Paul Narita
Christopher Sean as Paul Narita.jpg
Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Christopher Sean
Current status Former; Regular
Duration 2014–18
First appearance November 7, 2014
Last appearance November 20, 2018
Cause/reason Left Town With His Mother.
Created by Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell
Introduced by Ken Corday, Lisa de Cazotte and Greg Meng
Profile
Alias(es) David Press
George Herman
Gender Male
Age 32
Occupation Spokes model
Baseball player (retired)
Model
Private investigator
Residence San Francisco, California
Formally, Room 1224 The Salem Inn, Salem, Illinois
Relationships
Family Black Family
Narita Family
Alamain family
Robicheaux family
Parents John Black
Tori Narita
Marlena Evans (step)
Siblings Brady Black
Belle Black (paternal half)
Sami Brady (step)
Eric Brady (step)
Romances Various model girlfriends while playing baseball across the country (not shown on-screen)
Theresa Donovan (flirtation/kissed)
Will Horton (Ex-lovers/Ex-Boyfriend/Friends)
Sonny Kiriakis(Ex-lovers; Ex-engaged/Friends)
Derrick
Grandparents Hiro Narita
Maude Robicheaux
Tim Robicheaux
Leopold Alamain † (adoptive)
Philomena Alamain † (adoptive)
Aunts and uncles Lawrence Alamain † (adoptive)
Nieces and nephews Will Horton (step)
Tate Black
Rachel Black
Claire Brady
Johnny DiMera (step)
Allie Horton (step)
Sydney DiMera (step)
Mackenzie Horton † (step)
Great-nieces and nephews Arianna Horton (step)
First cousins Nicholas Alamain (adoptive)
Other relatives Vivian Alamain (adoptive)

Paul Narita is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed by Christopher Sean from 2014-18.

Background

Paul was created under head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell and introduced in November 2014 as a famous baseball player getting surgery on his shoulder. Paul flirts with every woman he sees but is eventually revealed to be the closeted ex-boyfriend of Sonny Kiriakis, whom Paul considers to be the love of his life. Though the surgery proves successful, Paul is unable to pitch again and finds comfort in the arms of journalist Will Horton -- who has convinced Paul to come out in a magazine article. In addition to maintaining his image, Paul is afraid to come out fearing his family would not accept him. The series then introduces Paul's mother, Tori who supports him even though she is afraid of the public backlash. In April 2015, Paul is revealed to be the son of long running character, John Black.

Storylines

Famous baseball player Paul Narita comes to Salem to undergo shoulder surgery as a patient of Daniel Jonas. Paul flirts heavily with hospital employees Abigail Deveraux, Theresa Donovan and his physical therapist Jordan Ridgeway. Paul checks into the hospital under an assumed name to hide his identity from the press. The surgery proves successful and Paul starts physical therapy. During his recovery, Paul has a brief fling with Theresa and they even make plans to go on a date despite Paul being on bed rest. However, Paul is shocked when he runs into his ex-boyfriend Sonny Kiriakis. Though Paul still has feelings for Sonny, Paul is not ready to come out and Sonny urges him to move on. Paul has already agreed to an exclusive interview with SONIX magazine about his return to baseball with journalist Will Horton. Paul invites Will to his private hotel room for the duration of the interview process. After Christmas, Paul learns that while he will regain normal use of his arm, he can never pitch again and he vents his frustrations to Will. To make matters worse, Paul is a free agent and now has no shot at being picked up by another team. Will convinces Paul to use the article instead to tell the world about his career ending injury and be a lesson to other players. Paul reaches out to Sonny and reveals he is ready to come out so they can be together only for Sonny to reveal he is married. However, Sonny encourages Paul to go forward with coming out. Will is quite shocked when Paul flirts with him as they share a bottle of champagne on New Year's Eve. Thanks to Derrick, a flirtatious bellboy, Paul learns Sonny tried to visit him on New Year's Eve. Paul believes Sonny has changed his mind about being together and Sonny admits that he briefly considered asking Paul for a loan to help keep his club afloat. Paul knows they still have a connection but Sonny urges him to move on. Knowing Paul is holding back, Will wants to do a follow up interview. Taking his cue from the flirting, Will asks Paul if he is gay. Paul responds by kissing Will and they sleep together on January 8, 2015. Will immediately regrets their tryst and goes to shower when Sonny stops by to return Paul's first home-run baseball. Paul lets him keep the ball and tries to rush him out of the room as Will turns off the shower and Sonny realizes Paul was with someone. Paul believes he has ruined his chances with Sonny. Will then asks Paul to consider coming out in the expose to be a role model to kids and athletes like him but Paul hesitates. Paul informs Sonny that his career is over and Sonny tries to comfort Paul then calls him out for still being afraid to go public about his sexuality. After much hesitation, Paul finally agrees to come out in the interview and he even opens to Will about the man he loved that proposed to him. Paul tells Will that he hasn't told his family about his plans to come out yet and Will urges him to make sure they hear it from him. Paul agrees but wants to wait until the article's publication is out of his control fearing his mother might talk him out of it. Later, Paul calls his mother Tori Narita and his grandfather Hiro inform them that he is coming out. Tori admits that she was always aware of Paul's sexuality but thought it would be safer if he stayed in the closet. Paul and Tori are nervous about telling the very old and traditional Hiro and they're relieved when he also supports Paul. Days before the article is published, Paul donates blood to the hospital. Paul is shocked to learn that Sonny was stabbed and Sonny's mother Adrienne Johnson thanks him because his donation saves her son. Paul later starts therapy sessions with Marlena Evans. Paul makes plans to leave town but he wants to see Sonny before he leaves. He presents the article and a furious Sonny reveals that Will is his husband and kicks him out of his hospital room. Though Paul is unaware of the connection, Will believes Paul told Sonny about the affair to break up his marriage. Paul tries to confide in Marlena, but she refers him to another doctor when she reveals that she is actually Will's grandmother. Paul is ready to leave town when John Black asks him to participate in a charity benefit for underprivileged kids. Paul agrees to stay and Tori makes him promise to leave town immediately after the charity benefit. John witnesses a close moment between Paul and Sonny and orders him not to interfere in Will and Sonny's marriage. Paul and Will's affair is publicly exposed during Will and Sonny's anniversary celebration in the town square. John accuses Paul of seducing Will and then going after Sonny unaware of their history. Sonny later informs Paul that Tori is hiding the truth about his paternity and Paul confronts her at Sonny's club where he and John come to the realization that they are father and son. Paul goes back to San Francisco and John follows. His grandfather encourages Paul to build a relationship with John and Paul agrees. Paul is hesitant about returning to Salem not wanting to cause trouble for Sonny. However, Sonny's father Justin Kiriakis endorses a relationship between Sonny and Paul as he believes Paul can make his son happy. Paul is very honest about his feelings for Sonny which upsets Will. Later, Will's grandmother Kate Roberts offers Paul a job as the spokesperson for a new men's fashion line for MAD World Cosmetics—on Justin's behalf. Paul agrees to walk away from the offer if Sonny is uncomfortable but Sonny encourages him to take the job. Paul continues to bond with John and his half-brother Brady Black who has recently welcomed his son, Tate Black. Paul tries to comfort Sonny when Will is strangled and believed dead, and feels guilty for contributing to the destruction of their marriage. Paul lands another modeling gig when Kate, Theresa and Nicole Walker take over John's former fashion house, Basic Black and he ends up working opposite Gabi Hernandez – Will's ex-girlfriend. Paul encourages John to search for his biological parents and helps obtain information from one of Paul's former classmates.

