Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso on Bo, Hope and Salem

A casual chat with the 'Days of Our Lives' duo and their TV family

Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso. Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

It was a family affair, Brady style, when Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso (Bo and Hope) hosted an intimate fan gathering at the Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City, CA. The longtime Days of Our Lives supercouple discussed life in Salem and their great appreciation for their fans with a little help from their TV kids, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn) and Lauren Boles (Ciara).

Love That Lauren

 Kristian Alfonso: My little sweetheart...
I was like, “I finally have a girl.”
 Peter Reckell: We have to be careful on the set, now, because if we say our lines wrong ... (He points to Lauren Boles.)
Kristian Alfonso: What do you mean now? She was critiquing me, when she first started, “No, you don’t say this.” I would look at her and go, “Oh, right.”

A Few Words from Little Miss Adorable

Lauren Boles: I go to regular school, and I am in second grade... I play piano a little bit... My favorite thing about acting is when I get to hang out with other actors and actresses... I really loved the storyline where me and Theo ran away.

Jason’s Salem Debut

Jason Cook: Peter wasn’t that wonderful... I’m talking about my first day, when I worked with him...
Kristian Alfonso: Was mama nice?
Jason Cook: Mama was great... Peter [and I] worked together on my second day... They gave us three scripts, but they forgot to get me one of the scripts, and I’m a terrible memorizer.
Peter was like, “Induction by fire. Good luck with that.” And he walked away. I was like, “Nice to meet you, too, Mr. Reckell.” But it all turned out great. (Laughing)
Peter Reckell: He’s a smart boy and a talented boy. You don’t worry about him.

What Peter and Kristian Have Learned from Each Other

Peter Reckell: For me, it’s vulnerability, because I feel that is her best quality.
Just being open to the story that comes and making it work. When I first came on, I had this, Oh, let’s be an actor [attitude]. And watching Kristian work and her vulnerability... That’s what made the spark.
Kristian Alfonso: When Pete and I work together, regardless of what’s happening in our lives at home or what’s happening at work, it’s about the work and trying to make it the best it possibly can be... We try to make it as interesting as possible. I know that sometimes you can become complacent in your job. I feel that Pete drives me not to become complacent, because he’s still so passionate about it. Sometimes we get a scene and we’ll be like, “Hmmm. What can we do with it? How can we make it different?" I think we bring out the best in each other, and I look at him for trust. “Should I do that again?”
Peter Reckell: It’s more like, “We’ve got to do that again.”
Kristian Alfonso: I’ll do the same thing. “You need to do that again.” And [we don’t] take it personally... We help each other out that way.

The Storyline They Couldn’t Shake Off

Kristian Alfonso: That would be the Zack [death] storyline.
Peter Reckell: [Bo and Hope] can’t shake it off. You saw the scenes a couple of weeks ago. It’s been how many years and they can’t shake it off.
Kristian Alfonso: It was very, very difficult.

Saying Goodbye to Lexie

Kristian Alfonso: It’s so hard. I love Renee (Jones). We call each other Sissy, because we love each other. When  when she told me she was leaving, I was like, “What are you talking about? What do you mean you’re leaving?” She said, “Sissy, I’m tired. I want to have a break.” We were doing a scene, and I was like, “You know what, Renee? I have an idea. What do you think? We need a scene with the girls really talking before you go.” She looked at me and said, “I don’t want to learn any more lines.” I was like, “But it was a good idea.” I always thought we needed that. Over the years, Hope’s relationship with Lexie and with Jennifer is fleeting. You see it existing, but it really needs continuity. They’re very strong relationships.
Peter Reckell: I had two words with her and a hug. Then I was like, "I’ve got to let you go."

On Their Lack of Air Time

Peter Reckell: You’ve seen what’s happened over the last several years, and I don’t think that’s going to change.
Kristian: The way I look at life is very hopeful. I love my work, to be doing something that I love. There are so many people who don’t get to do what they love or are passionate about. As far as the writers, there are some storylines I’ve loved more than the others, but I can honestly say I’ve never ever hated any storyline. I try to always look for something positive in each storyline. Otherwise, negativity is going to break you down, and you can’t work. Then, I can’t give you what you deserve. With the new writers, I’m looking at it as, Well, let’s see what happens. Maybe they’ll surprise us.

Giving Their All, Every Day

Peter Reckell: We’ve been that way for the last several years. We come in with that attitude every day and try to make the most with what they’ve given us. Like that stuff about Zack [in the safe house]. We had a few pages in that show, but we made [the most of them]. What was on the page was not what you guys saw. That’s what we were talking about earlier. We just try to give our all with what we have. The show has given us so very much over our 27 years.
Kristian Alfonso: We’ve been incredibly lucky.
Peter Reckell: Right now, we’re disappointed about what’s going on and the changes that have happened. It’s been a difficult several years. It’s been difficult for daytime television as a whole, but we want to thank you guys, because you’re the only reason Days of Our Lives is still here.
Kristian Alfonso: We really do appreciate all that you do.
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