Where has the time gone? It’s been four plus years since Freddie Smith made his debut as the first openly gay main character on Days of our Lives, Sonny Kiriakis.
Throughout Smith’s time on the NBC soap opera, the show broke ground with the marriage of Sonny and Will, and Sonny became one of the moral centers of Salem.
As a nice capper to his time at DAYS, Freddie also took home the Daytime Emmy this year in the Outstanding Younger Actor category. Smith, who made the decision earlier this year to exit DAYS, wrapped up his run on-screen during Tuesday’s episode which was broadcast across the country.
This afternoon, Freddie to took his facebook page to share a message about his exit, his journey, what he has learned, and what it has meant to him to play Sonny. Here’s what he shared:
FREDDIE SMITH: “This is CRAZY!!! Today is the last airing episode for Sonny Kiriakis! June 2011, “Sonny” made his debut in Salem as the first openly gay character on “Days of Our Lives.”‘
I remember people being unsure how the audience would accept the character. With amazing writing and an incredible vision, “Days of Our Lives” and the creative team told a raw, uncut, passionate love story between two men who fell in love.
Will and Sonny became the POWER COUPLE known as WILSON! We were treated like every other couple on the show and the audience accepted us with open arms. I feel so blessed to have been a part of the equal rights movement over the past 4 years. I will never forget the journey I had as Jackson “Sonny” Kiriakis.
Thank you to all my friends, family, and fans for your support and love. I know Sonny will be missed, but I hear Salem always has their door open!”
What do you think of the sentiments shared by Freddie in his message? Will you miss seeing him on DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.