- Gender & Pronouns: Male, he/him
- Date of Birth: January 10th, 1989 (31)
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
- Neighborhood: Avalon
- Length of Residency: Native, returned 2 weeks ago
- Occupation: President of Kennedy Holdings
- Face Claim: Theo James
To be born a Kennedy on Catalina Island was the greatest privilege, or so James had been told by his grandfather over and over again. Surely it had its perks, but the pressure to be the perfect son was always there, even when he was just a little boy. It got better when his little sister was born five years after him and again when his little brother arrived another three years later. Now their parents had to make sure all of their children got the same amount of attention and made little eight-year-old James finally feel like a child.
James was the smart kid in his class, the one with the brain and the one who showed an equal amount of interest in being active. He tried to do everything at once, wanted to be good at everything at the same time and it worked.. for a while. Soccer on Mondays, swimming on Tuesdays and football on Thursdays and Fridays, his week was filled with stuff he enjoyed to do and as long as he was happy, his parents had nothing to worry about. And they didn’t worry about him much at all, at least not until he started going to high school.
Ironically, it was when James started high school that he decided his education was worth more than being active in that many different sports. Or rather, his parents decided it was about time he picked one out of the many he liked so he’d be able to focus on his studies. He picked football almost naturally but reluctantly, knowing he would make the most out of it. With the beginning of high school, his structured daily routine changed and with a lot more free time on his hands, James had a lot more time to explore what it was like to finally be in high school - and it was nothing like the children of his parent’s friends always described it to be. He wasn’t picked on by the others, he was actually quite popular as soon as he started playing football for the team. With the coming popularity also came the interest of the girl everybody wanted (himself included). It was known that none of her relationships lasted for very long and he would have been foolish to think that he would stick around for longer than the ones before, but he still tried. But trying didn’t mean that it worked out. It was exhausting to date her for him and nothing like he’d thought it would be - who liked drama really? Their liaison lasted for two months before it came to an end and he swore he would focus on other things.
When he met Parker Belmont and all of his previous promises of not dating in high school again were thrown out of the window. A Kennedy dating anybody who wasn’t hand-picked by his parents was considered a tragedy amongst the family, who all instantly disapproved of their quickly evolving relationship. But none of the nonsense people liked to throw their way had any sort of impact. James was head over heels for the brunette beauty. Graduating from high school a year sooner than his girlfriend it was, however, time to say goodbye. The family business had been his grandfather’s greatest accomplishment and something he was terribly proud of; it was the natural thing to follow his dad’s footsteps and go to Yale. While the distance was hard to bear, the couple made it work all through Parker’s senior year and James proposed right after her graduation, going against his mother’s wishes and ignoring her begging not to do it. But with the distance between them, his mother began to realize that his fiancé wasn’t going anywhere - she was there to stay, hopefully for a long time. Everything happened so quickly, James wasn’t even sure it really happened. He was over the moon for the short amount of time they spent together before he had to leave again. This time he’d be over-seas with a few of his family members who were managing the Kennedy Resort in Barcelona. Truth be told, he did his job pretty well. Surely his father pushed him from time to time, but he knew what it meant to be disciplined.
It was so sudden when his grandfather passed, he barely had time to stay home after they’d buried him; even less to speak to Parker about his new responsibilities. James never stayed in one place for longer than two weeks and if he did, something was going terribly wrong. The conversations between him and Parker became even less now that his training was over and he was fully involved in the business. He didn’t know when or how, but somewhere along the line their calls became less, they stopped visiting each other until they simply didn’t talk anymore. His bad cell reception definitely never helped the case, plus he never really had the time to sit down and breathe anymore. Building an empire; that’s what James was supposed to do. That’s what his grandfather had always told him to do. There wouldn’t be a Kennedy legacy if Harold Kennedy would have sat on his behind. Every detail, every angle needed to be thought of. James quickly learned that his work was now his entire life.
It took James years to feel settled enough to come back home to Catalina Island. Jetsetting had long lost its appeal and he longed for nothing more than to call one place his home. That didn’t mean there was any less work, however. At home, he had the Casino, the Kennedy Resort and a couple of other businesses to manage; there was no room for boredom whatsoever.
- Positive: Intelligent | Hardworking | Driven
- Negative: Distant | Stoic | Defensive
James Kennedy is portrayed by Nessa.