Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina Davis-Corinthos
|General Hospital character|
|First appearance||November 19, 2002|
|Book appearances||The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli|
|General Hospital: Night Shift|
|Other names||Kristina Ashton
Kristina Adela Davis-Corinthos
|Residence||Port Charles, New York|
Kali Rodriguez as Kristina Davis-Corinthos
Kristina Davis-Corinthos is a fictional character from the original ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Born in 2002, Kristina is the daughter of mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his former attorney -- Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn). She is currently being portrayed by Lexi Ainsworth after being rapidly aged in 2009. Ainsworth received critical acclaim for her portrayal and was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. Between 2012–13, she was played by Lindsey Morgan. Kristina's storylines during Morgan's tenure were critically panned, but Morgan also earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 2013. In 2015, Ainsworth returned to the role.
From December 2002 to July 2003, Kristina was portrayed by unknown child actors; followed by Kara and Shelby Hoffman from July 23, 2003 to late 2003 then by Emma and Sarah Smith from December 23, 2003 until 2005. In November 2005, child actress, Kali Rodriguez stepped into the role on a recurring basis. Rodriguez last appears as Kristina on August 13, 2008.
In May 2009, it was announced teen actress Lexi Ainsworth had been cast in the role of Kristina. Ainsworth first appeared on June 4, 2009. Response from fans and critics was very positive and Ainsworth was put on contract in late June. After months of rumors and speculation, Ainsworth confirmed in October 2011 via Twitter she'd been let go and has just filmed her last episode. Ainsworth last appeared in the role on November 4, 2011.
After much speculation and rumor as to whether Ainsworth would return to the role, several sources reported that the show was looking to bring Kristina back to Port Charles. On April 17, 2012, TVLine reported that actress Lindsey Morgan has been cast as Kristina and would make her debut on May 25, 2012. Morgan explains during an interview that she was unaware what role she was auditioning for as only a vague character description was released instead of the character's name. The producers put Morgan through a chemistry test with her potential on-screen parents, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), which was something that hadn't been done in years. On March 26, 2013, Morgan announced she had departed her role as Kristina, last airing on March 4.
With the SORAS aging of Kristina in 2009, Kristina is initially introduced as a bit of a wild child. Kristina's trouble making ways during her first few months as "Kristina" are described as "phase". She often throws caution into the wind just to defy her parents because of how she grew up. However, several major events in her life, including causing her step-mother, Claudia's (Sarah Brown) car accident and miscarriage facilitate a character transition and Kristina morphs into somewhat of a "good girl". The vague 2012 casting call described the character as "soulful, but fiery." New comer Lindsey Morgan describes Kristina as having the perfect blend of qualities from both of her parents.
Teen dating abuse
In the summer of 2009, Kristina's boyfriend Kiefer Bauer (Christian Alexander) begins assaulting her repeatedly whenever he gets angry. Ainsworth praised the storyline saying several viewers could identify with her character. There was a very slow build in Kiefer's abusive attitude months before it actually happened and the storyline progresses in real time. On and off screen, Kristina's lack of positive male role models in her life is the reason for her choice to stay in an abusive relationship; she doesn't really know how to react to the situation, let alone remove herself from it. Ainsworth further discusses Kiefer's reason for the abuse, noting "he comes from a family who has instilled a feeling of entitlement in the young man." At the time, she is crushing on the older mysterious Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons) which only serves as a catalyst for Kiefer's anger. Kristina's crush turns to bitterness after a beating from Kiefer lands her in the hospital, and she blames Ethan.
Recast and reality
With the 2012 recast, Kristina returns home with a "vengeance" after discovering the truth about her parents' bribing the admissions office at Yale University to get her accepted. Morgan admits that Kristina's actions may be a bit questionable at times, but she only does certain things to get those around her to be honest with her. "Even though she is basically, really, extorting them right now, she's doing it almost for an ethical reason. In the end it's to expose her father--and her mother--and say, 'Hello, this is wrong!'" The plot in which Kristina forces her family to star in her reality show is also her way of asserting her independence. "College has shown her her own strength, her own power. And she's very much her father's daughter--and very much her mother's daughter. And very much tired of it all. Tired of them going behind her back, and tired of them being controlling. She needs to have her own say in her life." However, most viewers and critics didn't approve of the new direction and the reality aspect of the storyline. ABC Soaps in Depth gave the storyline a "Thumbs Down!" comparing it to a bad spoof of VH1's hit reality series, Mob Wives and the recast which is initially met with much disapproval is weighed down by the story. While SID has no problem with such a drastic character change as Ainsworth's Kristina according to SID is "relatable and likably soft" and Morgan's Kristina is written as "a jaded hell-raiser;" the reality show is not the best way to get fans to approve of the recast. In an interview with TVSource Magazine's Omar Nobles, Morgan revealed that Kristina was mostly upset by Sonny and Alexis pulling strings to get her into Yale because of what their actions said about her; "It's saying they didn't believe in her; she couldn't be admitted on her own and that hurt her. The people that she needs the most to believe in her doubted she could and that's why they did it… I also feel like they also thought she couldn't handle disappointment. That's what hurts her." Kristina forgives her parents knowing they meant well but she really cares about what they think of her. "As the middle child, especially with them never being together and Sonny and his huge family and other children; Alexis is busy with everything in her life. I think Kristina feels like she never got enough attention and was never truly seen by them. So when she's becoming an adult she wants to say them 'I am an adult and I can do this' and they don't think so and that hurts her."
