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Guy Wilson Cast As The New Will Horton On Days Of Our Lives!

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So just who is the actor who is taking over the coveted role of Days of our Lives‘ Will Horton from two-time Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Chandler Massey? That would be Guy Wilson!

In an interview tonight on the Blog Talk Radio series, Lather Up With Littany, DAYS star Jen Lilley (Teresa) revealed the casting info during a discussion of the difficulties and challenges being a recast on a daytime soap opera, especially of a popular character.  Lilley was speaking of her experience replacing Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones on General Hospital.

Lilley went on to say, “I am very worried for Guy Wilson, who is replacing Chandler (Massey), because I love Chandler.  It’s really hard to be a recast, and I can understand from an audiences point of view also why it’s hard.  It’s tricky.  I always give the analogy of my favorite show:  If anyone but Michael C. Hall played “Dexter”, I would freak out.   I hope people will be nice to Guy Wilson, because there is a scary thing built into being a recast because of the audience, and the awesome fan base.  You guys are so loyal!”

This evening, Guy Wilson commented very briefly on his Twitter account when fans contacted the actor asking if it was indeed him who is the same Guy Wilson, Jen Lilley was referring to, in which Wilson tweeted, “Oh man.”  Wilson had also hinted that something big was happening for him career-wise on his facebook page yesterday when he cryptically posted, “Some exciting news… can’t talk about it just yet… but stay tuned…”

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As far as Guy Wilson he has quite the impressive television and motion picture resume including guest stars turns on: Breaking Bad, Bones, NCIS  (where he played a gay role also), Castle and Cold Case.  Wilson has also had an experience on a daytime soap opera playing a teenaged Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) on General Hospital back in 2006.

Look for Days of our Lives to soon make the official casting announcement of Wilson as Will Horton! As fans know who have been following this story thus far know, the new Will Horton will not be seen on screen till at present time early 2014, since Chandler will be seen in the role till the end of the year.

So soap fans, what is your initial reaction to the casting decision of Guy Wilson as a replacement for Chandler Massey? Comment below!

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Patrick
Patrick

” I hope people will be nice to Guy Wilson, because there is a scary thing built into being a recast because of the audience, and the awesome fan base. You Guys are so loyal!”

OH NO! I don’t even know who he is… BUT.. have to respond quickly…

Jenn Lilly… is so right on the money…

RECAST.. takes some doing….

leave well enough alone… till we see him in act

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Notice his last name is ‘Wilson’…same nicname fans gave Will and Sonny!

BTripp
BTripp

I noticed that right away and love it! I think he looks great and I want to see him act.

Johnny
Johnny

But his first name is GUY…not gay. Wish I could say the same for Will.

Julie
Julie

I’m disappointed! I thought he was doing a GREAT job. I wish they would bring him back!!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

JL may be in hot water for running her mouth! I hope all is
OK because I love her as Theresa!!!

Breck
Breck

I thought about when Greg Vaughan accidentally announced Jen Lilley’s casting early! It happens when shows film 4 months in advance, actors (many of whom don’t watch the show) forget that you’re not even airing yet (and may not have even been announced)!

SL Jasmine
SL Jasmine

Other than if Chandler wanted to personally leave- I am disgusted that he put so much into the role to be replaced by someone of the physical characteristics yet as the new Will- I am not saying he Guy looks “gay”- but one has to remember the previous storyline- I cannot imagine that Abigail would have dated more or less had sex with Guy! It doesn’t ring realistic to me- Plus- I like the fact that Chandler was “straight looking” at least more so- His frame larger and better suited for his partner- The fact that Chandler- unlike Guy- who has played “gay” characters- had to build the Will role from scratch (haven’t played a “gay” character” before) If DAYS could have saved Chandler through negotiations etc— AND DID NOT- I’m disgusted- Honestly- as is I am no longer interested in the Will union- Another thing- (I’m watching now) GUY does not look as if he fits physically as the SON of Lucas and Sammy- He looks like a lil child (character wise) to be their son and even in the entire mix- Will was at the peak of rocking mode in the previous months as Will- You could see however the slowing down for writing interesting copy for his role- Won’t be surprised if Abigail will be replaced next to fix the ill matched Abigail/Will history visual if nothing else-
Comments are not a personal attack on Guy or his acting abilities! Best luck at either rate to the future careers of Chandler and Guy!

bonnie
bonnie

Abigail never had sex with Will-Chad was her first, and EJ her second. Gabbie and Will were the ones who dated and eventually had sex.

Molly
Molly

Chandler Massey left the show because he wanted to go to college. Initially the character was going to be written off but they went with a recast instead

Tracey
Tracey

I agree , I do not like Guy playing the role of Will , and I also am no longer interested in that part of the show. Chandler is an outstanding actor and I will miss him, but like I said I could care less about Will and Sonny now!

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.

Very disappointed. I really came to like Will. Thus guy isn’t attractive enough for Sonn.y. Where did old Will end up? Geez.
Switch the Will’s up and get a man for the job, not a greasy skin and bones facsimile. Please listen to your fans!

lee
lee

same here its thursday and havent watched all week till today ,Im like oh hell no

Susan
Susan

I agree and very much miss the other Will who was very good looking and a Great Actor. This new Will is never going to make true watchers happy. I also like Sonny who is also very good looking and he never would have chosen this new guy who is not good looking. I now do other things when they are on screen. Bring back the other Will and give this new guy another story line.

Sherry
Sherry

I was completely shocked today when I was watching my soap days of our lives, to see that Will Horton was not there anymore and that they had replaced him with this guy. It really really really really upset me actually but, I guess that’s how it goes. They did it once for Nicole’s sister Taylor and then again for Cameron Davis; and I never would’ve thought in a million years they’d do it to Will Horton–but I am disappointed–I mean I’ll give this guy a shot for sure… love to see him act but it just doesn’t feel the same to me. Plus, I really wonder how Samantha is going to react when she notices that her son doesn’t look like her son anymore but has the same name (jks) but that is just my point. It totally makes me feel like stopping watching the soap entirely when things like that happen. Now, what I really want to know is, what happened to Will Horton a.k.a. Chandler Massey? And why did he have to leave the show and be replaced?! I absolutely adore him.

bonnie
bonnie

I think he wanted to leave-he had to be replaced by someone-and Bo and Nick are already gone, but still somewhat in the storyline-and messages from Cameron also-not sure about this new guy-but time will tell.

