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DAYS Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson & Deidre Hall Chat On The Making Of Sonny and Will's Historic Wedding!

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Today on Days of our Lives, history was made when Sonny and Will said their vows in front of their family and friends and became, “husbands for life”!  Officiating the big day was Marlena who made their union legal.

And with that, the love story of Sonny and Will had come full circle.  There were plenty of tears with speeches from Lucas, Justin, and Caroline, and the groom’s themselves, and moments that surely had DAYS fans in the mainstream, or those in the LGBT community, reaching for the hankies in an emotional episode for all-time.

On-Air On-Soaps spoke this afternoon to Freddie Smith (Sonny), Guy Wilson (Will) and Deidre Hall (Marlena) as around the country the first daytime male same-sex wedding in soaps was airing.  We take a look at the making of WilSon’s big day, what went on behind the scenes during the taping, and what the actors thought of the special moments written throughout the ceremony and more!  In a very special chat, here are Freddie, Guy, and Deidre!

Viewers have really been watching this journey through Sonny’s eyes for several years now, and this marriage has been a long time coming for his character!

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FREDDIE:  To think about the first episode where Sonny showed up and told his Uncle Vic he was gay, to getting married, these three years have been such a huge, huge journey and like, “Wow!”  It is amazing to see how Sonny has grown as a character, and he loves Will with his all his heart.

On yesterday’s episode and throughout today’s wedding episode, there have been little nuggets in scenes and nuances.  For example; an emotional Sami (Alison Sweeney) fixing Will’s tie and saying how much she loves him, the grooms mom’s each walking them down the aisle, etc.  What did you think of all that was put into the wedding?

GUY:  I think it was so well done, and even on the day we were shooting, I was so impressed with how much attention to detail was put into the entire production.  And when I say that, I don’t just mean in terms of how everything looked, I mean with every moment and look had a story to it.  Even the moment when Will was going to enter and walk down the aisle with his mother Sami, those moments were steeped in so much history within their relationship. It added so much power to those scenes as an actor.  Everything felt so emotionally charged.  I credit that to the writers and the producers and the director.  No detail was left unattended.

I was not sure how DAYS was going to decide to pull off the wedding of Sonny and Will.  Would it be traditional or non-traditional?   They went with in the end a ceremony that in many respects was traditional in form as in any heterosexual wedding you might see on the show, sans a DAYSastrous outcome!

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GUY:  In so many respects it was traditional in terms of the scale and the set-up.  I think that was a very shrew move. I think the whole point behind showing and growing the relationship is to show that there is nothing different. I have said it before and I will say it again, “love is love”.   There is no need to alter society’s traditions to accommodate that.

FREDDIE:  We work our butts off every single day from the cast to the crew.  But you know when you have a special day that you put a little something extra on it in every respect.   That is why we stayed an extra three hours on set shooting it, because it’s so important.  Today is so important.  It has that little extra cherry on top, and we all felt it and that is what I thought was so amazing.  It wasn’t very hard to act that day.   It was super emotional.  I was super emotional and blown away and looking at Judi Evans (Adrienne). She really loves me as a person and as the character.  It was a really great moment for me.  I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but Guy loved it too.  He and I were just looking at each other on the altar…

GUY: … And all we had to be was just present, every detail was there, and so much history. That is all we needed to get the emotions going.

DEIDRE:   It was long day, because our director felt very strongly about it being a magical show. We moved walls in, we moved walls out, and we moved windows in.  But I am assuming to the viewers it showed on camera the care we put into it.   While the episode aired today, I heard everyone in the hallways at DAYS saying how fabulous it was.  I unfortunately did not see it, as I was on set.

Do you realize the true enormity of this wedding?  Never before on an American daytime drama has a gay male couple got hitched!

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GUY:  I do. I feel so much pride to be a part of it and for NBC and the DAYS writers to be courageous and unapologetic to show something that is long overdue to being shown.

Many have been concerned that the wedding happened to soon after Guy stepped into the role of Will Horton after the departure of Chandler Massey. What do you feel about that?  Should it have happened further down the line when Guy was more firmly implanted into the show?

