Kristian Alfonso (Hope) has been one of the leading ladies of NBC’s Days of our Lives for decades! Recently, Hope has been back in police mode, being a single mother, and clearly falling for a new man in her life, Aiden played by soap veteran Daniel Cosgrove. After years as being part of one of soap opera’s all-time super couples Bo and Hope … how does the character move on? How do the fans move on? This has been the plight the DAYS writing team have found themselves in, as well as Alfonso, since the departure of Peter Reckell as Bo Brady, who last aired at the end of October of 2012.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the Kristian at the recent Daytime Emmy Nominee Reception where she was on hand to support her peers and her cast mates from DAYS to get her thoughts on a few subjects: Her touching scenes where Hope says goodbye to a lifeless Nick, how she is creating new on-screen chemistry with Daniel Cosgrove, and if the soap will finally, once and for all, seal the fate of Bo and Hope… since for all intent and purposes there has been no change on the horizon of a return by Reckell. Here is what Kristian shared!
One of the best performances I have ever seen you give was in the episode that aired recently where Hope is crying over Nick’s (Blake Berris) dead body in the morgue! I think you deserved some additional kudos for that … it was heartbreaking! Do you remember shooting that scene and what was going through your mind at the time?
KRISTIAN: I do remember doing that. It was very hard to deal with that as it was shot at the very end of the day, and it was like the directors were yelling, “Go! Stand here … and do it!” I was crying so much, and trying to remember where I was coming from and trying to hold everything together. I think that was for Hope the resolve that: I have failed you. I am devastated, and am so guilty, and you deserved so much better then what I gave you. And the sad part for her is that Nick really wanted to make a change, and I think Hope carries that with her, absolutely. The tears and the loss was just tremendous for her.
So what has been like playing opposite Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden), as Hope’s new love interest?
KRISTIAN: Daniel is very sweet man. He is very funny, and he wants to work hard, and I love that about him. He is a family guy who adores his wife and his children. He has three girls that are all ballerinas and he has a little boy named Fin. So he is traipsing back and forth from the east coast all the time and commuting right now.
People are still screaming: “Bring back Bo! Why aren’t they doing everything to get him back on the show?”
KRISTIAN: … Because Peter Reckell (Ex-Bo) doesn’t want to come back. So it’s confusing for the fans, because then he tweets out something different.
They have got to do really do something about this on-screen already, because it still giving fans an expectation that Hope and Bo will be reunited!
KRISTIAN: They have done something about it. We’ve done it and we’ve shot it. Hopefully it will be great, and what I love in the casting of Daniel Cosgrove is that he is so opposite of Bo. We will see where it goes. I love the fans and their support has been absolutely incredible. I was reading some tweets recently and they were saying, “Hope and Aiden aren’t even together yet, and I want them together!” And that is fantastic! The writers have done an incredible job. It was frustrating for me at the beginning, but I really truly appreciate and totally understand why they paced everything out, because now Hope would have the opportunity to be a single mother going through all of that, and trying to juggle all of that, which also involves the whole thing that happened with Nick. She is trying to tend to everyone, but the only one she is not tending to is herself. I love where they started with Aiden and Hope being so combative, but I got to tell you, I love where they are going with the story, and I could not be happier.
So, what do you think about Kristian’s comments that DAYS is finally did something about the future of Bo and Hope more permanently that will open her up to further storyline possibilities? What do you think they have written? Do you want Hope with Aiden? What did you think of Kristian’s performance during Hope’s goodbye scenes to Nick in the morgue? Weigh-in!