Get out your calendars. After months and months of frustrating delays, false starts and countless emotional pitfalls, Days of Our Lives' Will and Sonny will finally make love on the NBC soap's Nov. 14 episode. And — steam alert! — TV Guide Magazine has this exclusive video preview of what's sure to be a very talked-about scene (below).
"The Will and Sonny fans have waited a long time for this but the delay has been a good thing," says Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny. "It's allowed the audience to get to know our characters and to get to a place where they are really rooting for them to get together. I don't expect anyone will think the sex scene is controversial. Hopefully, we're past that. This isn't a story about two gay guys. It's about two human beings who truly love each other."
Chandler Massey, who won an Emmy this year as Will, says it's been "refreshing to have a couple in soaps who haven't been thrown together too quickly. We took our time before getting to the sex and the characters and the show are better for it. But" — he adds with a laugh — "I will also say that it's about time!"
He'd get quite an argument from Will's dad Lucas (Bryan Dattilo)! It will appear that Will and Sonny are headed for sex in the Oct. 29 episode but their intimate encounter is interrupted by Lucas who is freaked by what he sees. Hey, didn't he claim to be okay with his kid being gay?
"I know a lot of dads who are like Lucas," says Massey. "They're not homophobic per se, or against gay marriage, but they're uncomfortable being in close contact with anything gay, especially when it involves their son. It's all okay in theory but they don't want to deal with the reality." Worse yet, Lucas will reveal that he thinks Sonny is a user who's looking at Will as just one more conquest.
"That's kind of hilarious considering Sonny came out [in the summer of 2011] and then went a year without even kissing anybody," notes Smith. "But, in Lucas' mind, Sonny is moving way too fast. He thinks Will needs more time before having sex." Adds Massey: "What's crazy is that Sonny is the responsible one here. He's going to school. He owns a business. If I were a parent I'd have a much bigger problem with my son getting involved with someone like Will. He's the real pain in the ass in this equation!"
The sex scene itself caused no worries. "Chandler and I were much more nervous about our first kissing scene," Smith recalls. "Our hearts were really pounding during that one but it worked out great because our characters' hearts were pounding, too. Since then Will and Sonny have done enough flirting and kissing and cuddling that, as actors, we weren't nervous about finally getting to the sex. The way we shot it is very real and passionate but tasteful. Chandler and I are comfortable with each other and it shows. We have good chemistry. We trust each other."
So where do Will and Sonny go from here? "Consummating the relationship will make them bond in a much more intimate way," says Massey. "And I guess this finally makes them an official couple to the people of Salem and it will be no big deal. Everyone is going to recognize it and accept it. Yes, even Lucas!"