The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

May 7, 2013

Ashtabula native nominated for Daytime Emmy

Freddie Smith was thrilled to hear of his nomination for a Daytime Emmy for his role on “Days of Our Lives.”

Smith, a 2006 Edgewood High School graduate who plays Sonny Kirakis on the popular soap opera, is up for Outstanding Younger Actor. It’s his first Daytime Emmy nomination.

“I woke up at 7 a.m., looked at my phone and saw ‘missed call, missed call,’” he said. “I had message after message, saying congratulations. I said, ‘Oh my God! I’ve been nominated for an Emmy!’”

The Emmy awards show will be televised at 8 p.m. June 16 on the Home Living Network.

Smith left Ashtabula seven years ago to go to Los Angeles and pursue his dream of making it big in the entertainment business. He got the job on the daytime soap opera in the summer of 2011.

“We film a lot; an episode every day,” Smith said during a phone interview from his California home Monday morning. “It keeps me busy. It’s a lot of fun. I like it. It’s great.”

Smith also is working on a new project called “Addicts Anonymous,” a comedy showing the lighter side of addiction, he said.

“(On the show) the addiction classes are taught by a lovable idiot,” he said.

Smith writes and produces the show, and fellow actor, Shawn Christian of “Days of Our Lives,” is the executive producer. Christian will star in the show, too.

Fans can find out more about “Addicts Anonymous” at and searching “Addicts Anonymous.”

TV viewers were introduced to Smith in 2010 on the Valentine’s Day episode of “90210” on the CW Network (WBNX Channel 55) in which Smith played soccer player Marco. He also appeared on “The Medium,” in the independent comedy “One Wish,” in the short film “Weak Species” and in four national commercials.

Smith took acting classes in Cleveland before heading to California.

He said he likes the West Coast.

“It seems more and more like home every day,” he said.

His parents, Renee and Fred Smith of Ashtabula, say they enjoy flying to the West Coast to visit Freddie.

He always comes home for Christmas, his mother said.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot