Won Over

When Genie Francis, 26, created the role of Diana Colville on NBC's Days of Our Lives, she was determined to win the respect of her co-workers. Not that she didn't walk through the door as one of the most popular players in the annals of daytime. Says the soap veteran, "I had to earn it here the same way I earned it on General Hospital." Francis (above) was, of course, Laura on the ABC soap for five years. It's clear she prefers the light romantic comedy of Days' lady Diana to the angst of GH's troubled teen. "It's a lot easier spending your day figuring out where the jokes are rather than always concentrating on pain," she muses.