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Brant Daugherty talks with GSN about Dancing With the Stars and his gay role on Days of Our Lives

Brant Daugherty talks with GSN about Dancing With the Stars and his gay role on Days of Our Lives

Until he began competing last month on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Brant Daugherty was sort of famous only to the people who watched Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars or Days of Our Lives.

That has changed.

‘It’s a new world, it’s been crazy,’ the 28-year-old actor told Gay Star News after surviving another round of the celebrity dance competition on Monday (14 October).

‘People follow you with cameras – it’s the most fun I’ve ever had.’

Daugherty had recurring roles on the shows he appeared on and received very little publicity for them. So when the call came to partner with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd on DWTS, he was pleasantly surprised.

‘I honestly never considered myself a star – to have that label on you is kind of eye-opening. I was very flattered to have been asked and I’m having a blast. It’s really opened me up to a whole new audience.’

One audience well aware of Daugherty is that of Days of Our Lives – particularly those who follow the gay storyline involving the characters of Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey).

Will and Sonny have been a solid couple for nearly a year but for awhile there, Sonny was being aggressively pursued by Daugherty’s character of Brian.

‘I really like the way they handled the storyline and that’s why I accepted the part,’ he says. ‘I wanted to be a part of a show where the gay characters had the same depth and problems that the straight characters had. When they wanted to bring me in as part of a triangle, I jumped at it.’

Fans who would see Daugherty out and about had mixed reactions.

‘People love the characters of Sonny and Will and want them to be together so everyone gets up in arms,’ he says. ‘But there were a lot who were supportive of me too – they wanted to see things a little mixed up.’

Daugherty had been up for the part of Will Horton several years ago and ‘I always wanted to be on the show.’

While Army Wives has been canceled, the actor says he’d be ‘thrilled to go back’ to Pretty Little Liars if the schedule can be worked out.

In the meantime, he is busy promoting the comedy film The Starving Games – a parody of The Hunger Games out on Blu-ray and DVD 14 November.

‘I just want to perform whether it be TV or movies,’ he says.

And, of course, he will keep dancing on DWTS as long as the fans and the judges keep him on.

‘We lived to dance another week,’ he said after last night’s show where he and Murgatroyd performed a contemporary dance to Elton John’s classic Your Song.

Daugherty believes he and his partner have a solid chance of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy.

‘I wouldn’t have said so a few weeks ago but now I feel like we could do it,’ he says. ‘It’s been quite a ride.’

Last week, he and his partner danced a salsa that resulted in Daugherty’s shirt coming off – much to the delight of straight women and gay men in the audience (see video below).

‘It will only come off again when appropriate,’ he says, laughing. ‘This week it was just unbuttoned a little.’