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The Kristian Alfonso Interview – Days of our Lives

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In recent months on Days of our Lives, Hope Williams Brady had been losing everything near and dear to her, and for the moment, life, as she has known it simply does not exist.   First, after nearly losing the life of another one of her children to a kidnapper, the strain in her 25-year marriage to Bo Brady began to crack.  Next, enter the return of one of Bo’s other great loves, Dr. Carly Manning, and then things really took a nosedive.  Between the jealousy, the angst, and more Hope and Bo broke up, and Carly moved into Bo’s life again.  Then came the loss of two key members of the Horton family, Uncle Mickey and then last month on-air, Hope’s beloved Grandmother, Alice.  It’s enough to make any one pill-pop, wouldn’t you say?  Except there is just one thing… something strange is happening to Hope when she takes her sleeping pills.  She becomes this empowered and embittered female wanting to exact revenge on the men of Salem.

Days of our Lives long time veteran, Kristian Alfonso (Hope) chatted with On-Air On-Soaps about her current intriguing storyline, that over the next few weeks is going to unravel more and more, as certain someone’s are going to begin to figure out that something is seriously oft-kilter with Hope.  Alfonso also reveals the sadness and the emotional toll the passing of Frances Reid (Alice) took on her and her cast mates in the on-air memorial services for Mrs. H, but also at the real life memorial attended by her and the entire DAYS family, just a few months prior.

And now, what will become of beloved legendary soap supercouple Bo and Hope?  Between pills, Carly, and deaths in the family, are these long time sweethearts broken up for good?  Read Kristian’s thoughts as she weighs in on this matter, and many more.

MICHAEL:

Kristian, I want to go back to a few weeks ago on the air shows of Alice Horton’s memorial service, and the scenes leading up to that with the characters in Salem learning of her passing, and how key a relationship Hope had with her Grandma, and how devastated Hope was.  How tough was it for you and the cast to perform scenes surrounding Frances Reid’s passing?

KRISTIAN:

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It was very tough.  When I found out about Frances, who I just so loved and adored, I was actually at the Pharmacy and I got a call from work, and I said, “Oh, it must be script changes or something.”  And then I get the news, and seriously, everything just fell out of my hands.  It was so sad and devastating.  Frances was such an amazing woman and working with her taught me so much.  It was such a joy to work with her.  She really was like a grandmother to me in so many ways, and a friend, and so lovely.  Working with Frances wasn’t work, because when Hope had to speak to Alice, I really was doe-eyed listening to her.  And her eyes without saying many words, told so many stories and expressed so many words that were not even there or written, and it was just so easy.

MICHAEL:

You had a significant moment that meant so much to long time viewers of DAYS, when at the end of the funeral episodes you went into the living room at the Horton house, looked around, and turned off the lights.  How amazing was that to be given that honor, or was it just beyond sad for you?

KRISTIAN:

Amazingly sad.  It was just disbelief for me, because it was the end of something so grand.  When I walked into that room, and even when the scene that had aired with Bo the week before that, and I had not been in that set for so long, but I could just feel her.  I felt such a sense of sadness in my heart and remembering so many memories.  I was a teenager when I started on Days of our Lives. And I remember my screen test was on that set, walking in and yelling up the stairs, “Julie, I am here.”  That is where it all first started, and touching the furniture and feeling it, and looking over always to the chair where she sat symbolized so much. We would always use her table for all our goodies and desserts and candies, and whatever else I would bring to the set.  We miss her so much, and reliving the loss was painful.  At one point we were on a five-minute break, and no one left the set.  And after the memorial we were all looking at the photos books going, “Oh, Missy (Jennifer), remember this?   Pete (Bo), oh my gosh, remember this?”  And Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) and Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, (Doug and Julie) and on and on, had so many memories and so much to share.  It was so wonderful seeing everyone back, but sad that it was for this particular reason.

MICHAEL:

The memorial was a five hankie moment. The entire cast was beyond choked up in the episode, and there were plenty of real tears.

KRISTIAN:

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You know even Ciara cried!  DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday came up to me on a break and said, “Oh, my God. You made little Lauren Boles (Ciara) cry with your eulogy to Alice.”