Paul supports his father and meets his half-sister Belle Black when Brady is involved in a near fatal car accident and receives a heart transplant. In March 2016, Paul is kidnapped by the mysterious Yo Ling who reveals himself to be John's presumed dead biological father—Tim Robicheaux. Yo Ling has brainwashed Paul in an attempt to force him to do his bidding, but John rescues him with the help of Eduardo Hernandez. In May 2016, Paul is hospitalized with a severe fever and quarantined at the hospital, where it is revealed that Yo Ling has injected Paul with a bio-toxin to cause havoc. Paul, Gabi, Arianna and several others are near death when the doctors produce a successful antidote. Paul later goes to work for John as a private investigator and in the summer of 2016, Paul is reunited with Sonny, who has returned to town. In September 2016, Paul takes a bullet for John when his longtime enemy Orpheus crashes Brady's wedding looking for revenge. Though he recovers, Paul is injured again when Orpheus and his accomplices detonate several bombs in town. Sonny revives Paul and gets him to the hospital. In 2017, Paul gets engaged to Sonny, and they plan a double wedding with Chad DiMera and Abigail Deveraux. In October 2017, Ben Weston crashes the wedding to announce that Will is still alive. Though Chad and Abigail do get married, Sonny insists on waiting to see if the news about Will is true. Paul joins Sonny and Will's family in the ensuing hunt to find out if Will is alive, which takes them all to Memphis. When Paul sees Will serving in a bar there, he initially tells no one, because he is afraid to lose Sonny to Will. When he does confess to Sonny, Sonny dashes off to find Will. Will has total amnesia, and does not remember Sonny, Paul, or any of his family. When he learns he has been lied to about who he is, he comes home to Salem. Amnesiac Will finds himself attracted to Paul. When Will learns that he cheated on Sonny with Paul, he rushes to Paul's apartment to ask Paul about it, and kisses Paul. Paul, who wants to keep his relationship with Sonny, is not invested in Will remembering his former life. This makes Paul even more attractive to Will, who appreciates his lack of expectations since he is under pressure from his loved ones to remember his past. Sonny, however, is very keen for Will to remember him and their love, and breaks up with Paul so he can pursue Will. Will does not want to be married to a man he does not remember, so he divorces Sonny and begins pursuing Paul. Paul, still in love with Sonny, initially rejects Will's advances, but in truth, he is very sympathetic to Will's situation of having no memory of his life and family, and he extends the hand of friendship to him. They become good friends, and when Paul suspects his father John of poisoning Sonny's uncle, Steve Johnson, Paul and Will investigate together. Their adventure brings them close, and Paul develops feelings for Will. They start dating, and fall in love. Paul selflessly tries to help Will regain his memories by injecting him with an experimental serum. Will assures Paul repeatedly that he loves only Paul now, and regaining his memories will not change his love and total devotion to Paul. However, when his memories do return, Will finds that he cannot ignore his deep love for Sonny. Meanwhile, Paul saves Sami Brady from being shot by Kristen DiMera, but he falls out a window and lands three stories down. In critical condition, Paul is saved in surgery, but he is paralyzed from the waist down. Will professes his love to Sonny, which is overheard by a furious Brady. He demands that Will not abandon Paul when he needs all the support they can give him. Will does not tell Paul that his memory has returned, and ultimately decides to stay with Paul. When Will does reveal that he has his memories back, he reassures Paul that nothing has changed between them, but Will and Sonny are tortured by their decision to stay apart. Will and Paul are moving into a new apartment together when Brady tells Paul that Will is in love with Sonny. Paul confronts Will, who admits that it is true. A devastated Paul decides to return to San Francisco, where a new program may be able to restore his ability to walk.

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