The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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January 25, 2012

Edgewood graduate in Valentine’s TV commercial

ASHTABULA —  A soap opera star from Ashtabula appears in a Kay Jewelers Valentine’s Day commercial and print advertisements.

Freddie Smith, a 2006 Edgewood Senior High School graduate who plays Sonny Kirakis on “Days of Our Lives,” said in a recent interview that he’s excited about it because it’s his first speaking role in a television commercial.

Five years ago, Smith left Ashtabula to pursue his dream of making it big in the entertainment business. He got the job on the daytime drama last summer.

“The commercial should be coming out in the next week or so,” said his mother, Renee Smith of Ashtabula, who is also Freddie’s biggest fan. “He’s also in their magazine ads and there’s a poster.”

Freddie Smith also taped a Valentine’s Day commercial for Verizon, she said.

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

Smith took some acting classes in Cleveland before moving to California after graduation.


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