hon­est abe

James Reynolds says that his DAY OF OUR LIVES char­ac­ter re­mains Salem’s con­science

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview - — Kelli M. Lar­son with re­port­ing by Curtis Hard­ing

As one of the faces of law and or­der in Salem for the bet­ter part of four decades, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Abra­ham Carver is a beloved part of the com- mu­nity. It’s one of the things that his por­trayer, James Reynolds, likes best about the char­ac­ter. “I don’t think that there’s any­one in Salem who’s more trust­wor­thy,” the ac­tor sug­gests. “There are cer­tainly other char­ac­ters with a sense of what’s good, but Abe re­ally takes it to heart, and his loy­alty to his friends and rel­a­tives is some­thing that he holds dear.”

Fall­ing In Love Again

Among those who mat­ter most th­ese days to Abe is Valerie, the woman from his past with whom he’s rekin­dled a re­la­tion­ship based on trust and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port, even in the most dif­fi­cult of times. “They’ve lived com­plete lives apart, so now they are com­ing at each other as the same peo­ple but with sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ences,” Reynolds ob­serves. “And to learn that there’s still an at­trac­tion be­tween them? They’re both re­ally ex­cited by that. It gives their re­la­tion­ship a kind of nice, steady ma­tu­rity.”

While Abe’s re­cent ar­rest for par­tic­i­pat­ing in Dario’s coun­ter­feit­ing ring proved shock­ing, the fact he was ac­tu­ally help­ing to take down the real guilty party — Raines — was not. Could it be that there are still things to learn about this char­ac­ter that fans thought they knew so

well? “This has been a won­der­ful mo­ment,” Reynolds shares. “As the year goes on, you’re go­ing to see more blos­som­ing of this it­er­a­tion of Abe.”

Big Changes Ahead!

In­deed, in the com­ing months, Abe will en­counter the big­gest chal­lenge that he’s faced in years, and the way that he han­dles it might prove sur­pris­ing, even to long­time view­ers. “The au­di­ence may have never seen this par­tic­u­lar Abe Carver,” hints his por­trayer. “It’s not bad or evil, but it’s some­body that re­acts in ways that are [a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent].

“There’s a lot of emo­tion in­volved in

what will be hap­pen­ing,” he con­tin­ues, “and it will re­ally give view­ers some­thing to think about.”

Hav­ing grown with the char­ac­ter over the years, Reynolds has en­joyed be­ing an in­te­gral part of that process and is still proud to be as­so­ci­ated with some­one of such moral fiber. “In Abe, you see a ma­ture man — he’s some­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced a lot and has learned from his tri­umphs and his fail­ures,” the ac­tor re­flects. “He’s some­body who en­joys life and who em­braces his fam­ily and his friends.”

His At­ti­tude Of Grat­i­tude

What­ever hap­pens next, Reynolds re­mains proud to have been a part of DAYS for so many years. “It’s a tremen­dous honor to be that rare com­pany of peo­ple that have been on one show for a long time and whom the au­di­ence still sup­ports,” he says. “I’m very grate­ful to [co-cre­ator] Betty Cor­day, who orig­i­nally cast me, and of course to [ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] Ken Cor­day for so many years of friend­ship and sup­port. It’s been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney.”

“The ups and downs of our char­ac­ters never af­fected us as peo­ple who liked each other and were friends,” Reynolds says of him­self and for­mer on-screen love Renée Jones (ex-Lexie).

“Abe’s sto­ry­lines from the early- to mid-’80s are some of what I re­mem­ber most fondly,” the DAYS vet con­fides.

“Abe is ad­mit­tedly more pro­tec­tive than other par­ents,” Reynolds ob­serves. “Theo’s autism is some­thing he has to fac­tor in.”

“If Abe had any ques­tions about Valerie — and I don’t think he did,” Reynolds sug­gests, “they’ve been com­pletely wiped away by her strength in stand­ing by him.”

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