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Gay of our ’Lives’?

by Jim Halterman
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Sunday Jul 17, 2011
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While other soaps have had gay characters and story lines over the years, "Days Of Our Lives" has never been one to prominently include gay characters or story lines. Perhaps that is due more to the fickle (and oftentimes conservative) sponsors.

That may be why it is worth noting that the fictional town of Salem raised its rainbow flag this week as Sonny Kiriakis (played by Freddie Smith, best known for playing another gay character - and smooching with hottie Trevor Donovan on "90210") came out to his old-fashioned Uncle Victor (played by John Aniston).


Freddie Smith

However, as Smith told EDGE recently at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas, Sonny’s story line will not be the usual coming out story. In fact, Sonny is comfortable with his sexuality, so if there are to be issues with it, they will likely be expressed by other Salemites (like Uncle Vic). And it may be only a matter of time before Sonny hooks up with one of Salem’s not-out-yet characters.

EDGE also talked to actors Judi Evans and Wally Kurth, who play Sonny’s parents Adrienne and Justin Kiriakis, as well as Camila Banus, who reveals which character will be coming out of the closet soon and, we hope, engages in a bedroom romp with Sonny.

"Days Of Our Lives" airs every weekday on NBC. Check local listings for air times.


Watch Freddie Smith talk about playing Sonny Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives":



Judi Evans

Watch this interview with Judi Evans, who portrays Adrienne Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives" at the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. Evans plays the mother of Sonny Kiriakis (played by actor Freddie Smith). Sonny came out this week on the show.



Wally Kurth

Watch this interview with actor Wally Kurth, who portrays Justin Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives" at the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. Kurth plays the father of Sonny Kiriakis (played by actor Freddie Smith). Sonny came out this week on the show.



Camila Banus

Watch this interview with Camila Banus, who portrays Gabi Hernandez on "Days of Our Lives" at the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. Banus broke the news that actor Freddie Smith’s character Sonny Kiriakis was coming out on the show.



Jim Halterman lives in Los Angeles and also covers the TV/Film/Theater scene for www.FutonCritic.com, AfterElton, Vulture, CBS Watch magazine and, of course, www.jimhalterman.com. He is also a regular Tweeter and has a group site on Facebook.

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