Things take a turn for the worse for Sonny Kiriakis this week on Days of our Lives. First, he attempts to kiss his best friend, Will Horton. Then he gets gay-bashed, and from there Sonny’s world as he believes and knows it takes a devastating turn!
On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Freddie Smith (Sonny) to discuss the gay-bashing and bullying story arc that begins to unfold, Will and Sonny’s impending romance, and how Freddie feels after waiting so long for a story to sink his teeth into, after being brought on the Salem canvas as the first gay character in the history of the legendary NBC soap opera.
Here’s what Freddie had to say about it all and a preview of what is ahead for Sonny!
This week on DAYS, Sonny attempts to kiss Will (Chandler Massey), and that doesn’t quite work out so well!
FREDDIE: No, it doesn’t. He loves Will as a best friend and any situation in real life where you get involved with your best friend, where you begin to have a crush on them; it is that whole cat and mouse where it’s about, “Do I tell him, I like him? Or, do I not tell him because of the friendship?” And with Will, Sonny did not know if he was O.K. He thought he could have been dead from the whole disaster that just transpired. I think all of his emotions spilled out. He was just so happy that I don’t think he thought anything. Sonny just went in for the kiss and Will is caught off guard. So it was all of Sonny’s emotions that were built up that came to the surface.
So you had to play it that deep down Sonny had crush on him, or did he just realize this spur of the moment?
FREDDIE: I think something like this can happen in a situation that brings it to the extreme, where your life is at stake. There are a lot of times in real life like that people come forward with their feelings. It was more like, “I almost lost you, and you need to know how I feel.” But Sonny has always had a crush on Will. He is a good looking dude, and funny and clever. They are best friends. I think in real life a lot of relationships start that way.
Will then goes running to Gabi and they have sex! Does Sonny find out about this?
FREDDIE: I cannot touch upon the fallout of that yet, as a lot goes into it.
The big thing then this week is Sonny is a victim of some gay bashing! What goes down?
FREDDIE: “T” comes back to Salem and Sonny and “T” never had a resolution. Things just ended poorly. He doesn’t like Sonny, and Sonny is like, “Well, dude. I don’t like you, either.” He did not like Sonny because he is gay, and he is gay basher. He is close-minded and he is not comfortable with it for whatever reason. He comes back to town and this time what gets him even more fired up is when he finds out that his best friend, Will, has now come out of the closet. “T” is blaming Sonny for it. So there is this whole issue that happens and he is just lit! He is so mad. It gets very intense and it plays out and it’s an on-going storyline that is going to play out over a couple of weeks. You will see the repercussions of what happens and the negative effects. You see how people on “T” and Sonny’s end handle it. It’s a very good storyline. I am excited to see how it all turned out on the air shows!
Sonny is victimized obviously, and does this send Sonny on a downward spiral?
FREDDIE: This is more of an internal thought: Sonny has a scene with his dad, Justin. I feel that Sonny has gone through the coming out process and the gay bashing. He finally came to terms with who he is, and he thought all of this was in his past. And to have somebody start stuff with him, I think it just brings him back to “Dad, I thought this was over? Is this always going to continue to happen? What is going on?” I think he has that vulnerable moment to where he is taken aback. Sonny is a positive character, and he does bring himself back from this, but he does have that moment where he is like, “Oh, man!”
Hopefully, Will comes to Sonny aid?
FREDDIE: Absolutely! He does and that is what is important and in real life too. It is having family and friends who are there for people who are bullied and any other situation that is bad, of course. It is nice that his friends and family are there to pick Sonny up.
Freddie, you got to Washington D.C. to speak to congress recently on bullying that must have been very gratifying.
FREDDIE: I got to speak in front of congress and men and women at the nation’s capital. So it was something I will never forget. I got to talk about bullying and my main point of interest is what I think can help stop bullying is parents getting involved in their kids life at an early age, and to bring awareness that this is not something that just goes on to middle school or high school. People and kids grow up and are carrying this with them as an adult, and I mean everyone. As an adult, you can think back to how you were bullied. You never forget that. That is why it is important to stop it at a young age, and why it is important to have parents help their kids and understand not to bully others. It is causing a lot of trouble in the world.
Where you bullied as a kid?
FREDDIE: It was more bullying moments. I was not bullied every day. I think everyone has been bullied at one time or another in life. We get it as adults too, honestly. There are a lot of people and groups and programs hopping on board to stop bullying, so it’s great, and if I can be a small part of that to bring some awareness of it through my role on daytime television, that is great too.
Are you getting exiting that the Will and Sonny romance is finally going to kick-off big time after so many presumed starts? It seems now a story has been built that is so intricate?
FREDDIE: Me, as an actor and as the audience, we have all been waiting for Sonny to have these storylines, but I also think it was important to wait. When I first came on the show and was being interviewed, it was all about being the first gay character. A year and half later people are like, “So Sonny is doing so and so in his life.” He just became Sonny, not labeled just the first gay character. I think it was great that they came to know Sonny for Sonny. I think fans that waited will be very happy that they waited and hung in there with us. Now, Sonny is going to take Salem by storm and people can start to invest and enjoy in his storylines.
It’s all good because it sets up emotional obstacles and problems for Will and Sonny to be able get together. And as with any soap couple, fans are then rooting for them to get together and that is needed to keep it interesting! And so it doesn’t then just languish on the back-burner, hopefully!
FREDDIE: If it was a fairytale the story would die in two days and people would not care. The producers and the writers have done a phenomenal job at setting this up. I am so excited I have this material to work with. It begins this week on air! I am looking forward to seeing all the scenes from an audience perspective. There are a lot of emotions in this, as you will see.
So soapers, what do you think of the story point where Sonny will be gay bashed? Are you looking forward to the Will and Sonny romance? How do you feel about Will running to Gabi and having sex after Sonny makes a pass at him? Are you happy to see DAYS tackling a bullying arc? Let us know all of your thoughts!