Days Of Our Lives is planning an anti-gay bullying storyline for Freddie Smith's Sonny Kiriakis, who arrived in Salem last summer.

Kiriakis, the NBC daytime soap's first gay character in its 47-year-long history, will be the victim of a violent attack.

“Sonny was picked on for being gay early on,” Smith, 24, told the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. “So it has developed slowly, like it does in real life. And what's interesting is that the bullying is being done by different people.”

According to the Windy City Times, Kiriakis' attacker will be an old friend who thinks Kiriakis is attempting to turn him gay.

Romance could also be in the offing for Kiriakis, Smith said.

“Sonny has a romance coming up,” he told the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. “You've got to check out Sonny's big storyline.”

“I think it's one of the best gay storylines ever,” he added.

Before joining Days Of Our Lives, Smith played the romantic interest to Trevor Donovan's all American Teddy on the CW's 90210.