MICHAEL:

So, was that the last time we will ever see the Horton house?

KRISTIAN:

That is something I cannot answer.

MICHAEL:

When you left the Horton set, were you Ok?

KRISTIAN:

It was very difficult, and yes, beyond sad.

MICHAEL:

I remember being with you, and all the other long time and current cast members of DAYS, at Frances Reid’s real memorial service at NBC that Ken Corday gave.  This was another very tough day.

KRISTIAN:

Frances was pivotal in all of our stories.  I chose to not to communicate with Frances’ family before the memorial, because I knew once I started talking to her niece, April, that I would start to fall apart.  After it was finished, we looked at each other and fell apart full of tears.  Then I felt a hand in my back and it was Ken Corday.  Ken and I looked at each other and then we started crying.  Frances meant so much to us and brought so much to our lives…professionally, and most important, personally.

MICHAEL:

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Hope lost her Uncle Mickey, and now her Grandma, and she is losing her grip!  Her life with Bo is seemingly ruined.  And, she had been pill-popping and whacking men on the head with a gun.  At least she took a break there for a while, during Alice’s passing.

KRISTIAN:

She stopped taking her sleeping pills there for awhile.  But the reason she started taking her sleeping pills was being under so much pressure and feeling so much angst with the way her life had spiraled out of control, trying to hold onto the reins as long as she could.  She wasn’t sleeping, as I am sure you have found yourself lying in bed, and I know I have, having your brain go from one thing to the other thing to another thing.  Going, “Stop, Stop.  I need to go to sleep.” And then you remember something, and you get a lump in your throat.  Then you go, “Oh, my gosh. I have got to take care of that, or do that.”  That is where Hope was and the tragedy of what was taking place in her life, and that was that she almost lost her child.  She almost lost Ciara in the kidnapping, and a lot of this also comes from when she lost her child, Zack.  It was happening again to her, plus the destruction of her marriage to Bo.  Also, everything that had taken place with Zack was never really resolved.  And now this is happening again, and Hope was thinking, “I cannot lose another child.  Just give the kidnapper the house. Give him everything.  Just give them what they want.”  And Bo said, “No.” We looked at things differently in this situation.  Hope was coming from a parent’s point of view, and he was coming from the detective point of view.  Hope is like, “Oh, my God.  If you had given him the money, these two other people would not have been killed.  The kidnapper killed his own girlfriend, and the girlfriends’ brother, and then all of a sudden he is in our house!”  Now, Hope and her daughter are being held hostage, and he is trying to kill both of them.  It was one thing after another, and things started to spin out of control.  The trust was broken and it was like, “Ok. Ciara is home.  Well, you can’t just wipe away everything that has just taken place.  And not that it’s just taken place in our home, which was our solace, it’s now our daughter who is waking up crying every night.”  So, Hope felt she needed to leave the house, not leave the marriage and the relationship, but take a break, and Bo took it as something else.  With the destruction and the spiraling, she needed time to think and to process and heal, and help her daughter heal. There were emotions that ran deep.

MICHAEL:

And then Carly entered into the mix!

KRISTIAN:

Then Carly shows up knowing that Hope is married, and next thing Hope knows, Bo is kissing her.   Then it’s, “What? You are sleeping with her… in my bed?”  That also is a slap in the face to Hope. “And don’t the 25 years we have had together mean anything to you?” And then she comes to find out this was the woman that Bo was engaged to, but Carly, at that point, ended up leaving Bo because she chose money over love!

MICHAEL:

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But Hope’s sleeping pills are causing her to have this alternate personality, who’s actually now a wanted criminal!

KRISTIAN:

She started taking the pills because she couldn’t sleep, and she wanted to be there for her daughter.  And she wanted to be able to function as a detective, because this attacker was on the loose and attacking prominent men in Salem.  Hope wanted to put an end to it.

MICHAEL:

This is really as you and head writer, Dena Higley, have stated in other interviews about female empowerment, and Hope needing to feel in control of something… right?

