Chandler Massey is accustomed to breaking barriers on “Days of Our Lives.” He played Will Horton as the character came to terms with his sexuality and became the first person to win Best Younger Actor at the Daytime Emmys for playing a gay role. He left the NBC soap in January 2014 and was replaced by actor Guy Wilson, but Massey has one more chance to make history on his way out the door.
Massey won the Younger Actor prize twice in a row (2012, 2013), and if he wins again this year he would be only the second actor to win the category three times – following Jonathan Jackson, who won for “General Hospital” in 1995, 1998, and 1999 – and the first to do so in consecutive years.
Winning three in a row is a challenging feat in any category. Even the most awarded actors – Anthony Geary (seven wins), Erika Slezak (six), and Justin Deas (six) – never won a category more than twice consecutively. The only two actors who have pulled it off both did so in the Younger Actress race: Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” 2002-2004) and Jennifer Landon (“As the World Turns,” 2006-2008).
Even more impressive, Massey would be the first actor from “Days of Our Lives” ever to win three Emmys, consecutive or otherwise. To date, he is one of only nine actors to win competitive Emmys for “Days,” and only one other actor has won twice: Macdonald Carey, who won Best Drama Actor in 1974 and 1975 for playing family patriarch Tom Horton, Will’s great-grandfather.
Will Massey make history? He currently leads our predictions with 3/2 odds. Make your own Best Younger Actor predictions below: