The latest, as yet, unconfirmed rumor doing the internet rounds is that Will Horton’s gay love interest has been cast. Freddie Smith, familiar to 90210 viewers for his onscreen kiss with former Days of our Lives cast member, Trevor Donovan (Jeremy Horton), has been cast in the role that may bring Days of our Lives character, Will Horton (Chandler Massey), out of the closet.
The groundwork for this Days of our lives first; a gay romance; is set this month when Will is unable to make love to his girlfriend, Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus). Chandler Massey who brings Will Horton to life onscreen is also up as a first time nominee for a Daytime Emmy in the Younger Actor in a Drama Series category.
Months ago a Days of our Lives casting call for a gorgeous high school jock, tentatively named “Ryan” was reported by soapoperacentral.com, around the same time that a casting call was also put out for another new character called Fletcher. Fletcher has since been cast with Australian actor Bren Foster and made his onscreen debut on May 5, 2011, as Chloe’s one night (?) stand, Quinn.
Ryan is described as “all-American high school idol. Gorgeous, well-built quarterback of the football team. Popular, confident and charismatic…the world is at his feet for the taking.”
Until he reveals himself to be gay…Perhaps?
About a month after the initial casting call a video of actor John Gregory Willard screen testing for the role of Ryan on Days of our Lives was linked from soapoperanetwork.com. The video has since been removed, but the screen dialogue hinted that Ryan could be one of Justin (Wally Kurth) and Adrienne Kiriakis’ (Judi Evans Luciano) four sons. .
The dialogue focussed on Ryan wanting to know why this marriage would be any different than the last several times round for his parents. Justin and Adrienne were recently re-married off-screen when they eloped to Las Vegas.
A gay romance for Days of our Lives would be a first, and if Ryan is a Kiriakis, there is plenty of room for conflict within the Kiriakis family as their all star high school athlete announces his sexual orientation.
June 13 2011: Update! Freddie Smith first appears as Justin and Adrienne’s son (code) named Sonny on June 23, 2011.