Collection of serials: You actually have a day job that is not acting. What are you doing now?
Chandler Massey: I went to school of econometrics, which I guess is kinda related to data science, and I interviewed a few places, and this place is the place that welcomed me. I really like it. I use a lot of what I learned in school and the analytical side of my brain and I feel great. I work for a healthcare analytics company that is trying to improve the healthcare system, so I feel like I’m part of the good guys’ team. We have an office in Atlanta. I go there about three days a week; the company is very flexible, they let their employees work from home or remotely, but they feel more secure.
Digest: Have you been recognized at work?
Massey: In the business? Uh no! Everyone works during the day, so if they recognized me, they would betray themselves for taking time off from work!
Digest: Is the company flexible about your choice of actors?
Massey: Oh, sure. I have the power take-off [paid time off] and a lot of what I do is project-based, so as long as I get the job done, and I’m sure I will, it’s usually not a problem.
Digest: Sonny’s role has been recast with Zach Tinker (ex-Fen, Y&R). Have you ever met?
Massey: No, I hadn’t. But I think we got along pretty well from the start. He’s got a really contagious energy and a great sense of humor and I think he’s really, really talented. Obviously there were huge gargantuan shoes to fill when Freddie [Smith, ex-Sonny] left, but I think they did their best to find Zach.
Digest: What was it like working with Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R) again as Leo? Massey: Oh, my God, that’s amazing! One, the way Leo is written and two, how he really leans into it. He’s an amazing human being and also such a great actor, so I was very excited when I read the script and read that he was going to be there.
Digest: You have to dress like a drag queen as part of your story. How was it ?
Massey: It was really fun! The tone of BEYOND SALEM is a little lighter, there’s more comedy, it’s more adventurous, I think, than DAYS, which sort of has more serious and dramatic tones. It was great. I mean, it’s not often when you do over a thousand episodes of a show that you get to do something you’ve never done before, but this scenario, dressing in drag , was definitely a first!
Digest: How would you rate your look?
Massey: Rather bad. I don’t think I make an attractive woman unfortunately, but I guess I’m lucky I was born a guy!
Digest: What was it like to be on set again?
Massey: It was like the good old days, you know? Lots of familiar faces. People come and go, so not everyone you would like to see there will be there, but it’s the same welcoming family.
Digest: You crossed paths with Alison Sweeney (Sami) again, who was there to film the network’s show. How was it?
Massey: It was great! Whenever Ali is there, the whole setting takes its energy. She is incredible. I love Ali, so I’m really glad she’s here.
Digest: You just made a movie for Hallmark. What can you say about it? Massey: It’s going to come out this Christmas. It’s a quick turnaround. At least that’s the plan, anyway. He feels good! I will join as many families as I have. Great father!
Digest: Are you actively looking for roles?
Massey: Hmm. It’s more of a balancing act. I keep an eye out for things that I can do like that, where I don’t have to quit my job, because I really like it. I am open to things that I can do alongside or at the same time as work. I feel like I’m gaining a foothold in this new industry and I love it here so I don’t want to leave it yet.
Digest: Would you consider returning to DAYS?
Massey: It’s a good question. I mean, if I’m being honest I would be surprised if that would happen. I think they like that Will and Sonny pop up every now and then and just remind people that they exist, but still, I would always at least give it serious consideration no matter what situation I was in right now. .
Digest: What does fan support for “WilSon” mean to you?
Massey: I mean, everything. This is really the reason why I am coming back. Obviously, I love the people I work with and I love the work, but if it didn’t mean anything to the people watching, it wouldn’t do any good. I think it’s kind of my responsibility to keep Will alive on screen when I can, and alive in the hearts of the people who love him, so I’m really constantly amazed and grateful for the consistency with which fans of DAYS and “WilSon” are their affection.