Along with the reality show storyline comes a new love interest for Kristina in Erik Valdez's Trey Mitchell, a grad student from Yale who convinces her to launch the Mob Princess series. According to Morgan, Kristina is very much blindsided by Trey as she is going through a time in her life where she is trying to find some stability. Coming from such an unconventional family where her parents never actually tried to be together leaves Kristina yearning for that family unit she never had with her parents. Even though Trey appears to be manipulating her, Kristina hopes the relationship will turn into something more when they marry on August 28, 2012. Kristina's need for a stable family is reflected in her concern for her sister, Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) when her marriage begins falling apart. Though Kristina has always dreamed of having that "perfect family," she does not see her marriage to Trey being a major deal because she expects the marriage will be over just as quickly as it began. Kristina goes through with the marriage to help Trey realize how much she really does care for him, and hopes he will reciprocate those feelings. Morgan admitted to being confused as to why she trusts Trey so much, as opposed to her family, especially when it comes to her older brother, Michael (Chad Duell). Morgan revealed in an interview Kristina still sees Michael as the overprotective big brother and since leaving college, she's been trying to assert her independence. In a November 2012 interview, Morgan gave her take on Kristina's reason for falling for Trey; besides his looks, Trey is very different from the guys she's date previously or has been interested in. When Kristina is humiliated at school thanks to everyone finding out about Sonny pulling strings to get her in, Trey is the only person who likes her for who she is. "Even when he was playing her, and he obviously did play her – he was probably the person that showered her with the most attention. She took that as 'he's so together, he's interested in my life and I'm his muse, I'm in his star. That meant a lot her, especially after being with guys who never treated her that way or never really seemed to care about her." When asked if Kristina could forgive Trey, Morgan explained that it is definitely a possibility and describes Trey as being the most real love interest for her character. "I mean, he shot his own father to protect her in the end. So he did make the right decision in the end, but it took him a while. I think right now she's just so hurt by it and just so in shock. I could see if like it was 'never again, we'll be perfect together' and whatnot. But I could see her forgiving him, but knowing her it would take a while. And take lots of flowers and candy."
Kristina is born on-screen on November 19, 2002 to Alexis Davis and her then-fiancé, Ned Ashton; named after Alexis's late sister, Kristina Cassadine. After a one night stand with mob boss, Sonny Corinthos, Alexis learns she is pregnant and tries to pass the child off as Ned's. Ned agrees to pretend to be Kristina's father to protect her from Sonny's lifestyle. The truth comes out when Kristina becomes ill and stem cells from Sonny's stillborn daughter with Sam McCall are used to save Kristina's life; Sam would later turn out to be Alexis's long lost daughter. After a court battle, Alexis and Sonny agree to share custody of Kristina, but she would live full time with Alexis, and Sonny would be allowed to see her when ever he wanted. Kristina is officially christened as Kristina Adela Corinthos-Davis with Ric Lansing and Carly Corinthos as her godparents. Soon after, Kristina and Sonny's sons, Michael and Morgan, are kidnapped by A. J. Quartermaine, but rescued by Sam and Jason Morgan. When Alexis is diagnosed with cancer, Kristina briefly lives with Sonny and Carly. When Kristina witnesses Sam shooting Diego Alcazar, she goes into a trance like state for weeks. She eventually recovers and breaks her silence on Christmas. Kristina goes silent again when she sees Diego alive as the Text Message Killer. After Michael is shot and rendered comatose after an attempt on Sonny's life, Alexis reinforces Sonny staying away from their daughter.
