InSESSION: ‘DAYS’’ Guy Wilson Discusses Recast Challenges and Bumps In Sonny and Will’s Journey to the Altar!


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It’s been a little over a month since Guy Wilson debuted as “’” Will Horton, and he has quickly ingratiated himself into the town of Salem. In fact, shortly after debuting as Sami’s () son, he’s already found himself on the way to a fictional altar with Sonny ()! As the onscreen pair prepares to eventually walk down the aisle and become a married couple, Soap Opera Network caught up with Wilson to get his take on why he landed the role, how he was able to bond with Smith so quickly and what kind of obstacles the popular and influential onscreen pairing will face as they prepare for marriage!

Stepping into the shoes of Will Horton, who was previously portrayed by the very popular Emmy-award winning actor , was a bit of a roller coaster for Wilson. Many fans of the show were very vocal about their discontent with Massey’s decision to leave as well as their steadfast decision to not accept anyone else in the role. But over the past few weeks, the California native has proven that if anyone can successfully take over Massey’s place in the role, it’s him. And that’s because, as viewers have seen, he’s naturally very much like Will. “They say that sometimes when you’re acting, you don’t choose the part, the part chooses you, and I think with Will Horton, and just the nature of his character, I can relate to him on so many parallels,” Wilson explains. “So what that does is it makes a lot of the acting kind of effortless. To a fair extent, I can just sort of be myself, as long as I’m present and connected. [There are] many character traits in Will Horton that the writers and the producers want to see, and I’m just fortunate enough that they feel like they can see them in me.”

And when it comes to fans who may still be having a hard time warming up to him, the actor says it’s not really something he can change. “Through Twitter, I feel like I have my finger on the pulse, but beyond Twitter, I really don’t frequent the discussion forum sites, because I don’t think it would serve me as a human being or as an actor,” he reveals. “I feel people either like what’s happening or they don’t like it for reasons that I can’t control. I’m my own actor; I’m not just going to change my acting because someone wants me to be more like Chandler Massey or something like that. So I think the best thing I can do for the show and for the character is to continue to trust my instincts.”

Howard Wise/
Howard Wise/

When it comes to connecting with Smith — whom he had to create instant chemistry with, considering Will and Sonny had already established a close onscreen bond — Wilson says it was a mix of natural chemistry and working closely to make sure they were able to do the pairing justice. “So much of it was absolutely natural, but with the more intimate moments between them, we made it a point to communicate before jumping into this journey, just making sure we were on the same page, which was, ‘Let’s just go for this, let’s not hold back, let’s do this to the greatest level of truth that we can,’” he says. “Everything else just kind of flowed naturally in terms of clicking, but we both made a conscious acknowledgement to one another that we really wanted to push ourselves when it came to portraying affection between the two characters.”

In addition to having some deep discussions about the onscreen duo, Wilson and Smith spent time together off set to get to know each other as human beings. “When I first got the part, the show was on hiatus that week, so there was some time, so we got together and got lunch,” he says. “Freddie had just moved that week, so I got to check out his new digs, and we share some mutual friends as well, so we were able to sort of connect by talking about that. And once you start working together, you see each other almost every day, and it’s kind of hard not to develop a tight friendship.”

As for a possible wedding for Will and Sonny, the actor acknowledges that trips to the altar in the soap opera world never do run smooth. “Oh my God, never!” he enthuses, adding that the couple faces new challenges now that they’re engaged to married. “Whether or not we can get to the altar remains to be seen. We’re hoping so, but the stakes are a lot higher. Everything has greater implication, whether it’s between Sonny and Will or having to do with Sonny’s family or something in Will’s family. Once you’re married, there’s no backing out. It’s either you solve the problem, or the problem gets the best of you. And I think that’s the biggest thing for them going forward.”

Howard Wise/
Howard Wise/

Of course, there’s always the possibility of another man swooping in and setting his sights on either character, which Wilson has mixed feelings about. “I’m so overprotective of this relationship,” he says with a laugh. “Certainly, it would make for excellent drama, but neither myself nor Will would take too kindly to anyone trying to disrupt what Will and Sonny have worked so hard to build. But hey, life happens, and this is daytime drama, so I can’t rule anything out!”

Whether or not Will’s path leads him into the role of Sonny’s husband or if outside obstacles will get in the way, Wilson is thankful for the opportunity to play such an important, groundbreaking character. “If I didn’t [have this “DAYS” job], I probably would be putting my nose to the grindstone, because it’s been pilot season in LA, and everyone has been scrambling and trying to get hooked up with a show,” he explains. “So I’d be doing that, and it would probably be pretty stressful. So I have to say, I’m grateful that I’m employed in a job that I love and have security in that. It’s definitely the way I’d like it to be!”

