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20 March 30th, 2015 DAYS Drake Hogestyn Chats On The Son In Salem John Never Knew He Had!

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This week, Days of our Lives moves their story of Paul Narita  (Christopher Sean) and his bio-dad into high gear! The former mercenary, “pawn” and priest, John Black (Drake Hogestyn) is set to be a dad again!  Only it’s not a newborn son, it’s the all grown up son he never knew was his!

As fans had guessed for months, Paul Narita, the gay pro-baseball player turns out to be John Black’s son!  Apparently years ago, Tori  (Hira Ambrosino) and John had sex resulting in Paul!  Recently after was John basically was telling Paul to get out of Salem, he now realizes he better change his tune.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the stalwart and enduring Hogestyn revealed his thoughts on the plot twist and if there was any chance John would not be accepting of Paul’s sexuality:  “It’s not an issue and that’s very healthy. John is very cool and accepting and that’s important for the audience to see. The more we educate, the more we can fight the fear. This might have played out in a different way 20 years ago. In fact, even as recently as Will’s coming out, the writers had one of our characters having a problem with it but those lines were removed from the script. You can’t do that these days. Well, maybe you could have a villain be homophobic or racist, but you can’t do that with someone like John. [Laughs] He has enough issues of his own! We don’t need to pile it on. If anything, it’s Paul who has a problem. He tells John to go piss up a rope. But John is determined to get to know his son and forge a real relationship.”

Drake also commented on how half of Salem knows before John’s know the secret: “And it’s been right under his nose. He runs into Tori, whom he had a brief relationship with a long time ago, and she’s Japanese. And Paul’s Japanese. And they’re the only two Japanese people in Salem, and John is still not putting it together. [Laughs] It’s like there’s a ton of bricks hovering over his head waiting to drop on him. He really is excited to see Tori. It’s such a warm feeling he gets—she’s like that girl from college that you went to bars and did crazy stuff with. She and John went their separate ways and he never imagined that those couple of nights they spent together had resulted in a child. I’m pretty familiar with the twists and turns of my character and there really wasn’t a time when that would have happened because Tori was working for Stefano and John wasn’t around him then. But we just gloss over that. [Laughs] Oh, well.”

So what do you think of John being revealed as Paul’s dad?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. fginaspy says:

    No surprise. I guessed it a few weeks ago.


    Virginia replied

    Me too, no surprise because every time Paul’s mother saw John she almost had a heart attack…


  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Good for Drake to get a storyline—if he is shown…im all for gay acceptance but to teach and educate cant the show be a little more realistic—because not everyone is cool and accepting, and there is still a lot of discrimination—be truthful and show both sides of the issue because that is the only way you can teach and educate—maybe there is a town biggot who refuses to give Paul a job—at first some think its because he is Japanese but its really because he is gay—why not the biggot turn out to be Chad—let him secretly be against gays—do not bring in a day player like they once did—it could make for a more compelling story…jmo!!!


    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    But will John really be Paul’s father—maybe Stephano is and Tori had the paternity test changed because she hates Stephano and doesnt want him to know???


  3. richard says:

    Well, I like the Paul character, but I really wants DAYS to bring back Swamp Girl, aka Greta!!! I’m still convinced she’s John’s daughter with Princess Gina!!! She could stay in Salem and duke it out with Nicole over Eric!!! Greta/Eric/Nicole was hot back in the day!!!


  4. Mary SF says:

    Only on Days does a soap columnist have to explain the child two characters had came from having sex, and not some other bizarre way- LOL And who knew liking baseball and wearing leather jackets was genetic?
    But in all seriousness the better story would have been if Jordan had been John’s and Hope’s daughter when they were the Pawn and Gina– that would have fitted with the history of show, there would have been no need to invent an affair with a stranger to connect a newbie to a core character. But like Drake I will just gloss over that part and ride the wave–at least this twist will give Marlena something to do other than bully Nicole.


  5. Llanviewer717 says:

    I have a question. I started watching Days the week of Sonny and Will’s wedding. I have no concept of time. Was that really a year ago in real time or are we talking storyline time?


    4ever DAYS replied

    It’ll be a year on April 3rd.


  6. Torqumada says:

    “And they’re the only two Japanese people in town….” shhhh don’t tell DEADLINE, for them that’s two too many.


  7. Linda says:

    I love it! I’ve wanted this since Paul said he was a professional baseball player, because I’ve always believed it will come out John has baseball in his past too…somebody gave Paul his pitching arm and we’ve seen John’s pitching arm on screen! I’m so happy that finally the talented Drake Hogestyn will be given the opportunity to work out his acting chops! I don’t care that the timeline doesn’t fit, nothing TomSell write makes sense. I’m just happy to see Drake on my screen doing what he does best, selling emotional scripts. I can’t wait until John sees Tori and finds out Paul is his son!


  8. Patrick says:

    Drake Hogestyn will always be relevant in my eyes

    John and Marlena cemented a supercouple status and belong

    adding them to the concurrent livelihood of life happen

    LOL… is beyond measure

    as an actor to carry… an impact that resonates

    kudos applause and generates feeling


  9. Laura says:

    Never gonna buy this story about John being Paul father sorry,, Linda, As much as I love Drake and want his to have a great story, this just isn’t it EVEN If it does involve baseball. I am happy for Drake in that sense but the rest is total BS no matter who came up with the whole idea John Black is far to manly a guy to be saddle with a son like this. BTW I completely disagree with days doing a gays storyline in the first place. So I guess that makes me homophobic, are some of you GODphobic??? I am I fear him with my whole heart!!!


    4ever DAYS replied

    Your comment doesn’t make sense. Manlyness doesn’t exclude gay offspring. Sorry to burst your bubble.


    4ever DAYS replied


    dayzguy replied

    Let me guess “Laura”, you must be from Indiana.
    Join the real world, woman.


    CeeCee replied

    Please don’t use the word, ‘woman’ in a pejorative manner, even if we disagree with what Laura has to say. She is entitled to voice her opinion. Why should she walk on eggshells when addressing homosexuality? I do not agree with her statement, however, I respect her opinion.

  10. CeeCee says:

    Speaking of speaking one’s mind? I do not like John Black. That thing he does with his eye….actually the entire side of his face, makes me think of Jughead…and his face looks like a question mark….he always has this puzzled look. It is my opinion, as shallow as it may be.


    jaybird369 replied

    CeeCee…girlfriend…YOU SAID IT…T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U!!!!! H-o-n-e-y…sometimes, I DVR DOOL. And…whenever that DORKY AND DULL John Black pops up on my TV screen (BOTH B-L-A-H AND G-A-G!!!!!), I am S-O ON THE QUICK when it comes to FF through that sleepwalking-looking STIFF John…O-K-A-Y!!!!! As for John and that D-R-E-A-M-Y baseball-playing dude Paul being NuFather and NuSon…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Any-hoo…NOT BUYING IT…AT ALL!!!!! A-n-d…I guess this means that both Paul and that ANNOYING, WHINY AND TEMPER-TANTRUM-THROWING Will are now related…AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!! Y-i-k-e-s.

    Later on, CeeCee. Peace.


    Jamesj75 replied

    jaybird, I agree that John is stiff and boring.

    CeeCee, Drake H.’s bizarre acting style is unsettling, to say the least.

    However, if we buy into the theory that he and Marlena are meant to be together, then, at some point, they have to give him a storyline, don’t they? I think it’s high time Drake H. was given something substantial to do. Maybe it will make the character more appealing. Now if the actor can only do something about the ever-present eye squint…

  11. Gmbenet says:

    It is just a way to keep another gay character on the show! Don’t see this working out.


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