Casting Call for Classic Role
This is one of the more out-there casting notices we’ve seen in a while, but I’m all about it.
According to SoapShows, Days has issued a casting call for the character of Dr. Valerie Grant, who was famously part of the first, short-lived interracial coupling in the show’s history when she was paired with David Banning.
The role is described as a woman whose “courage and perseverance are two character traits that people admire her for the most. And while her experiences might have hardened other people and made them cynical, Valerie has grown into a wise and compassionate person – who still occasionally gets tripped up by her own mistakes.”
They’re casting her as being in her 50s, which is maybe a little young but not too bad. Valerie popped in and out of Salem a few times in the late 70s and early 80s, and she had a go-nowhere flirtation with Abe when he first arrived in town. Considering her history with both him and Julie, there could be some interesting stuff to play here — though the cynical side of me suspects that they’ll slap her onscreen, pair her up with Abe, and not really do much with her. I’m still salty about how they abruptly ended the Abe/Maxine thing and then relegated Maxine to being a crazed Dannifer stan before she (seemingly) vanished. It’d be nice if they established Valerie as someone to mix it up with Roman or Justin or Deimos or whomever, though I want Abe to have story, too. I just hate the idea of isolating them in “the black story,” especially when there’s a chance for historical relevance and establishing totally fresh material with this character.