  • DAYS fan since 2000

    “It’s been a little over a month since Guy Wilson debuted as “Days of our Lives’” Will Horton”

    First sentence – and already a major error.

    It’s been TWO AND A HALF MONTHS since Guy Wilson took over the role from Chandler Massey. His first air date was January 8th.

  • Jamie

    I think Guy is doing a wonderful job and I love the fact that he’s protective of WilSon!

  • Andrew Hass

    I think Guy’s doing a good job as Will but i’m wondering what the show’s plans are for the character if and when Will and Sonny get married.I also don’t see Will cheating on Sonny unless something drastic happens because he’s seen what cheating does to a couple.On Soaps happily married couples are the kiss of death.

    • Nuke WilSon Fan

      Now, that’s your opinion. I’m reading comments from tens of thousands of Will and Sonny fans on YouTube or on major soaps forums, and most of them love WilSon because they actually LOVE to see at least one couple that is not about cheating, but about honesty, good communication, mutual understanding, friendship and respect and, of course, love and passion. And with a bit of creativity, the writers can tell lots of interesting stories about such a “dream couple” that gives us that “love and joy” vibe and how they’re going to face the challenges in their life, for example as Arianna’s daddies!!

      • Andrew Hass

        I hope the show doesn’t have either Will or Sonny cheat but my point was on soaps couples need drama and not just from outside forces trying to cause trouble.Even happy couples fight from time to time.So Will and Sonny can be happy but it’s okay to see them disagree at times but still be together.Plus i don’t want to see them just as Arianna Grace’s daddies and have all their stories based on that fact.However we still don’t know how Gabi leaves and what happens to Arianna Grace as a result.Plus i do think it’s interesting that Guy said whether Will and Sonny even gets to the altar remains to be seen.So he may know something we don’t know because this interview was taken in the last week or 2 but the scenes we are watching right now on the show were taped months ago.So Guy might know something is going to happen to stop Will and Sonny from getting married and it might be something out of their control.As for Guy like i said i think he’s doing a good job and i hope he’s on the show for a long time to come but on soaps nothing is guaranteed.

        • Fox

          “Cheating” is one thing, but IMO, they should have avoided the whole “never anyone else” problem by having both Sonny and Will have sex with other guys prior to them moving in together. They had the perfect opportunity with Sonny and Brian. And if Will thought those two were becoming some kind of couple, he could have easily decided to have a fling with Neil, whom he’d already dated. That way, even if neither Sonny nor Will were to cheat going forward, they could still use one or both of those minor characters as credible outside forces carrying the real potential for cheating. – jmho

    • Kelly25

      actually, the kiss of death is when writers don’t know to tell other stories about a power couple with such a great chemistry (and after everything they’ve already been through) than cheating, cheating, cheating…

  • Pedris

    Thanks to GW, I lost interest in WilSon!

    • JerBear

      Ditto. GW and FS are so boring and chemistry free. DAYS should’ve let CM finish the remainder of his contract so the audience could’ve seen the WilSon wedding with the original actors before DAYS slotted in GW as nuWill.

  • DAYS fan since 2000

    Thank you, Guy, for this wonderful interview!! And I totally agree with the article: As much as I love Chandler Massey (and always will), you are really making the role of Will Horton your own, and it’s fantastic to see the WilSon story continue. Because we all want it to. And it’s so important. And your chemistry with Freddie is great! I’m loving every second of you two on screen together!!

  • joni morlin

    I think that their is going to be a switch between guy Wilson turns out to be Chandler Massey and Freddie smith is going g to be surprised to see his boyfriend and husband and I know that for sure it is going to hit the fan and every body will know he is back for revenge on nick and Gabi to put them in jail for want they did to Melanie Jonas and I k ow he is mad about his mom Sami and Kate for want they did to cover up nicks murder a long with Gabi and nick Fallon

  • joni morlin

    Guy Wilson does not have the chemistry like Chandler Massey he all so look at his eyes are blue and his eyes are wide and the way he looks in the face of is muscular muscles jowels and please bring back the past soap operas we miss them we need them end joy them e erythromycin day and night

  • nancy

    guy Wilson is a really good actor anding doing a wounderful job as will guy Wilson is growing on me he looks like kevin bacon they could be twins I’m so loving this first time gay wedding it’s about time they do this

  • cassieM2000

    Guy is doing great, he’s not quite as comfortable kissing yet but he will get there. LOL! He is a good actor, unlike one newbie that I won’t mention. Lucas girlfriend. LOL! Did I say that out loud?