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DAYS Freddie Smith Chats On His Daytime Emmy Nomination & If He's Team WilSon or Team PaulSon!

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Although recently departing Days of our Lives, fan favorite Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) is still on the air for the next five months since the NBC soap tapes so far ahead.  That gives viewers more of an opportunity to see him front and center along with Guy Wilson (Will Horton) and Christopher Sean (Paul Narita) as the story between Will/Sonny/Paul continues to twist and turn!

In the meantime, Freddie received his second Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series where he is considered a serious contender for the gold at this year’s upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, April 26th to be televised live on Pop (8PMET/5PMPT).

On-Air On-Soaps recently caught up with Freddie to get his reaction to being in the Younger Actor category and vying for gold, plus to get his thoughts on what’s ahead for WilSon and PaulSon fans.  In fact, Freddie even weighs-in on which duo he is rooting for at this stage of the game.

Here’s what Freddie had to share about being part of daytime’s biggest night … and one of daytime’s biggest storylines!

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Freddie on his Daytime Emmy Nomination, his reaction to the news, and what scenes he submitted, and why he chose them for Emmy competition in a year where he lots of dramatic material to choose from in 2014:  “I did have a lot of material, and it pretty much boiled down to … did I want to submit for Younger Actor … or did I want to submit for Lead Actor?  And then when I looked at all of my clips that I was considering.  It just so happened that my favorite work fell in February of last year before my birthday.  So I submitted for Younger Actor, but I was really proud of the work I did.  I submitted the episode where Gabi (Camila Banus, Outstanding Younger Actress nominee) and Sonny are fighting where he was talking about Nick, and how she slept with him on the couch, and then Gabi slaps Sonny and leaves! The scenes showed a lot of layers and that’s what I liked.  So in five minutes you got to see me being cool and chill, and then it worked up to something.  It wasn’t just me yelling all of the time and boring. (Laughs)  So whether I was nominated, or not, that is what I went with.  I felt I had a lot of material, but I really liked what I did that day.”

Freddie on moving into the “older” male field of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for next year’s Daytime Emmy competition, since he can no longer be in the age limit for Younger Actor:  “I will submit next year, and I am an old man now.  So, next year I am going to have to submit for the Older Man category.  So that’s my goal for next year to be “Old Man”! (Laughs)

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Freddie on how he found out about his Emmy nomination:  “I had so many tweets, and calls, and texts all at the same time.  I don’t know how I actually found out to be honest! But, it was great and nice. I called my parents and they were congratulating me, and my manager called me too. I was right here at home at my kitchen counter when I got the messages I was nominated and I was like, ‘Heck yeah! Number two!”’

Freddie on his current storyline and where it’s  headed, with so many secrets coming to the forefront of Will’s machinations, Paul’s bio-dad, and Sonny trying to figure out what to do about it all:  “There is a lot of good stuff coming up in our storyline. There is another new chapter of craziness that is happening, and so I am pretty amped about that.”

Freddie on given all that has happened right now on-screen, if he is rooting for Team WilSon or Team PaulSon:  “Oh man, I don’t know. I think I gotta be WilSon because Sonny is married.  Yes, he’s married loosely at this point, but Sonny is a very loyal guy.  So, I got to be Team WilSon … for now!”

Watch Freddie’s Emmy nominated work below!  Are you hoping for a Freddie victory on Emmy night? Are you surprised Freddie says Sonny would still be Team WilSon at this point in time?  What do you think is the next chapter in the craziness of his storyline that Freddie may be referring to? Share your thoughts below!

Freddie Smith – Daytime Emmy Nominee Reel

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Carolyn
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Carolyn

I think Freddie picked an excellent to submit; it was powerful and his delivery was excellent.

I hope we get to see Freddie in some more TV projects as I’ve enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) his work on DOOL.

He’s right about Sonny being loyal to his marriage; that would fit the character who we’ve gotten to know. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, Sonny is definitely loyal and committed. Freddie’s response to which pairing he’s rooting for makes sense, Sonny is definitely in marriage for all the right reasons. He’s marriage material. As for Will, well that’s another story. But, I do believe in Will & Sonny, and hope they will prevail. Freddie and Guy are great together! Love them both!

