having now passed the one-year mark since she first set foot on the DAYS OF OUR LIVES set, Victoria Konefal has definitely hit her stride. Unfortunately, she observes, Ciara — the troubled character that she’s made her own — seems on the brink of emotional collapse. Thanks to Hope’s determination to bring Ben down, Ciara is now wondering if perhaps her would-be beau actually attempted to kill her! “It’s shattering for Ciara. Ben was a person whom she really thought that she could trust,” suggests Konefal, adding that the intimacy they’d built in the cabin meant something. “It really rocks Ciara’s world in terms of her outlook on life… Now she’s back to doubting herself.”
Can Ciara Forgive Ben?
While it’s hard to argue against the evidence, there’s still a small piece of the young woman that wants to believe in Ben’s innocence. Might there still be hope for their friendship — or whatever it is that they’ve shared? “Ciara’s a pretty forgiving person, especially when she cares about someone. And it’s very evident that she cares about him a great deal,” Konefal observes. “Tripp shattered her, and she ended up forgiving him, so I’m sure she could find some room in her heart to forgive Ben.” (continues)
Victoria Konefal says that the last person DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Ciara trusts these days is herself
Steve’s elder son is quite eager to be there for Ciara during her emotional upheaval and prove that he’s worthy of her. However, the fact that he’d just again been caught kissing her niece, Claire, makes Ciara’s head spin. “Things keep smacking her in the face,” Konefal sighs sympathetically. “It’s like this girl can’t catch a break ever!”
Fortunately for her earnest roommates, Ciara doesn’t have the emotional energy to start holding another grudge. “She’ll be upset but just can’t harbor that much pain anymore,” Konefal says. “It’s not even worth it. She already dealt with cr ying over Tripp cheating on her before.”
So instead, Ciara will demonstrate her growing maturity by making a different choice. “She’ll fight through the hurt and try to be the happiest version of herself that she can be.”
A Hope-ful Truce?
Having already lost her beloved father, Ciara will likely want to prioritize heal- ing the rift that she caused with her police-commissioner mother by threatening to cut her off. That might start with understanding Hope’s dogged pursuit of the case against Ben. “Ciara is grateful. Whether it was too much or overbearing,” Konefal suggests, “she knows
that the reason behind Hope’s behavior was the love and care that she has for [her daughter], and that’s never gonna go away.”
Just the idea of getting to share more scenes with Hope’s portrayer, DAYS veteran Kristian Alfonso, is something that lights Konefal up. “She has been an absolute rock for me,” the newcomer shares. “She taught me all about Ciara’s life, and she really took me under her wing and helped me blossom.”
At DAYS, “we call Lucas Adams (Tripp) ‘the dad,’” the ingenue says. “He was born and raised in Texas, so he’s a manly man, and he knows how to do everything.”
“Ciara’s matured a bit since she hopped on her bike and crashed,” Konefal suggests. “She has things a little more under control.”
“Claire’s able to think 10 months into the future — that’s how her brain works,” Konefal observes. “So when an opportunity presents itself, she uses it.”
Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and his leading lady “love adding elements of surprise to our scenes,” says the actress.