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Freddie Smith wins first Emmy!

Freddie Smith won his first Emmy tonight for his portrayal of Sonny Kirirakis on Days of Our Lives.

It was a well-deserved prize as Smith has been consistently excellent in the role and grounded the character in reality no matter what writers throw his way.

I loved this part of his speech: ‘This award is for the LGBT community for showing strength and courage and being an inspiration to all of us.’

He thanked Guy Wilson who plays his on-screen husband Will Horton and Christopher Sean who plays his first love Paul Narita. Smith also thanked onscreen parents Judi Evans and Wally Kurth and his real-life parents ‘for letting your only child move out to LA and pursue his dream.’

In addition, Smith thanked ‘my beautiful girlfriend Alyssa (Tabit) – I love you with all my heart. You’re my rock.’

The couple were involved in a car accident last October in Ohio that left Tabit seriously injured. She was present at the awards ceremony and later tweeted: ‘Congratulations on your Emmy, baby! I don’t know anyone more deserving. I love you, so incredibly much!!’

Smith entered pleas of guilty to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence. In February, a judge suspended Smith’s driver’s license for one year and ordered him to DUI school.

Before the ceremony, Freddie confirmed for me that he has left the show – for now – after a four year run.

‘They really kept it open,’ he said. ‘It’s like family there, they were very welcoming to my coming back. The door is not shut. It’s bittersweet. It’s a great chapter in my life. I’ve loved it.’

The soap, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, tapes 4-5 months in advance so Freddie is expected to appear on episodes through most of the summer.

His win means a gay character has won the Emmy for Best Performance By a Younger Actor with former Will Horton Chandler Massey winning in each of the past three years.

FILE UNDER: Days of Our Lives

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  1. If Freddie’s gone, but able to come back then more than likely Sonny is not dead, but has left Salem. To me that suggests that Sonny & Will do get divorced. While Christopher Sean and Guy Wilson have great chemistry together, I do hope that Paul & Will are not turned into a couple. However, I do hope their characters can forgive each other for the pain they’ve caused and become friends.

  2. What a honor for Freddie Smith! He had his parents, his girlfriend, Alyssa, and all of the Days family rooting for him at the Emmys.
    One of his biggest fans was Guy Wilson, pumping his fists in the background when Freddie’s name was called. The LGBT rights community is indebted to Freddie for speaking his mind and for playing such a lovable character on Days for all to see!

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