Leo
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Leo

Smith needs to be Team Alcoholics Anonymous.

Me
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Me

Freddie and Guy are good together? From the stills and pictures I have seen, Freddie has had the saddest eyes and demeanour ever. Pretty clear it was the most blatant mismatch of actors.

kay
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kay

Good luck to Freddie on Emmy night. I hope he brings home the gold! He is a wonderful actor and deserves all the accolades he is receiving. WilSon storyline is the best one on the air right now with Paul’s WTD story beginning now as well. Guy Wilson & Freddie Smith are rocking these scenes along with Christopher Sean. I will miss Freddie since he has decided to leave the show but I have confidence that we will be seeing him in other projects in the near future.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I remain a loyal Will & Sonny fan myself. It is the best storyline right now on DAYS!

Me
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Me

Will and Sonny and Paul are about a cheating storyline. What’s great about that? Especially since absolutely everyone cheats on soaps – as said by Guy apparently. It’s pathetic how they destroyed a storyline that once had weight and impact. Now they are like any other lame story on soaps. I’m stunned how people can call this great. Soap-mentality at its finest. Groundbreaking would be if they wrote poignant storylines with depth and meaning, conveying something that betters the viewers minds and opinions. Not the same old lame “get everyone in bed with everyone”. It stuns me that fans call… Read more »

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I really hope Freddie wins. He deserves to with his work last year and this year as well for next years Emmy. I am Team WilSon all the way. I’m glad he is as well..for now..lol He is being very diplomatic, since there is such a debate about WilSon or PaulSon among the fans. He never lets anything slip. 🙂 I hope he has great success in whatever he is going to be doing from this point on. I will miss him as Sonny but he needs to do what is best for him so..I say Go for it Freddie!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Hey LeeAnn- Exactly, as an actor, Freddie must do what’s right/best for him. It’s his career and, his reason(s) to exit DAYS has not been officially released as of yet. All that fans or non-fans can do, is speculate. I remain loyal to Will & Sonny, and when a recast steps into the role of Sonny, I will be rooting for Will & Sonny to mend their marriage and, watch their journey continue onward, together as a married couple, moving forward. I look forward to a recast, because for me, and I know many others, there are definitely loads of… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I love Freddie, and will really miss seeing his face on the show. I agree, Freddie did have a lot of material to consider using for his reel, and I would have preferred a different scene, I’m just not sure yet (without seeing the other contenders for Younger Actor), if this reel is winning material. I’m glad he incorporated his scene selection with Camila Banus in this particular scene, though, for me, I would have preferred some great moments he’s had with Judi Evans. Next year, Freddie can enter Supporting Actor, I don’t just see him duking it out, yet… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

He can’t go to Phoenix to hang out with Alex because Alex is already in Salem as Xander!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I guess so, right? I just caught up with yesterday’s reveal! How fascinating. So, he was living in Phoenix and, has an English accent? hmm… this should be an interesting.

Loving Paul in the role! 🙂

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It turns out that Xander isn’t Alexander.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Really? Yesterday’s episode Xander called Victor his Uncle and, there was backstory, yet no mention of him being Sonny’s brother.
Was that all just to mislead viewers. Is he a fake Alexander? Brady didn’t recognize him. And, what happened to the role of Damon who worked for Victor played by Paul?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m not even sure the writers know.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I tried hard to like GW as Will but he’s just so-so ok with me…i believe the ptb are deliberatly turning Will into Sami—they know most Will fans dislike GW as Will so they are going to make us hate Will too as if it makes it easier for us to accept him in this role—i say send Will and Sonny off together to start a new life—have Paul move on to someone else—maybe Kaylas son Joey arrives in town and is gay—anyway, the Will/Sonny/Paul storyline has run its course—it was good for awhile and currently Days only good storyline… Read more »

patty
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patty

I really wish sonny won’t leave the show or that’swhat i heard if its true please please ddon’t go. Your one of the reasons I watch the show. My grand daughter Britney loves you. So please you got our vote here Freddie please find your way to stay on the show….love ya and God Bless!!!

