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Meeting a trio of Morning Men: Peter Marc Jacobson, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Freddie Smith!

So many Morning Men, so little time.

Well, it seemed that way at least at last Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards where I met three of my blog’s Morning Men alums for the first time.

The first was Peter Marc Jacobson who had been featured just last Friday.

He had sent me a nice message earlier in the day on Saturday saying thanks so it was cool to be able to meet face-to-face shortly after that.

‘I was so honored to be a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man,” Peter said when we met. ‘I tweeted it and I put it on my Facebook. It was a beautiful article.’

Peter, of course, is co-creator and co-producer of the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced which stars his former wife Fran Drescher. It is based on their lives as a married couple who split up after the husband realizes he is gay.

He wondered if the extra attention would result in him getting a husband.

Somehow, I think the handsome Peter will have no trouble with that.

Speaking of handsome, it was such a thrill to run into Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach as he waited in line at the bar outside the ballroom.

When I introduced myself, he realized he had been featured on the blog as a Morning Man on Veteran’s Day.

‘Thank you so much!’ he said. ‘Some friends sent it to me and I was very honored.’

He also told me that he had officially retired from the military with full benefits and pension on Sept. 30. He had been threatened with discharge, because he is gay, after 18 years in the military and just two years short of retirement.

No way to treat and American Hero completed 88 combat missions, 2,189 total flying hours, 1,487 fighter hours and 488 combat hours. He has received eight air medals, one for Heroism, and was hand-picked to protect the Washington, D.C. airspace after 9/11. He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

And finally there was Days of Our Lives cutie pie Freddie Smith who was featured as a Morning Man last spring when he was appearing on 90210 as Teddy’s new boyfriend.

I bumped into Freddie just a few minutes after seeing Fehrenbach so realized I was hanging out in the perfect place before the start of the show – the bar!

Freddie could not have been nicer. Although I’ve interviewed his Days co-star Chandler Massey several times, I’ve never interviewed Freddie. We didn’t have time to do more than have a brief off-the-record chat and snap a photo together. I did get him to tell me that even though his character of Sonny has been largely absent on screen lately, Freddie has been busy taping a bunch of episodes so the character will be resurfacing down the road which is good news for fans.

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7 Remarks

  1. HI Greg,
    Thank you so much for asking Freddie Smith about Sonny in DOOL. Freddie is such a talented young actor and I have become his fan ever since he took the role of Marco in 90210. I think the character of Sonny was wasted a lot by previous writers (who were fired recently), but I am glad we will see him more in the future. Thank you so much for letting us know.

  2. April 26th, 2012 at 5:52 am
    RichB in PS says:

    Would like to see more of PMJ! Seems I have a man crush going on.

  3. Hi Greg,

    Thanks for the update on Freddie/Sonny. I don’t mean to be size-ist, but does Freddie look like he’s gained some weight in recent months? It’s hard to tell just from photos (but you saw him in the flesh), and people are commenting about it on various websites (at the same time as bemoaning Sonny being side lined on DOOL). I wonder if it’s something that will become a plot point down the road, what with Will being practically a muscle mag cover boy. It might be interesting were DOOL to explore the whole body image thing that is an obsession for many gay men. Maybe they want Sonny to show some discomfort with that? I remember when Will and Sonny were at the beach last summer, Sonny always kept his shirt on, while Will seldom did. Also given that almost every young guy on a soap at some point takes off his shirt to reveal his progress at the gym, recent photos of Freddie make it seem such a scene for him is not in the cards anytime soon. I’d appreciate your thoughts. Hope you get an interview soon.
    FWIW, I think Freddie looks great, but shirtless hunks on soaps seem to exist in a flawless world.

  4. April 26th, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    John Walter Seip says:

    I know Freddie has been doing P90X for months now and remember Days films three months in advance. P90x not only loses weight bit adds muscle and it just looks like his face became fuller. I like it. I think FS has become more beefcake than gym rat

  5. April 26th, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    If Peter is looking for a husband, he need look no futher. I’m available and think he is very cute and sexy too!

  6. Nice to hear something about Freddie Smith. He’s been terribly underutilized since the new writers took over. I’d love to see an interview with him coming up. Hopefully with the new writers we will see Sonny much more and a good romance for him and Will. Regarding his weight, I think it could just be that he has worked out and his muscle has beefed him up a lot. No matter what, he’s the best looking younger guy on the show. I’ll take some muscle any day over pure skin and bones. I hope we see his shirt come off soon on the show just to put some people’s doubts to rest.

  7. May 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am
    ND Mitchell says:

    I hope to see more interaction betweenn Freddie (Sonny) and Chandler (Will). Even if he is gaining weight, he still looks good and is very talented. Hopefully he will stop shaving his chest….

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