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60 December 1st, 2014 DAYS Christopher Sean Talks Paul/Sonny Lip-Lock, Playing Gay, And The Drama Ahead!

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The secret is out to viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives, but for Salem’s latest arrival … professional baseball player Paul Narita (Christopher Sean) … that may not be the case to most all that think they know him.

As DAYS fans saw right before the Thanksgiving holiday break, Paul planted a whopper of a kiss on none other than Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), ending months of speculation that the incoming newbie character would indeed turn out to be gay, and an ex of Sonny’s.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Christopher Sean, who had been all the buzz of late, at last night’s Hollywood Christmas Parade where he joined his cast mates as the long-running NBC series was being honored for their upcoming 50th season.

Christopher shared a few of his thoughts on taking on the very topical gay role, whether he sees Paul as a good guy … or perhaps the villain, what he thought of Paul’s kiss on Sonny, and more!

On Days of our Lives, you get to play a professional athlete who is gay which has been a ripped-from-the-headlines story these days when you look at Michael Sam, Jason Collins, and Robbie Rogers, to name a few who have all come out over the last few years.  How did the DAYS brass pitch you the role?

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CHRISTOPHER:  They said, “Are you comfortable playing a gay role?”  And I said, “Yes!”  I talked to my manager about it.  He was like “Listen; at the end of the day, it’s a very controversial thing to play a professional athlete who is coming out.”  And so for me, to be able to be a part of the gay right movement, seriously, it’s like “Wow!”

So, viewers just saw the big lip-lock between Paul and Sonny.  How has it been working with Freddie Smith (Sonny)?

CHRISTOPHER:  He is cool and awesome, and one of the nicest and most humble people I have ever met, which is so nice when someone is a celebrity.

Did you watch back the big reveal when viewers learned 100% that Paul must have a past with Sonny, and is gay?

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CHRISTOPHER: I had forgotten that last Wednesday was the day the reveal aired, and so my Twitter account blew up with “OMG! OMG! OMG!”  I couldn’t believe I missed it, but my parents did DVR it!  So, I am just going to go to their house, and we are all going to watch it together.

Who has been the most helpful on the DAYS set and took you under their wings when you arrived several months ago?

CHRISTOPHER:  I would say Shawn Christian. He is Shawn Christian and I am Christopher Sean. (Laughs)  Our very first day, our stage manager brought that up!  He would go, “Shawn Christian…Christopher Sean …to the set!” (Laughs)   It was one of those awesome moments.  And as for Shawn Christian, he has been a leader and a father figure, and is such a great guy.

So, what can you say to us … do you think Paul will end up being a good guy or bad guy?

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CHRISTOPHER:  We are five months ahead on DAYS … but I am also on Hawaii-Five-0, and I am the bad guy on there which is awesome!  On DAYS, I get to play Paul Narita who is aware of his emotions and is intelligent. I will say, his intentions are as honorable as he possibly can make them.

So, the jury is out! (Laughs)

CHRISTOPHER:  What is coming up in the months ahead are so many twists and turns.  It’s going to be amazing.

Does Paul definitely want Sonny back?  Is that his intention?

CHRISTOPHER:  I can tell you he has a past with Sonny, and he is hoping to see what future they may have.

So, are you intrigued thus far by Paul’s story and what is to come?  Do you hope Paul turns out to be a good guy, and give Will a run for his money? Could Paul even win Sonny’s heart? Have you enjoyed Christopher Sean’s performances thus far?  Comment below as the story continues to pick up steam this week on Days of our Lives!

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  1. toscanti says:

    I find it interesting that DOOL, B&B and GH have great gay storylines but Y&R won’t touch the subject. JFP never would at GH, is she homophobic? Does make one ponder the thought, she appears to hate everyone else after all. Kudos to DOOL, GH and B&B for their great stories.

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    David replied

    I’ve only watched B&B one year. What gay story line is currently on there? Caroline’s mother?