FREDDIE:  I feel that having a new actor come into a role where the audience has watched someone else for four years, and to really kick start this, it was really smart if you think about it.  To have the wedding this quickly has connected Guy and Freddie now.

GUY:  This is officially our era now.  I think Freddie articulated that really well.  If they would have waited, I don’t think it would have served the relationship of Will and Sonny in accordance to how they want to live their lives and express their love for one another. I think this storyline should remain true to itself.  In hindsight, I think it was a great idea to have jumped right into the wedding, and I know I had a lot of fun doing it.

DEIDRE:   I know it was a concern, but I bow to greater minds.  They had their finger on the pulse.

Deidre, how has it been though for you with the change from Chandler to Guy? You had created the special bond between the character of Marlena and Will with Chandler.  She was crucial and a key anchor to the coming out storyline and Will’s journey.  But now, Will is in a different place as a married man, as played by Guy.

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DEIDRE:  Chandler and I worked very hard.  It was a serious, highly concerted effort to make these two characters so close.  We worked intimately and deeply for months and months and months, so people could relate to the relationship between their own grandmother and grandson, and come to understand it.  Guy and I did not have that history together on the show, and the character of Will is in a different place than he was when he was struggling to come out.

What did you think of the actual ceremony?  The speeches … hankie-time?

FREDDIE:  It’s a beautiful wedding and I cannot wait to see the speeches. Everyone was so touching!  I purposely did not read the speeches, so I did not know what they were going to say until I heard them when we taped.  I really wanted to hear and react to them for the first time then.  There was this little moment with Adrienne and Sami, who go back and forth at the reception trying to outdo one another, and it’s hilarious.

I loved the touch that the two dads spoke at the ceremony … Lucas (Bryan Datillo) and Justin (Wally Kurth)!

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GUY:  They are very powerful speeches and from two characters that have been on the show for such a long time.  I couldn’t be happier that the writers had them have a strong role in it.

What did you think of Caroline’s (Peggy McKay) speech?  That will get the water works going, because viewers did not know if it was her Alzheimer’s disease and she was confused, or if she had a point to her story, and boy, did she have a point to it!

DEIDRE:  It was so important, and what I remember at that time was that every person that got up to do their part just killed us all.  We are a tough room.   Peggy’s speech, “Oh my Gosh.”  You had been set-up thinking Caroline was going to forget what she wanted to say, and true to form I did not read any other parts in the script except the ones I was in involved in (laughs), so I saw it play out when we taped it.  Peggy got up to say her speech.  I said to myself, “Don’t listen, you are going to cry.”  And one after the other after the other, made me cry.  Bryan Datillo’s (Lucas) speech was amazing.

Were there any behind-the-scenes moments were there was plenty of laughter through the emotions of the long tape day of the wedding?  There had to be!

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GUY:  There were many.  However, for our first dance as a newlywed couple, Freddie and I went to the middle of the floor and we realized neither one of us knew how to Waltz or dance!  We weren’t sure who leads and who follows.  So we tried to do it and it was just awkward.  Meanwhile, the entire cast is circled around us and everyone on the show is now watching us like robots!  Finally the director yells, “Cut!”  Now the director, who has a background in dance, grabs me and says, ‘This is how you lead.”  Then, he grabs Freddie and says, “This is how you lead, and every few beats you switch off and take turns leading each other.”  So he had to lead us through it in front of the entire cast. That was this one wonderful moment of levity after we had shot so many emotional filled moments.

FREDDIE:  It was super embarrassing!  We just did not know how to do it and JJ (Casey Moss) is playing the guitar and we are fumbling around like a bunch of idiots. (Laughs)

So Freddie, what is everyone on your Twitter account saying about WilSon’s wedding?

FREDDIE:   It’s incredible and it’s been blowing up!  People have been saying, “It’s beautiful and it’s about time,” and every and anything you can imagine.  This is one of the days that my friends want to watch, because they don’t necessarily watch the show on a regular basis.  I thought that was really special that my best friends in the world want to watch the wedding as well, because they know how important it is.

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The wedding of Sonny and Will is a groundbreaking moment in soaps and for DAYS.  Deidre, you have been with the show much longer than Freddie and Guy and been part of a lot of historic firsts for soaps.