April Klepper
April Klepper

JFKI don’t like the new Will at all just saw him today & was shocked a new one was playing the part. You were changing Will a couple of other times & finally got it right with this last Will. He even had looks like Sami to make it more realistic to pass as her son. This new Will no way for one he looks too young for the part. Massey Chandler to me was the best Will you ever had & I am going to miss him. I don’t think I could ever get used to this new guy.

Autumn
Autumn

I was so appalled to see a new “Will.” And this one does not fit with Sonny at all. In fact, I haven’t seen any real acting with him. Chandler at least played the role believingly. I’m not sure this guy ever acted, even though it is shown that he has, beyond a school level. It will take a lot to convince me he is Will, Lucas and Sammy’s handsome son (which this guy is not by any stretch of the imagination). I think it is wonderful that Chandler wanted to go on to college but I think the timing just stinks. I am no longer interested in this line on the show. If they never show Will again (this actor as Will), it won’t be too soon for me. Just when you get someone who fits a role and makes it work, DOOL gets rid of them. I don’t know that I can ever believe that Sonny, who is awesome so don’t get rid of him! belongs with this actor.

Angela
Angela

I just want to know why he was re-casted. What was wrong with the other one?

Tracey
Tracey

I think many people will no longer be interested in the Sonny & Will part of the show. Chandler was perfect for the role of Will and this Guy seems weird and strange…he just don’t fit in the role…sorry but i will be fast forwarding through any of his scenes

Deb
Deb

I am very disappointed in the “new” Will and will not be watching Days any longer.I seldom watch it now and it used to be my favorite soap.There is too much “tolerance” in the world today of those who choose to live in sin of different kinds,greed,money hunger,envy,power,ect. Seems strange Will would quit the show to go to college–surely he would make more money on Days

Matt
Matt

I think they made a great choice. He’s a strong actor. Looking forward to seeing what he brings to the role.

LittleMo
LittleMo

Will Horton will NEVER belong to anyone but Chandler Massey. Days was beyond stupid not to find a way to accommodate Chandler’s schooling schedule. I am so done with this show – they lost a fabulous couple because the chemistry was with Freddie and Chandler and not just anyone in those roles. I stopped watching Days a while ago and came back b/c of WilSon – after this I won’t be back again.

MM
MM

After meeting Chandler last month I can say that he wanted to leave Days, whether they were accommodating to his school schedule or not. Sorry you feel the need to stop watching WilSon because he’s gone though. I think the show will continue to good by WilSon and Guy has big shoes to fill but, I’m sure he will do just fine. I have total faith in him.

LittleMo
LittleMo

I have a friend who also met Chandler in Atlanta and that’s not what he told her. I do know that things are not the way they have been presented.. Filming on a Friday and being told OVER THE PHONE he was done and not to come back? Not allowed to even say goodbye to anyone? Not get going to school – registered for 2 on-line classes, nothing on campus yet? And some totally different information from another friend I trust implicitly. This was not what it seems.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

CM may not have wanted to be accommodated. Many recasts
have been successful. You just might accept Guy Wilson in the
role because you love Will and Sonny. They live on…

Good luck Guy Wilson and long live DOOL!!!

Helen
Helen

Well we know is NOT a true DAYS fans! Been watching since 72 and still love character, whether they are recast or not!

Johnny
Johnny

A fickle gay person????? Who woulda thunk it??

ron
ron

Will Horton was Chandler’s great feat and his alone…Wilson existed because of his unique contribution to the relationship…without him Wilson ceases to be…we will be measuring scenes in the future unfortunately against what has taken place and Freddy has an enormous burden to recreate what was…can’t be done because this is a new face and new personality…it must be a different chemistry and this new relationship will reflect the bad judgment of people in power who could have managed the situation better. Fans are basically jealous and selfish…they want things to go on forever as it was…many will just drop out. Being an actor, and a good one, won’t be enough to fill the hole. Sorry.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Wilson existed because of the writing!!!

Breck
Breck

I think that’s going a bit too far. Been watching soaps since the 80s and plenty of characters seem unrecastable until they are successfully recast. Including great, influential characters. Sometimes the recast becomes as popular or more popular than the original portrayer and THEIR eventual recast becomes controversial (think 3 of the 4 Carly’s on GH).

People who initially HATED Tamara Braun replacing Sarah Brown (who voluntarily left the role) on GH came to love her (not everyone, but enough that there was a meltdown when TB left that about killed HER recast, who didn’t last six months before the current and longest running Carly, Laura Wright, was cast…and the character remained popular and front burner throughout all 4 recasts).

DAYS Judi Evans–who was heavier, older, and less delicate than the original actress–replaced a popular-enough actress in a popular-enough role on AW and proceeded to turn the role of Paulina Cory into a powerhouse fan favorite she would play until the end of the show, taking it places no one imagined the character could go. Y&R’s Jess Walton also replaced a popular actress in a popular role and redefined it to become the definitive–if not orginal–portrayer in the pivotal role of Jill for decades to follow.

Alternatively, some recasts never *quite* work as well as the original but do good work keeping the character alive until an original portrayer is willing to return, such as the two very nice actresses who played Y&R’s Ashley Abbott in between Eileen Davidson’s stints.