Kristina reappears as a teenager who is acting out. She feels that her father does not spend enough time with her, and she is unable to live up to her mother's expectations. Sam tries to give Kristina advice to make herself happy rather than Alexis. When Michael wakes up from his coma, Kristina is thrilled to have her brother back, but Alexis wants them to stay apart, thinking Michael will cause trouble. Kristina, though, rebels against this, and spends time with Michael, Morgan, and her younger sister, Molly Lansing. One night, she is driving home, upset and crying, and causes her stepmother, Claudia, to crash and miscarry her child. Sam suspects Kristina is responsible, but Michael confesses, then skips town. Kristina, guilt-ridden, runs away with Michael to Mexico. They are taken hostage by Jerry Jacks briefly, but escape and are later brought home by Sam and Jason. By this time, Kristina is revealed to be the driver who caused the accident, but Alexis confesses to protect her. Alexis lets Sonny spend time with Kristina, hoping to help her heal.
Kristina is dating her classmate, Kiefer Bauer, but he's both emotionally and physically abusive towards her. The abuse is exposed after Kristina is hospitalized. Kristina intially lies, and claims that Ethan Lovett attacked her, afraid that Sonny will kill Kiefer. Her lie is exposed when Kiefer beats her again, and she is hospitalized. Kiefer dies when Alexis runs him over while taking Kristina to the hospital. Kristina blames herself for Kiefer's death. Alexis is not charged, and Kiefer's father, Warren, is furious. He tries to get Kristina to accuse Ethan again so Alexis will be charged. Kristina refuses, and Warren becomes deranged, opening fire within General Hospital, and tries to kill Kristina. He is gunned down before he can, and Kristina tries to heal with the help of her family. Kristina has a crush on Ethan, but he never reciprocates. When Claudia is killed and Sonny is accused, Kristina pushes her father away, until Michael confesses to the murder. Kristina is heartbroken when Michael goes to prison. Upset with Sonny, Kristina pretends to date mobster Johnny Zacchara to anger Sonny. Unfortunately, Kristina is nearly killed when Sonny plants a bomb in Johnny's car, and two agree to end their charade.
Kristina is aboard the General Hospital ski trip bus when it crashes. She survives, but her friend, Ali, dies, and she's devastated. She's consoled by Sonny, and the two start to amend their relationship. When Kristina becomes a nanny for Emma Drake, Lisa Niles tries to get her hooked on drugs, claiming they're herbal supplements. Fortunately, Ethan discovers this, and helps Kristina get clean. Kristina applies to Yale, her mother's alma mater, but she is wait-listed. Disappointed, she tries to get a job at Crimson Magazine under Kate Howard. However, she later gets accepted into Yale, and leaves town to attend college.
Kristina returns to Port Charles after disappearing from campus weeks prior. Having learned of her parents schemes to get her into Yale and being outcast as the "Mob Princess", Kristina starts a reality show appropriately titled Mob Princess to teach her parents a lesson. Her family believes she is allowing her producer, Trey Mitchell to manipulate her because she is attracted to him. After months of forcing cameras on her family, Trey suddenly shuts down the show so he and Kristina can date. Trey later tells Kristina to believe the production company will sue him if he doesn't deliver a show and he tricks her into marrying him in Las Vegas on camera. Kristina's initial plan is to have the marriage annulled, but after she and Trey consummate the marriage, she refuses.
Trey later reveals that he's the son of Kate and Joe Scully Jr., Sonny's mob enemy. Realizing he lied to her, Kristina is initially furious with Trey. Soon after, though, she is kidnapped by Joe, who intended to kill her, so her inheritance would go to Trey. His plan is interrupted when Trey arrives and stops his father. In the aftermath, Kristina and Trey sign the annulment papers. After Joe dies, Kristina comforts Trey. Kristina and Trey reconcile, and decide to move to Los Angeles together. Before they can, Kristina and Trey are involved in a car accident with Kate, and Trey ends up brain-dead. Trey dies soon after, and Kristina is furious, blaming Kate, who is under the influence of her alternate personality, Connie. Kristina attacks her, wanting payback, and ends up getting arrested. At the hearing, Connie takes back her statement and Kristina is sentenced to 500 hours of community service. After finishing her community service, Kristina enrolls in Wesleyan University.
Kristina returns to Port Charles in September 2015, following her father's shooting. She later attends Sonny and Carly's wedding. In February 2016, Kristina is revealed to have a romantic and sexual attraction to Parker Forsyth, a female professor at Wesleyan. Kristina was failing Prof. Forsyth's class and tried to trade sex for a passing grade, but Parker refused and reported Kristina for violating the Wesleyan University honor code. Kristina was subsequently suspended for one semester. Kristina and Molly talk about Kristina's sexuality, which Kristina refers to as "fluid".
In March 2011, Ainsworth and her co-star Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing) won at the Young Artist Awards with Ainsworth taking home the award for Best Actress in a Daytime Series. Ainsworth earned a Daytime Emmy Nomination for her portrayal of Kristina during the abuse storyline for the Outstanding Young Actress category in 2011. Morgan earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Young Actress in 2013.
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