Victoria Konefal (Ciara)
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.”