KRISTIAN:

She went after men who had done something crooked.  She went after Brady because he stayed loyal to Nicole.  But as I investigated, there was a reason people do have these adverse effects from sleeping pill.  They do get up and do things, and for some you can actually have a conversation with them, and there is no memory or recollection of the conversation the next day, which is so frightening!  There is a report on the news of this gentleman whose bank account was depleting.  He was taking sleeping pills, but what he was actually doing was going to a casino every night, and they caught him on the casino camera.  He would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that there was no way he could have been doing this.  But the reason that Hope decided to not take her pills for awhile was that she found out that Alice was at the end of her life, and she did not want to miss a moment.  She wanted to be the best that she can be, and that meant she wanted to be on her toes and on point.

MICHAEL:

So now she had slid back into the popping again, and it’s only looking to escalate!

KRISTIAN:

Then she is so exhausted.  So she did fall back and take the pills again, and what is so ironic is that people who are sleep walking actually get a good night’s sleep, believe it or not.  It was so funny.  When I started telling people that I was doing this story, they would tell me, “Oh, my God.  I know someone who would get up in the middle of the night and would play the banjo, and eating, and going out.”

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MICHAEL:

Would you have preferred if the power-that-be at DAYS chose to do this as a true multiple personality storyline, or Dissocialize Identity Disorder alter-ego, instead of Hope’s erratic behavior coming from a pill popping thing or an abuse thereof?

KRISTIAN:

I loved what they have written, because it gives you the opportunity to see the vulnerability within her, and trying to understand where she is coming from.  She is this very hurt and broken woman who takes on this persona of strength, but in reality she is actually very broken.  She needs a little anger management here, but imagine going through what this woman has gone through, and then finding another woman sleeping not in the guest room, but on the side of the bed you sleep on!  She is trying to process what Bo had done, thinking, “Wait a minute, you just said this woman is on the run and in danger, and now you want our daughter to come visit you, and now you are sleeping with her!”  So the layers of this just kept mounting and mounting, and of course with Carly, there are no apologies.  She does not resent being in love with Bo.  She had a love with Bo.  But, Hope also feels there must have been an agenda, because Carly brought a few things back with her as well, so they can reminisce about their past.

MICHAEL:

Do you have any issues that this storyline with Carly and Bo is a real serious threat to Hope and Bo’s long and storied past?  Do you have any issue with this being a triangle?

KRISTIAN:

No, I have no problem with it whatsoever.  It’s another challenge and another story.  I have never done this, and this is a story I have never played. This is really refreshing and a road I have never traveled before.  I think the writers have done a really exceptional job.

MICHAEL:

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How is working with Crystal Chappell (Carly)?

KRISTIAN:

Working with Crystal is great!  I did not work with her back in the 90’s, so it was completely new.

MICHAEL:

Do you think we will see a catfight down the line?

KRISTIAN:

I think they have had a few already, haven’t they?  I am sure there will be more!  By the way, it’s not so much that Hope is so infuriated with Carly; it’s that she is
mad at Bo for opening the door, and that he was being so disrespectful to Hope.

MICHAEL:

How is working with John Callahan (Dr. Baker)?

KRISTIAN:

He is such a great guy, and what is interesting is John would be a great director. He gives great notes. Working with him has been great.  He loves to work hard and make it the best we can.  I love that he will say, “Hey, what do you think about this?”  He is dealing with two crazy broads, Nicole and Hope! (Laughs) But Baker has a soft spot for Hope. It’s kind of nice.  I like how they have written their scenes, because at first he was demanding that she do this and that. Then he realizes that Hope is really hurting, and then he softens up.  She touches something inside of him, also.

MICHAEL:

So with this new wrinkle and twist in the history of Hope storylines, does the Princess Gina still remain one of your all-time favorites?

KRISTIAN:

Princess Gina was a phenomenal storyline.  I got to play great characters with prosthetics, wigs, and played so many different personalities.  What I loved about it was I got to work with so many different people.

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MICHAEL:

Does this new storyline remind you of that?

KRISTIAN:

To be honest with you, every storyline I have been involved in I have really loved, because they have all been so completely different.  I mean, if you think of the way they have rolled them into another story, and expanded on them.  I get excited to know where the scripts are going to take me.  I would say the Princess Gina storyline was the hardest I have ever worked.  I did not know if I was coming or going, because I was playing the characters opposite of each other.  There was Hope, there was Princess Gina, and then Princess Gina as Hope, and then Hope as Princess Gina.  So one character would know one thing, and the other character would know another thing.  I would have to remember where I was at, and it was really something. The way the writers have always written things were one story maneuvered itself into another, I can really appreciate that.  This story they must have thought about a year ago, because that is when the kidnapping started.  So kudos to the writers!

MICHAEL:

How is Wally Kurth (Justin) to work with now that he is in Hope’s romantic sphere?  Will Justin and Hope become a bonafide couple at some point?

KRISTIAN:

First, it’s been great working with Wally.  The thing with Hope is, she had never loved another man other than Bo.  She has always stayed loyal to her feelings.  And, she has always trusted that.  Then Bo would say, or Carly would throw in Hope’s face, “Well, you slept with Patrick!”  Well, hold on a second.  You don’t know the dynamic of that? Hope found Bo in bed with Billie, the night they buried her son.  Hope took off for an island, and who knew Patrick would be showing up there.  Next thing she knows, she gets a message from Bo that Bo is asking for a divorce.  It was not exactly like, “Oh Patrick, you are here.  Oh, how wonderful.”  It’s not like Hope always turns to a man and jumps into bed with him.  She may turn to a man as a friend and talk, but she is usually honest with her feelings, and up to this point, she has been with Justin telling him this isn’t going to happen.  She loves Justin and she has feelings for him, but her heart and her soul is with Bo.  There is 25 years of history with Bo and Hope.

MICHAEL:

Then, for Bo and Hope fans, do you think there is still hope for their all-time favorite super couple?

KRISTIAN:

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I don’t think that after everything that has taken place, that they can just throw them back together.  I think Bo still loves Hope.  Oh, absolutely, I think he does!  And undeniably, Hope, as angry and devastated as she is at him, and really broken, she still loves him.  She can’t erase that from her heart.  She knows they shared so much, and Alice was one relationship they shared together.  Bo’s relationship with Carly years ago, after Bo thought Hope was dead, plays into this, too.  I am sure there are a lot of things Bo is angry with Hope about.

MICHAEL:

Well, they have driven a mighty big wedge between Bo and Hope.  Do you really think it will take a good deal of soap opera time for them to recover?

KRISTIAN:

It could, but you know as they say, time heals all wounds.  I think they have a long road. And initially here, Hope did not turn around and jump right away into bed with Justin.

MICHAEL:

Your jewelry line Hope, Faith and Miracles, what is happening with that?

KRISTIAN:

My jewelry line is doing very well. You can still find it at www.hopefaithmiracles.com. Of course, there are a lot of actors on the show that wear the jewelry, as well.  Alison Sweeney (Sami) has been so incredibly supportive, and Judi Evans (Adrienne) has been so supportive, too.  Peter keeps asking me, “When are you going to start making jewelry for men?” (Laughs)  Jewelry is forever.  You can grow out of the style of the clothes you are wearing for a particular season, but jewelry is forever. 

MICHAEL:

You wear your jewelry in every single scene of Hope’s.  Do the directors ever tell you, “Kristian that is way too much accessorizing today?  Please take some of that off?”

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KRISTIAN:

It’s always my jewelry in a scene, but it’s really her character, which is why she wears it. Hope comes from a lot of money and always tries to dress appropriately.  I would accessorize Hope according to what the scenes are.  She always has her jewels on.  So no, that has not been happening with the directors.

MICHAEL:

In closing, the next couple weeks are going to be pivotal in the ongoing pill popping saga of Hope and her, shall we say, anger issues with men.  Wouldn’t you say?

KRISTIAN:

You will have to stay tuned.  Let’s just say the last two weeks in July is a very busy time for Hope.  Certain people better watch their backs, if you know what I mean.  As far as Hope/Bo/Carly, I don’t know what is going to happen with that.  But, they found a way to really break Bo and Hope up, which is not easy to do!

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dinah
dinah

A great interview Michael, thank you!!!

suzy
suzy

*shakes head* Carly didn’t choose money over love. She chose her son Nikki’s happiness over her love with Bo. Money had nothing to do with it. As for commenting on the other stuff, I’ll be good and keep my mouth shut. 🙂

Barbosa
Barbosa

Actually if you go back and watch the breakup scene you will see that Bo was saying that she wanted him to be something he wasn’t. It did imply that she chose to be with Lawrence because he was rich and powerful and her love for Bo just faded because he wasn’t who she wanted him to be. Nowhere in that scene did they talk about leaving with Lawrence just to be with Nikki.

duckie
duckie

Yes, Bo did say that, but she corrected him and told him he never had to be anything other than who he was.

heather
heather

I have been watching this show for about 4 years now and i know that if you love someone as deeply as hope does you should give that person a second chance. I know that bo has made some dad decision on his part but hope has always forgiving him for that and they should be together the show is boring without those two

Gemma
Gemma

You do just that Suzy- we all appreciate it…Great interview Michael! KA is the REAL DEAL!! She represents DOOL as it should be…Thank you KA for always giving your best to the show- YOUR FANS APPRECIATE IT!

Morgana
Morgana

It was an outstanding interview. She is and has always been such a classy representative for Days. She knows her character well and really sees things from her character’s point of view. we appreciate you so much. Thank you!

heather
heather

I think that carly coming back on the show was a dad ideal because of what she did to bo hope if carly hadn’t come back on the show bo and hope could of work out they problems.

Faith
Faith

KA … shocking interview. As for the comment someone made about Carly choosing money over love. No, Carly left to be with Nikki and Lawrence. I watched also. As hateful and controling as Lawrence was, he would have taken their son if Carly didn’t go with them. He would have deprived her just like Vivian did when she took Nikki as a child. Plus, she wanted Nikki to have a real Family life. The character of Hope doesn’t know the real reason why Carly and Bo didn’t get married. You may want to re-watch the last days of Carly Manning. But it had nothing to do with money. And prior to CC/ Carly leaving, Carly had been buried alive + having recovered from amnesia. Money over love is an excuse and a hoaxs.

Barbosa
Barbosa

With Carly 2.0 on almost everyday the last thing I want to do is to go back and re-watch 17 year old clips of her. Whatever the reason was back then, Dena Higley and the other writers had the character of Hope say that Carly left Bo for money months ago. This is probably what KA is referring to and since Carly in 2010 has only given her reason for leaving Bo as “Lawrence swept me off my feet and I loved him” . Nikki was never mentioned as her reason for leaving Bo which they seem to never want to discuss.

Deb
Deb

Well if you watch the scene when Hope says that Bo just shakes his head at her and rolls his eyes at hope at how ignorant she could be at spouting of something she knows nothing about. considering Carly (And Frankie) turned her back on the whole Von Leuchner fortune. Nope Lawrence’s MONEY is not what it has ever been about originally or in the rewrite, originally it was Nikki and in the re-write it was “swept of my feet” (also Hope had returned too). Certainly if KA was confused about why Bo was reacting like to Hope’s comment she could have asked Peter, Crystal, or Gary for background.

Lori
Lori

I love love love this interview! Thank you for interviewing Kristian – she’s an amazing actress and person! I truly appreciate her honest and candid interview and equally love how she is so gracious and full of compliments for her peers! It would behoove others to follow her classy lead.

In terms of her take on Bo & Hope I say SING IT SISTA’! You took the words out of my mouth.

I thank Kristian for all the years of entertainment she has provided her fans!!! Her dedication and loyalty to Days is admirable!

heather
heather

I would agree with you on that the only reason that i watch days of our lives is becaues of kirstian. kirstian will be deeply miss by all of her amazing fans and kirstian is my favorite actoress on the show.

Jeanette
Jeanette

Thank you Kristian Alfonso for being the embodiment of class and sophistication. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and look forward eagerly to not only Bo & Hope reuniting but the long journey it takes to get there. As a staunch lifelong fan of Bo & Hope it’s been disheartening to see them break up and Bo moved on quickly with his former fiancé’. However with the turn of the story of Day & Night Hope we are beginning to see the effects of several past experiences that have worn on this super couple and now the fallout will open the door for them to have to face issues that have been buried for years long before Carly Manning was ever a factor. I also enjoyed the comments about the wonderful late Frances Reid and I’m glad that your jewelry line continues to do well. Thank you Michael Fairman for an excellent interview.

