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?
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?
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?
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!