Kristian Alfonso has played the pivotal role of Hope Williams Brady on “Days of our Lives” for almost two-thirds of the daytime drama’s 45-year history. Surprisingly, she has only contended for one Daytime Emmy with a 1985 bid for “Best Ingénue the precursor to the Younger Actress category. She admits to being surprised at that recognition as she had only recently joined the show.
While the Daytime Emmys may have been chilly to her, she continues to select her sample episode every year. As she told Gold Derby, “I look for a tape in which I am not just emotional all the time.” Alfonso admits to being too critical of her own performance, so she seeks out the opinions of others. Among those whose counsel she values is “DOOL” executive producer Ken Corday, “the captain of our ship.” He is the son of Ted and Betty Corday, the husband and wife who created the series.
Alfonso loves going to the Daytime Emmys to cheer on her co-workers and friends. However this year she is confilcted as the kudocast is on Father’s Day and “family trumps everything.” She is also an entrepreneur, having launched a successful jewelery line, Hope Faith Miracles. She designs many of the pieces and is delighted that her co-stars Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts Dimera) and Allison Sweeney (Sami Brady Hernandez) have been so supportive.
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