Actor Freddie Smith says he is honored to play gay on the NBC daytime soap Days Of Our Lives.

Smith went from playing gay on the CW teen drama 90210 to playing Days' first gay character.

Smith's Marco was introduced as a romantic interest to Trevor Donovan's all American Teddy on 90210 during the second half of the show's third season. But Donovan will not return to West Beverly Hills High next year as a regular, which most likely means the end of Smith's Marco.

Smith's Sonny Kiriakis arrived in Salem on Thursday, June 23.

In an interview with gay glossy Frontiers in LA, Smith said he was honored to play the part.

“I feel honored that they would give me the opportunity to portray their first gay role after 45 years of being on the air,” Smith said. “I'm very excited to bring this character to life.”

The openly straight actor added: “I truly believe that every person has the right to be who they want to be, love who they want to love. I'm excited to play a complex character like Sonny and to inspire conversation within and between both the gay and straight communities about my character.”