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!