A Gay Wedding in Salem.
And for those of us who have been on this ride since the love story of WilSon began, it’s easy to forget that this event is also making television history as the first wedding between two men on a daytime soap opera. (It’s not the first daytime gay wedding, however, as diehard soap fans will tell you. Eden and Tamara took that honor back in 2009 on All My Children.)
TheBacklot has followed the journey over the years, too, and we grabbed a few minutes with Smith yesterday to get his take on what we’ll see over the next few days, what had him crying his eyes out during the taping of the wedding and what he thinks his on-screen soon-to-be-husband brings to the role.
TheBacklot: The engagement and now the marriage is such a big thing for the show and the world out there. Do you feel the weight of that?
Freddie Smith: I really do. To see us build and go through this journey together of Will’s coming out and us falling in love after being friends for so long and then having little Ari, getting engaged, getting married. They’re really maturing and that’s what I really love. Their whole journey has led up to this wedding. It’s so amazing.
Days is a soap and weddings don’t always go smoothly. What can you tease about what we’ll see.
FS: Of course there’s going to be a little drama but what I loved the best is they really made a beautiful wedding. The stories that were shared, the people that were there celebrating Will and Sonny’s love for each other was so beautiful and I can’t wait to see how it turned out on the other side of it. Being in it and watching it are two different things. I remember being so emotional and for some of these speeches just crying my eyes out.
I was going to ask if you personally were emotional since you’ve been on this road for so long as Sonny.
FS: This was one of the biggest episodes that I remember. That week, we did so many episodes and it was just a beautiful story. I have a scene with Adrienne (Judi Evans) right before I’m getting ready and I thought ‘it feels like I really am getting married!’ I’ve never done any of this before. It was awesome.
Is the drama monumental at all? Anything you can tell me?
FS: I can’t really say much, honestly, and everyone is going to see it very, very soon but it’s really the backdrop to the whole thing and not a big dramatic event. It really is very positive and it’s important to have that kind of wedding. I’m so glad [the writers] had it go smooth.
Tell me about going on this part of the journey with Guy, who is new to the Days family, and how it’s been working with him?
FS: He’s been great, he really has. He’s professional and we get together and run our lines, we show up and really want to give a great performance for the people who are watching. And our storyline is impacting people in a positive way so I think it’s really important for us to make sure we do a good job. But we’re having fun, too, and he’s doing a great job.
What do you think Guy has brought to the role of Will?
FS: He’s a different person in general. When someone new is going to come in, he’s going to use some of the characteristics that Chandler [Massey, who played Will until earlier this year] has created and put them into the character but Guy has made some other choices as well and I think in general we’ve both matured as a couple. Having a baby, getting married, it’s going to mature you and I think both characters are on that ride where they are maturing.
And now Sonny is a stepfather!
FS: It’s really cool! I love those babies, too. So beautiful. I love them to death.
What have you been hearing from the fans out there now that we’re at this point?
FS: I haven’t heard anything negative but I also don’t read the blogs and stuff so I don’t know what people are saying but I’m getting a lot of love. We have a lot of fan mail, a lot of tweets sending love our way.
Days Of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.