Lexi Ainsworth (ABC)

General Hospital‘s Kristina Davis is currently involved with an abusive boyfriend, while also dealing with the reality of having a mobster for a father. I recently talked with Kristina’s portrayer, Lexi Ainsworth, to find out how she feels about her dramatic storyline and working on the ABC soap.

Despite having appeared in various TV shows (“Medical Investigation,” “Gilmore Girls,” “iCarly”) and movies (“Caroline Crossing,” “The Gray Man,” “Wild Child”), General Hospital is Lexi’s first foray into Daytime.

After about eight months of playing the SORASed Kristina, Lexi reflected, “Since I’d never been on a soap before I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s been great. I love working with everyone. It’s like a big family.”

Upon her introduction as a teenager, Kristina grew into a bit of a wild child, as the newly aged teen flirted with Jason (Steve Burton) and snuck pot into a previously comatose Michael’s (Drew Garrett) hospital room. Since then, she’s morphed into somewhat of a good girl, but with an abusive boyfriend. As for why her character is so different now than when she was reintroduced in the middle of last year, Lexi offered that Kristina was going through a phase early on, but subsequent events, such as Claudia’s accident and going on the run to Cancun, facilitated a change in her.

Concerning her thoughts about playing out the teen abuse storyline, Lexi said, “I think it’s great. I have lots of fans that write to me about being in abusive relationships and they can relate to my character, so I think it’s a great opportunity for me to portray this character.”

Kiefer’s abusive attitude towards Kristina has been building for months, but it seems more attention is now being paid to the tumultuous teens. For what viewers can expect, Lexi previewed, “They’re doing it in real time, as a real relationship would kind of progress. It’s going to definitely come to a head. It’s going to get more violent as these types of relationships do and it will be something big.”

In order to prepare for her portrayal, Lexi explained, “I’m doing some research. I saw the Rihanna interviews and I listened to some radio stories about that. I’m trying to get inside her head to see what it’s really like, because I’ve never been in an abusive relationship, fortunately.” (For more on her research, read our follow up interview in the GH News Room.)