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Candid Chandler Massey! DAYS Star On His Emmy Win, Will's Romance & Life In L.A.!

Photo Credit: Ryan Forbes

Photo Credit: Ryan Forbes

In a brand new feature out today from On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for Frontiers L.A, Days of our Lives Daytime Emmy winning star, Chandler Massey (Will Horton) is front and center stage revealing many sides to him perhaps his fans and DAYS viewers did not know in a piece entitled, Candid Chandler!

The feature is also the cover story for the publications latest issue which hits newsstands tomorrow in the Southern California area.  However, the Frontiers L.A. website is loaded with fantastic new and never-seen-before photos of Chandler from their exclusive photo shoot and the entire article!

From the night Chandler won the Daytime Emmy, to his upcoming budding romance on-screen between Will and Sonny (Freddie Smith), to the intriguing relationship between Will and EJ (James Scott), Chandler gives his thoughts.  In addition, we learn what Chandler likes to do during his time away from the set of the NBC soap, and what a day in his life in Los Angeles is like!   Here are a few excerpts!

Chandler on what he wishes he would have added in his Emmy acceptance speech: “I could have articulated more that I wanted to thank the people who watch and support the story. Accolades are great, but the real award is hearing people say that they related to it, or it moved them. I wish I would have thanked the viewers for that. Who knows? Maybe one day I will get another chance!”

Chandler on the long talked about possible romance between Will and Sonny finally coming to fruition:  “It looks that way. I think it’s going to be something that hopefully the viewers have wanted to see. If I could give them that, that would be great. I am outspoken about how much I like the platonic friendship of Will and Sonny because I thought it was fresh. Regardless of how I feel about that, I am still going to play that to the best of my ability.”

Chandler on the twisted on-screen relationship between EJ and Will, where he reveals it may be coming to a halt: “All good things have to come to an end. I can’t help but hold back a smile, and sometimes I don’t when I work with James Scott (EJ). I think it’s hands-down my favorite relationship that Will has.  How many people aren’t afraid to do whatever it takes to do what they want? That is what makes EJ so attractive to Will.”

Make sure to check out the entire photo spread and feature here! Then let us know your thoughts on Candid Chandler, his Emmy victory for Will’s coming out story,  his thoughts on Will’s relationships with Sonny and EJ, and from reading the article, what you were surprised to find out about this young star!

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I just googled… how old is Chandler Massey? 21 years old. Impressive Portfolio. His character, Will, is acting and/or showing the audience….what he is capable of. for both the actor… his tour de force… acting talent… and totally encompassing… Will’s persona. Will, per se… is involved with the whole canvas… story… of DAYS. You could clearly see why. Congrats! again… on the deserved Accolade… the Emmy WIN. Seriously… how devoted are soap fans…. If I saw Chandler Massey and say… “Johnny Depp”, walking down the street…. it’d be Chandler, i’d say hi and gush about. for all the gush’ing i… Read more »

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Love him. Excited they’re going forth with Will and Sonny, though I also hear what Chandler is saying in regards to liking the platonic relationship they have too. In any event, I’ll be watching no matter what. Great interview, Michael.

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@Jules. I agree with you and CM. That to pair Will and Sonny… would lessen both their “playing” field. They should be best friends. after all, when someone is “coming” out… truly, a friend was much more important. this would keep open, both actors, the opportunity to stretch their acting chops.

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The dude has a great career ahead of him. He has chemistry with everyone!

Blake
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God he is so hot! Especially with a tan!

Michael
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Michael

Read the article. bummer. I was kinda hopin he’s gay. 🙂

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Can’t believe he’s only 21! Great pictures! Love the dynamic between Will and EJ so I hope that’s not ending. Reminds me of relationship between EJ and Stefano.

Chandler has done a great job on Days and totally deserved that Emmy. Shouldn’t be his last one either!

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Thursday – 07/26. Just saw the cover of Soap Opera Digest at the grocery store today. “EJ and Will – more than just “friends” ?. Hello. I didn’t have a chance to read the article… This doesn’t surprise me… it kinda crossed my mind… with the Intense storyline… etc…. Just saying…. EJ has that commanding presence that would mow any one under who was caught up in his spell…. animal magnetism…. as it were… and he’s that BIG. then, it crossed my mind… a little too much info…. TMI. Sammi and Will both “in Love” with EJ. having said this…… Read more »

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EJ is not gay so that ends the pairup right there. It may be a bromance. SOD and other mags, put things on the cover to get you to buy. Have found that before that they’ll mislead. James Scott does say that EJ is not above using Will’s attraction.

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@mo.

I couldn’t agree with you more… whew! EJ is THE man. wow, i do like your last line… EJ is not above using Will’s attraction. Dag! vulnerabilites…. mode. LOL. Those DiMera’s… I can’t wait for Kristen to waltz, slither, etc… back in to town. i’ve always considered the DiMera’s high brow…. yet, they too, succumb to Stefano’s own machinations… Kristen, EJ, Stefano… a nice recipe to keep my attention.

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Friday – 07/27 Carrie and Austin Leave Salem – their last DAY. 07-24. I cried. These two…. “fans”…. were promised hoopla, champagne, intrigue… alas, they’re gone. Carrie and Rafe’s goodbye scenes… were riveting, at best. My reason, (wishing DAYS would) Keep Christie Clark… for Galen’s Rafe. Rafe seemed so natural and comfortable, with someone. Carrie… “knowing you has changed me forever.” “because of YOU… I know what real friendship, and real love is supposed to be.” I bought it. Rafealicious. Austin is at the Brady Pub with Mums Kate. “I’m going to Miss MY mom.” Austin’s oblivious ways and means… Read more »

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Thank god Will and EJ might be coming to an end. They are repulsive to watch. About time Will gets involved in a real romance and that it’s going to be with Sonny. Wish Chandler sounded as excited as fans about Will finally getting a romance. Will recently struggled to come out so it would be a failed story to not show him find love since that was supposed to be the original driving force for Will to come out.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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