As we previously reported, “Days of our Lives’” Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) revealed to Soap Opera Network that Guy Wilson will replace Chandler Massey onscreen in the role of Will Horton beginning in January 2014. And now, we have the details of the transition, including Smith’s thoughts on the controversial super-quick recast and how Wilson is fitting into the role.
“I’m the middle man who keeps getting asked about it,” Smith says with a laugh over being slightly hounded by the media to comment on Massey’s departure and Wilson’s start in the role. “But basically, what’s most important is that the storyline continues on, because it’s a wonderful story. I’ve had so much positive feedback, and it’s really been life changing for some people. And to think our work can do that? It’s really cool. It’s helped people come out of the closet and tell their parents, and it’s great. I miss Chandler. We started this journey together. But I also love working with Guy. He’s an incredible person.”
In the coming weeks a storyline involving the characters of Nick Fallon and Gabi Hernandez gets physically violent and rumors are now swirling about the possibility that as a result of the storyline, Nick’s portrayer, Blake Berris, may be leaving the “Days of our Lives” canvas.
When asked by Soap Opera Network during today’s “A Day of DAYS” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood about his status with the show Berris was unable to comment, but on the storyline itself he did say that Nick is just reminding Gabi (Camila Banus) of the passion between them.
During today’s “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, actor Freddie Smith shared with Soap Opera Network that Guy Wilson will replace Chandler Massey in the role of Will Horton beginning in January 2014. The actor noted that the transition from one actor to the next will be seamless as the character of Will is not leaving town only to return portrayed by a different actor.
Word of Wilson replacing Massey came to light in early September, when “DAYS” actress Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) let slip Wilson’s name as Massey’s replacement during an interview .
A more specific last airdate for Massey and first airdate for Wilson are unknown at this time.
Recasting pivotal roles always comes with a rollercoaster of equal parts praise and equal parts critique, but “Days of our Lives’” decision to recast the role of Will in what seemed like mere moments after the announcement that Chandler Massey was departing the role has seen rumblings closer to an earthquake than a mere thrill ride. Viewers have questioned whether the show’s decision to bring Guy Wilson in was a way to stick it to Massey for leaving the role he’d made popular over the last three years, and some even questioned why Massey was leaving the show in the first place. The Backlot, an online publication that calls itself the corner of Hollywood and gay, managed to snag an interview with “DAYS” co-executive producer, Greg Meng, to get the inside scoop!
On Thursday, October 17, several LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) organizations and individuals celebrated Spirit Day, which asks people to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth by wearing the color purple. NBC’s “Days of our Lives” took a stand and showed its support as cast members donned purple shirts, jackets and even ties.
Those taking part included James Reynolds, Kate Mansi, Casey Moss, Lauren Koslow, Eric Martsolf, Chrishell Stause, Deidre Hall, Meredith Scott Lynn, Galen Gering, Greg Vaughan, Arianne Zucker, Kristian Alfonoso, Camila Banus, Freddie Smith and “DAYS” newcomer, Guy Wilson.
For more on Spirit Day and on how you can take a stand to support LGBT youth, visit glaad.org.