James Reynolds says that his DAY OF OUR LIVES character remains Salem’s conscience
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.”
“Abe is admittedly more protective than other parents,” Reynolds observes. “Theo’s autism is something he has to factor in.”
“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.
“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.”