FancyFace007
FancyFace007

What a great interview. Kristian Alfonso is a class act. DAYS is so lucky to have her be the face for the show. I’m so proud to be a fan of hers.

Heather rush
Heather rush

Omg I totally agree with you on that

Kim Hendley
Kim Hendley

Loved the interview :). Need to check out Kristen’s Jewelry. I’ve wondered how many of the actresses wear her jewelry.

KatieR
KatieR

Love ya Kristian! 🙂 Although I’m actually liking Carly&Bo (gulp!) I’m totally looking forward to a Bope reunion! I most definitely do not want them apart forever.

Michele Arnold
Michele Arnold

Great interview, quite informative:D

Hayden
Hayden

Fantastic Interview!! Kristian is the bomb!

Heather rush
Heather rush

I love kirstian she is the best actors on days

Maria Downd
Maria Downd

I’ve watched days my whole life and can’t wait to see what happens. I have loved Francis Reid and Donald McCarey. Keep up the good job!

Kimberly
Kimberly

I think this was a really great interview i like Kristian Alfonso as a person and as an actor,Although i have never met her she has a sensibility about her that flows..That’s why her storyline is not boring to me and ALL soaps tend to outrun the story line a bit its still worth watching! I do want Bo and Hope back together but there some issues that need to be resolved…Hope and Bo both made mistakes and are now paying for them,Hopefully soon Hope gets off the pills and they resolve the problems and they get back together!!!!

Janice Ward
Janice Ward

I have watched Days for many years and I must say that Kristian is one of the greatest actresses there is in daytime soaps and how lucky we are to have her at days. She displays poise beauty and talent that is so great for an actress. No matter the part. I hope that at the end of this great story line when she and Bo have dealt with their problems they will be together again. Loving the storyline and the acting.

heather
heather

days of our lives will not be the some without kirstian.

Heather rush
Heather rush

Totally agree with you on that

Natalie
Natalie

Fantastic interview I love KA and PR. As a long time watcher of DOOL in Australia, I have always loved the chemistry and relationship between Bo and Hope. I also love that KA/PR have visited here. Puts them up in the stratosphere of gracious and loved soap actors for me. I’m happy that KA and everyone else so loves the storyline but it WILL kill DOOL here in Australia. Annother BOPE break up especially for a character that no one remembers here. We never got the other soap CC was on here so I don’t believe she has the fanbase to cater to here. Everyone I know who watches Day’s either doesn’t remember Carly (CC) or hated CarBo version1. Collectively all have told me they won’t watch another BOPE breakup. I’m sure DOOL will survive in US but sadly for me it won’t survive here.

Doe
Doe

No matter what some fans say about the past of Hope and Bo, not all of us were watching some of those episodes in that time frame. So, it doesn’t really matter if the writer’s take license with the story at this point. They have reintroduced Carly and that should bring about another dynamic. They will have to get Hope to re-hab for her pill popping and then work her way back to Bo. So, let’s hope that happens in the near future. Carly will probably be on for quite a while, and maybe there will be another new guy for her. Time will answer all our quetions!…

Ruby
Ruby

Is there any way that Kristian be sued for defamation of Soap characters? I don’t appreciate Kristian telling me about Carly 1.0 because she wasn’t there.

Jonnie
Jonnie

then why read the interview… get a life and stop taking this makebelieve life so seriously… You sound completely stupid.

Ruby
Ruby

MMmmmm… I was kidding about getting sued ,duh.

P.J
P.J

Kristian could be just repeating what TPTB at DOOL want her to say (’cause we all know where this story is headed), or she doesn’t know her facts. Carly did not choose money over Bo.

Ruby
Ruby

it’s my understanding that the writers don’t “mingle” with the actors. Anyways, I like Kristian and I wanted to read what she had to say about her character, but also love Peter and Crystal. I learned my lesson, I’ll stick with the other cast members of Days. I have followed MF for long time and calling me stupid won’t tarnish me liking him.

heather
heather

I think that carly was wrong on what hope did by taking her daugther away bo that was right i would have done the some if someone cheatinged on me.

Jess
Jess

I just Love Kristian!! and her interviews.

