Many television actors can’t say they won an award during a four-year career, much less a Daytime Emmy. Georgia native Chandler Massey, however, can say he won three.
Massey, 22, picked up his third consecutive Daytime Emmy on Sunday night for Outstanding Younger Actor for his role as Will Horton on “Days of Our Lives.”
“Each year has been different; different and the same,” Massey said of his three wins. “It’s obviously a huge honor and a big surprise. It’s a universally good feeling when you get a pat on the back from your peers for the work you did.”
He is the grandson of Gainesville residents Abit and Kayanne Massey, though his family wasn’t in attendance for this year’s win.
“I wish I had brought my family out,” Massey said. “I told them not to come, because I figured since I wasn’t on the show anymore it wasn’t much of a shot (to win).”
Massey ended his run on the daytime drama in August of last year after more than 500 episodes. He didn’t think he would win the honor, making it even more gratifying when he did.
“It’s a great way to end a four-year run,” Massey said. “It was the first time that I had seen a lot of my old co-workers, and it was kind of a trip to go back to that world.”
Despite some controversy surrounding his departure from the long-running show, Massey has fond memories of his tenure. His favorite moments from “Days of Our Lives” include his first day on set and many of the major episodes that revealed plot twists and important events.
“On the first day, I was such a nervous wreck that I couldn’t think straight,” Massey said, laughing. “I loved the scenes that I did with Deidre (Hall) that I ended up submitting for the last two years, like the coming-out story, and all of the big episodes like weddings.”
He recently played a role in a comedy/drama titled “Angels in Stardust,” which was released in February, but does not have any acting plans set in stone.
“I kind of fell into ‘Days,’ and it wasn’t really part of the plan,” Massey said. “Now, I get to re-evaluate what I want to do and where to go from here. I have to figure that out.”
For the immediate future, Massey plans to enjoy his summer off in California and visit home for longer than the week or so he was allowed when he was under contract. In the fall, he will return to the University of California-Los Angeles and finish his undergraduate degree.
“I’m just looking forward to going back to school,” he said. “Mimi, my grandmother, will be proud of that. I’ve been promising her I’ll go back for the last four years, and now I finally get to do it.”
Chandler Massey, of course, dreams of working in movies like most aspiring actors and hopes to some day work with someone like Jack Nicholson.
“I’ve always wanted to be in a movie with him,” he said. “I probably need to hurry up; I don’t know how many more he’s going to do.”
He also would enjoy being in a primetime television drama, mentioning he enjoys the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
“I like to think it’s what my dad went through in politics, but less dramatic,” Massey said.
He credits his parents and grandparents with much of his success because they have been so supportive of his career.
“Part of the reason why these last three years have been so great, and part of the reason I was able to come out with three Daytime Emmys, is the support they gave me,” Massey said. “The only reason they didn’t come out to this one is because I forbade them to in case I didn’t win.”