Truth is, we don’t know what’s going to happen. But to assume that the character, couple, and show can’t survive without a single actor and refuse to watch in advance of even giving the new actor a chance to settle in doesn’t seem that smart–and it might cost you the chance to fall in love with the character and couple all over again! Give it a shot, you never know…

Johnny
Johnny

Actually Breck…Cali Timmins who played the first Paulina is older than Judi Evans. However…I LOVED and laughed out loud at your so diplomatic description of Judi’s Paulina as being “less delicate”. Talk about understatement. LOL. It just goes to show that recasts can work awesomely when everything aligns. And when they don’t they just don’t and its usually no ones fault despite the best of intentions. An example is Blair from OLTL…she was first played by an Asian girl…and was recast with a blonde blue eyed Southerner from Oklahoma. That Blair has gone on to becoming one of the most popular and enduring characters on the show over 3 decades. On the other hand…there have been some “dead ringer” look alike recasts that royally tanked…think Stephanie Cameron as jennifer Horton on DAYS. There is no rhyme or reason or science to recasting…it simply either works or it doesn’t. This is why DAYS, in particular, has to be extra careful. They tape so far ahead so they can’t get the fan feedback on a recast for MONTHS…whereas other shows have the luxury much sooner.

Me
Me

4everDAYS – that’s your opinion about the writing. But it’s a two-way street. If you have good writing but actors that suck, there is no magic. Any other two actors may not have had so much impact as Freddie and Chandler have/had. To me, both (the actor and the storyline/writing) are important. In the case of WilSon – and this is only my opinion – I very much believe that Freddie and Chandler made this work, even when the writing didn’t. I watch tv series and films also because of the actor/s. There are films that I will never ever see, because there is an actor or actors in it that I can’t stand. Whether the film wins 10 Oscars or is a blockbuster, it doesn’t change the fact that I won’t go watch the film. So for me, WilSon is Chandler and Freddie (I’ve never watched DAYS before the coming out storyline started, so I have no idea about who the previous actor playing Will was and whether he ws any good). They both created the couple – took them 2 years. How can a recast recreate that chemistry, intensity, beauty and magic with Freddie in a matter of days/weeks?

John-Paul
John-Paul

You seem to forget Chandler was a recast …… many soaps have recast popular characters with and with out success. Be happy DAYS didn’t kill the character off.

Me
Me

Repeating that Chandler was a recast means nothing to me. I’ve started watching with the coming out story, which was with Chandler and have never seen his predecessor, nor do I wish to as I don’t wish to watch his successor. But I’ll probably force myself to watch, to support Freddie.

LittleMo
LittleMo

All that means is that the actors who played Will before Chandler weren’t the right casting. Chandler was because he didn’t just playh the part – he IS Will. You can applaud re-casts til the cows come home and pigs fly but even if the character is still plausible that doesn’t mean a re-cast was right – it just means that the person who left didn’t “own” the character. No one but Alison Sweeney could play Sami, no one but James Scott could play EJ, only Joe Mascolo could play Stefano, etc. And I don’t care how good they would have been, NO ONE but Frances Reid and MacDonald Carey could have played Alice and Tom Horton. The chemistry between Freddie and Chandler is what made the couple and no one can find that with anyone. People who think Chandler was the low end of that copuple need to re-watch Will’s coming out process – that was a fabulous performance. Days screwed up big time.

Mika
Mika

Very few characters are not replaceable. Days has survived after replacing many of the main or original actors and in many cases the replacements are even better. No show is one actor ever.

Me
Me

That’s probably true (only) for soap watchers.

John-Paul
John-Paul

Days recast Mickey Horton years back and it took time to get used to John Ingles. Even the actress who plays Adrienne played Bonnie on Days only to return 10 years later as Adrienne which she originated. In ten years Chandler will be forgotten just like all the aged kids cause they will make him 40 in another year like soaps do. Had Chandler not been attractive this wouldn’t be an issue, he was not that great of an actor, yes Emmy wins but look at who he was up against. It is because of his scene partners that he looks like a good actor. That blue ribbon panel is so outdated

Guest
Guest

Talk about recast mix-ups, who remembers the John Black/Roman Brady switch-ups?

Tc
Tc

Talking about recasts, the gal that was recast for Belle was horrible, the recast for Austin was just as bad! Wanted to stop watching when that weird charter Kristin showed up again (remember her wearing false teeth and glasses oMG). Chandler did a fabulous job with his character, very believable in some areas, like coming out. Not sure what the true story is, but good luck to his replacement. We have to remember people that these guys are actors…not real life!

moto62
moto62

the character of will has been played by a few actors over the years. when he was a child, then later as a teenager and now as an adult. will has always been an important character with good storyline no matter what age or actor had the role. the recast will work because of the character not the actor.

Catherine
Catherine

Where did Chandler Massey go and why? Really going to be difficult to replace Chandler’s smile and beautiful happy blue eyes. This new Will does not exude any personality or any chemistry with Sonny! He is rather bland and expressionless. Why does DOOL keep trying to fix”What ain’t broke!” I have watched DOOL since the very first episode. Have seen many an actor come and go repeatedly. Only the very talented and special can grab audience attention quickly. This new Will doesn’t have IT!

Bill Braendel
Bill Braendel

No way they can replace Chandler, he won 2 emmy’s! He and Freddy had something special that no one can replace….So sorry to see him go! The show will not be the same. I am sick thinking about January coming!!!!

Marilyn Cohen.
Marilyn Cohen.

I have watched DOOL since it’s inception. I love the show;will not stop enjoying it due to a change in actors. Chandler looked too young and immature for the role of Will. Guy Wilson will do great,I am sure. Good luck to him! Think Teresa’s actress is very good.

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

LoL Jen Lilley talks too damn much!!! But wow he definitely looks like Alison Sweeney’s son!!!

Breck
Breck

I wouldn’t be too hard on her. Even Greg Vaughan, hardly a fame seeking guy–and a multi-soap vet to boot–screwed up and announced Jen Lilley’s casting early. DAYS tapes so far in advance that people have been working with these actors on a day to day basis for weeks and forget that the actors isn’t in the public consciousness. I felt bad for GV, too, since he was relatively new to the DAYS family but he didn’t get in trouble and neither should JL. Remember, most actors don’t watch the show or read the soap mags (would you follow your job when you’re not there?) and many don’t even get the script pages for characters that aren’t their own (depending on the show). While it’s obvious to us who is airing and who is not at a given time, when you’re deep into filming January or February’s scenes on DAYS, it’s easy to forget where they are with the air show or what has or has not been announced yet.

