The Emmy-winning actor on waking up to another nomination.
Chandler Massey won the Daytime Emmy Outstanding Younger Actor award last year for his work as Will Horton on Days of Our Lives. He’s up for the exact same award this year, but he has some stiff competition. He’ll go head-to-head against co-star Freddie Smith, who plays his lover, Sonny Kiriakis. (Other actor nominees from Days include Peggy McKay (Caroline), Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and the show was again nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.)
We caught up with Massey to get his reaction to this morning’s nomination announcement.
TheBacklot: What a way to wake up and find out you have another Emmy nomination, right?
TBL: You’ve gone through this several times now. Is it something you still get nervous about knowing the nominations are coming?
CM: The first year I got the nomination I had no idea they were even being announced. Last year I was definitely nervous, but this year I was able to sleep soundly. I went to bed at 11 and woke up at 10:30!
TBL: How does it work? Do you personally put episodes or scenes together?
CM: I do. I choose an episode and then submit as many scenes from that episode as I want.
TBL: Which episode did you choose?
CM: It aired back in February  when Will had his first kiss with a guy, his name was Neil (Jesse Kristofferson) and then he got caught and he was super embarrassed so he went to over to Grandma’s house so she could make everything better and they end up having a talk. It’s the first time he makes reference to the fact that he actually says that he thinks he might be gay. I really enjoyed that episode and, more importantly, my Mom really enjoyed that episode!
TBL: I have to say I love that Will’s storyline is less about the fact that he’s gay now and just the usual soap opera storylines.
CM: You gotta love the soap opera storylines! [laughs] And I totally agree. I think it’s given Will such a rare opportunity in this medium to evolve and grow and change from a young, wet-behind-the-ears kid who felt he was different in some way and now he’s totally out and comfortable with that and he’s found an amazing guy to be with. It’s been such a gift to be able to play that from the beginning to end and everything in between.