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Days of her life look very bright

A soap opera role in hand, a former Countryside High student's career is blooming.

By TERRI BRYCE REEVES, Times Correspondent
Published December 30, 2007

[Brian Lowe]
Kristen Renton, a former Countryside High School student who left in her sophomore year to become a professional actor, now has a regular part on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. She has a yearlong contract.

She's involved in a love triangle, was drugged and nearly raped, and helped her sorority sisters hide a body in the basement. It's all in a day's work for former Countryside High School student Kristen Renton, who recently snagged a yearlong contract on NBC's Days of Our Lives. "It's extremely exciting; you never know what's going to happen next," said Renton, 25, who grew up in Clearwater. "When I get a new script, I can't wait to read it and see where things are going."

Renton made her debut on the soap opera Sept. 28, playing Morgan Hollingsworth, the rich and beautiful sorority president. Her first contract appearance was Dec. 3.

Of her character she said, "she's the type of girl who lives for her sorority, the sisterhood, but if you cross her, she'll cut you with a butter knife."

Renton said the cast of characters on the soap "all have some kind of secret to carry," but in real life, well, they're just like family.

"They are genuinely amazing people who are very welcoming and generous," she said.

After heading for Tinseltown during her sophomore year of high school, Renton's star has been rising with appearances on CBS'CSI:NY, Fox's The O.C., the WB's Maybe it's Me and MTV's The Andy Dick Show and Scratch and Burn. She's acted in two movies, a slew of national commercials, and a leading role on the MTV series, Now What?

She also has a starring role in the upcoming film Ghouls, tentatively slated for the Sci Fi channel in January.

"My grandmother was a ghoul queen and my job is to take over that role," she said of her character. "I become a ghoul for a short period of time and then take the appropriate measures."

Despite the ongoing strike by entertainment writers, Renton has plenty to do on Days of Our Lives, at least through mid January. That's when the stash of advance scripts would run out.

Meanwhile, she said, "our hearts go out" to the writers, and she hopes her sudsy role will last a long time. Just to make sure, she is learning techniques to help memorize her lines quickly and takes care not to mess up the writers' carefully placed words.

"You don't want to upset the writers," she said.

Terri Bryce Reeves can be reached at


Tune in

Days of Our Lives airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on NBC.

[Last modified December 29, 2007, 21:28:09]

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