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Chandler Massey Wins His First Emmy

The former Norcross High School student and Peachtree Corners resident won his first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor Saturday night.

Chandler Massey has been collecting acting accolades since moving from his family home in Peachtree Corners to Hollywood at the tender age of 18 when he landed a part in a long-running TV show -- and Saturday night he added another to his illustrious career - an Emmy.

Massey, who has been starring on the daytime drama, "Days of Our Lives," since 2009 was named "Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor" for his role as Will Horton. It was his second nomination but the first time winning the award.

"Wow, oh my gosh," said an excited Massey as he stood on stage after receiving the award.

Despite the excitement of the moment, Massey, 21, remembered to list a number of people to thank, including his parents Lewis and Amy Massey who live in Peachtree Corners and were in the audience - and Gina Parrish, his Norcross High School drama teacher who recognized the potential in her young student and encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.

"Mom and Dad, thanks for being here," Massey said, "Gina Parrish ... Thanks to everyone. "Yes! This is an honor, thank you so much."

In a report posted on AfterElton, a website that follows Hollywood's stars, Massey said he was so nervous he missed hearing his name announced.

“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.”

For those following Massey's career, his win was "a no-brainer," according to the AfterElton report. Massey's character was recently outed on the show and it was "the first time an actor has won a Daytime Emmy for playing a gay character," according to the report.

Do you know Chandler? Are you surprised that he would win an Emmy so early in his acting career?

Ted June 25, 2012 at 05:20 AM
That is great! I am proud of him who is brave to play as gay in Days of Our Life. The show gives us a lot of postive attitudes toward gay people Congrats to Will or Chandler
Robert J. Nebel June 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
P'tree Crns ought to be proud. Hopefully Chandler will expand his wings beyond 'Days' and thrive for many years to come in the Hollywood community.
Judy Putnam June 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The Massey family must be so proud of their son. I wonder if Gina Parrish his NHS drama teacher, has heard the news? He mentioned her in his acceptance speech.
Sally Toole June 26, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Not surprised... he's playing a great part on a really good Soap- Iremember the day my daughter Lily freaked out seeing Chandler on the Soap I've been watching since I was five or so!!!! Go Chandler- Norcross is proud of you!
Gina Parrish July 02, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Oh I heard and was over the moon thrilled. All credit goes to him though. Great person and amazing family.

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