Last month, not only were Chandler Massey and his fans stunned that Days of our Lives informed him on a Friday tape day that it would be his last, but so were many of his long time cast mates!
As the news spread like wildfire that the DAYS brass decided to end Massey’s contract three months earlier than anticipated, and that they had already had a recast waiting in the wings to take over the exceedingly important and popular role of Will Horton, it certainly was an uncomfortable situation for all involved. When the news leaked that Guy Wilson was the chosen recast, the young actor has been hoping that DAYS viewers will give him the opportunity to make the character of Will his own.
On-Air On-Soaps spoke with three of Chandler’s former cast mates at Kate Mansi’s birthday (Abigail, DAYS) party this past weekend: Blake Berris (Nick), Camila Banus (Gabi), and Casey Deidrick (Chad). The actors shared their feelings on how the news was given to Chandler that he was done at DAYS, and what it has been like meeting or working with Guy for the first time. (Casey Deidrick has already finished taping at DAYS, so he has not worked with Wilson)
Blake Berris (Nick) on Chandler’s exit: “Actually, I was going to carpool with Chandler on the way to the airport to leave for our fans events in Chicago and Atlanta and I was texting with him. And he said, ‘Change of plans. Today was my last day of work!’ And I went, ‘What?’ Anyways, he is doing great. Obviously, it’s hard to say goodbye to people who you have worked with so long and are a family. He is so talented and has a bright future ahead of him. Chandler is excited, and I am excited for him. But, it was very strange and it happened very quickly. I think everyone that was at DAYS on that day was kind of taken aback, but I am friends with Chandler, and so I will see him He will land on his feet, I am not worried about that.”
Blake on Guy Wilson’s arrival: “I just met him last week and he is such a sweet guy. I am excited to do some scenes with him. It was strange just looking at him with Freddie Smith (Sonny), because I am so used to seeing Chandler with him. But that is just one of those weird things that happens on soaps. But it’s like theatre sometimes the understudy goes on, or they recast the role. It’s kind of the same thing. I am kind of looking forward to working with his acting style and creating a new on-screen rivalry with Guy.”
Camila Banus (Gabi) on Chandler’s exit: “It was very upsetting to me. I kind of asked him what was wrong because I was on set that day, but he was not allowed to tell me anything. It made me really sad. I sent him a message afterwards. It is what it is. We can’t do anything and it sucks because we would have liked to have a going away party for him, because we love him so much. But the way, it happened it did not allow us as a cast to do that. “
Camila on Guy Wilson’s arrival: “I do think it was a little unfair of how things played out. I think everybody deserves that time to adjust, and also for the fans to adjust, and for everything to come out the right way. Apart from that, I think Guy is a really amazing ‘guy’. (Laughs) He is so kind. Guy not only entered the role, but entered the situation with a lot of grace. Guy feels honored to take on the role of Will. I think that makes him even better as a person. He comes in and feels so grateful to be here. One of the things he said to me the other day was, ‘I am excited. I get to go on stage and do what I love to do everyday.’ And that to me, resonated so much. Sometimes being on the show for three years, I am like, ‘I really don’t like this storyline and I don’t want to go into work right now.’ But Guy reminded me that I am doing every day what I love.”
Casey Deidrick (Chad) on Chandler’s exit: “I think it is just how it happened. Imagine going in to work one day and being told that day, (when you are done working) you are not coming back anymore? It was rough for him, but Chandler is bouncing back. He is doing what he wants to do know which is auditioning, focusing on school, and he and I have this band together. Everything is working out. I don’t think it’s getting him down. He is moving forward from this. ”
What do you think about the sentiments shared by Blake, Camila and Casey? Consensus is that they were disappointed that not a proper goodbye was given to their long time cast mate, Chandler Masssey! How do you feel about Guy Wilson hearing what the actors had to say about his enthusiasm taking on the role of Will Horton? Weigh-in below!