My chat w/Guy Wilson of “Days of Our Lives” about changes in Will and those steamy bed scenes
In recent months on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, the character of Will Horton has cheated on his husband, Sonny Kiriakis, and is now trying to blackmail the mother of Paul Narita, the man he slept with who also happens to be his husband’s ex.
Will also had the nerve to suggest that since Sonny had previously proposed to Paul, he was simply in a rush to marry anybody.
It’s a real turn for Will who viewers came to adore as he struggled with being gay and eventually came out to all of Salem and fell in love with Sonny.
Guy Wilson stepped into the role of Will in early 2014, replacing the popular Chandler Massey who played the role for four years.
I recently had a nice chat with Guy about the evolution of his character, about the love scenes between he and Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Christopher Sean (Paul), and a bit about his predecessor Massey.
Q. Your character is really in the thick of it right now and testing us with his infidelity and his reaction to Sonny previously having with Paul. What was it like filming all of those confrontation scenes?
A. As a performer, it was immeasurably fun to really use some dark terrible things that enabled Freddie Smith and I to go places with our characters where we hadn’t gone before. So now we have this level of strife and conflict. Sonny and Will have had their conflicts before but for them to be so engaged against each other, it’s new territory for us as actors as well as the characters. This was really a turning point for us in how we were able to really define the relationship of Sonny and Will. Moving forward, there’s going to be a new dimension that can’t be taken away. Sonny and Will have now gone to this dark area that no relationship is immune to, gay or straight it doesn’t matter because these things happen, it’s another way to make this relationship even more fully fleshed out – much more true to life.’
Q. What was it like filming the scenes in the hotel room between Will and Paul. You guys were hot together.
A. Thank you, that is the greatest compliment. What was interesting was that in doing a lot of the lovemaking scenes with Freddie, because the characters of Sonny and Will were in love, it’s so easy and kind of comes naturally – especially since Freddie and I have a natural rapport. But doing these scenes with Christopher Sean, they more or less come from a primal place of lust. As a straight man, I had to really approach it in a different way. I realize this is a different relationship than what Will has with Sonny so what Freddie and I do to prepare for those scenes is completely different. So for Christopher Sean and I to get ready to do these very lusty sexual scenes, it was coming from a place that I had never come from before as a professional performer. We were insecure about it coming off as authentic and that it would be believable because it’s just different for us in terms of how we live our lives. Now that it;s all been done, it’s fun and I can look back and think, “I did that, I’m proud of that.” And now, it informs even more who the character is’
Q. You’re kind of seen as a villain now and we’re not used to that with Will because he’s been sort of beloved. Sure he got Gabi pregnant but we sort of forgave him. The fans are so opinionated about this.
A. It makes sense for Will to go this route when you take into consideration who his mother is. He’s very much Sami Brady’s son. The void left by EJ DeMira and Sami, it makes sense that Will would, in times of crisis, evolve into a villain. But he does not think of himself as a villain. He thinks of himself now and moving forward as having to protect what’s his. Now that his marriage is in jeopardy, he’ll do whatever it takes,
Q. And this evolution for Will has happened since you took over for Chandler Massey who played Will right up to shortly before Will and Sonny got married.
A. What Chandler had the privilege of doing and what he handled so wonderfully well was the coming out story and he really took Will into that place and he did a great job with it. I can’t make Will gay again. So now to have this new benchmark in Will’s life and in his development, I’m very excited to be able to have something like this that I can help guide Will into the next stage of his life. Will is a very important character, he’s been around for a generation. So now, as it relates to the fans, I’m getting a lot of heat but really what matters to me is that people are still watching the show and still feeling connected and having an emotional response whether it’s positive or negative – it just means they’re watching the story. No matter how bad Will is, it enables other people to do good things. You see a lot of new things come from Sonny and from Paul. I’m excited that there are these momentous life moments happening for Will now that he’s a young adult – he’s no longer a boy.’