to calm Ben down and insists that she won’t to that to him, but suddenly, he becomes more unglued and stomps on her cell phone!

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Next, Ben is hallucinating thinking he has handcuffed Ciara to the bed – the same thing he did to Abigail!   He sees Ciara in the handcuffs.  Ciara tells him she is not in them and to look at her hands.  All of a sudden, as she tells him she is on his side, and will help him through this, he calls her, “a lying little whore, just like the rest of them.”  Ben thinks she believes he is a ‘killer’ like everyone else, because she has now grabbed a knife to defend herself.

Ben tells Ciara that maybe he hasn’t changed at all, he is a serial killer, and now that he is off his meds he sees things very clearly. Ciara tries to calm him down and assure him everything will be OK.  When he closes his eyes and then opens them, he still sees that Ciara is handcuffed to the bed.  Crawling more and more out of his skin, Ben begins to hear his father, Clyde saying, “She’s lying to you, boy …trying to fool you … the same as that slut Abigail.”

Now, Ben hallucinates that Clyde (James Read) is in the cabin, egging him on to strangle Ciara, red necktie and all!  As Ben fights off his father’s attempts to make him do heinous things to Ciara, (he even hears Clyde telling him to burn down the cabin), yielding a knife Ciara calms Ben down saying Clyde is not really there.  Ben admits he doesn’t know what’s real anymore.  Ciara puts her knife down and offers her hand to hold on to. Ben takes Ciara’s hand and sits down as Clyde’s image fades away.  Ciara begs Ben to run to the pharmacy to get his meds. She promises she will not use her phone.  Ben exits.

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However on Cliffhanger Friday, Ciara is engulfed in flames in the cabin, with no Ben to be found, and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting a signal from her cell directing him and Hope on a collision course with Ciara and Ben.

Throughout the two episodes of Ben’s battle with his sanity and how he is haunted by what he has done to others, and vacillating. between reality and delusional, Rob Scott Wilson illustrated once again, that given the material that his performances of Ben are mesmerizing. Wilson’s scenes make you stop whatever you may be doing, and take notice.  That is why Rob is our pick for the “Power Performance of the Week.”

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance?  What did you think of what happened in the cabin between Ben and Ciara? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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