EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Soap Bad Boy Victor Alfieri Talks Southland, Ron Howard and The Days of His Hollywood Life


Italian cop-turned-Hollywood player Victor Alfieri's life would make the basis for quite the compelling character on a daytime soap opera. Maybe that's why he ended up starring in so many when he arrived in La La Land from Rome?

I recently caught up with the multi-soap alum to dish about his recurring role as passionate journalist Victor Cifuentes in TNT's Southland, which will premiere its latest season on Feb. 13. After he provides a sneak peek into what his character will be up to this season on Southland, talk turns to what a full circle moment it was for Alfieri to play a cop in 2009's Angels and Demons, the sequel to Ron Howard and Tom Hanks' monster box office hit The Da Vinci Code.

Alfieri also shares deets about his turn playing a billionaire who goes penniless per his dad's dying wish in the romantic comedy A Secret Promise. Then we chat about the multi-tasking star moving behind-the-scenes to write and direct his own projects. Oh and for any lady hoping to get next to Days of Our Lives' former Franco Kelly — you gotta be down with his dog!

Daytime Confidential: Soap opera fans know you from your turns as sexy, foreign villains on Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children and Passions. Now you're recurring on the hit cable drama Southland. What would you say is the biggest difference between doing a daytime drama vs. a primetime one?

Victor Alfieri: As an actor I find no difference, simply because I love acting and every time I have a chance to perform, theater, commercials, films or TV, I do exactly the same thing — express myself. I love it and embrace it. If I really have to pick a difference, then it's the time element. In primetime or film, we have more time to work on the material and more takes to nail our performance. In daytime everything moves fast. You have to be that good.
DC: Southland is set to return February 13 on TNT. Can you give us a sneak peek of what's in store for your character, journalist Victor Cifuentes?

VA: Victor is still involved in the Sammy/Tammi storyline. He is still in love with Tammi and taking care of her and the baby. She now lives at his place. That upsets Sammy who still comes around and gives her a hard time. I always liked the show, the way it is filmed. It is very close to reality.

DC: Prior to moving to Hollywood from Rome, you worked as an Italian police officer. Does being on the set of a cop drama feel like a full circle moment for you?

VA: Not so much on Southland, since I play a reporter, but it definitely felt that way when I played a cop in Angels and Demons. I remember the audition process in that movie, four times before I met with Ron Howard. After the meeting he told me, "Well, I guess life is coming full circle for you.  Now you are going to play a cop in this movie."  I learned a lot from Ron, from the audition process to the actual filming.

E! Developing Primetime Soap Based on Novel ‘Anne of Hollywood’ From Shameless Producers!


Celeb-focused cabler E! is jumping into the serialized drama game, by developing a splashy, modern day retelling of the saga of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Anne of Hollywood, based on the novel by Carol Wolper, transplants the soap opera of the Tudors from the 1500's to modern day Hollyweird, "the flashiest, most treacherous court of all."

NBC’s Infront Pickups

It was Infront presentation day at NBC, a day that has shows waiting on the hook for pick up, renewal or cancellation.

NBC picked up six new scripted series, which include two medical dramas, Trauma and Mercy; a family dramady, Parenthood; two comedies, 100 Questions and Community; and a new Post-Apocalyptic drama, Day One. 
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Southland Promo

NBC is hoping to strike gold again with John Wells, this time with Southland. The police drama starring Ben McKenzie (ex-Ryan Atwood, The O.C.) will be premiering in E.R.'s old time slot of 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central, will you be tuning in? (The first episode can be seen for free on NBC.com oriTunes.)