Guy Wilson has only been a part of the cast of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives since January but already he is a part of daytime television history.
His character of Will Horton was one of the grooms in what was the first same-sex wedding between two men in an emotional three-part episode that aired earlier this month.
‘When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, with each day it became increasingly powerful for us,’ Wilson told Gay Star News at the recent GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles where the show was named outstanding daytime drama.
‘The actual day of filming it, there was no acting. We didn’t have to act,’ he said. ‘It was simultaneously one of the most powerful moments I’ve had as a performer or otherwise and also one of the most fluid moments I’ve had as an actor.’
Wilson attributes the quality of the episodes to the show’s writers and producers who he called ‘fearless.’
The wedding involved much of the fictional small town of Salem with the character of Will and husband Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) both being part of two of the show’s established families.
The multi-generational affair included a moving by Will’s maternal great-grandmother about how society’s attitudes towards gays have evolved since a time when a gay couple she knew had to pretend to be acquaintances in public.
‘There was a level of joy (on the set) that was very powerful and it was fun because everyone was there – almost the entire cast was there and present and we were all very, very aware of what this meant – not just within the context of the show and the storyline but on a greater level,’ Wilson said.
‘We were trying to demonstrate for our viewership the fact that it’s okay to be fearless, to express who you are and what you believe in and it’s okay to love whoever you want to love. I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love.’
Wilson joined the show just as Sonny was to propose marriage. He replaced the popular and acclaimed actor Chandler Massey who had won two Emmys for the role and inhabited Will as he came to terms with being gay, came out publicly and fell in love with Sonny.
Now that the wedding has taken place, Wilson feels more at home than ever as Will.
‘As far as the Will and Sonny storyline, the marriage is a new chapter,’ he said. ‘As far as my tenure as an actor on the show, I do feel on an internal level that it is the beginning of a new chapter. I feel like I’m Will now. I feel like I’ve achieved something for the storyline, I’ve achieved something that I can own.’
‘I feel like Days of Our Lives is an American institution and on a greater scale, I have to do a lot more to earn my keep,’ he added. ‘It’s a privilege to be a part of it.’