Chandler Massey talks to Greg In Hollywood about receiving his third Emmy nomination for “Days”
Just had a chat with Chandler Massey about his Emmy nomination for Days of Our Lives and he was as humble and thoughtful as ever.
Chandler (pictured with me last year at a Paley Center event) has been doing superb work as Will Horton on Days for more than two years now and is the reason why I started watching the show in the first place.
His coming out story last year was emotional and gripping and the episode that got him his third Emmy nod was one in which Will kisses another guy for the first time then goes to his grandmother Marlena (Deidre Hall) for a heart-to-heart.
‘Just getting nominated is an honor,’ Chandler told me. ‘It’s really nice, it’s very gratifying and humbling to get this respect from your peers. But I’m not doing it for the awards, I’m doing it for the story and for the character.’
‘The exciting thing about this time is that Freddie is nominated too. That’s a huge bonus.’
That would be Freddie Smith who plays Will’s boyfriend Sonny Kiriakis, a character that had been in the background for too long but has emerged strongly in the past six months.
“I think it’s always getting better – specifically the scenes between Freddie and me,” Chandler says. “We have such an organic rapport between the two of us. The foundation of that is we both know we are working to make the scene as good as it can possibly be. That allows us to really trust each other. The bond only gets stronger between the two of us and the bond between Will and Sonny only gets stronger and deeper.”
The storyline currently has Will’s ex-girlfriend Gabi about a month away from giving birth to their child with her husband, Nick Fallon, an oppressive and homophobic presence.
“My favorite scenes are definitely ahead – the stuff that hasn’t aired yet,” Chandler says. “Will and Gabi will find themselves in an almost sitcom type relationship and it makes for interesting, funny and heartfelt scenes – really good stuff.”