DEIDRE:  I think DAYS is known for groundbreaking stories on television. I did the first crib death and the only one on TV, and that was extraordinary.  The “possession” storyline was a first, and that is sort of what we do over here.  We do it with people that can be trusted with the story.  And I only mean by that that the possession story had to be about Marlena, because you had to know everybody was going to be safe at the end.  If you had done that with a disposable character, or a grey character, or an evil character, you would have gone, “Well, they are all going to have to die, and it will all just be a bad dream.”   Hence the gay wedding!   I think people will forgive a lot if Marlena has got them by the arm.  This is about human rights.  Let’s get off of our judgment, and let’s talk about humanity.  I think that perspective might help people see things more clearly.

The choice to have Marlena officiate the wedding was another move that seemed to  be made for those viewers in the mainstream, who may be opposed to a same-sex union, to help them accept Sonny and Will’s nuptials.  Thoughts?

FREDDIE:  It is so smart, if you really think about it as a business.  You have Marlena (Deidre Hall), who has millions and millions of fans, and someone like John Aniston (Victor) who also has millions of fans key to this.  Yesterday, Victor told off that businessman telling him he was bigot and close-minded.  They strategically placed it within the show without pointing any fingers.  It was done so brilliantly and using those power actors to support it, just gives it that much more weight.

DEIDRE:  I think she is a natural for it.  She helped Will come out, and she loves Sonny, and she is like the power person in the room.

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FREDDIE: They had to have the wedding go right.  This will be an episode that will standalone.   This episode means a lot to me and will be like one of the top ten episodes that DAYS had ever shot within its 12,000 plus episodes.

In closing, Freddie you have brought such a special quality that DAYS knew they had when they cast you in the role.  You are so beloved for Sonny, and his strength at never denying who he is, who he loves, or what he wants.  So there has to be a part of you that is so thrilled that you are the guy that got to bring this story home from beginning to end, and now on to the next phase.

FREDDIE:  It goes back to, now that I have been in the business for awhile, when I think, “Why didn’t I get all those roles? What do they mean I wasn’t right for it?”  I just had that quality that the writer who made this character up, just had.  So I just did my thing, and they were like, “That’s Sonny!”  I am just so happy that it got to be me, because I have been having a ball. This has been the best job in the world.  It’s been an honor.  I can’t wait to sit down and watch the wedding!

So, what did you think of Sonny and Will’s wedding?  The sentiments here from Freddie, Guy and Deidre? What was your favorite moment from the episode? Comment below!

 

 

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Gina Gonzales
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Gina Gonzales

The wedding episode of Will and Sonny was truly phenomenal. It was very emotional and I loved it. My favorite scene was Will and Sonny first dance as husbands. It was breathtaking .

Mark
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Mark

I loved the whole thing and I love days!!!

Chris
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Chris

THIS ISN’T THE FIRST MALE GAY WEDDING ON A DAYTIME SOAP, MICHAEL!!!!!! YOU SAID SO YOURSELF IN ANOTHER EARLIER ARTICLE ABOUT WILL AND SONNY’S WEDDING ON DAYS!!!!!! THE FIRST WEDDING WITH GAY MALES WAS THE MASS WEDDING CEREMONY ON OLTL BACK IN 2009!!!!!

Persa
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Persa

The couples on One Live To Live were NEVER actually married. It was a protest wedding, an act of civil disobedience. It was not a wedding. No one who participated in that protest was actually legally wed. Also, none of the 3 gay characters Nick, Oliver or Kyle participated in the wedding so there were no gay male characters married during that action (even as a protest). The goal of the action was to TRY to make gay marriage legal but it never actually happened because Dorian was arrested. So to this day, Will and Sonny are STILL the only… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Yes, those gay couples were actually married, and Kyle and Nick did participate in the mass same sex marriage, though they never went through getting marred!

NYCER
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NYCER

No they weren’t because same sex marriage was unlawful in Pennsylvania that’s why Dorian staged that mass wedding protest. Dorian was arrested because she had no power or authority to marry those couples. So not a single day player couple was legally wed on that fateful day in Llanview.

BobbyParadise
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BobbyParadise

Thank you for the interview Michael. What a awesome and entertaining event. I’m so pleased with DAYS..a million billion!

