Christopher Sean is breaking new ground in daytime for his portrayal of gay Asian American Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Sean discusses the responsibility that comes with the trailblazing role and what inspires him.
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On the surface, it’d be easy to compare Paul to a different Asian-American gay male character: Oliver Hampton (Conrad Ricamora) on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, the primetime drama that won over audiences in its recently wrapped debut season. The series has garnered attention for the sex scenes between Oliver and Connor (Jack Falahee), which have certainly pushed the envelope, but are not driving the story. Paul’s on-screen sex scenes, however, very much are.
“Regardless of where it’s broadcast and whatever media outlet it’s put in, it’s still reaching people,” Sean said of the praise bestowed upon Days for its inclusion of same-sex sex. “I’d love for the masses to see more of it. I wish more people could see and understand that we’re in a time now where innovative storylines are [being broadcast on daytime television], about what’s happening nowadays.”