How Much Does Kristian Alfonso Make Per Episode On Days Of Our Lives?

"Days of Our Lives" fans have absolutely loved watching Kristian Alfonso as Hope Brady. The Massachusetts native grew up training to be an ice skater and dancer, and was such a great athlete that she even won the gold medal in figure skating at the Junior Olympics when she was just 13 years old (via Soaps). Sadly, her Olympic career was cut short when a sledding accident forced her to stop skating and dancing. However, Alfonso quickly found a new career when she was discovered by a modeling agency and began to grace the covers of Vogue and Bazaar by the time she was 15 years old.

After she began to gain exposure for modeling, casting director Vicki Rosenberg cast the young star in a movie titled "Starmaker" alongside famed actor Rock Hudson. That paved the way for Alfonso's acting career and she went on to star as Pilar Ortega on the TV series "Falcon Crest." She also hosted the reality show "Love Stories" in the '90s and joined actor Dolph Lundgren in the movie "Joshua Tree" in addition to landing a role on "Melrose Place," per Soap Central.

However, it was Alfonso's role in "Days of Our Lives" that made her a household name.

Kristian Alfonso joined Days of Our Lives in 1983

Kristian Alfonso joined the cast of "Days of Our Lives" in 1983 as an aged version of Hope Williams, per Soaps in Depth. The character of Williams soon became a fan favorite, and when the NBC soap opera paired her with the character of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), viewers went wild. Bo and Hope quickly became a soap opera super couple and fans couldn't get enough, per Nine. Over the years, the pair went through many ups and downs. They welcomed three children together, Shawn Douglas Brady (Brandon Beemer), Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal), and a son named Zack who died in a tragic accident when he was very young.

Hope has also dealt with a lot of drama in her life, including being brainwashed to believe that she was Princess Gina, being presumed dead, and even killing Salem's biggest villain, Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo). In addition to her epic romance with Bo, Hope also had romances with Aiden Jennings, Rafe Hernandez, and Larry Welch, per Soap Central.

Hope quickly became a staple on "Days of Our Lives," and Alfonso was one of its most important and popular leading ladies. Because of her popularity on the sudser, some fans may be stunned to find out how much the actress was paid per episode of the show.

Kristian Alfonso's Days of Our Lives salary may surprise you

According to Fame 10, "Days of Our Lives" star John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) is said to be worth $10 million and Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) is said to have a net worth of $12 million, making them two of the wealthiest cast members of the NBC soap opera. Meanwhile, actress Alison Sweeney, who plays the role of Sami Brady is also worth $9 million. However, Kristian Alfonso's net worth is lower than some of her former co-stars. Alfonso is said to be worth about $5 million (via Celebrity Net Worth).

Cheat Sheet reveals that while Alfonso is worth millions of dollars, she was far from the highest-paid cast member on "Days of Our Lives." The outlet suggests that Susan Seaforth Hayes, who plays Julie Williams and is the longest-running cast member, has the highest pay per episode on the show. The salary for the average soap opera star is reportedly $2,000 to $5,000, and Alfonso reportedly made $5,000 per episode during her decades-long run on "Days of Our Lives."

In 2020, Alfonso left the soap opera, and while her salary was never said to have been a factor in her decision to exit the show, it has been speculated that money may have played a part in her exit. In 2022, Alfonso returned to reprise the role of Hope on Season 2 of the show's spin-off series "Beyond Salem."