Ruby- I cant believe your whining over a past storyline that was almost 20 years ago. Kristian was obviously just going by the dialog that the writers gave her character Hope to say to Carly a while go. I’m sure she didn’t mean anything by it. Gosh!
I also cant believe you think Kristian should be sued just for saying Carly chose money over love. That’s pathetic! Carly is a character.

Spol
Spol

KA certainly is opinionated, even though her facts are frequently wrong. Her “insight” into what is happening in Salem is so skewed and lopsided it’s hard to take seriously. Let’s just cut to the chase to say that this interview indicates that Hope is not the only one who would benefit from therapy.

Also,a narrative analysis of her responses (assuming the write-up can be taken at face value as the sum total of KA’s responses to a question) indicates that the brevity of her response to “how is it working with Crystal Chappell?” vs. how is it working with either John Callahan or Wally Kurth is quite telling. Dissembling much, Kristian?

TLM
TLM

OMG Spol! You are kidding? Are you actually challenging the factual background of Hope with the person who plays the character? Are you also suggesting that KA along with Hope needs therapy? I believe that many people request the services of a shrink when they can’t tell the difference between reality and make believe! Back me up Hope fans………….I think it was a great interview. KA, thank-you for taking the time out of your busy day to keep in touch with those who love you.

Spol
Spol

Not kidding. KA may portray the character but she has a real bias towards ignoring what she wants to ignore in what plays out onscreen and, hence, gets facts wrong. Believe what you want but many times the facts don’t support the spin KA puts on things. I don’t mean what happens with other characters. I’m talking about not even getting things right that happen in her scenes with her own character. This trait is just one of the reasons I wasn’t kidding about the therapy. I’ve read enough of her interviews over the years to see patterns in how she responds that would raise the eyebrow of any therapist.

Flame
Flame

I think it’s unwarranted to imply that Kristian doesn’t like Crystal due to a brief response to a question. Both actresses have commented they enjoy working together, and said how sweet each other are.

I’m surprised actors continue to give interviews when every single word they utter is scutinised and a fan or haters “spin” is put on it.

I find fans desire to pit Crystal and Krisitan against each other pitiful. They’re playing characters for goodness sake. Take a reality check.

annie
annie

As usual another great interview. thank you. Hope is a wonderful character, may she entertain us forever.

Karen
Karen

The interview was good enough, Micheal asked all the right questions but I don’t want to see Bo and Hope back together because they are boring. Nothing against the actors but their story has run its course. I Love Bo and Carly and I wish DOOL would explore their love much more for those fans who did not see their love story in the 90’s. I will definitely be tuning out if Days reunites Bo and Hope; what a snooze.

annie
annie

sorry you don’t like Bo and Hope. I am not that impressed with Bo and Carly, wasn’t the first time either but to each his own. tune out if you must pretty sure others will continue watching. my favorite couples are Stefano and Kate and EJami. Kristen is doing a great job as NT Hope, she was great when she did princess Gina. too.

Judy Goins
Judy Goins

I’m just beginning to like Carly better, but not with Bo. They just don’t go
together. Didn’t like them together years ago, either. I think they can find
someone else for Carly. What’s wrong with Bo and Hope just being married forever? Everything doesn’t have to be exciting – they just love each other.

semaj
semaj

great interview bo and hope are soulmates no matter what they go through they always find a way back together

michelle
michelle

I grew up watching Bo and Hope they were my alltime supercouple of the 1980’s.It is sort of shocking to see whats happened to to this couple in the last couple of years.Bo and Hope were always thought to be,inseparable.Hope has never really had another great love–Bo has *hint* Carly also Billie.I like Carly with Bo and I think that Carly and Bo have a good relationship but I can not see Carbo as being the endgame.I think that Bo and Hope will find a way back to eachother and when/if they do get back together I think that Hope should go a little easier on Bo and stop walking out on him.Hope has been a little too harsh with Bo in the last couple of years.I know she was concerned about her children but she should not run from Bo with the problems but work together with him through the problems,thats how Carly was able to come into her home and back into Bos’ life and heart in the first place.Thats why Bo finds it refreshing now to be with Carly because Carly is not harsh with him or judges him.It is shocking that Bo was able to move on so fast with Carly like that after loving Hope for 25 years.It is certain that Bo does love Carly so Hope has a good fight ahead of her if she wants Bo back.I do think that Bo and Hope will be back together in the end.