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    Mo replied

    I think that’s it. Karen and partner, whose name I can’t remember, played by Crystal Chappell. I think if the actress (Joanna Johnson) were available, there might be more story with the pair.

    Red replied

    Well I new that Sonny had a lover that was famous in his past so I was not surprised

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  2. kay says:

    Still deciding. I ship WilSon so do not like to see anyone trying to come between them. But I will watch the drama unfold and hope for the best.

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    Lola replied

    Me too Kay….Like you, I will be watching the OOC writing for WilSon and hope like heck that they intend for WilSon to be endgame. I like Christopher Sean, but I’m not so sure about Paul lol! Does anyone else think that the days writers could have come up with something more imaginative than a loving couple cheating on each other? Days needs some writers with more imagination than yet another infidelity sl. Having said that, I’m glad we are starting to see more of Sonny and his life pre-Salem.

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  3. Antonella says:

    I hate the fact Days felt the need to screw WilSon up after ruining Ejami. I get happy couple are not interesting in soap land but cheating seems to be the only answer to every freaking problem people have with their partners. This is so sad and stupid in my book.

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  4. Sasha says:

    I’m in love. With Paul. With Sonny. With PaulSon!

    Best thing to happen in a very long time.

    Christopher Sean is the best young actor I’ve seen this whole year.
    DAYS would be totally nuts not to give him a lasting role.

    And I don’t see how Paul’s story can be told in a meaningful way if he doesn’t ultimately come out publicly, especially because he wants to tell the whole world how much he loves his partner, Sonny!! That’s a central part of the situation these young men who are forced to NOT tell their own story in the sports, movies (Hollywood!!!) etc. arenas have to deal with: that they are not only denying themselves, but their boyfriend/life partner!!

    So, Paul not ending up with his big love wouldn’t make any sense, if not totally destroy this whole story.

    I know so many people who stopped watching because they didn’t like the new version o WilSon. Right now, they’re telling me they’re coming back, because they want to see Sonny/Freddie shine again! PaulSon is the way to go here.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I agree…CS is a great find and one of the best new actors to hit daytime in a long time…hope Days holds on to him!!!

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    cece replied

    Paulson all the way! I barely know Paul but I am really rooting for him with Sonny. You hit thenail on the head.

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  5. dmr says:

    Unfortunately, I could really care less-just so disappointed in the show right now-stopped recording it.

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  6. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    I was hoping that Paul already has another Salem connection…let Anne turn out to be his older half sister…let her know he is gay, and both Paul and Anne keep it a secret because Paul fears itll hurt his career…then lets see Anne’s reaction when Theresa tells her she has fallen in love with Paul…will Anne tell her the truth…will Paul admit he is gay to Theresa or use her to hide his secret…it most likely wont turn out this way but this couldv’e lead to some very dramatic moments!!!

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    PV Jr. replied

    This is a little off the point, but what is with all the characters calling Anne a cow?

    When other characters are referred to as beautiful, etc., she gets labeled a cow.

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    alistaircrane replied

    Anne is a horrible, evil person. It’s sickening to me that they have a character on the show bashing the Hortons. I guess she is the “Mary Sue” of these headwriters.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Anne is a favorite of mine…the actress is beautiful…the name calling is stupid but just part of the sory…shes a keeper…hoping more story for her…the Hortons are one of my favorite tv families…i dont know why some soap fans pick on her…she isnt the only evil person in town…the Dimeras are the most wicked and yet fans love them(i like them and Anne)

    Fox replied

    The connection I want … Let Paul be an unknown love child of Lucas from his (pre-Sami) playboy military cadet days, thereby Sonny would be caught between two half-brothers! How soapy .. lol! (btw – They’ve had the casting call out for Paul’s mother (Tori) for awhile now, so this could happen.)

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    kay replied

    You may be getting your wish. I know Lucas is going to be getting a big story soon and Will helps him – some kind of mystery. Maybe it comes about after Paul’s mother comes to Salem and Lucas recognizes her from years ago.

