Days of Our Lives had a panel discussion in Hollywood last night at the Harmony Gold theater, talking about young Will Horton’s coming out storyline. Chandler Massey (Will), Allison Sweeney (Mom Sammi), the legendary Deirdre Hall (Grandma Marlene), Bryan Dattilo (Dad Lucas), and Lauren Koslow (Grandma Kate) were all in attendance. I could shoot myself for not attending, but WOW staffer and fellow Chandler Massey enthusiast John Zenone was there, taking pictures and reporting back on what went down. “I’m still crying,” he said. “I still have have the smell of Marlena on my hands! It was such a full circle night for me. I remember bartering with my mother when I was younger to watch television, and it was always Day of Our Lives. Then later, in the ’90s, when I was interning at One Life to Live, it was during the time when Ryan Phillippe was the first gay teen on television, and that story meant so much to me. I was coming to terms with who I was, and my own coming out. Now to see Days tackling this story is just so emotional. And seeing this ICON of television, Deirdre Hall, as this wonderful grandmother, helping her grandson come out of the closet, it’s just so wonderful. And watching those clips with my boyfriend next to me was very powerful.” Yes, yes, very powerful, I agreed. It’s all so magical. But tell me: DID CHANDLER COME OFF AS GAY? “Well at one point in the Q&A someone asked him: What did you use as your inspiration in that coming out scene?” and it was an awkward moment for him and everybody in the audience. He sort of struggled with the answer, and eventually said that he had friends back home who were gay and he talked to them. I don’t know, but he seems he might be on our side, I don’t know.” No matter, he’s just wonderful, and he’s been doing a spectacular job. Emmys for everyone!
(Photos by Matthew McNally, from top: Chandler Massey, Alison Sweeney, Deirdre Hall; Chandler; Chandler and Alison; Chandler and John Zenone; Dierdreand John)