Me
Me

There are only 9 years difference between Alisson and Guy. Pretty freaky to me and TPTB messed up big time! In more ways than one!

guest
guest

He seems good actor from what I’ve seen so far. Now I just hope that there is chemistry between him and Freddie, Allison and Bryan. Welcome aboard and good luck. His last name is Wilson. obviously, he was meant to play this role.

cynthia
cynthia

hes a cutie give him a chance I did with jen lilley when she played maxie and it was good she did a great job

Lew
Lew

He is a good actor. I have seen him in other programs before. I wish him all the best in the role.

bibi7
bibi7

Laissons- lui sa chance…

Rose
Rose

Difficult how I feel about this…and well i like him. But I really liked Drew Garrett as Will Horton. His last name is wilson. LOL wow. I’m laughing but…. Please wilson fans , Give him a chance! Hope the Newwill will be good.
I’m very curious about what will happen to Guy Wilson’s character of Will.

I really don’t miss Chandler Massey. He has made ​​a fantastic choice. It’s his life, his future. Gone and not coming back, he’s never coming back. Too Bad!

tk
tk

No surprise here.

Lee
Lee

I’m very disappointed that Days did not at least try to work something out with Chandler Massey. He deserved it. We deserved it. I only started watching due to the buzz about WilSon. I do hope no one is rude to a new actor as it is out o his hands. I wish him the best. But I won’t be watching to know if he does well myself. Had Days done things differently and Chandler left at the end of his contract, I would. Not rejecting a new actor, but am rejecting Days!

Breck
Breck

How do we know they didn’t try to work things out? CM has made it clear he was ready to go and he’d already informed them. It looked for a bit that there was some reconsidering, but the show moved in the direction of a recast. While the timing kind of stunk, it made sense from a contract perspective (they only have the opportunity to release someone every 13 weeks, so it was that day or December). A soap is always bigger than one character and one actor. They have to make business decisions as well as personal ones. It’s your choice what you watch/don’t, but I doubt Chandler Massey would feel good about people stopping watching the show and he wants Wilson and what they represent to stay front and center and prove taht a gay couple can draw viewers and ratings.

Fox
Fox

If Days had tried to work something out to accommodate Massey’s schedule, it more than likely would have resulted in less episode counts, which in the long-run equates to lackluster storyline and/or stops and spurts. Not good.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

In order to reject DAYS, you would have to be a fan. Your comment
screams WILSON FAN ONLY!!! Goodbye.

lee
lee

Absolutely a Wilson fan only. DAYS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH WITHOUT WILSON!
Lol
Hence no jemmy in practically a lifetime until now. (With very little competition)

So proud of being only a Wilson fan.

Ha ha ha. So funny with your feathers ruffled.

Almost Heaven
Almost Heaven

I will be willing to give him a chance but no one will ever replace Chandler. Everyone has grown to love him as the original Will. And I do wish Chandler all the best in whatever he should choose to do in life. But it is really hard to be the replacement for another star. I wish they could have worked out something with Chandler. Or they could have brought in this young man as another love interest for Sonny. I hope it all works out for everyone

Daisy
Daisy

He sounds like an experienced actor and should do well with Freddie. Plus he’s super cute.

Tori
Tori

I am willing to give him a chance and when I say chance,I mean more then just his first scene. I can imagine people are going to be ugly and try to discredit him before they see him in action. I figured the producers must have tested him with Freddie and Alison to see if there is chemistry and they must have liked what they seen.

Sandra
Sandra

I’m with u on this Littlemo Chandler and Freddie r amazing tg. I won’t be watching when C goes. The producers could have done more to keep C. I love Freddie but I can’t see him with another actor.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

You do not know what they were WILLing to do for CM.
They knew what they had, but the show must go on with
or without you. I hope you choose “with”!

Breck
Breck

According to Eileen Davidson (who declined special treatment) and Alison Sweeney (who has the most customized schedule accomodations for a leading woman in soaps today), DAYS is VERY willing and works hard to work with their top actors, even when it inconveniences other actors and schedules (the reason Eileen wouldn’t accept special treatment, according to multiple interviews with her). It was clear Corday didn’t want CM to go–he even considered not recasting at all–so I suspect there were overtures to keep him. But if you want to go to college full time (especially if you want to return in your sophomore/junior year where your classes get more specialized) it’s awful hard to also play a leading role on a soap opera. If you wanted to go 1/2 time, sure, but not full time, which CM made clear at multiple fan events was his plan–he wants his degree and he wants to learn Mandarin Chinese. He was okay with a recast, I think we should at least be open to it ourselves.

krissy
krissy

Amen!

Me
Me

Corday didn’t want CM to go? Give me a break! The dude changed his mind just coz he wanted to and to piss off people.

Why is there talk about both sides (Chandler and TPTB) blindsiding the other with their attitude? How ridiculous and unprofessional does that come across, if there is any truth to it? Something is just weird about this. And do we actually know for sure that Chandler wanted out early? He said he was glad things turned out like they did, but I’m not sure I buy all that. Just my gut feeling.

None of my doubts will bring back Chandler, so I guess I should drop this. But I can’t. 🙂

Fox
Fox

In terms of accommodation, CM’s agent also could have pulled him aside and introduced him to one of the four Berlitz Language centers in the L.A. area These places are not only very accommodating and self-paced, but they’re open 7-days a week, into the evening. And while learning Mandarin, he probably could have thrown in Cantonese and a couple of other dialects to boot… lol!

Mo
Mo

Looks like Jen let the cat out of the bag. I’m not feeling Guy right now. Chandler owned the role of Will, but I will give Guy time to win me over. Most of all, I like the character and want to see Will in Salem. But Guy has big shoes to fill!

Paul
Paul

We should all give this actor a fair chance at playing Will and see what he has to offer

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well when your last name is Wilson– it does seem like fate to be cast to play the Will half of WilSon. LOL. The success of a recast depends on a number of factors. How long did the original actor play the role? How long was the time gap between departure and recast? How popular was the original actor in the role? Guy Wilson is the unfortunate position of having a number of these factors against him for the get go. I am on the wait and see mindset. I have seen some recasts bomb, others were better in the role than the original — he just has to be prepared to accept there will be a number of fans, no matter how good he is, will never accept anyone in that role but Chandler. I just hope he doesn’t take that too personally.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I feel as if this is a do or die situation!!! Give him a chance!!!