    Jackie replied

    What do you mean? Pauls mother has been on the show for at least a couple of weeks now and also has been being mentioned a lot before that?

  7. Mo says:

    I thought Days shot three months in advance, not five.

    Looking forward to today’s show and seeing what transpires.

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    LeeAnn replied

    It’s 5 months close to 6 actually !

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  8. Mark says:

    I love Days!!!!!

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  9. alistaircrane says:

    I like that Days has finally introduced a third party for Will and Sonny. I’ve never really been able to invest in Will and Sonny because they never had to truly struggle to be together. There was no gay male version of Sami Brady scheming to break them up. It took my favourite couple Carrie and Austin 5 years to get married, but Will and Sonny were married in maybe two. Maybe Will will end up being the bad guy who’s scheming to keep Sonny and Paul apart. He is Sami and Lucas’ son after all.
    And I have to give Days credit for casting an Asian-American actor in this role. It’s nice to have some more diversity on the show. If I were running Days, I would have cast Abe’s nephew Ben Carver (Wendy and Jonah’s son) for the Will/Sonny storyline, but Paul will do.

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    kay replied

    So fighting for his husband makes Will a “bad guy” in your mind. Marriage must not mean anything to you.

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    alistaircrane replied

    We’re watching a soap opera. There was nothing more thrilling than when Marlena and John made love on the conference room table at Titan even though she was married to Roman. And again, I’m not invested in the Will/Sonny relationship because the show hasn’t put made them earn it yet. I’d love to see Will channel his inner Sami and lie and scheme to hold on to his man. That’s juicy, soapy drama.

  10. ddd says:

    I hope Sonny and Paul hook up, SO SO tired of Will and his whiney a$$ self. Plus Paul is way hotter than the new Will. Go team Panny, or is it Saul, lol

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    Sasha replied

    You haven’t been on Twitter lately, have you?

    It’s #PaulSon all the way :) )

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    Alex replied

    Is PaulSon

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    Sue McAdams replied

    Yeah I am tired of Will playing the victim. .I never have been sold on this latest Will…the former one was a better fit.

  11. Jamesj75 says:

    So far, so good… I loved the line Sonny had today to Paul: “Oh, that’s right. You’ll never come out of the closet.” And with Theresa in the mix, this should be highly entertaining!

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  12. kay says:

    You are referring to Paul as Sonny’s partner already? Sonny is MARRIED to Will so Will is his partner. Paul may think he is in LOVE with Sonny but that does not automaticalky mean Sonny feels the same.

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  13. Patrick says:

    “… for me, to be able to be a part of the gay right movement ”

    Thank You, Days : Sony : NBC

    right out of the gate : Sonny and Paul flew

    their is a sizzling dynamic going on

    and I am overjoyed at the potential for exciting story… and character envelop

    SOAPBOX : Cheers!

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  14. nich says:

    I dislike how they are having Will treat Sonny but I know its all for storyline purposes and its no excuse for Sonny to cheat but its definitely a reason for him to. But at the same time Sonny needs to stand up for himself and let Will know his true feelings.

    The athlete in the closet storyline is relevant and interesting but I can’t say I like that Paul is coming in between WilSon. But at least Will and Sonny are getting a storyline and some drama. Hopefully Will having some competition will make him appreciate what he has with Sonny because he seems to be taking it for granted. I have faith in the end of it all Will and Sonny will find their way back to each other.

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  15. Alex says:

    I love Paul and can’t wait to see his background along with Sonny (sad Sonny was on 3 years and we still don’t know much about him). I want PaulSon. I root for couples if obstacles are in their way and have great chemistry. PaulSon has that. His closet situation which I assume is what ended their relationship and Sonny’s marriage are huge obstacles. Love their chemistry. Other than Brian, Paul is the most spark I have seen with Sonny. Please days. At least let them have an affair or break up WilSon and make PaulSon happen. I was over Will and Sonny for more than a year.