Great interview and it looks like Kristian Alfonso is a big Bope fan herself.*smile*

heather
heather

Im hoping for the something so are many of they fans are to. I love this show because its fan to watch but bo and hope should have a second chance of happeness in the end .hope should let bo come to see her in jail they need to work this out.

Michelle
Michelle

I think Bo and Hope are going to get back together–she is his family no matter what.They have kids together and a long history,much more then he and Carly.

LUMI
LUMI

I love Hope and Bo,they are like Sami and Lucas,Tom and Alice Maggie and Micky,they are Days Of Our Lives. Bring back Bo&Hope Sami&Lucas/BRD Joanne

Tina
Tina

It is clear that KA must have let her fanbase know that she has an interview on this page because it is flooded with KA fans, but I am objective Kristian Alfonso is an ok actress but I for one think Bo and Hope are a tired couple and that is why Days chose to break them up they where not bringing in ratings. DAYS has been on NBC’s chopping block for the past five years and only got a one year renewal for 2011. Days ratings spiked when Crystal Chappell came on the show like it or not Bo and Hope fans. If Days chooses to put Bo and Hope back together the snooze fest will be back on again and they will both go back to the backburner only appearing in weddings and parties. I would think all actors involved would like as much story as they can get no matter who they have to work with.

LUMILY
LUMILY

she has been on this show for 27 years,so we love her and BO

heather
heather

I agree with you on that i have been watching days for 4 years and i love bo hope. those have knew each other since they were kibs and that kind of love doesn’t go away that easy.

Linda
Linda

I have watched Days since it started. I hope they do reunite Bo & Hope. Bo & Hope are the ultimate couple. No matter what life has thrown at them, they always find their way back to each other. It makes us believe in happily ever after.

oneida
oneida

i miss the bo/hope old days…
anyone know how to find those pajamas in the “pill popping” picture that Hope was wearing in that scene?? I LOVE them!!! 🙂

susan
susan

Kristian i have been watching Days Of Our Lives since 1971, and i always loved the show. even when you and Bo hooked up. you two was always a great couple. I hope to see you and Bo back together soon. I hope Bo forgives you for your actions.

LUMI
LUMI

Bo and Hope
Lucas and Sami
Alice and Tom
Maggie and Micky
Jenn and Jack/Peter
John and all his wifes/Kate too
I miss all of them,,,,,

heather
heather

bo and hope will get back together you need to wait and see what happens on the show for the next show i want them to get back together as well but i will have to wait and see what happens on the show.

Heather rush
Heather rush

They are back together were have you been I’m a big fan of Peter and kirstian

TLM
TLM

This person must be the President of the Crystal Chappell fan club. Yes, we are Bo and Hope fans……obviously. What is even more obvious is that Crystal needs her fans to bash Bo and Hope so that maybe she can keep her job!

heather
heather

kristian has done a great job on the show. if kristian leaves days in 2011 we will know that kristian will be deeply missed by all of her fans and by all of her co-stars.I love kirstian to but if kirstian leave days in 2011 kirstian will have my full support on leaving days.

daysfan
daysfan

Thanks for the interview. It’s interesting how actors take their characters point of view. Kristen’s take on how Hope sees things.

I love all of the actors involved, Peter, Kristen and Crystal, and like the characters they portray.

Willa S
Willa S

I sure Lovvveedd this iterview with Beautiful Kristian, and sure HOPE she stays on DAYS and bring BO & Hope back together for ever!!

hugs<3
Willa S

dee pilkington
dee pilkington

come on guys let’s not get ridiculous,and bring hope n Bo back together

heather
heather

they should bring bo and hope back together.

jaylynn
jaylynn

Interesting interview. I hope Bo and HOpe get back together. I’m really tired of all this crappy stuff they have going on now. SEriously, the writers…..

I’ve noticed that Kristian is hosting an online chat tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9, at 2pmET/11amPT, so maybe we can get the chance to ask more questions that we still have…though I don’t know how much she can offer to say since she is mainly promoting the new Days anniverary book. http://www.daysinsider.com

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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