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Soap Opera Digest|January 17, 2022
Krista Allen Looked Back At Her Road To B&B, With A Memorable Stop in Salem, On Digest's Podcast, Dishing With Digest

Soap Opera Digest: Let's start with how you got interested in the idea of a showbiz career.

Krista Allen: I didn't come to Los Angeles to be an actress.... I had left Texas and I was just in an adventure mode and I came out to Los Angeles and things just started happening. I met a manager, and that led to my very first job, which was THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL. My first job ever was Shelley in Bikini Bar, and I was such an incredible actress already that I kept looking directly into the camera. I didn't know what a mark was. I didn't know any of this stuff. So, it was a recurring role that ended up lasting maybe two episodes and that was it.... And then that kind of prompted me. Because I had gotten that, other things started coming up.

Digest: Was acting something that you fell in love with once you kind of fell into it?

Allen: It's an interesting thing. I never knew this but I'm an introvert. Fully. And social anxiety, or just not feeling like I'm fitting in, was always a big thing for me. And one of the hardest things for me ... when I was able to jump into a character, it's, like, I was okay.... I don't even know how to describe that but it was a really cool thing. I was like, "Wow, this is really cool. I get to play these other characters and it's a lot easier for me to, you know, be present, to be around people.” It really was a thing for me.

Digest: What happened after Shelley?

Allen: I got booted and then I started just auditioning. The manager that I met, he told me, “You need to take an acting class," and then all of a sudden I started getting hired on all these different TV shows ... like HIGH TIDE and SILK STALKINGS. And I kept getting called back to work for these shows and that was huge for me and boom, DAYS OF OUR LIVES came.... And truly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES was like a huge training ground for me but boy, oh boy, I would not say I was an actress. I hadn't taken an acting class.... I was just learning to use my voice.... But it's kind of a beautiful journey to look back on. When I look at the younger Krista, I have so much love and compassion for her and she didn't even know what she was going through.

Digest: Well, let the record reflect that even if you didn't feel confident, you remain my best friend's favorite Billie.

Allen: People are definitely split on that one. But I think there was a vulnerable quality that Billie had and that I have in general. For the rest of my life, I will always have a vulnerable quality. It's just me.

Digest: What do you remember about landing that role and being a newcomer to DAYS?

Allen: Everything was happening so fast for me at that time. I was also engaged when that happened, I had just gotten Liar, Liar, the Jim Carrey movie, and then DAYS OF OUR LIVES came in. It was all within the same couple of months and I had not even been in L.A. for six months, so it was a huge, huge thing for me, but huge in like an, "Oh, my God, I'm an adult," you know?

Digest: What do you remember about working with Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso, who played Bo and Hope?

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