Tim
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Tim

The entire wedding was beautifully done. This is one episode that I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you Days for sticking to your guns and doing this very important episode. I was truly moved by this episode..

Bradley Hennigh
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Bradley Hennigh

Mr. Fairman, In the days leading up to and after Will and Sonny’s wedding I had thought it was wonderful. The bachelor party T (played by Brendan Coughlin) had put on was just about the funniest Days episode that I had ever seen. T was mortified that a female stripper was involved and Will and Sonny had taken it in stride and knew that T’s heart and intention was good and they played along with a sense of humor. I had watched Thursday’s episode of the WilSon wedding and I had thought it was absolutely wonderful. Ordinarily I would wait… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t it something…

isn’t T something…

I’m so glad… DOOL production Team… has brought T in to the forefront… he’s charismatic… charming… almost magnetizing… FUN… playful…

he envelopes his being/ persona just right

yikes… he’s Woof material

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

My favorite moment was no predictable interuptions that usually happen at a Days wedding…

Kjl
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Kjl

I respectfully disagree with Freddie, thinking that having the wedding so soon after Chandlers departure will kickstart this partnership and connect Guy and Freddie. For me as a former fan of this couple it just solidifies my decision to stop watching. It was too soon, we watched Chandlers and Freddie’s journeys with these characters and then we were denied the conclusion of the journey when Chandler was let go early. It really didn’t feel like Sonny was marrying Will, but some stranger that doesn’t at all act like the character of Will that we watched grow and change over the… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I agree.Guy started taping in early September and the wedding scenes were taped in December i think because of DOOL’s taping schedule.So between September and December Freddie and Guy had 3 or so months to get connected.Also the show had Will and Sonny get engaged only a month or so after Guy took over and then only 2 months or so after the characters get married.I think all the actors including Guy did good work in the wedding scenes but to me there was something missing.

Gerry
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Gerry

Agreed. The wedding would have had much more depth and resonance had Chandler Massey’s Will wed Sonny instead og Guy Wilson’s boring take on the character. Massey’s the Will that the audience went on this incredible journey with and to have nuWill be the one to marry Sonny diminished the experience. Were Massey still Will, DAYS could have used so many flashbacks and gone down the WilSon v.1.0 storyline memory lane. Instead we got a nuWill who’s just been onscreen for 3 months marrying Sonny. Plus, I don’t see or feel the organic and palpable chemistry and connection Massey had… Read more »

NYCER
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NYCER

That’s what bugs me the most: had TIIC just allowed Chandler Massey to complete the last 3 months of his contract, then the audience would have been rewarded with a real WilSon wedding with the two actors who actually played out the couple’s romantic journey and not with a nuWill who’s essentially done nothing since he came on. It truly was too soon to have such an important event happen with WilSon’s storyline when Guy Wilson is still practically a stranger. It felt like an impostor was standing by Sonny and there was indeed something missing from the whole event… Read more »

Gerry
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Gerry

Guy Wilson’s Will marrying Sonny is the equivalent of the scenario where Hope and Bo decide to get remarried but on the day of the ceremony, Bo was being played by Robert Kelker-Kelly instead of Peter Reckell.

Brett
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Brett

Absolutely amazing episode, so well written and played out.

Susan
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Susan

I think they all did a exceptionally nice job. The wedding was very nice.

bettyrj
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bettyrj

It was beautiful, wonderful, touching and memorable! All of those things made it a memorable day in television. Days was brave to do it but it needed to be done. There are so many people who frown on gay marriage but it’s a fact of life; why not show it not to be ashamed of but to embrace it for what it is and that it’s happening right here, right now! I have to commend the actors on their performances; Peggy McKay was awesome and watching all of the Bradys and others at the wedding wondering if the story about… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Couldn’t agree more Betty, I can’t think of any episode of DAYS I’ve ever enjoyed more

Donny
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Donny

The answers to the wedding happening so soon were quite revealing. Freddie said it was a smart move. That’s true. It was. Guy said “This is officially our era now.” What a complete douche. This guy’s ego is out of control. What makes it even worse is that he can’t act and has no chemistry with Freddie. It’s painful to watch him and the wedding was a joke. We’ll see if this comment is posted or stays posted. If not, that might be why there are a whopping three positive comments. The rest are being censored.