R S
R S

Just as long as he knows how to go kiss like the mean it. I love gay actors if they do it right.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Doesn’t LOOK like Will. That’s my only gripe. I’m sure Guy is a talented actor, as DAYS has always been amazing in their casting department. We just need to give him time. I just worry about his chemistry with the important people in Will’s life, especially Sonny and Sami. Those are the two he needs the most chemistry with.

Hopefully Chandler can come back in the future, but I have to support his decision to go forward with his education. I would’ve preferred Kevin G. Schmidt (ex-Noah, Y&R) in the role, but I am willing to go ahead and give Guy the chance to impress us.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

You mean he does not look like Chandler. I think he looks
like the character should. He has a nose like AS. He has
ears like CM.

Fox
Fox

ita – And ny first reaction was he really looks like he could be Sami’s son.

Breck
Breck

I think he looks very much like he could be Marlena’s grandchild and Sami’s son, even Eric’s nephew. He bears a stronger resemblance to the Bradys than CM. What he definitely does NOT look like, though, is CM (other than being blonde). But I find that if a recast has chemistry and can act, I tend to not notice how they look after the first few weeks. Heck on OLTL, they recast an asian character with a blonde woman from Kentucky–all legit arguments about how insulting it was to asian viewers aside–it was ultimately a very, very successful recast (Kassie DePaiva still plays Blair to this day–and they had a lot of fun when they flashed back to the original Blair, with KDP reaching for a mirror with a confused look on her face). Other characters have been recast significantly older or younger–it’s all about whether the storyline, acting talent, etc. are there.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I prefer a recast rather than have a storyline abruptly end or go off point or sully the integrity of the character and the others surrounding him. Actors come and go and while some do “own” a role, I would rather my story continue if at all possible. Chandler Massey is indelibly Will Horton,and will be remembered for that. But DAYS without Will and the powerful storyline he shares with Sonny, the relationships he has with so many Salem residents, and his use as a catalisyt for many plot points is just to valuable to lose. The new actor surely was carefully and thoughtfully chosen and deserves audience support. Chandler Massey chose to go and while I am not sure DAYS was right in lopping off the klast 13 weeks of his contract, I have to accept the decisions made. If I do not like it, I can stop watching, of course, but stories go on.

Sometimes I miss the days when we did not have advance knowledge of cast changes, story points, and spoilers, or the opportunities for fan demand. I think it must make it so difficult for those behiond the scenes to plan in advance, to surprise, and the to focus on the show.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

They should gag Jenn Lilley and torture her character with
prison escapee, Vargas!!!

Breck
Breck

Wow, yeah, remember when you would just turn the TV on and it would say “The part of Smartypants Elderbeesmythe is not being played by Jill Smith.” And you’d say “WTH?” and then just go with it…

kay
kay

I agree with this post. I support the Will and Sonny storyline and am happy that it will continue. I hope the fans will stop being so critical and give him a chance to show us his version of Will Horton.

Antonella
Antonella

I have already said this: Chandler decided to leave and even if the show handled his leaving very bad, the guy was not interested in WilSon anymore. That’s why I have always been ok with the recast. Chandler won 2 Emmys and got popularity thanks to this show and frankly he left appearing a little bit whiny and ungrateful. The show treated him like crap at the very end and it was unfair but I’m not so devastated because he got what he wanted: leaving the show and the character. So, as a hardcore WilSoner, I feel disappointed he didn’t want to stay a bit longer for the character and the pairing who were just at the beginning of their amazing ride as a supercouple. Not to mention the fact Freddie was/is still in the show. That is the reason I wish Chandler all the best but still think he made a bad decision and was not fair to complain about the pace of the show or the “low acting” in soap operas. Really man? ok, best wishes for the school (not very sure that was the real reason he wanted to leave, though) and your life but WELCOME to the new actor because I want WilSon to keep enlightning my screen and if Chandler is not on board anymore, well… peace.

Phil
Phil

Good! Now recast Will and Bo, pronto!

Sandra
Sandra

I wish all the best to Guy I’ve nothing against him personally he’s an actor who has been given a great opportunity, but I still won’t watch. Whoever wants to continue to watch, more power to you. I just can’t watch another acting in the Will role. I’d have rather they had Wilson split and introduce a new love interest for Sonny, maybe a dimera cousin of Chad and Ej. Sorry but that’s just how I feel about it.

Breck
Breck

Fair enough, but how sad that will be for the couple, the show, and the fact that DAYS was willing to take a risk on building a gay supercouple out of core family characters. These are the reasons Chandler Massey has asked his fans to give the recast a chance and agrees with the show’s decision to keep Will on the canvas. I know we’re sorry to see CM go, but who knows what lies ahead? We can only watch and find out! And continue to reward DAYS for telling this story instead of doing what two of the rumors suggested: ride off into the sunset with Sonny, ending their story forever or falling back in love with Gabi and leaving with Ari to live offscreen. Both would have been horrible. I support the show for trying and look forward to seeing what they do.

ron
ron

I agree, despite my own misgivings about DOOL’s thinking…it’s too easy to paint the scenario we would like to see, but that’s not what happens to an ongoing saga…admittedly DOOL is not some movie with a happy ending…and it has been doing a great job in presenting hot button issues and cannot be a screen story out of left field…the gay storyline was refreshing and it’s what got me first interested…my regret is that I invested so much in the characters that changing gears is not going to be easy…my bad…but I’m willing to see where the recast goes…Freddie deserves support from all fans and he has the task of making it work too…spiriamo

