James Reynolds (Abe Carver) of Days of our Lives looking dapper as ever in a pin-stripped suit and cowboy boots breezed in to Chicago recently and sat down to chat with Buzz.
Reynolds, was in the windy city on a cold windy day to appear on “In the Loop iVillage.” “Oh I love that show. I did it when they were in sunny Orlando, and now here I am in cold Chicago,” Reynolds said. “The people behind the show are so gracious, I accepted to come back.” Reynolds, sitting over a salmon hamburger, and then taking a stroll down Michigan Ave, has a love for Chicago. He said he tries to come back as often as possible, and Chicago was where he came on his high school senior trip from Kansas. Also it’s the city where him mother studied nursing.
Twenty something years ago, he was invited to be in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, but because of family commitments, he had to decline the offer. Today he says he regrets turning it down. “I do. I love my family, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes I really wish I would of done that parade,” he said.
Reynolds looking very svelte after undergoing a heart-valve replacement several months ago, said that he is doing better than ever. “You know…I feel great! This was a problem I had since a child, but first became a bother now later in life. It was something that had to be corrected.” Reynolds said.
Reynolds, has been playing Abe Carver for 25 years, and is the first African-American to be that long in a series. “I love the job. Abe is a great character. He has depth, and the character can go in many directions,”Reynolds said.
Asked what he like to see Abe do? “Well…get back at my wife Lexie (Renee Jones). How about an affair?”he laughs.
Reynolds is involved in various organizations. He also is proud of the award he won from the NAACP for being in the military and he lights up when he talks about his theatre, called the Fremont Centre Theatre in S. Pasadena.
“Oh yes! It’s something I started along with my wife, and today our son is also involved. I love it. It‘s a real family venture,” he said. “My wife runs the day-to-day operations, and we love to do organizational productions.”
On February 23rd, "Ravensridge" will open at the theatre. It's a production about labor unions and the new Soviet Union. Reynolds added, “It will be spectacular.”
He also said, that he’ll always be in the entertainment business. Even tough it’s audition after audition, he realizes that’s part of the business.
However, he does have several additional ambitions. Someday he would love to teach (not acting), or focus on feature writing, something he has done in the past.
Reynolds also whispered that in the works he has a major project coming up.
“I do. You’ll be the first to know. All I can say…it’s big, it’s big, and I’m excited.” Stay tuned!
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