Persa
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Persa

Don’t blame an actor because soap fans have an irrational obsession with the actors who play certain characters. Soaps are like plays, any actor or actress can play any role at any time. It’s not up to fans to decide who gets to have a freaking job. Guy is allowed to play the role of Will because he was hired to do so. It’s HIS job. Chandler had his shot and the actor BEFORE Chandler had his shot at playing Will. Why can’t soap fans be adult about things and stop holding onto the past with a vice grip. Will… Read more »

Donny
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Donny

My opinion of Guy has nothing to do with Chandler or him leaving. It also doesn’t have anything to do with how he is portraying Will (which is really just a reflection of the writing). The issue is Guy is not a good actor. If was even decent, I’d be fine with him in the role. He was horribly miscast. In addition, his egotistical comments aren’t doing him any favors. Many others agree with me.

kay
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kay

I totally agree.

NYCER
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NYCER

Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Guy Wilson was not the greatest recast ever as Greg Meng had promised to DAYS viewers back in August after he fired Chandler Massey. He has no chemistry with Freddie Smith and now I can’t stand to watch Will’s scenes with Marlena, which is sad because the Will/Marlena interaction provided some of the outstanding moments for DAYS from 2011-2013. The love, joy and playfulness in the Will/Marlena relationship are now lost and gone.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

You have some good points.I have nothing against Guy for taking the job of playing Will because he had nothing to do with Chandler leaving.One of my issues with Guy and this is not his fault but when he took over the role Will and Sonny were already together.So we didn’t get to see how Guy would play Will as an individual character and not just part of a couple.Plus Chandler had chemistry with a lot of other actors on the show besides Freddie.I know Chandler had longer to establish chemistry with the other actors and Guy had only about… Read more »

Ares
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Ares

Guy haters will hate anything he says or does. If Freddie would have said, “It’s our era now”, you would have agreed. Anything Guy Wilson says is automatically labeled as wrong and being arrogant.

I think they did a fantastic job and I like the new mature Will.

Donny
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Donny

Not true. If Freddie has uttered those words, I also would have thought it was arrogant. However, Freddie has class and would never have said that in the first place.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I’m not saying Freddie wouldn’t have made the same comments that Guy did but maybe in a different way.For example Freddie might have said he and Chandler had their time together on the show but now it’s his and Guy’s turn.However the only person who knows what Guy meant by his comments is Guy himself

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t think he mean’t by saying… this is our era.. that he mean’t them.. personally

as he may have mean’t that homosexuals… are “free” to marry

that this, by being inclusive… that we… as gay men… are by right… including ourselves.. in this new era… that marriage between men and women and men is cumulative.. and… it’s a part of.. but nevertheless… OUR time

Gerry
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Gerry

I doubt that that’s what Guy Wilson meant unless he inadvertently outed himself as a gay/bi man by saying, “This is officially our era now.” Wilson was alluding to his character because he believes that now that the characters are husbands, WilSon 2.0 is official and he is now the one true Will, not Chandler Massey. Wilson was not making a universal statement on behalf of LGBTQ individuals.

Mo
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Mo

I thought it was nicely done. I knew Caroline’s speech had a point.

kay
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kay

It was beautiful and romantic and phenomenal from beginning to end. Everyone did a great job. Freddie and Guy were perfect as Sonny and Will. Peggy and Wally and Bryan were fantastic. This wedding week is my favorite episodes of all. Love is love and this wedding proved that.

AbbyS.
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AbbyS.

