When Kristian Alfonso tendered his resignation from days of our lives in 2020 after 37 years, the actress seemed rather adamant that it was a permanent Departure.
Cut to July 2022, Alfonso is set to reprise his role as Hope Williams Brady opposite former frontman Peter Reckell in the second installment of Days branching out Beyond Salem (premiering July 11 on Peacock). But the soap legend insists his comeback doesn’t contradict his previous statements.
“I don’t think it comes down to Days of our lives,” Alphonse tells Soap Opera Digest. “[Beyond Salem] is, I think, a branch of it.
Either way, Alfonso insists his comments from two years ago came with an asterisk.
“I saw online where viewers said I said ‘Never’ about [returning someday] “I never said never,” maintains Alfonso. “I said I wasn’t going to go in and out like other actors have in the past. I didn’t say I would never come back. I wasn’t absolute.
(Fact-check: Although Alfonso gave some leeway on a potential comeback in a post-departure interview, she was decidedly firmer in a later Q&A session with Soap Opera Digest. “I’m not coming back,” she told the magazine at the time. “I had a great run and so many wonderful times on the show and worked with so many wonderful people. It’s time for me to start a new professional chapter.”
Ultimately, Alfonso says the opportunity to play Hope again was one she couldn’t turn down. “It always has to be the story and the characters,” she explains to Digest. “And [the Beyond Salem storyline] excited me. That’s why I decided to come on board.