The 2013 Greggys: TV Couple of the Year is Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis of “Days of Our Lives”
Prime-time’s Kurt and Blaine may be engaged on Glee and Lena and Stef are dynamite on The Fosters but they are edged out for the TV Couple of the Year by daytime’s Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives.
Will Horton (Chandler Massey) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) have been true blue week in and week out and navigated more drama in a year than most couples do in a lifetime.
They began the year with Sonny and Will on the outs because Will had not confided in Sonny that he had gotten Gabi pregnant. This was followed by Sonny briefly dating the ridiculously handsome Brian (Brant Daugherty) before our boys found their way back to each other.
But there was more trouble to come: Dastardly Nick was blackmailing Will into giving up any rights to his unborn child, Will was shot in a scuffle with Nick’s former cellmate, Sonny’s mom tried to convince her son to leave behind Will and ‘a life of chaos and danger,’ Will’s mom’s Sami was arrested for murder, Sonny delivered Will and Gabi’s baby under duress, then the trio settled into living and caring for the baby.
But Nick resurfaced and he ended up engineering a job for Gabi that took her and the baby away from Will.
The chemistry between Massey and Smith has only deepened during the year and the physical chemistry they have shared has added to the believability of them being a couple.
They are so affectionate and terrific together – it’s been lovely to watch them.
Both actors were nominated for Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Performance by a Younger Actor. It was Smith’s first nomination and Massey’s third. Massey, who won in 2012, made it two wins in a row.
Backstage at the Emmys, the actor told the press that he planned to leave the show at the end of his contract in December so he could return to college and finish his studies.
But later that summer, producers let Massey out of his contract more than three months early because they had already found his replacement: Guy Wilson.
Massey told me in an exclusive interview that there were no hard feelings about his earlier-than-expected departure but several reports soon surfaced that it was all handled rather abruptly and blindsided him.
Still, Massey is still appearing on the show since episodes are filmed several months ahead. According to SoapOperaNetwork.com, he will last appear as Will on Thursday, January 2 while Wilson will make his onscreen debut on Wednesday, January 8.
Wilson has some huge shoes to fill!