Chandler Massey Wins Daytime Emmy For Playing Days’ Gay Teen

Chandler Massey’s not the first young soap actor to play a gay character but, on Saturday, he became the first to win a Daytime Emmy for it.

“I wasn’t nervous at all this morning or anything,”  Massey, 21, told AfterElton after winning Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. “But when they started announcing the names in the category I got really nervous. I didn’t hear the name that they called, but all I heard was my Dad go ‘Yeah!’ because my Dad was sitting right next to me, so that’s how I knew. Then I went up and flubbed the speech!”

Massey, who plays young Will Horton, was quick to thank co-star Diedra Hall, his grandmother on the series, and admitted “lot of the credit has to go to the producers and the writers who greenlit the storyline.” The show also won the Outstanding Writing Emmy.

Congrats to Massey and Days‘ cast, crew and creative team. With the number of daytime dramas dwindling fast, it’s nice to know the ones that are still on are still on their game.