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Chandler Massey Talks Freddie Smith, How He Would Have Handled His DAYS Exit Differently & What He Learned From Playing Will Horton!

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Courtesy/After Buzz

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!

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  1. Eddie

    August 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    In the interview, Chandler says that he never thought to ask his people how he should handle the press, especially if the question came up.

    It seems to me that wasn’t his responsibility. It was the responsibility of his agent or PR person whoever they may be to prep him and all their clients. Had they done their job maybe he would have worked all the way to the end.

    I might be off on the timing, but the way i add it up, Chandler could have been the Will to marry Sonny. Then they could have gone off on a honeymoon, and when they got back then Guy Wilson would be the new Will.

    • linda

      August 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

      No one will ever forget Chandler!! Great interview .. and miss him so much.. come back to the show Chandler , Days has never been the same without you!

    • Jeremy

      August 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

      hey Eddie, I think it was best for DAYS to have Guy Wilson as Will marry Sonny, especially for the use of flashbacks, and it made more sense to incorporate and utilize Guy Wilson into the role of Will, as it seems that Guy is going to remain in story going forward. 🙂 Rumors of Guy’s departure don’t seem to be true according to Guy’s recent tweet.

  2. blake

    August 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    It’s great seeing Chandler Massey again. I really hope he can return as Will soon. I know he’s been in college but I’m still hoping.

    If the show didn’t fire him right away out of spite we probably would have gotten a better recast since they had to do it so quick.

    • Patrick

      August 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      definitely… here, here to your 2nd paragraph

      it would have made all the difference in the realm of carrying this epic tour de force

    • Jules

      August 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      They didn’t fire him out of spite. It’s dollars and cents….it always is.

      They put out a casting call for a recast Will.
      They found Guy.
      They liked Guy.
      They hired Guy.
      They didn’t want to pay two people when only one was going to play the part.

      Simple.

      I like CM too and didn’t want him to go at all, but fans need to see the bigger picture here. It’s not some vendetta against the actor.

      • sonniorsolita

        August 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        Thank you for being a voice of reason.

  3. Michael

    August 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Wow- what a fun interview- thanks for posting. I really miss Chandler- I wish he’d return to a Days.

  4. Kathy

    August 18, 2015 at 3:40 am

    It was a wonderful interview. He was humble and classy like always.

  5. Jules

    August 18, 2015 at 5:04 am

    This is the first we’re hearing from CM in 2 years.

    I’m so happy to hear him taking responsibility for his part in what went down with his exit. Fans were in such an uproar that DAYS did what they did, but I’m glad at least he sees that he tied their hands into it. They couldn’t just let the character go after CM would leave, and when they found a replacement as quickly as they did, they couldn’t pay 2 actors.

    He was a great Will. A sensitive, caring and mature Will. He had some amazing stories in his years at DAYS from catching EJami in the act, his coming out, Arianna, and the entire Nick blackmail plot. That all mattered and counted for something. I wish him well as he follows his new path. I’m sure GH will snatch him up once he becomes a free agent again.

  6. Scott (ATWT Fan)

    August 18, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Sounds to me like he was conflicted with leaving the role of Will, but that in the end, it was something he needed to do in order to pursue his education. Honestly, while I did like Chandler as Will, he felt too comfortable in the role and when you’re watching a character, I never want you to appear comfortable in the role. And I feel as if he made the right decision in leaving at the end of his contract, and I wish him well on his future endeavors in whatever he does.

  7. Mo

    August 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I miss him so much. Guy has been a major fail.

  8. Dylan

    August 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Chandler could not have pulled off this Bitchy, grasping, ambitious, scheming version ofWill. Guy Wilson plays the hell out of it though. This is Sami 2.0!

  9. 4ever DAYS

    August 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I think Chandler Massey will be playing Will when Freddie Smith returns for a couple episodes.

    • ChandlerFan

      September 1, 2015 at 4:45 am

      That would be wonderful.

      When I think back to the episodes in the months before they unceremoniously ejected Chandler Massey, I keep thinking “missed opportunity.” There were so many interesting and meaningful stories related to aspects of Sonny/Will’s relationship which easily could have been explored. Yet, the writers filled Massey’s last few months with pure drivel.

      If the writers were stumped as to how to write such stories, all they had to do was consult with the very same people who gave them realistic information from which they melded Will’s coming out story. Even if the writers might be forced by the show’s target demographic to water-down and vanilla-ify such stories (as they did with Will’s coming out story), almost anything would have been more meaningful than the material on which they needlessly wasted Massey’s talent.

      Frankly, the best-written material in Will’s coming out story seemed to be the scenes showing how it affected his grandmothers and mother — in an obvious sop to the show’s target audience (e.g. “I can’t believe my grandmother is my best friend.”) The writers easily could have continued along the same lines to show how grandmothers and mothers would/should react the events certain to arise from a grandchild or child growing into a more fully realized gay person.

      The best dialogue lines in Will’s coming out story seemed to be a veritable guide-book instructing the grandmothers/mothers of the audience exactly what to say (or not to say) when confronted with this same situation in their own lines. The show easily could have continued presenting Will’s story along such lines, if that’s what it took to get good material out there. Instead, they gave Chandler very little significant to do in those last six months or so.

      Missed opportunity.

  10. NoNuWill

    August 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Whilst I fully u der stand the greater-good of continuing with Guy as NuWill; they could’ve at least chosen someone semi attractive to play Will to jeep realism up… There were always dorks physically between Freddie and Chandker playing on-screen livers. However, there us ZERO natural chemistry between Guy and Freddue, it seems so forced every scene. “WilSon” would’ve been better possibly using a different character to play Will opposite Sonny, because his look and portrayal of a supposed fresh-faced Will just doesn’t cut it, when he wears the same screwed up facial expression in every single scene! Sorry… Not a Guy fan for the role of Will.

  11. Tad

    August 19, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I really miss Chandler Massey as Will. Guy Wilson has destroyed the role. Guy Wilson has zero charisma and his acting is stilted and phony.

  12. LittleMo

    September 15, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Chandler is doing the right thing by sticking to a script, including scripted answers, for this interview, but scripted is what it is. A friend of mine met him, Casey, Blake, Camilla, and Brendon shortly after Chandler was fired – and he was fired. If you look at the timeline an interview appeared in one of the soap mags the end of one week in which Chandler sort of laughed off the idea of going, to the point where you could bet money he wasn’t going anywhere. His answer to that question at the time was that he had mentioned he wanted to go back to school but that nothing had been decided about his status with the show. The following Friday – Aug.23 – he was canned. Oddly enough, Chandler was the kindest one of the five and even Camilla came out and actually said the words, that what Days did to him was wrong. As we have all seen since, letting Chandler go was a VERY BIG mistake.

  13. Lauren

    October 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Can someone explain to me what chandler meant when he was talking about Freddie. What he mean when he said he had to pour some out for the homies and also when he said he had never seen Freddie push. SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER!
    Thanks X

  14. aakifah

    January 26, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Chandler was a great actor in days of our live. And he was super hot at the same time. We miss u chandler. Mwah

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