Just like last year, this year’s Daytime Emmy acting reels are being made available for public viewing online. This year’s roundup of episode submissions began today with Best Younger Actor. I’ve watched all five; here’s how defending champ Chandler Massey (“Days of Our Lives“) measures up:
Length of Reel: 3:30
Synopsis: Will Horton (Massey) waits in the hospital for news about his unborn baby, and then confides in his boyfriend Sonny (Freddie Smith) about his desire to be a good father.
Analysis: Massey is the two-time defending champ in this category. Both of his previous wins were for episodes involving his struggle with his sexuality, but this time he struggles with impending fatherhood. His performance is full of tearful emotion — the kind of soul-searching that won it for him before — though the reel lacks a singular impactful moment.
His biggest disadvantage is the length of his reel: at less than four minutes, it’s half as long of the next shortest submission in the category. Quality matters more than quantity, but is there enough quality to measure up against the longer submissions of his competitors? Watch below, then predict if Massey will pull off a historic three-peat: