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Chandler Massey hopes his gay character on Days of Our Lives will live on even though he's leaving show

Actor tells GSN: 'The character is more important than the actor ... I woudn't be bitter at all if they go and recast'
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Fresh off hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, Chandler Massey returned to the Days of Our Lives set this week ready to begin the final leg of his four year journey on the show.

The actor left for the vacation shortly after winning his second consecutive Daytime Emmy for his performance as Will Horton, one of the most complex gay characters ever on a daytime soap.

The 22-year-old actor announced after his second Emmy win that he would be leaving the show to return to college when his four-year contract expired in December.

He tells Gay Star News in an exclusive interview that he is 'flattered' by the show's producer saying recently that they would not recast the role and that Massey is welcome back any time.

'Whatever they decide to do, I'll support it,' he says. 'The character is more important than the actor. He's a legacy character born on camera. I wouldn't be bitter at all if they go and recast.'

This year, Will has been in a committed relationship with the character of Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) and the pairing has been both a popular and critical hit.

'I think everyone is just concerned with what will happen to 'WilSon' (the moniker for the pair). That's what I'm concerned about too,' Massey says.

'I don't want Will and Sonny to break up. I want them to be together forever and go off and get married. If I'm in school and not able to get back and they decide to bring someone else to play Will, I won't be upset and bitter. I want what is best for WilSon.'

On episodes currently airing, Will is thinking Sonny might be trapped since they are now caring for Will's newborn daughter who is the result of a one-night stand with an ex-girlfriend.

But Sonny genuinely loves the baby and helping to raise her.

'Most of the drama and conflict stems from Will misunderstanding situations and being insecure,' Massey says.

He does not expect the couple to have a break-up before he leaves the show.

'They are there to stay,' the actor says. 'Compared to all the other couples on the show, we are by far the most stable, most logical and loving.'

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