Duell auditioned for the role of the older Michael originally, and was close to winning the role.He was not cast at first, but casting never forgets a good audition, so he was brought in to audition for another role.
A Hair-Raising Beginning For actor Chad Duell, it was supposed to be the best of times, except that he made his first appearance as Michael Corinthos III at the worst of times.
Duell, as Michael, found himself in the center of the big Claudia Zacchara murder trial -- and that's how he started as Michael!
Rather than let the previous Michael, Drew Garrett, finish that particular story arc, the producers let him go in the middle of it.
As the new Michael, Duell not only had to start at a histrionic high (and learn 50-60 pages of dialogue in one day), but he could practically feel the resentment from fans as he was doing so. The Winding Road to Michael The Arizona native heard from his mother, a hairdresser, immediately, on the subject of his hairstyle.
The last thing Duell was thinking about was his hair, but he didn't like the way it looked either and had it cut.
He then continued to win over fans and coworkers as Michael.
At 23, Duell is more mature-looking than Drew Garrett and has a deeper voice.
It took some getting used to, as viewers liked Drew Garrett. It's obvious, given the Pentonville storyline, that the producers felt they needed a less boyish actor.
He credits ex-Jason Steve Burton for all his help in the beginning, and he gets along very well with his other co-stars.
Duell was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, 20.
He won in 2015 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.