We've been pretty vocal fans of Days Of Our Lives' treatment of Will Horton's coming out storyline. (And we still maintain that daytime television, with its daily episodic format, offers a unique opportunity to delve into the intricacies of this type of subject matter, so stop cancelling our soaps!)
We were totally thrilled to see Will's portrayer, Chandler Massey, walk away with the Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work!
This is the first time an actor has won a Daytime Emmy for playing a gay character. Watch his Emmy win after the jump!
Massey tells AfterElton, “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 added, “It was crazy! I definitely did not think it was going to happen this year. Not at all.”
We had a hunch. Massey consistently delivered with complex material (with a big assist from daytime queen, Deidre Hall, who played heavily in his storyline). He notes that, “Deidre [Hall, who plays Will’s Grandmother, Marlena] was at my table, right there, and gave me a hug.”