All bets are off on a truce between Days of our Lives’ Abigail and her wicked sister, when Gwen reveals she’s pregnant with Chad’s baby. Actress Marci Miller chatted with Soap Hub about how her character reacts to the heartbreaking situation.
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“Every time Abigail thinks she’s got the whole story, and she’s maybe on the verge of getting a handle on it, she gets pummeled by something else,” says Marci Miller (Abigail), referring to Gwen’s (Emily O’Brien) string of manipulations and blockbuster baby announcement. “It’s almost the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
The Shocking Truth
Ironically, Abigail learns Gwen’s big secret right after Chad (Billy Flynn) urges her to make peace with her sister. A few short hours later, Abigail accidentally overhears Gwen confiding that she’s expecting to their father, Jack (Matthew Ashford). Needless to say, it hits Abigail hard, and she absolutely reels.
“There’s the pregnancy news, but it’s uncertain what exactly is going to be. There are options,” points out Miller.
Pain and Fury
Namely, is Gwen going to keep her unborn child or have an abortion? “What’s going to happen and how that plays out is going to affect Abigail,” notes Miller. “It’s so heart-wrenching for Abigail because she doesn’t deserve it. She doesn’t deserve one piece of it, but here she is.”
Heartbreak and pain aren’t the only emotions Abigail is feeling. She’s also angry as hell. “And what does vengeance look like? What does revenge look like? And does that make you feel any better?” asks Miller. “I don’t know. Abigail has got a lot of things to think about, but at that moment, she’s really decimated.”
Fueled by Hate
And it only intensifies the hostility between Abigail and Gwen. “The hatred and the rage that Abigail starts to feel becomes so big that she can’t even hold it anymore,” admits Miller. “She starts to lean into grief, the grieving, the loss… She’s been trying to put up a fight and stay in the fight and throw punches back, but in these moments, she starts to realize that she’s losing. She’s giving it all she has, but this woman is winning, and there’s nothing she can do about it.”
How does it affect the possibility of a reconciliation between Abigail and Chad? “It’s still ebbs and flows,” summarizes Miller. “Abigail has moments where she says, ‘Yes. I’ll go to therapy.’ But she can’t look at Chad and not see what he’s done. Then for there to potentially be a baby… Abigail knows who Chad is as a person and as a man. He’s not going to just abandon a child that’s his, regardless of how it was conceived.
“That’s going to impact her life,” continues Miller. “Can she really sit by and watch her husband raise a child with her half-sister who tried to ruin her life? [This revelation] is not necessarily something that brings Chad and Abigail together. It just raises more question marks. It elongates the distance between them a little bit. It’s like, OK. We thought we were a quarter of a mile from each other. Now, this happens and we’re a mile and a quarter from each other.” Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.