Sunday night’s Daytime Emmys prompt me to look into the previous reels of Chandler Massey, the 22-year-old who won Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series as Will Horton for the third consecutive year. I became a fan of Massey early on when he joined the cast of Days Of Our Lives in 2010. I thought he was a breath of fresh air on a show that had strayed away from. The following year was when Massey truly found his niche. Scene after scene left my heart aching for this young man who was constantly fighting a battle inside. If I could only pick one element of Massey’s performances that won me over, it would be his eyes. This young actor actually became this tormented character and I could see that in his face and his eyes.
Not since Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer, General Hospital) has a male actor captivated me so! Jackson is the only other person to have won three times in this category (1995, 1998, 1999). In addition, he won Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2011 and 2012.
In parallel, there has only been two actresses to win three times in their own category. The first was Jennifer Finnigan, who won for her role as Bridget Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful (2002, 2003, 2004). Unfortunately, I never watched B&B and haven’t much to say about Finnigan. I do, however, hold a strong opinion of Jennifer Landon, who took the award home in 2006, 2007, and 2008 for her role as Gwen Munson on As The World Turns.
Landon’s performances are unique, to say the least. It was never over the top dramatic nor did it ever seem fake. She found a spot in between that represented the realistic. Through Landon, I felt Gwen’s frustration, happiness, fear, etc. I can re-watch any of her scenes from ATWT over and over again and will not get tired of her performance.
As a final side note, an actress that I often compare to Landon is Julie Marie Berman (Lulu Spencer, General Hospital) who won Younger Actress 2009 and 2010, and Supporting Actress in 2013.
In conclusion, I have compiled six scenes, all of which are what earned Jennifer Landon and Chandler Massey their Daytime Emmys. These two talented people should always be remembered and admired no matter where their careers take them. I hope this lonely little blog does them justice.