Anti-gay bullying storyline coming to daytime soap opera

Soap opera 'Days of Our Lives' will deal with the impact of anti-gay bullying and violence

Anti-gay bullying storyline coming to daytime soap opera
19 August 2012

 A character in the long running US soap opera ‘Days of Our Lives’ will be the victim of anti-gay bullying and an attack.

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis,  gave a few details of what his character will face in the upcoming weeks.

‘Sonny was picked on for being gay early on,’ the 24-year-old said in an interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. ‘So it has developed slowly, like it does in real life. And what’s interesting is that the bullying is being done by different people.’

Smith also hinted Sonny may have a romantic life, but didn’t give away too many details. He did, however, give praise to the show’s writers for creating a three-dimensional character.

‘I’ve got to give credit to the writers on DOOL,’  Smith said. ‘They are embracing this storyline full-blown. The romance. The bullying. The aftermath. It’s such a great story … I think it’s one of the best gay storylines ever.’

This is the second gay character the Ohio native plays on the small screen. He was Marco Salazar on the nighttime soap opera ‘90210.’ Three weeks after that job ended, he was offered the role of Kiriakis — he signed a four year contract. The actor isn’t overly concerned about being  pigeonholed.

‘Love is love, whether you are gay or straight,’ Smith said. ‘Sexual orientation is such a small part of the complex person you are. We get too hung up about this in America.’

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