ISA
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ISA

TEAM WILSON MY ASSSSSSSS

Glendene48
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Glendene48

I wish you had asked him why he decided to leave I’m sure a lot of fans are curious cos it seemed so sudden. In any case I wish him all the best for the future he will definately be missed. I’m not a fan of Guy Wilson but I love Christopher Sean and Freddie, they really are amazing actors with great chemistry. TeamPaulSon for me.

Brian
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Brian

Gosh, as part of the first gay married couple on daytime he didn’t even pick a scene with the guy he’s married to. Sad and telling at the same time. Or is it just that he didn’t want to pick a gay scene at all? And no word about his “departure” from Days.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Maybe his departure is temporary until he completes his community service.

Brian
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Brian

Oh and, no, I do NOT hope he wins. He has used the popularity this role and fanbase gave him for his questionable cream business/cult enough. It’s a shame that this is the kind of “representation” gay men get on TV. There are openly gay actors out there who are way better actors, would concentrate on their work as actors and actually show some commitment to such an important role.

ben
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ben

Huh? WTH are you talking about? Freddie is a fantastic actor

Michael Smith
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Michael Smith

Freddie is going to win an Emmy this year watch and see.

Freeman Griffin
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Freeman Griffin

I love Freddie and while I hope he wins I do think Tequan Richmond’s submission is (surprisingly) the best in his category. I think the panel will give it to TR. I personally am Team PaulSon because Paul behaves maturely and Will is being a total jerk! It’s going to be really interesting to see how it all plays out and what his exit will be (recast, killed off, or just off the canvas?) And Freddie definitely has great material for a Lead Actor nomination (and win – however, that pesky Tony Geary really delivered in the 52nd anniversary episode,… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

When Sonny leaves, have nuWill leave as well and return as a new actor.

Cece Corbissero-Whapham
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Cece Corbissero-Whapham

Will miss seeing you. You are the only reason I began to watch that SOAP after 30 years plus. I certainly hope you have another exciting project in the making. I know that Renee and Fred and Grandma Fran and all the relatives are very proud of what you have accomplished. Good luck in the future, Freddie.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Are you related to Freddie or a friend of his family?

damien
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damien

im officially done with days until kirsten returns, i couldnt believe that the days prodction staff reused the ‘ office’ set for the upteenth time as sonny s coffee shops office when paul took off his wet clothes. brutal. they didnt even try to make it look different than say, marlena s office, or hope s office , or kayla s office or daniel n jenns office! same window in the corner, same awkward door, same paint job!! hey i need a job , come cheap, and can move furniture around and am a pretty good painter! is days hiring?… Read more »

anne
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anne

i hope he dumps will and takes paul back .

Shirl Gallo
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Shirl Gallo

I am hoping he comes back. He has Community Service he has to make happen in Ohio.
Once that is finished I am hoping he comes back to Days. If not then I might quit watching all together.

Me
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Me

Why doesn’t Freddie communicate with his online fans about any of this? He has been totally disconnected from anything that has to do with DAYS. Some of last year’s video/online interviews, you only see Guy talk or Christopher. Freddie hasn’t mentioned anything about his nomination on social media, nor about his exit. I guess he knows it was a pity-nomination, because they couldn’t be arsed to nominate him last year for a really excellent and important work, rather than a cheating storyline. Interesting also the reel he submitted. Nothing to do with new Will at all. He knows the WilSon’s… Read more »

Me
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Me

— “So, I got to be Team WilSon … for now!” —

Ha! Freddie choosing WilSon and not PaulSon is a joke. Of course he has to say that, but it’s clear he prefers PaulSon even if it means he likes the cheating storyline. But new WilSon is a disaster, so I woudn’t like that pairing anymore either.

G Silver
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G Silver

we want Wills character to leave not yours. sorry Will but you are not cutting it as the husband of Sonny…….LOL

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