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    Alex replied

    Paulson is never going to happen

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    Alex replied

    First, you should use something to differentiate your name from mine. Add extra letter or number.

    Second, PaulSon already happened in the past. Paul predates Will in Sonny’s heart and life and obviously there is still something there if you have seen today’s episode. Just expressing my hopes for the direction I would like to see. You should add something to the discussion instead of acting like annoyed 12 years old shipper.

    kay replied

    Never say never.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Why are you acting like two different posters?

    Alex replied

    @4everDays
    I’m the Alex that has been commenting on the Freddie and Guy video and here. I’m not acting like two people. Why are you assuming that. If you read my comment in support of Paulson, you would see that someone else using the name Alex just to be assholes or just didn’t think replied to me with “Paulson is never going to happen” to my original comment and I even suggest they change their name or add something to it to my reply to them.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Had to reply here. Apparently I was wrong to assume that Michael Fairman would not accept people with the same usernames.

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  16. Dmitri says:

    Hmm I’m conflicted. The actor is doing a good job, for sure, and the gay athlete storyline with Theresa in the mix is nice. However, I think that we’ve had enough happy fan-favorite couples split up. While I hate how Will is treating Sonny and I definitely think the new Will has less chemistry with Sonny that his predecessor, I’m still a WilSon shipper and want them to wind up together in the end. But I’ll be interested to see where “PaulSon” goes.

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  17. mz emma says:

    Would it not throw a curve ball into the situation, if Will comes back, and Paul falls for Will???

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    Alex replied

    That is major fear I have. I don’t think it would be interesting curve ball. It would just be insult to Sonny’s character and make everything about Will. If you look around on twitter and other places, people are specially excited about this including me because it finally gives Sonny some attention other than hand holding Will and his problems. Plus most people don’t like Guy Wilson as nuwill. It would be total fail on tptb.

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    Sasha replied

    In this case I’d be finally done with this show. And when I’m looking around, I’m certainly not the only one. TPTB can’t be so clueless they haven’t noticed that viewers and fans want to see Freddie in a different pairing that allows him to shine again. The huge wave of excitement about PaulSon after barely three days of them together on screen speaks volumes!!!

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  18. penny says:

    This show has lost another viewer.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    A penny for your thoughts, penny.

    Will you please explain your comment. Although people may or may not agree with your thoughts/comments. Most of us like to read people’s opinions.

    DAYS lost you because they added one more gay character? Or maybe because gays are seen kissing. Could it be because of the direction the storyline is going?

    Commenting in a more detailed fashion may help with your frustration. I know we, the other posters, would have a better understanding.

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  19. Joe says:

    Its nice seeing him play a ballplayer trying to come out. Maybe he will open the door for are profesional players to be open

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  20. cece says:

    I love love love Paulson! Will and Sonny have no real chemistry in my opinion. The sparks are flying with Paul and Sonny! I usually can’t stand the mushy romantic scenes unless the characters really actually seem like they connect. I can’t wait for more scenes with these two!  

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  21. Gerry says:

    The Will recast has been a failure so it’s about time DAYS moved Freddie Smith into his own story. Christopher Sean is a great addition to the cast. (DAYS seems to do a better job casting men like Casey Moss than girls like True O’Brien) I did not see this story coming, which is another great reason to avoid spoilers, and I really thought Paul would not be anywhere near the gays of Salem. Smith again has a scene partner with whom he’s got bona fide onscreen chemistry. So give us more of Paul and Sonny, DAYS!

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  22. Zy says:

    I never thought I will like Sonny with anyone but Will, but after new Will I think he has a great chemistry with Paul.

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  23. Julien says:

    I would love it if they cast Mia Korf as his mom. And have her have an instant dislike for Southern Eve.

