The long running soap opera Days of Our Lives has been a trailblazer in terms of gay representation on daytime television. For years the show captivated fans with the story of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, the first same-sex supercouple in US daytime drama history. Although the pair were written out in 2020, the storyline helped many viewers come to terms with their own sexual orientation. More recently the show has featured the love story between Dr. Craig Wesley and Leo Stark, a gay con artist who married a drag queen, as well as the escapades of best friends Allie and Chanel, who might be the first bisexual soap opera characters in TV history.
Chandler Massey, who plays Will on Days of Our Lives, has spoken openly about his sexuality and has credited the show for giving him a storyline that allows him to play his character with his sexual orientation in mind. He believes that the approach to Will’s coming out storyline is unique because it focuses on his subjective experience rather than on how his straight family and friends react to his sexuality, and refuses to rush him into a same-sex relationship or supercouple.
Massey’s decision to play Will with his sexuality in mind has also allowed him to break the myth that gay actors are not as good as their straight counterparts. The actor hopes that his storyline will challenge people’s views on homosexuality and promote tolerance.