Vic­to­ria Kone­fal (Ciara)

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by Cur­tis Hard­ing

Via her as­so­ci­a­tion with sup- pos­edly re­formed se­rial killer Ben We­ston, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Ciara learned the hard way that a lit­tle bit of knowl­edge can be dan­ger­ous. “She had that in­tern­ship in Shady Hills, so she learned a lit­tle bit about psy­chol­ogy and how the hu­man brain works — she was re­ally hold­ing on to that,” the young woman’s por­trayer, Vic­to­ria Kone­fal, re­flects. Even though she’d seen him lose his cool when they were in the cabin, Ciara be­lieved that “she un­der­stood him and wasn’t afraid of him… She was con­fi­dent that he wouldn’t hurt her.”

The Truth Re­ally Hurt

That, how­ever, was be­fore ev­i­dence (con­ve­niently) sur­faced which seems to in­di­cate Ben may have done ex­actly that! “It rocks her world in terms of her out­look on life,” Kone­fal ob­serves. “Now she’s back to doubt­ing her­self and doubt­ing whether peo­ple are ac­tu­ally good for her or not. Yeah, she’s def­i­nitely go­ing through some­thing right now.”

While it would be easy to chalk up Ciara’s per­haps ques­tion­able judg­ment to in­ex­pe­ri­ence, the way that Kone­fal lives her life demon­strates just how dif­fer­ent a young per­son with the right at­ti­tude can be. “I’m very big on rest and self-care. I think it’s im­por­tant to take care of your body, es­pe­cially with how

hard we all work,” she sug­gests. “I like to spend my week­ends at the beach or work­ing out in my back­yard… I’d rather sit back with a good book and a cup of tea and cud­dle with my pup than go out.”

Fam­ily, Not Friends

Of course, Kone­fal gained that ma­tu­rity by do­ing some­thing re­ally brave: The New Yorker moved to Los An­ge­les on her own when she was just 18! How­ever, the last time Ciara tried to go it alone, she wound up in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent and be­ing cared for by a sexy, sup­pos­edly re­formed killer. So for now, she’s stick­ing close to home. Whew! Might that mean hav­ing to make peace with room­mate Claire, who she’s again caught kiss­ing Tripp? “They are def­i­nitely still fam­ily, but they’re not best friends,” Kone­fal ac­knowl­edges. “Ciara barely tol­er­ates Claire at this point.”

An­other Chance For Tripp?

The poor gal does need a bit of emo­tional sup­port, though, and Tripp wants to of­fer that and a whole lot more! Should Ciara risk open­ing her heart to him again? “She al­ready dealt with cry­ing over Tripp’s cheat­ing on her,” Kone­fal says, adding with a laugh, “Even though tech­ni­cally they were on a break — a five-minute break like Ross and Rachel on FRIENDS!

“I don’t think she has room in her heart to hurt any­more,” she goes on. “So she’s gonna hurt a lit­tle bit [now that it’s hap­pened again], but she’ll fight through it and try to be the hap­pi­est ver­sion of her­self that she can be.”

The in­genue loves play­ing Ciara/Trippscenes. “It’s al­ways amaz­ing to work with Lu­cas [Adams],” she says, “be­causeour stuff is in­cred­i­bly vul­ner­a­ble.”

“Olivia [Rose Kee­gan, Claire] is one of my best friends,” the DAYS star re­lates. So “the fact that our char­ac­ters hate eachother makes us laugh so hard!”

“Ciara’s ma­tured a bit since she hopped on her bike and crashed,” Kone­fal says.

“Ciara doesn’t see the mon­ster in Ben that ev­ery­one else sees,” Kone­fal muses. “She sees a de­cent man who needs help, and she was just try­ing to pro­vide it.”

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