Me
Me

I’m with you on that! I watched WilSon because of Freddie and Chandler. If they hadn’t been so stellar I would have stopped watching long ago coz seriously, the writing for Wilson sucked at times! I still think they should not have gone the baby-route. Will and Sonny are too young! I’m in love with Wilson because of how brilliant the actors are! No superlative is good enough! I’ve never watched DAYS before early last year, therefore Chandler being a recast of Will or not is not relevant. To me, only Chandlr is Will. Only Chandler created WilSon with Freddie. Not any other actor/recast. I don’t know what I would have done when the recast had been announced when it should have – meaning when they had let Chandler stay until the end of his contract, and I don’t know what I’ll do now – whether continue to watch or not – with the way TPTB treated Chandler and the whole situation. Sucks big time!! I feel I owe it to Freddie to keep watching coz he is an amazing human being! But it’s going to be very very very difficult! Freddie and Chandler had over 2 years to build and strengthen their chemistry working relationship and trust. As much as I think Freddie to be the total proessional I feel bad for him, coz the burden to make this work is now very much all on him. Double! Triple!

jack spratt
jack spratt

I was thinking….it could be that they were originally not going to recast Will but had to, finally, for storyline integrity. That’s my hunch…. Anyway, I agree bringing in another love interest for Sonny would be good for we fans who want to keep our Wilson memories intact, but there must have been something magical about Guy that made Corday do an about-face and decide he could let CM go early. CM wanted to go because he believes his press and thinks his acting skils are on par with his looks, that maybe he can be the next James Dean. My hunch is that he’ l finaly end up on another soap. I also suspect CM is not too crazy about playing a gay character, which he never signed up for but was finaged into doing by DOOL. He wants to get his feet wet and see how big he can get. Let’s wish him well but also give Guy a chance!

Fox
Fox

Does he have the requisite Will Horton chest? .. lol!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I laughed out loud at your chest comment. My first thought was, “I wonder if the actor will be living in the gym to try to match Chandler’s physique!”

Ann
Ann

I feel sorry for him. I’ve seen the way these ‘Wilson’ fans bully each other on twitter and message boards about any and everything. Many of these fans have an unhealthy attachment to Chandler and this pairing and have become a bunch of crazy, possessive, over-obsessive people. In their eyes no one can replace CM so Guy had better beware.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I’ve seen that soooo long now. I agree! A lot of those fans
are Wilson fans only. They do not care about DAYS in general.

Me
Me

Well, for me only Chandler is Will. Call me crazy, possessive and over-obsessive, I don’t mind. I am not a soap watcher. Never have and never will. I pick and choose and chose to watch only WilSon. For me a recast is impossible. It’s like changing life-partner and pretending you have the same person in front of you. Someone said DAYS was willing to take the risk of building a super couple, but it never happened. There is/was too much drama and they never really let Will & Sonny be happy, for some short time at least. It’s an episode here and an episode there, but it’s exhausting. I’m all for drama, but this is overkill. What I mean to say is that as much as DAYS *tried* to build a super couple, for me WilSon worked not so much because of the writing (which at times really sucked), but because of Chandler and Freddie and how they created, made come to life, made us like and root for them no mather what and convinced us heautifully, that Will & Sonny are truly in love. They are both amazing! I don’t want to see Freddie playing Sonny all in love with an actor that is another person – from one episode to the next. I know it won’t for me. It kills me, because I want to support Freddie. I don’t know what I’ll do in January, whether to watch or not.. I’m very much torn over this.. It’s not about Guy Wilson at all. For now I don’t care who the replacement is. I just don’t want one. I know it’s a done deal, with Chandler having left, but it’s my right not to cheer for this recast. I’m also bitter about how they handled Chandler’s departure. I obviously don’t have a clue about what exactly happened, but something was not right about how they treated Chandler. I know I know I know I knooooow TPTB fired (yeah, Chandler wasn’t fired blah blah..) cast in the past or whatever, but that is NO reason to do it again. And again. If there was a fault commited by the actor, then that’s another story. But that wasn’t the case with Chandler. Telling the press that he has plans to go back to school after his 4-year contract ends, is nothing surprising. Of COURSE he would have plans for after his contract ends. He cannot wait for TPTB to let him know if they want to keep him or not, to think ablut and plan his future.

There is very probably more to this story and I’m probably being very naive and don’t have a clue about how things in Hollywood work, but my opinion about this, is that it was horribly handled and nobody’s opinion was considered. Not the actors’, not the fans’.

Whatever.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I can tell you this much:
CM had a big mouth on emmy night. He made his impending
departure announcement public before talking to DAYS, a big
mistake considering they tape four months ahead. TPTB did
not punish him. They had to end the viewer angst. If he was
not let go early, he would have spent the rest of his DAYS talking
about his expected departure, which could cause more viewer
backlash.

And let’s not forget the fact that CM’s agent is also Charlie Sheen’s.
That tells me a lot!

The new Will had to be scooped up right away or possibly not be

available when needed.

MR
MR

Fans need to get over it. I also met Chandler a couple of weeks ago. He was quite clear that it was always his plan to leave as he wants to pursue other things, most especially finishing school. He even said that him staying in a limited role is not something he would have considered. Chandler wants the story to continue with Will and Sonny getting married and having a family together. Guy Wilson seems to have a substantial resume. It will be hard to tell if it’s a great casting move until he airs but I have high hopes. I just hope he has good chemistry with Freddie Smith. Chandler did some amazing things playing Will. But the story to me is more important than the actor. I think it’s great that Days decided to recast instead of doing away with the role. Though, quite honestly the story is only as good as the writing, which has been sub par for Will and Sonny ever since they moved in with Gabi. I don’t care who plays Will, if Days doesn’t start writing Will and Sonny as a real couple. I am not asking them to have sex all of the time. But not allowing them to show any type of affection beyond a smack on the lips every few weeks is so unequal. It’s as if this show took a million steps backward with how brave they were a year ago. So again, I don’t care if they hired the best actor out there. Unless Days wants to write Will and Sonny as actual human beings, Will is going to be a failed character not matter what. Here’s hoping Days changes something with this new actor taking over this role.

Me
Me

We knoooooooow that Chandler planned to leave, but is this a reason to tell him at the end of a working day, goodbye, get lost, you’ll be replaced effective immediately! CRUEL! I don’t care if it’s typical Hollywood stuff. Time to change!

