Actor who played gay role on US soap has chance to make Daytime Emmy history

Chandler Massey going for third win in a row for his portrayal of Will Horton on NBC's Days of Our Lives - earns fourth nod overall

Actor who played gay role on US soap has chance to make Daytime Emmy history
01 May 2014

Chandler Massey isn’t on NBC’s Days of Our Lives anymore but his performance as a gay young man facing a series of dramatic ups and downs was not forgotten by Daytime Emmy voters.

In nominations announced earlier today, Massey made the cut in the competitive category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Will Horton.

It’s the fourth consecutive nomination for Massey and gives him a perfect record of a nod for every year he was on the show.

If he wins, he will become the first actor to win in the category for three consecutive years following his victories in 2012 and 2013.

The three-peat has been achieved only twice before in Emmy history and both times were in the category of of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

It was at last year’s Emmy ceremony that Massey told reporters backstage that he planned to leave the show at the end of his contract in December 2013.

Producers ended up releasing the actor from his contract three months early and replaced him with Guy Wilson who took over the role as Will became engaged to the character of Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) then got married in a three-part episode that aired last month.

Massey never publicly complained but actor Charlie Sheen, who has the same publicist as Massey, publicly blasted producers on social media for blindsiding the actor with an early dimissal.

But because the show tapes up to three months in advance, Massey appeared in episodes through this January.

His Emmy competition this time around will be: Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos in General Hospital, Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos in General Hospital, Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin in The Young and the Restless and Daniel Polo as Jamie Vernon in The Young and the Restless.

Below are Massey’s final scenes as Will as well as video of him accepting his second Emmy:

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