HomeTVDays of Our LivesRelive Will Coming Out to a Lady Gaga-Quoting Marlena on Days of Our Lives! Jamey Giddens March 30, 2012 27 Comments The most powerful, heartfelt, realistic and emotionally resonant storyline currently airing in daytime is happening on a soap that has been more closely associated with science fiction and the supernatural in recent decades. This past week, Will Horton (Chandler Massey) came out to his grandmother, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), on Days of Our Lives. While some of the other storylines on DAYS are hit-or-miss right now. Will's struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, with the beloved and iconic Marlena there to gently guide him through his conflicting feelings, is soap opera at its best. Relive the moment—complete with Doc referencing Lady Gaga— after the jump! 27 Responses appleridge March 30, 2012 So excited for the coming out scenes to Marlena On April 4 and then to Sonny which I believe is the week of April 9th Also Greg In Hollywood hears that Jesse Kristofersen who played Neil the guy Will kissed in February will be back for three episodes. No airdate given though Log in to Reply soapbaby March 30, 2012 @Jamey – Wasn’t it a great scene? I have saved that episode on my DVR because the Marlena/Will scenes were lovely and realistic. Love their relationship. Loved how Will stated to Marlena how he couldn’t believe his best friend was his grandma! IMO, Will’s coming out not only the current best storyline in soaps, but by far the best, most realized coming out story ever in soaps and general American television. Log in to Reply blake3b March 30, 2012 I saw this when I was working out at the gym, the treadmill that has the tv and the closed captioning I saw that Marlena mentioned Will played her that Lady Gaga song years ago and how excited he was about it. Then she said something about him being “born this way” lol. Log in to Reply maca42 March 30, 2012 Who would have thought DAYS would do such a sensitive portrayal of this subject, better than any of the soaps who have tried in the past. I love Chandler Massey and Deidre Hall is just magnificent. I just love DAYS! Log in to Reply pumpkin March 30, 2012 I always thought that kid was great He will go on to bigger and better things in the future. Hopefully the stars will line up for him. He stands out in his scenes. There was another actor like that on Guiding Light and I am still waiting to see him on a primetime show. I am hoping the same for this guy. Some just have it from the minute the camera rolls. Log in to Reply appleridge March 30, 2012 Out Fest had a panel last night about Will coming out and here is a summary from William at TV Source (Soap Opera Source) William @sourcewilliam The will/sonny coming out scenes are free of flaws. #IWillGoDownWithThisShip “you can expect Sami to have a typical Sami reaction” its not for months though Chandlers talking about how two friends came out to him in high school and how he asked them about it to play into will Lauren [Koslow, Kate] says the will thing changes Sami/Kate’s relationship Sami runs away when will tells her he’s gay. Literally. Gets up and leaves the room. Lucas has a good reaction and Sami turns to him Sami wonders if she caused this. Kate also turns to help Sami/Will Kate helps Sami with will then tells her it’s still game on. Chandler’s ex girlfriends mom sent him a bible. Oh my. Chandler said he never liked her lol EP at Days Greg said sponsors def question gay stories but days has NBC’s support 100% Greg said he can’t comment on will not being the only gay Horton out there in regards to the line marlena had about it. Chandler is speechless about EJ/Will “he’s a handsome guy” chandler on James. Greg said every character is not ok with will being gay. Ali is so proud of chandler. You can totally see it. Log in to Reply hothunk March 30, 2012 this was written beautifully, and brought tears to my eyes, and was very moving …. of course the background music moved me, but the performance was real…. Log in to Reply sillytee March 30, 2012 damn diedre is sooooooooooo damn good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Log in to Reply hothunk March 30, 2012 yeah she is very good, very mellow, and cool I really enjoyed seeing her in that scene.. days did gooood on this one ! Log in to Reply SoapyBitch March 30, 2012 I am glad that, during an election year no less, I haven’t come across any ant-gayish articles noting the destruction of Days via this storyline. I don’t watch Days, but I will watch the clip. I love when soaps tie coming out storylines to integral families, a la Bianca and Erica on AMC. My only criticism is that Bianca was such a wimpy character for the most part. The daughter of Erica should be fierce. There was one inkling of that post baby switch when Bianca had some awesome boots on and went to confront JR, but that was it. Listening to the podcast it sounds like Will is a hellion, so I may start watching because of that. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon March 30, 2012 Chandler is good but Deidre Hall is KILLING it! Okay, I know I tend to go overboard with my Marlena worship but, honestly, Deidre is the best actress on the whole NBC network right now. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman March 30, 2012 Really amazing scenes, even though I can’t stand Will, lol. Deirdre Hall and Chandler Massey seem like a real grandmother and grandson…so good! Log in to Reply gregn7157 March 30, 2012 Chandler Massey & Deidre Hall bring new meaning to the classic soap term “super couple” in an entirely different way. They are incredible together & are a joy to watch each & every time they are on-screen together. Kudos also to the writers for wonderfully written, natural dialogue as Will’s coming story evolves. BRAVO!!! Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 March 30, 2012 Great scene…..and Chandler Massey is wearing the HELL out of that tight blue shirt!! :love: Log in to Reply Screamer_2012 March 30, 2012 Does anyone on this board actually have a Grandmother THAT cool? My Grandma wears curlers in her hair and would tell me I’m going straight to Hell if I ever came out to her. :Sp Log in to Reply blake3b March 31, 2012 [quote=pumpkin]He stands out in his scenes. There was another actor like that on Guiding Light and I am still waiting to see him on a primetime show. I am hoping the same for this guy. Some just have it from the minute the camera rolls.[/quote] Are you thinking of the guy who played Reva’s son Jonathan? I agree on that, he’s too good not to be a big star now. And I agree about Will and Marlena being a “supercouple”, just the people/characters you love to see act together, doesn’t mean they have to be romantically involved. I loved all the scenes between Guiding Light’s Cynthia Watros’ Annie with Reva and Wendy Moniz’s Dinah with Cassie. Will and Marlena have the best chemistry as grandmother and grandson. Wasn’t Deidre the one who had the “granny clause”? Cause I heard Will call her grandmom lol. Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 March 31, 2012 Blakeb and Pumpkin, You guys are referring to the ever-so-talented, hunky and magnetic Tom Pelprhey! And while Chandler is good, I don’t think he’s on Tom’s level…….yet. But he’s got potential. Log in to Reply rayman1986 March 31, 2012 As a guy who is just coming out myself this is being done to the greatest acting ive ever seen.I was terrified when i read they were gonna have Will become gay but its been awesome. Log in to Reply matealestlmo March 31, 2012 [quote=blake3b]Will and Marlena have the best chemistry as grandmother and grandson. Wasn’t Deidre the one who had the “granny clause”? Cause I heard Will call her grandmom lol.[/quote] Actually, that was Eileen Fulton, who played Lisa Gramaldi on As The World Turns. I do know she did have the “granny clause” in her contract. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud March 31, 2012 I know the ratings aren’t reflecting it, but Days is in such a better place these days. It is not perfect, no show on television is, but the right characters are being featured. Deidre Hall and Chandler Massey have a great chemistry and the young actor should be proud of how hard he is working. Log in to Reply Soap_Stud March 31, 2012 It’s a cause for celebration. My favorite line. Log in to Reply hey mon April 1, 2012 It is very nice. I am surprised that it is taking such a long time, but real-life experiences must be that way, too. Compared to the rest of the show (Alamainia), Marlena and Will are on target. Is it too much to ask, though, to see Billie get dressed, or maybe semi-naked in front of a mirror? Bring back ED on Days, too, if MAB is not going to use very much in GC. Log in to Reply soapbaby April 1, 2012 ^^ Billie Reed semi-naked…ewww. Lisa Rinna looks like Carol Channing. It does seem that Will’s coming-out story is being written by completely different writers than the rest of the show. I am being serious. Perhaps, the writing team is grouped into smaller teams by storyline. I refuse to believe that the same person(s) writes Will’s story as the same people who write the Princess Gina/Pawn redux! Log in to Reply marybee50 April 1, 2012 soapbaby-I have to agree with you about the writing.I FF thru pg & the pawn,it is just so cartoonish.Yet,everyone involved with Will’s story has great dialogue,from Marlena to Will to Sonny.Plus Kate and Lucas have been good also. I’m looking forward to this coming week.I just hope the writer’s,whoever they are,keep up the great work. Log in to Reply marybee50 April 2, 2012 I just watched 3 interviews on NBC Days web and they were pretty good.They did Chandler,Freddie,and Bryan talking about Will’s story.Give alook if you are interested on the actor’s takes. That said,their weekly tag video was Gina/pawn.How ridculous that they have this great human story,and they use the most boring story to promote. Log in to Reply js3557 April 2, 2012 I loved these scenes. I actually watched them about five times in a row. The chemistry between CM and DH is unbelievable. My son asked me why I watched the scenes over and over, and I told him that it was a beautiful moment showing what family should be. The love, understanding and acceptance was so amazing. I can’t imagine the fear that goes through someone when they are in the process of “coming out”, but I wish that each and every person going through it could be met with love and acceptance. Log in to Reply marybee50 April 2, 2012 js3557-I’ve watched this and the following day’s scenes also over and over.I went on youtube and added them as my faves.It is amazing the chemistry between them.I love watching Will’s expressions while Marlena is talking. As for the grandma posts,awhile back Marlena joked with Will about calling her grandma in public.I really think it was a joke,and she dosen’t mind.I don’t think Deidre is that age concerned. 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