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    sonniorsolita replied

    Ha! Brilliant! As long as Mia’s character says to Kassie’s Eve somewhere, “What, are you trying to replace me?” :)

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  24. Lia says:

    I don’t like the gay stories, and do not watch that part of DAYS. When I saw Paul kiss Sonny, I was happy they put it at the end of the episode. I’ve been FF them since then, and will continue to do so. This is one time I hope Theresa goes completely off on someone….Because if he likes men he should not be deceiving women. I’m very thankful Y&R will not put these kind of stories on their show. Kudos to them. DAYS totally destroyed my favorite couple on the show (Nick and Gabi), just to make their gay couple come off like a couple of princes. Now they have their new gay character making a fool out of women by pretending to be straight. Please…Those producers and writers suck. JMHO

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    RW replied

    Ah yes, this is why I have you on my ignore list at soapcentral. You’re favorite couple was Gack and you hate gay storylines. So you don’t like watching two consenting adults, who just happen to be the same gender, being in love, but the kidnappers are just your cup of tea. You have problems with Paul using women but love Gabi, even though she knew who kidnapped Melanie and where she was but wouldn’t tell anybody just to cover her own butt. There was no way the situation with Andrew would end well for Melanie if no one could find her. She would either be held hostage for years or she would be killed (or both). Also, in both scenarios, I don’t see how rape would not be involved. So, Paul dating women is horrible but what Gabi did to Melanie, or what Nick did to Caroline by letting her be arrested for Trent’s murder even though he did the deed, didn’t put them on your ff list instead they were your favorites. And for the record, neither of those things had anything to do with Will and Sonny so please don’t act like Nick and Gabi were perfect little angels that were thrown under the bus to service WilSon. I’m also not sure what part of Will initially agreeing to deny his daughter so that Nick could raise her, put Will in a good light.

    I’m sorry to everyone else for the rant, but nothing pisses me off more than people that have watched soaps for years, and have no problem with adultery, rape, murder, etc, jump on their moral high horse when there’s a gay storyline on the show. That’s some screwed up morals right there.

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    Lia replied

    Please put me on your ignore list here as well. :)

  25. LLATWTFan says:

    I love Paul! I think Sonny needs someone who will treat him better than Will is treating him right now. Paul’s not doing much better yet, but he’s got potential. Maybe Will will come back with a Paul of his own?

    And Bring Back Charlotte Ross as Eve!

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  26. mz emma says:

    Do we really need another triangle? Being it would be gay doesn’t negate the fact that Days overdoes the triangle thing.
    Sonny has made it plain to Paul he is married, is happy, family & friends have surrounded them with love. Just because Will is being a stupid idiot is no reason that would be a deal breaker. Other marriages have survived worse.
    I just do not honestly want Days to go another round of happy happy til married, get divorced and move on.
    I think a former love coming in while Sonny is rather vulnerable might be interesting.
    Frankly, I am sick and tired of couples being madly in love, bedding and kiss off. I am sick and tired of Salem marriages going the same route. If the writers are so inept they cannot write for couples together, then Corday better get on the ball and start looking around . He should have been doing so long ago.

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  27. pat blackman says:

    I think Christopher Sean is the best looking cast member I’ve seen in a long time. I find his steady gaze disarming. I hope he is a good guy but if he isn’t, I hope he stays on the show. I’m a little sick of Will and his underhandedness but because of his daughter I guess he has to stay on the show. I would like to see Sonny and Paul work it out. Also get rid of Paige’s mother, she’s boring.

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  28. reno says:

    Hope Paul is a regular on Days forever . . . . .

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  29. Jo Ann Morris says:

    He is so dam good looking and a hell of an actor,much better then Will. Hoping is gets to stay for quite some time and hope he and Sonny will end up to to gather . Will has to go!

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  30. IJ Narita says:

    i started watching DOOL when freddie was casted after he left 90210. watched for a good long time then it kinda got boring esp when the new cast wil came. Started watching again when Paul came..now my last name is narita! lol! I really hope paul will be regular in DOOL for a very very long time with sonny! #paulson SOLID!

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