The wedding was one of the best I’ve ever seen on soaps, and it far and away surpassed Charles Pratt’s AMC wedding of Bianca and Reese, for the primary reason that the wedding here was actually about the couple, their highs and lows, their families, their friends, and their future. The Bianca and Reese wedding was more about Reese’s passionate kiss with her brother in law the night before, and her dream of marrying him, and Kendall overhearing that the engaged couple intended to stay in Pine Valley and her running off in a car, only to cause Greenlee’s motorcycle… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

The Wedding was very good. I was unhappy with Days that they had to leave it open to that they possibly really are not married… Ejay could be up to something and maybe he did not really get the marriage license. We never saw that… So it was a gay wedding, but most likely they are not legally married……

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I think people should assume they are legally married until otherwise proven. If we find out the marriage is not legal, they can be married in a huge splashy ceremony with all their Horton, Kiriakis, Brady and Johnson family members in attendance during DAYS 50th anniversary!!!

miscrambler
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miscrambler

Best hour of daytime I have ever seen. Period. End of. People who do not understand why they had to recast when they did or are still upset because some actor left or just want to whine to hear themselves whine are (A) ignorant and (B) just need to get over themselves.

Brett
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Brett

Right on!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Sonny and Will are teaching acceptance, but some Sonny and Will fans refuse to accept Guy!

Enzo
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Enzo

Guy is right…this is officially a new era for WilSon and officially his and Freddie’s time no need to name call. I loved the dance most of all, so it was neat to read about how neither one knew how to waltz properly. Most people don’t so in that respect the scene was so completely real. I loved how Guy looked at Freddie while they danced, I believed right at that moment they were in love. Good job done by all involved.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I thought it was great wedding and that it went off without a hitch.I’m sure now that they are married now there’ll be lots of drama for Will and Sonny.As for Guy i have accepted him as Will but i did wish Chandler was still playing Will because then the show could have used flashbacks of Will and Sonny’s relationship.Airing flashbacks could have been nice for new and old fans of the show.Also since Days tapes 4 or so months in advance these scenes were probably taped back in December and that’s when Chandler’s contract would have expired.Before Chandler was… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Good point– many fans forget although shows are taped months ahead, the actual plotting of stories are done much earlier—- I’m positive the reason they let Chandler go was for the very reason you stated, they knew the wedding would be taping shortly after he left, and as angry as fans were they let him go early, they would have been even madder if they literally had Sonny marry the new guy a week or so after Chandler left.

Verna
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Verna

I have been watching Days for only the last 3 months and regret not watching it before. I just love it , and I think the wedding was done very tastefully. It’s a fact of life and has to be faced. A message has to be sent to all the bigots that being gay is NOT a CHOICE. They are born that way , and we must accept and understand. The way Sonny & Will’s parents accepted it was just wonderful. I remember what a certain parent said to his gay son who had a hard time “coming out”…. ”… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“Thank You”, Verna

“…They are born that way”

Tears

I am a 51 year old gay man

i’ve always likened this “tolerance” as …. “why” would I put myself through ALL this… “everything”

it’s a heavy load that my heart flies

I’m celebrating

Antonella
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Antonella

I was in a mess of tears while watching! I cried my eyes out during Caroline’s speech, she was amazing, then I cried and laughed during Justin and Lucas speeches, after I cried during WilSon’s vows. And I also cried during the first dance, and Kate and Will little scene, I laughed seeing Adrienne and Sami bitching (Judi Evans and Alison Sweeney make so many funny faces when they share a scene, I love them to bits). I enjoyed every moment of this wedding and cried again at the end, with WilSon finally alone and married. Word, I’m still in… Read more »

george
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george

I love it I watch and starting crying and when I saw a tear come down from kates face that was priceless sonny and will made it one of the greatest think I have every seen on tv.. love you all and god bless

shawn
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shawn

This week’s episodes of DAYS have been nothing short of superb. I’m calling it, now.
The April 1st and April 3rd episodes are a shoo-in for the 2015 Daytime Emmys for Writing and Drama Series.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I watched the wedding episodes and was very impressed by the quality and care of the wedding. It was beautiful. I was also very impressed with the entire look of the show. Having just about reached my limit with Y&R, I’m looking for a change and could use some help. Can someone tell me who’s who in the zoo on DOOL?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

For starters, because of your username, I should tell you that Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) has joined DAYS as Eve! Her first scenes will air around July. Eve is very important as part of the Brady family. Her sister is Theresa (the gal that bumped into the waiter at the wedding reception). Eve and Theresa are the granddaughters of Caroline Brady (she gave the opening speech at the wedding). Their first cousin is Sami (Will’s mother). Sami’s father is Roman Brady (Caroline’s son). Sami’s mother is Dr. Marlena Evans. The Horton family is the premiere family of Salem. The Brady… Read more »

Susan Coon
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Susan Coon

I thought the wedding was great ! It was emotional and funny. I was expecting to see what was in J J and Abigale s gift. I will always love Days.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Not really liking the new Will…. he is def too pretty.. and everytime I see him kiss.. I am not believing the chemistry and the kiss…. I have tried to see it.. but just do not see this..

