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Jan. 9th, 2012 04:51 pm
[identity profile] sexyscholar.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] will_sonny
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From Deep Soap: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/01/02/deep-soap-will-queer-eye-alum-jai-rodriguez-help-a-days-character-come-out/

Will ‘Queer Eye’ Alum Jai Rodriguez Help a ‘Days’ Character Come Out?

"Days of Our Lives" Will (Chandler Massey) is having a rotten winter. He’s grappling with two big secrets: he witnessed his mother cheating on her husband with her ex, and his realization that he is gay. On January 12, he finds himself drawn to a handsome older man played by “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy’s” Jai Rodriguez. Rodriguez previews his character’s connection to Will, shares why he thinks DOOL has created one of television’s most realistic gay storylines...

Tell me about the character you have been playing on Days of Our Lives. Will’s gay storyline has been shrouded in secrecy.
It’s pretty fun. As you know, on the show already, Freddie [Smith] plays Sonny, Days’ first gay character, and of course there’s been a lot of stuff going on with the Will character played by Chandler Massey. So basically my character [Mateo] will interact with Sonny. He brings me to meet with him in regards to something he wants to get going.[Mateo] might invest in Sonny’s new idea. I meet Will and we have what we are describing as a weird connection.

Are you saying there is some flirtation between you and Will?
Yeah. It’s sort of like your first coming out: is the connection chemistry or is the connection just people [who get along]. Is it flirting? What does it mean that the connection is with another man? It’s kind of open ended, which is great because it would be really fun to go back. I think they’re handling the storyline with a lot of sensitivity and being really, really honest… It’s definitely not a cliché. The portrayals of young gay people on television are a lot different than they were ten or fifteen years ago. They’re colored with a little more diversity. I think that’s a really good thing.

Will’s a college student, so he’s flirting with a slightly older guy.
I’m not eighteen, although [Will] certainly is. But I think it’s more about what you said earlier, that chemistry. It was something I experienced when I was coming out. You aren’t afforded the opportunity to express yourself that way in high school. So all the normal adolescent angst that heterosexual people experience, you don’t. You suffer. So all those lessons you have to learn in your twenties, or in your early adult years. Socially, you feel like you’re playing catch up. I’m usually the youngest person on a show, so it was interesting to be the elder statesman of the bunch.

Did you interact with the character of E.J.? There are spoilers that he figures out Will is gay, and everyone is wondering how he comes to that realization when Will is still figuring it out for himself.
I don’t really know how E.J. (James Scott) could possibly know this, but I think it just happens where other people know before you know. Other people, they don’t always handle it the best, so it will be interesting to see how they let that play out. It’s not your typical storyline that would have played out ten to fifteen years ago where the gay characters are bit more “fabulous.” Will’s a sports-loving kid, a little rough around the edges, If you mess with him, you’re going to get it. I really like the way they developed his character.

Were there any memorable moments from your day in Salem?
The funny thing is both of the guys [Massey and Smith] are straight. I always am a little nervous any time I play opposite straight guys. But let me tell you something, these boys are so comfortable in their own skin. They were so honest. My episode, there’s a really great moment between Will and Sonny’s Dad [Justin] (Wally Kurth). It was one of the most touching scenes I’ve ever seen. They kind of have a conversation about [Will being gay] without having a conversation about it. It was everything I wish someone would have said to me when I was growing up.

Date: 2012-01-09 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigboobedcanuck.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for posting!

My episode, there’s a really great moment between Will and Sonny’s Dad [Justin] (Wally Kurth). It was one of the most touching scenes I’ve ever seen. They kind of have a conversation about [Will being gay] without having a conversation about it. It was everything I wish someone would have said to me when I was growing up.

Awww. I can’t wait! This storyline is turning out so awesome. Our patience is being rewarded! :D

Date: 2012-01-09 11:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-09 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-drenxavier.livejournal.com
OMG, I like this. I'm excited now.

Date: 2012-01-09 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonhero.livejournal.com
I always am a little nervous any time I play opposite straight guys. But let me tell you something, these boys are so comfortable in their own skin.

You know, this and a lot of other things I've read/seen lately with regards to boys of Chandler and Freddie's generation gives me a lot of hope re: this upcoming generation and how they see and feel about gay guys. From what I've seen, there seems to be a large chunk of them who simply have no issue with it - actually, it's beyond having no issue; they are, as Jai says, comfortable with who they are, and comfortable with gay guys. Anyway, it's interesting...just something I've been seeing coming out of this next group of kids. I like it.

Date: 2012-01-10 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ltklo.livejournal.com
I agree.

Plus, I'm really looking forward to Will and Justin's talk.

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