You understand Chandler Massey as Will Horton on Days of Our Lives, the place he is nearly change into an icon for portraying the primary vital LGBT character on the long-running cleaning soap.
As each younger man does, Chandler is branching out past the position that made him so beloved.
Tonight on Hallmark Channel, he stars with Lyndsy Fonseca in Subsequent Cease, Christmas, a time-traveling journey that includes Leah Thompson and Christopher Lloyd.
So I will begin with a few Days of Our Lives questions as a result of it is a great way for our readers to attach with you and to wish to tune in to the film, and we’ve an enormous cadre of Days followers who learn. And, after all, all of them beloved Will.
Oh, wow. Nicely, all of them?
Nicely, you had been at all times a subject of dialogue, so I will say, yeah. I will say, yeah. So how has your profession been affected by enjoying Days’ first vital homosexual character?
Oh, effectively, it kind of made my profession, you realize? It has been, by far, my greatest and most long-running position. I feel it is fairly protected to say I might not be the place I’m at this time with out that.
And plenty of followers within the LGBT neighborhood look as much as you. How do you preserve that relationship together with your followers?
I recognize the query and the religion in me. I feel one, the principle factor is attempting to do justice to the character and storyline, and two, is make myself as obtainable as potential to the individuals who watch the present, the followers, for suggestions and to attach with the neighborhood and simply voice my assist by means of my efficiency.
That is sensible. And as a straight man, you are additionally enjoying straight roles. So how have your followers traveled on that journey with you? Like outdoors of Days?
I feel they’ve traveled simply wonderful. They traveled firstclass with me. Actually, I’ve not achieved something but the place the those that I’ve met by means of Days and have watched Days have not been there each step of the best way to point out me love and assist. And that is greater than I may have ever anticipated or requested for.
That proves that you have one thing particular that they’ve related to, not simply your character. It is fairly cool.
Nicely, thanks for saying that. I hope that is true.
I feel it’s. So inform me about Subsequent Cease, Christmas. Who’re you enjoying, and the place does he match into the story?
Nicely, I play Ben Lee. Subsequent Cease, Christmas is a couple of girl named Angie, performed by the wonderful Lyndsy Fonseca, who will get on a magical time-traveling Christmas prepare and goes again to Christmas, previous, a Christmas again in 2011, the place the whole lot began going fallacious for her and her household. And she or he will get one other probability to return and make issues proper.
My character, like I stated, Ben Lee is one in all her finest mates rising up, a small-town man, and I feel there was one thing there between them. Nothing got here from it, however he will get an opportunity to reconnect along with her when she’s again sooner or later.
So what’s it like enjoying in two timelines? Is it enjoyable, or was he not a part of the long run timeline?
No, it is nice. Yeah. I obtained to be in slightly bit in each timelines. It meant I obtained beard augmentation for the older Ben. Nicely, I nonetheless have but to have the ability to develop a full non-patchy beard, so I wanted slightly assist from the make-up division in that enviornment, which made me seem like an actual man as a substitute of a person youngster. So it was lots of enjoyable.
That is humorous. And naturally, that is Leah Thompson and Christopher Lloyd. So there needed to be references to Again to the Future. What was the sensation on set with all of you collectively and doing a time journey film, of all issues?
It was freaking superior. My dad’s favourite film is Again to the Future. So when he heard that, like Christopher Lloyd and Leah Thompson had been within the film, he was extra excited than when he heard I used to be going to be within the film. I can not blame him. And it was simply so cool. It was surreal.
I imply, they’re legends. So to have the ability to work on the identical challenge with them was a dream come true. Might we anticipate any Easter eggs or something enjoyable like that for Again to the Future? Sure, I feel you may. I do not wish to spoil something, however the enjoyable of the Easter eggs is discovering them.
Yep. Good. After which folks may be looking out.
And so, that is your first style of the Hallmark world. It is a fairly good group to be related to in your first film, proper?
Yeah. Nice group, really. Yeah, the primary time within the Hallmark world, and I obtained to say, I beloved it. It is so totally different. On the cleaning soap, there’s a lot drama and struggling, and absurdity.
And also you kind of go residence, and also you’re simply harassed. You are emotionally simply drained and exhausted. However I left every day of Subsequent Cease, Christmas sort of feeling heat and fuzzy inside. So it was good. It was good.
So did you go residence and make Christmas cookies and issues?
Nicely, I used to be staying in a resort. I did not have a kitchen. I could not make something, but when I did have one, I, for positive, would’ve made some vacation issues, treats. I used to be undoubtedly buzzing and singing some basic Christmas songs and carols that entire interval.
Do you sing within the film by any probability? Do you go caroling or something like that?
No, I do not. No.
What? How can that not have caroling?
I imply, they’ve singing, however the character Ben’s not included. He is the quiet sort.
So do you suppose you will be again and work with Hallmark once more?
Yeah. If they will have me, 1000%. Yeah. It was an incredible, wonderful expertise.
And what was your favourite factor about engaged on this film?
Hmm, that is a superb query. Most likely simply the vitality that everybody had, from the forged and the crew, simply actually infectious. And it was simply a lot enjoyable. It is onerous to slim down one. I imply, Dustin, who directed it, actually was so phenomenal and allow us to play with every scene.
Having multiple take was a pleasant change of tempo. So I get to have the ability to strive other ways. However it needed to have been that simply vitality. Everybody was excited, and it made me excited.
And since this can be a Christmas movie, what’s your favourite vacation film? Do you’ve one thing you want to observe yearly?
Sure. Favourite vacation film. It is obtained to be Elf.
Good. That is a superb one. What’s your favourite scene from Elf?
Nicely, there’s so many, however the bathe scene, the place they’re simply [laughs].
That one at all times cracks me up.
They sound so good. It is really a extremely respectable rendition. She’s an incredible singer.
Oh, yeah. Zooey Deschanel. She’s nice. After which in order that was nice as a result of they’re really having fun with the tune, after which she realized that there should not be one other voice becoming a member of her.
And what are you most trying ahead to this Christmas season?
Simply being with my household. I dwell in Atlanta now, so I get to spend the entire Christmas vacation with them somewhat than only a couple days, a day or two.
That is very good. And at last, how would you describe Subsequent Cease, Christmas in three phrases?
Enjoyable, magical, and scandalous. [laughs] No. Okay, no, scratch that. Not that, however enjoyable, pure, and heartwarming.
Do not forget to tune into Subsequent Cease, Christmas tonight at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel!
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