On Sunday, three-time Daytime Emmy winner and former Days of our Lives star Chandler Massey (Ex-Will Horton) was featured on an all-new episode of After Buzz TV Spotlight On with Dishin DAYS co-hosts: Tony Moore, Mark. J. Freeman and James Lott Jr.
During the entertaining interview, Chandler was asked a myriad of questions including: working with some of his former DAYS co-stars. When asked how he felt about working with Freddie Smith (Sonny), Chandler replied: “Freddie’s got this thing where I have never seen him push ever, which is go great and is so rare, because he kind of just lives it. Freddie kind of just lives the role and so it was so great to work with him.” When the hosts revealed to Chandler that this week is Freddie’s last on-screen episode, Chandler in a bittersweet moment remarked, “That’s sad.”
Later, when asked what he learned the most from playing the role of Will Horton, Chandler related: “I grew to care about marriage equality, because before I was largely ignorant. I didn’t really know, so I didn’t really care. Then, I got to learn so much playing this character, and I thought, “You know what? There’s something going on that needs to be addressed and that needs to be fixed.” So it changed me that way. It made me a better person, honestly.
When asked to clarify the events that went down when the powers-that-be realized that Chandler was not signing a new contract, and then replaced him with Guy Wilson as Will, Chandler explained what he learned from the whole experience: “Tell your employer what you are planning to do about your contract, before you tell everybody else. So after the Emmys in 2012, I got asked the question what was I planning to do when my contract was up. I said I was going back to school which was my plan. I originally should have approached them (DAYS) first and tell them what I was going to do, but I was just short-sighted. I should have really told them (DAYS) what I was planning to do. Of course, they want to carry the character on, because it’s a really important character and the stories around him are very important. I feel like I blind-sided them accidentally by doing that, and so I really didn’t leave them with any choice except to bring in somebody else, and that was kind of the nature of it. It was very sudden and I didn’t know until that day. That’s how they like to do things and they run a tight-ship, and keep information close to the vest, because it creates less distractions. It allowed me to work up until my last day without somebody over my shoulder waiting in the wings.”
Watch Chandler after the jump on After Buzz! Then let us know what you thought about Chandler’s comments on how he would have handled letting the DAYS brass know he was not planning on staying with the show, thoughts on working with Freddie Smith, and what he learned from his time as Will Horton and more!