And until about mid August, there seemed to be still the possibility that Chandler could have been convinced to stay on a little lnger. Just sayin’.. It’s NOT him who is going to say that they treated him like dirt! He’d shoot himself in the foot. So, I think fans can take over that role, as other cast colleagues will keep quiet too and that’s not surprising. I mean out of all young folk on DAYS almost all are gone. Makes you wonder about what’s going on on set and behind closed doors…

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

It’s all in the contract. He is a small fish in a big sea.
Are you saying he should have special treatment? Why?
Because he won two emmys? Because he’s your favorite?

TPTB make decisions based on what is best for the brass and
the fans as a whole. Let me be snobby by saying a true fan of DAYS
has more input than a fan of an couple actors/characters.

Do not get me wrong. I think CM is great. Will Horton is great!
Wilson is great! They are part of something bigger; Days of our Lives.

Me
Me

No, I’m not saying he should get special treatment and I don’t give a da*n about Emmys to be honest. I was overjoyed that both Freddie and Chandler got nominated because it got industry people’s attention – can’t hurt.

I don’t agree that TPTB make only the decisions that are best for the fans. Nope, far from it. And I don’t have a problem with you insinuating that I’m not a true DAYS fans, coz you are probably right. Won’t stop me from commenting here, because I am a fan of WilSon, Freddie and Chandler.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

New fans (Wilson fans only) hurt themselves by putting all their eggs
in one basket, or should I say not enough eggs. They could have had
other characters hold them over until they were won over by the new
Will. The Wilson only fans are suffering from their own actions. That’s
what snobbery does.

Me
Me

Snobbery? Seriously?!…

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I meant to say Wilson only fans.

Me
Me

I AM a WilSon only fan.

kay
kay

I agree.

Sandra
Sandra

It’s amazing to me that a lot of fans are practically condemning other fans because they don’t want a recast. Like I said before whoever wants to continue to watch, more power to you. But don’t do exactly what u r condemning other fans for. It’s like you want us to feel bad because we don’t share your view, yes there are some fans that take things too far but do not think we are all the same. I haven’t said anything to make those of you who want to continue your support feel bad or said anything negative. Unlike many of you so doesn’t that make you just as bad as the fans you’re talking about. Be more understanding and stop trying to make fans feel like their opinion isn’t allowed.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The point I am trying to make is some viewers were never
fans of DOOL and never wanted to be anymore than just
Wilson fans.

They down DAYS about everything they can, but love
Wilson.

Clips of Days of our Lives with Wilson does not make a
person a DAYS fan. I think that makes them a snob.

Sandra
Sandra

That is the most ridiculous comment. Just because I only watch Wilson that makes me a snob. I watch what I’m interested in. And fyi we don’t get days in the UK just like other international fans we get to watch Dool on youtube. I really shouldn’t have to justify my viewing habits to someone who is showing snobbery to Wilson fans. Why should it bother you whether I watch Days as a whole or just Wilson. If you like watching Days good for you knock yourself out mate. But don’t judge Wilson fans because u have a holier than thou attitude. This is my last comment on the matter.

Me
Me

I agree with you Sandra. Why are we snobs if we only watch bits of DOOL. I for one am not living in the US either and can watch it only with what I get on YT. WilSon is enough for me.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Did “Harry Potter” fans stop watching the movies when a new actor took over the role of Dumbledore? (Yes, I know Richard Harris died). Or do James Bond fans or Batman fans stop watching when those movie franchises get new actors in the title role? Mostly, they don’t — because they are fans of the stories and the characters. It’s understandable, if you are a fan of only Chandler Massey, to stop watching because he’s gone. But be honest about what you are. If you are truly a fan of the Sonny-Will storyline, which was created by the Days writers, you will watch regardless of the actors. And if you are a fan of “Days” as a whole, you will watch regardless of which actors come and go. If you watch programs and movies only to see a particular actor, you are going to have a lot of disappointments in life!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Spot on!!!

Sandra
Sandra

I really don’t care what u think of Wilson fans. I find it funny that everyone is getting so worked up over this. I have no problem with all of you continuing to watch Wilson with the recast. Why does everyone have a problem that I don’t. You are all sounding like the fans that u are complaining about. There are all types of fanatical fans that includes you. You’re just the other side of the coin.

Sandra
Sandra

Btw with the films you mentioned people are not as attached to the characters. In that genre it’s expected to have a change of actors just like doctor who you know at some point the actor will change. Wilson is a different kettle of fish it’s based on relatable subjects you become more invested in the character / actor. Chandler put his mark on the character of Will he was the first Will to play opposite Freddie the original Wilson people have taken them to their hearts. So yes we have a deep attachment to Chandler as Will. I will not make any apologies about it I’m entitled to feel what I feel and if ppl have a problem with it, we’ll that’s just it, it’s their problem.

Me
Me

I agree with you again Sandra. I don’t understand why people are so upset when someone says they won’t continue watching WilSon with the recast. To each their own. I’m terribly torn, because I want to support Freddie. But I can’t handle a recast. It’s just something I’m not used to. For long-term soap watchers this is a recurring phenomenon, I find recasts very weird. In addition I’m not over-joyed with Chandler’s replacement. But maybe that’s a good thing, coz I think Chandler made Will and WilSon what it is (to me) and I can only picture him and Freddie as WilSon. Sue me! TPTB won’t care (as they never do!) about me keeping watching or not, coz I don’t contribute to the ratings anyway (am from outside of the US). So, stuff this!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I do not have a problem with Wilson fans. I’m a Wilson fan! My
problem is with WILSON ONLY fans who try to pass themselves
off as being DOOL fans knockiñg DAYS.

Me
Me

Well, I am a WilSon only fan, but I’m not knocking DAYS. I just prefer not to watch it (except for WilSon).

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I’m sorry to all the Wilson only fans in the UK. DAYS had a great
SL in England that culminated with the wedding of Bo and Hope!

Stylish
Stylish

I don’t like this outcome and I don’t think it’s going to work either. I’m a bit different here in that I wasn’t particularly hung up on Will and Sonny PERIOD! But I also don’t think this recast is going to click very with Sonny either. JMO. Sonny clicked sooooooooooo well, I thought, with that tall, dark, and handsome guy named Brian. It was smoldering chemistry. Chemistry between 2 MEN, not between a MAN and a BOY. I find myself wishing that they had just written Will out and let Sonny build something with Brian. I would’ve even accepted Brant Daugherty (Brian) coming back as a new character if they wanted to tie him to one of the show’s families.

guest
guest

Sonny and Brian were definitely hot but Brant wasn’t available much although I think that the show could have used him more when they had him. I would love for Brian to come back (maybe revealed as a dimera) and for BriSon to happen. We really don’t know and won’t know whether this guy (ha) will click with Freddie. Wilson chemistry has been locking but maybe Guy will have that with Freddie where Chandler didn’t so much. We just have to wait and see.

Ann
Ann

I thought Days dropped the ball with Brian when Brant was around. He and Freddie have amazing chemistry and he certainly had no problems kissing another man. Daytime soaps in this country just are too afraid to do a real triangle with gay men because they could’ve had a hot one with Brian involved in the Wilson storyline. I don’t know if Brant wants to do more Days in the future but Wilson certainly need something because they are sooo boring! Snooze-worthy.

jack spratt
jack spratt

CM as Will was everyone’s fantasy gay boy. I’ve been around quite a lot, There’s not a gay or straight guy like Will anywhere in reality….We, like Sonny, could only fantasize about giving up everything in life for an angel-like Will. Will’s boyish looks were almost unearthly. Now, with the recast, we are back in the realm of reality. Brian and Sonny, they were real men, not a Rafaello painting. And that’s exactly what we’l get with Guy Wilson, Reality. We have to accept WilSon at the new level of real men. So I agree with you.

ace
ace

Here’s Guy from an NCIS episode, from 2 years ago, if anyone’s interested in seeing him act.

ace
ace

I didn’t know you couldn’t post video links on here. Sorry… my bad.

Lisa Himes
Lisa Himes

I have watched Days of our lives since I was a little girl. I am 38 now. I’m a very loyal fan Never miss a episode.I just cannot see Chandler being replaced. He is Will Hortan. I just cannot see anyone else playing his part. I wish Wilson the best of luck. I’m sure he will do a great job. It is nothing against him, I just can’t see anyone being able to replace Chandler. Why is Chandler leaving anyway?

Jerome
Jerome

When it comes to recasting, i believe that everyone is entitled to their own options but personally I think that all characters either a recast or a new character should be given a chance to prove themselves. Just think when One Life to Live recast Roger Hayworth role as Todd Manning with Trevor St. John people didnt like it. But eventaully grow to love St. John as Todd. Just give him a chance is all I am saying. He could surprise everyone.

ken
ken

I very up set I love chanlder Massey playing the part of will Horton he is my favorite on there also sonny they make a great team and I dont want to see and another guy to take his place why on god green earth would even think about doing a recast take away one of your strong players out of the picture grant you chanlder has that face that draw young people to watch days if he goes there goes your public your rating will go down you ask your self what happen — and someone will say dud you change Will Horton from Chanlder Massey to Guy Wilson get the old guy back which is Chanlder and that s my 2 cents and really I can write days script cause when I see something oh my I will perdict what will happen and 5 to 6 weeks it happens just like I stated it and I will let u know this I know who took the raxor from raff room it was Maxise the Nurse

ken
ken

one more thing why is Chanlder leaving Days I know he is in too Tennis so is he making a career of want too try please give him my best and I love watching him will he plan to come back after a couple or more years down the road it would be nice if that would happen

Ed
Ed

Grow up, people, it’s a freakin’ t.v. show!

Jerome
Jerome

People need to realize that everyone leave a soap opera…as a matter fact…leave tv shows in general in order to further their career or education. Chandler stated in an interview that he wanted to go back to college to get his degree. I personally do not blame him. Its only a tv show. You should be watching the show for the storylines and writing not just because of one character.

Ta Mara
Ta Mara

Days will continue to be an awesome show regardless of who becomes Will, he isn’t a main character but a supporting one. This said it would have been nicer to have one just a tad younger so that Sammy’s son was truer to his actual age as Guy is a bit old for the part but that is show biz I guess.

j.scott
j.scott

I think this is a big mistake! Couldn’t they find someone as good looking as old Will…..

Tony
Tony

He looks a little young for the part, but I wish him well.

JB
JB

PLEASE don’t let Chandler Massey go!!! He is the perfect Will, the show will not be the same. You can not keep letting characters go if you want to win!!!!

Chas
Chas

Great young actor.. Already has the day time res for the roll … Look forward to seeing him …. I’m sure the fan base will welcome him at his new role

Ted Olson
Ted Olson

I am sure this new actor will be fine in the role, viewers need to just give him an
honest chance. He certainly appears to be a competent and accomplished young actor, and Chandler Massey is vacating the role, so fans over a period of time will
adjust I think to the new actor taking over the part of Will.
We need to keep Wilson as a large part of Days of Our Lives.

Carle
Carle

Chandler put his heart and soul into the role, Being a married gay man myself, I can really relate to ‘WILSON’. However, I agree with some other comment on this page that the writing and storyline as lately for these 2 as been subpar. And no 2 gay men would put up with such a stuck up girl like G-A-B-B-Y !! Come on — get real! She is a bitch and Will should through her ass out.

April O
April O

I LOOOOOOOOOVE Chandler Massey…..LOOOOOOOOOOOVE HIM…..Right now it makes me sad that he will be leaving, and I can’t right now accept the new guy……but if he and “Sonny” have a good conection and their story gets better than I will get use to it…..I will probably cry when Chandler is gone for good :'(

April O
April O

I WILLLLL cry when Chander leaves……

kelly kreimer
kelly kreimer

I know recasts are difficult but I just don’t like the choice…. he looks more like one of JJ’s friends than a 20 something dad. He looks so much younger than the actors he will play opposite of… sorry.

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

Photo: JPI

I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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