It’s Will Horton’s “official” coming out week on Days of our Lives! And to get celebrate, Outfest sponsored a terrific event late last week in Los Angeles called Days of our Lives: A Coming Out Celebration featuring red carpet arrivals, a screening for those in attendance of Will’s story thus far, and a panel discussion featuring members of the cast involved in the storyline including: Chandler Massey (Will), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Wally Kurth (Justin) Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Deidre Hall (Marlena) and co-executive producer Greg Meng.
Throughout the week, On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you our one-on-one interviews, and some sneak peeks and highlights, and emotional moments, from the panel discussion, as we celebrate the importance of another core character coming out on a daytime soap.
On today’s episode, Will finally comes out to Marlena, but what will happen when he tells his mom? Alison Sweeney’s Sami has yet to find out on-screen that Will is gay, but when she does, as Alison previewed, it is your “typical” Sami reaction. With the permission of NBC executive, Bruce Evans, during the Outfest panel discussion, she elaborated on what viewers can expect when Sami is forced to deal with this game-changer in her son’s life! SPOILER ALERT: If you do not want to know what happens, we advise you not to read on. If you do want to read on, check it out after the jump!
ALISON: Sami does not say anything, and she runs away. What I love about Sami is that she loves her son so much, but she always seems to say the wrong thing. She always puts her foot in her mouth, and if it’s possible to mess up a situation, Sami knows how to make that happen. I think this is one of those times. She knows how important it is, and it is so fun for me, because I love working with Chandler so much and we have such a fun dynamic. It was such an open and vulnerable moment when Will tells Sami, and Sami goes, “I got to go,” and fled the scene. I think she goes through those Sami things, that are probably very common, in other ways too. But for Sami it’s very normal. She thinks it all because of her, and what did she do? Chandler described all of Sami’s flaws when he described how his character is affected by her past, and she is not wrong to wonder how she played a role in this. She has to work through all those feelings and talk to all the people in Salem about it. She ultimately makes it about her. I think in her heart and because she has Lucas, (who is her hero) she will come crawling back to him about how can she make this right with Will. And of course, that is a whole other beat of the story. There is a fun Sami and Kate scene, too where they are at odds about work, once again, but it’s so great. There is this awesome moment where Kate looks at Sami and says, “Now, seriously. Forget about that. We are going to talk about making things OK for Will.” And the two of them set aside their cat claws and take care of Will and have that conversation in a very similar Kate and Sami way. They connected on that, and then at the very end, it’s like, “I am still going to torment you.” So, it was like, “Game on!” Lauren Koslow (Kate) and I love that opportunity to play that.
So what do you think about how Sami will react? Are you excited to see the scenes play out? Let us know!