Patrick
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Patrick

“…as around the country the first daytime male same-sex wedding in soaps was airing.”

I’m a couple eppis behind…

“as around the globe…”

tolerance is ebbing… by the wayside… and conviction… standing forthright… for you… IS

Celebrate that I am : with

tears

I commend NBC / Sony / Days of OUR Lives for furthering just cause

I am a Salemite… and couldn’t be happier

applause

Loni Luv
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Loni Luv

This was far the best Soap Wedding I have ever watched on Days. I’ve been watching since
for the last years and I loved every single moment of this day. I have watched and re-watched this many times in the past few days. THANK YOU, DAYS FOR MAKING MY FAVE COUPLE MORE REAL TO ME. GREAT JOB TO, FREDDIE AND GUY!!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

No soap does a wedding like DAYS! The wedding of Will and Sonny was fantastic! We will soon be treated to the “wedding” of EJ and Sami! I’m sure that will be memorable for completely different reasons! The weddings of our lives!!!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Congratulations Days! Relevant. Ground-breaking. WilSon (for me) is the best gay SL ever on a US soap (with GL’s Otalia being second and ATWT’s Nuke being third).

LINDA MILLER
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LINDA MILLER

I thought guy and Freddie did a good job loved the weeding

RLeternal
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RLeternal

After the Luke-Noah and Luke-Reid SLs ending disaster on ATWT, and Brian and Justin SL ending debacle on QAF; I had given up hope that there would ever be a HEA to a male-male pairing in American soaps and shows. I started watching Wilson regularly only since the beginning of 2014. And, I am extremely happy that at least one male-male couple got their HEA on American Daytime/Nighttime Drama. Now, I want to watch the entire Will and Sonny SL from the beginning; where can I find this absolutely beautiful and wonderful love story right from the start? Congratulations! to… Read more »

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beto

i thought that the wedding was well done. however, that doesn’t change the fact that Wilson is now a boring dull couple. I have been giving the nuWill a chance, but there is just nothing there. his acting is flat and he just hasn’t made me believe i should care about him. i mostly watch on youtube and the number of hits they get on youtube is relatively low. if DOOL is really committed to this couple/storyline, they had better start figuring things out. public interest is pretty much fading.

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sandy

I’m constantly amused at ppl who seem to have a problem with fans not liking Guy Wilson. I too don’t think Guy is a good actor, nothing to do with Chandler being let go etc. I didn’t have a problem with the recast announcement at all. What I do have a problem with is the choice of GW. he lacks chemistry with Freddie deidre and Allison. We were invested in Wilson just as everyone else was. We starred the journey with Chanfler is it unreasonable that we rdisappointed he didn’t get to finish it. I have an issue with Guy… Read more »

TVFan
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TVFan

There is no logical reason why I should feel so invested in Will’s Story, when I know full well that it’s just a TV show, just fiction, where the actors themselves don’t even truly think or feel the same as the characters they portray on the show. Yet Will’s Story has captivated me. Perhaps I was particularly susceptible, never having previously watched a soap opera before I stumbled upon this a couple years ago. The writers and actors did a masterful job in telling the story slowly, allowing us to get to know the ideal boy-next-door, and then walking us… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

The story is about Will and Sonny whom eventually married. Will and Sonny were married. It is not and never was about Chandler and Freddie. Chandler and Freddie never wanted to marry each other. Chandler and Freddie-no. Will and Sonny-yes. GET OVER IT!

TVFan
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TVFan

Good point. There are much better things in life to which to devote energy than a silly TV show. If the show’s manufacturers don’t care much about it, why should I? Time to move on to things in this world which actually matter. Satisfied? Is that “over it” enough for you? Apparently, some people have appointed themselves the Feeling Police, with the power to dictate to other people how they are allowed to react to what they see and hear.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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