Kristian Alfonso Reflects on 30 Years as DAYS’ Hope and That Falcon Crest Stint


One half of my all-time favorite soap supercouple is celebrating quite the milestone. Thirty years ago this month, Kristian Alfonso made her debut as fiery society princess Hope Williams on Days of Our LivesWe Love Soaps' Roger Newcomb caught up with the ravishing brunette to discuss her tenure in Salem, U.S.A.  Check out a few excerpts after the jump!

On the possibilities of Hope's life post-Bo:

WE LOVE SOAPS: You have played so many different types of stories on DAYS. Is there anything Hope hasn't done at this point that you would really like to see her do?

KRISTIAN ALFONSO: I have to always say that with the different writers through the years and producers, I leave it to them. I don't even try to guess because they would always come up with a far better story than I ever could. They've never disappointed me and always challenged me. And I don't believe I've ever repeated a storyline. Now that Hope is single… well, not single, but Peter [Reckell] is no longer on the show, there really is a plethora of things that could be discovered.

On starring opposite the late Jane Wyman on the hit primetime soap Falcon Crest:

WE LOVE SOAPS: You've played many roles outside of daytime in your career. Our readers enjoyed you immensely as Pilar on FALCON CREST and Lauren in MELROSE PLACE. Any fun stories from those sets you can share?

KRISTIAN ALFONSO: I was working with Jane Wyman on FALCON CREST and, of course, I was a nervous wreck and telling myself "never them them see you sweat." In between setups Jane and I would be sitting and chit-chatting. I remember the A.D. coming over one day and saying, "Excuse me, Ms. Wyman, the First Lady is on the phone and would like to speak with you." Jane has been married to [President] Ronald Reagan. She said, "I'm busy, I'm busy, I'm busy," and waved him away. But very nicely. I was kind of surprised that the First Lady was calling. We continued our conversation and he came back over again and said, "She really needs to be speak with you." But she waved him away again. About 15 minutes later the A.D. came back and she looked at him and said, "What?" He said, "I'm sorry Ms. Wyman, but it's the President of the United States." It was just incredible to sit there and watch the whole thing.

What I wouldn't give for Warner Horizon to mount a Falcon Crest reboot, centered on the children of Lance (Lorenzo Lamas) and Pilar Ortega Cumson, battling the descendants of the late Chase (Robert Foxworth) and Maggie (Susan Sullivan) for all of Tuscany Valley. Until then, happy Salem anniversary, La Alfonso!

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    How about having Hope have an affair with Cameron? She gets into an accident and he is there to help her. From there they develop a friendship that leads to a night of passion. Then a Abby becomes jealous as starts to realize that Cameron is seeing someone else and tries to find out who it is as she is torn between her feelings for Chad and Cameron. The fallout when she busted in on Cameron breaking Hopes back on the sofa would be priceless.

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    My Days’ watching as a pre-teen started a few months after Kristian Alfonso made her debut on the show, so I’ve been with the show almost as long as she has, in a way. :)

    And Falcon Crest was my Number 1 nighttime soap. I have no memory of her being on Melrose Place. That must have been just before the show got cancelled.

    Re current story on Days:
    As long as the question of Bo is unresolved, they can’t hook Hope up with any other man.

    I’m glad some people are still enjoying Days, but they are doing so much stuff wrong that I find it increasingly difficult to watch.

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    Falcon Crest was my favorite nighttme soap too… until she started on it. Not her fault at all. They took the show in a whole new direction when she started and it was just awful. It never recovered.

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    Camp is not a sustainable model

    @SoapArmageddon: i’m with you on that. I just watch the clips on youtube of certain scenes. That way you can cut out the fat to get to the meat. And there ain’t a lot of it.

    That Cameron as a stripper mess is just dumb. Celeste was a jet-setter in high quality frocks. There is no way Stefano would let the mother of one his kids ever go poor. That was some lazy writing there.

    Don’t care for blinking Chloe. And not a fan of Dannifer.

    Abe and Theo have been put out to pasture.

    I don’t care about this baby fight.

    Brady/Kristien/John/Marlena love square is the only thing that is working for me.

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    They really need to start utilizing her better on DAYS. What a great talent!

    Why on earth is Missy Reeves front and center on that show and Kristian Alfonso has no storyline? That is totally upside down to me.

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    [quote=Yoryla]Why on earth is Missy Reeves front and center on that show and Kristian Alfonso has no storyline? That is totally upside down to me.[/quote]

    My thoughts exactly. We get Dannifer FIVE F—ING DAYS A WEEK while Hope gets to pop into the Dimera manse to tell Brady they may have found his attackers or drops by Horton House to tell Jennifer she’s not herself. WTF!?! It’s like she’s the new Maggie(note to producers–we still have the original Maggie!), being plugged into any random scenario that needs a talk-to. Without PR on the canvas TPTB don’t seem terribly invested in Hope. And speaking of, why the f— is Shawn Christian on my screen every damn day but you don’t wanna negotiate to keep Peter Reckell in Salem(We need Daniel Jonas about as much as we need a damn STD)? At this juncture, moving heaven and earth to keep Reckell on this show would have been the correct answer(and if not Reckell, get Robert Kelker-Kelly–one of the better recasts in soap history–back on board). Either way, Bo and Hope should’ve been getting all the screentime that’s being eaten up by Dannifer and the Chloebot.

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    :love: Please,let Kristian(Hope) have a great romantic and some dramatic drama happen in her personal and work related storylines. It’s time for them to write Bo afficially off so Hope can start a new life,we are ready!!!

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    [quote=SoapArmageddon]Chloebot. :)[/quote]

    Lol, you can thank our friend alstonboy for that little nugget–he comes up with the best nicknames and sometimes I just feel the need to spread his genius. ;)

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