I have interviewed a lot of people in my life and I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as interviewing Chandler Massey. So nervous that my lovely niece, jokingly, after I told her about the things I said, told me to never admit we’re related.
And I get it. But I can admit that my nerves got the best of me. I rattled off things to him that he didn’t need to know about me because I was so nervous.
Why was I nervous? Well, because Chandler starred on Days of Our Lives, and that show has a lot to do with moments in my life – some of the best moments of my life. I didn’t think it would affect me, but suddenly, here I was, shaking and nervous, as if this was my first interview ever.
Yet, I wasn’t interviewing him for Days of Our Lives, I was interviewing him for A Professional Bridesmaid, which airs tonight on The Hallmark Channel. Massey plays Henry, a journalist assigned to cover a high profile wedding.
Now, personally, I am not a fan of wedding in real life, but that’s because I am single and everyone asks why I am my own bitter moments. I however love a movie about weddings or the journey of love. A Professional Bridesmaid is just that.
Chandler’s character (in my opinion) doesn’t seem too fond of weddings, but is Chandler? Yes. He said, “I do like weddings. First of all, I want to ask why you don’t like– why you’re not a wedding person after this, but, yes, I like them just because you get to see people, old friends, usually family members that you haven’t seen in a while. That’s probably my favorite part, getting to catch up with people.”
When explaining that I didn’t like weddings because everyone asks why I am not married. We both laughed and he said, “Well, you could always hire some actors to want to play your husband and a couple to play your kids, and then you won’t get those questions.”
He has a point, but thinking it through, it’s definitely not a viable option.
In A Professional Bridesmaid, Maggie (played by Hunter King), is the ultimate bridesmaid. She’s extremely organized, making everything wedding go as easy as possible for them. She’s patient and kind. But organization is definitely a big part of the job.
But could Chandler be a professional groomsman? The answer for him is no. He said, “I’m not very organized, to be honest. I don’t think I’d make the cut as a professional groomsman.”
One thing that we do know about movies on The Hallmark Channel is that they shoot fast. There has to be ups and downs to that. The actor has experience with it, because soap operas shoot quite fast. So what is the best parts and the hardest parts of shooting Hallmark films?
“The best part– I haven’t had a lot of– I’ve done some Indies, but mainly my experience has been soaps, like Days. Playing the same character for, I don’t know, over a decade, over a thousand episodes or whatever. I think my favorite part is being able to the experience of doing movies, you get to dive into a character for three weeks and then you close the book on them, and like, “All right, what’s the next thing?” The novelty of getting to build a person from scratch a couple times a year is probably my favorite part.” he said.
The hardest part though? I have to admit that his answer was sweet. He said, “The hardest part is definitely being away from my fiancee. Even though these do shoot in like three weeks, it’s not very long, especially in movie terms, but it’s still tough.”
Love is absolutely the sweetest thing and seeing the look on his face when talking about his fiance. His face lit up and you could see how much he really loves her.
Chandler Massey is a good guy on and off the screen. When we talked to him about that, the boy next door roles that he plays, he was very honest about it.
“One, if I’m being honest, it’s closer to my natural personality than the dark, brooding, heavy on the sex, the sexual tension characters. It’s fun to play characters that love life and have pure intentions. Makes things simple,” he said, “I think that’s what resonates with the boy-next-door characters for me, is that they don’t have a hidden agenda, really. They just wear their heart on a sleeve, and they’re not afraid to be vulnerable.”
Love that he loves being vulnerable, because it’s something that we don’t see a lot of these days. Well at least I don’t. But I did have to point out, that in A Professional Bridesmaid, his character is throwing brooding looks.
He thanked me and said, “I try to throw a couple in there. Actually, this movie, I tried to just do a couple, a little dash, because I realized that it’s been a lot of boy-next-door stuff, so I do want to show some versatility. Got to throw a couple different looks in.”
A Perfect Bridesmaid premieres tonight, April 8th, on The Hallmark Channel.