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  • Marlena hears EJ issuing a strict order to Will. She defends Will, and then "Marlena and EJ speak privately about Will's situation and both agree that he needs room to be himself." Will is then alone with Marlena and asks her how he's supposed to get comfortable in his own skin when everyone is bothering him. Then he tells her he's gay.

  • Deidre Hall says, "What I wanted to do as Marlena, and as the actress, was just to hold the space... I wanted the room to be a safe place, respectful and dignified, where Will could be and say whatever he had to get out of his body."

  • Hall praises Marlene and Darrell for writing Marlena and Will's relationship so that it goes beyond the issue of his sexuality and includes comfortable moments between them, like playing Scrabble or Will just acting like a teen.

  • After Will makes this admission to Marlena, he's not sure whom to tell next. Should he tell his friends or his parents? Hall says that "Marlena does not encourage Will to do anything else besides sit with the feelings and know that he's healthy, fine and perfectly wonderful as he is."

  • Hall says that the story between Marlena and Will continues after these scenes. She says Will's story centered around the fact that you just wanted him to be okay, but the two then continue to have "fascinating" scenes and that their relationship deepens. "The next three months are the most spectacular that I've seen in ages. Life goes on after Will's revelation."

  • Hall also praises Chandler Massey. She says that his "ability to express such profound turmoil takes my breath away".
This was a summary from Daytime Royalty, I'll update this post if the full articles are posted.

The Gays of Days posted the full article from SOD:

A tense confrontation between EJ and Marlena acts as the catalyst for Wills poignant admission. Marlena comes upon EJ issuing a stem order to Will and steps up to defend him. Marlena and EJ speak privately about Will’s situation and both agree that he needs room to be himself. Alone with Marlena, Will comments that he enjoys the time he spends with her, but he questions how he is supposed to get comfortable in his own skin when everyone is badgering him. In the next breath, Will informs Marlena that he's gay. 

"What I wanted to do as Marlena and as the actress was just to hold the space." shares Deidre Hall (Marlena). “I wanted the room to be a safe place, respectful and dignified, where Will could be and say whatever he had to get out of his body.

Hall praises head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas for transcending Marlena and Will’s relationship so that it goes beyond the single issue of Will’s sexuality. Marlena has encouraged Will to understand that he's always been capable of being himself in front of her, whatever it is. So whether they're playing a silly Scrabble game or Will is acting immature. Marlena has always been the person who keeps a safe place for him" 

After Will makes his admission, he feels liberated. His mind racing, Will wonders what he should do next: tell his friends - or his parents? “Marlena does not encourage Will to do anything else besides sit with the feelings and know that he's healthy, fine and perfectly wonderful as he is." smiles Hall. 

The actress teases that there is still more story to be explored with Marlena and Will’s relationship. "Will’s story was skewed to the point where you just want him to be okay." notes the actress. "Life goes on after the revelation. We continue to have scenes that are fascinating. The relationship deepens and grows and becomes richer by the day. The next three months are the most spectacular that I've seen in ages."

Hall also has high praise for her co-star, Chandler Massey (Will). "Working with Chandler is delicious and spontaneous," enthuses Hall. "It's like working without a net. His ability to express such profound turmoil takes my breath away."

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