NORCROSS, Ga. -- In many ways, Chandler Massey is just like any other 21-year-old.

When he's not working or in class at UCLA, he comes home to see his family every chance he gets. He can't get enough of his mom's brownies, and he could spend hours playing frisbee with his younger brother and sister.

But when he's not on break, the young actor has a very tough schedule to keep.

Massey has a starring role in one of the longest-running television shows in history: "Days of our Lives." He plays 18-year-old Will Horton, a young man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and tell his family he is gay.

In June 2012, Massey won his first Daytime Emmy award for the role, awarded "Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series."

While the role isn't a reality for Massey, it speaks to thousands of teens across the country. He hopes viewers will see Will's character and learn to be more accepting.

"I hope they can say, OK, here's a guy that's no different from anybody else. No better, no worse. And he just is a man that happens to be gay," he said.

"A lot of people came up and said that they saw their own struggle in the story and it touched them in some way. That was the moment that I really felt proud of what I was doing and what the show and the writers were doing."

Meanwhile, Massey is just getting started. He just finished shooting a new movie, "Jesus in Cowboy Boots," to be released later this year.

Massey is the son of former Georgia Secretary of State Lewis Massey and a 2009 graduate of Norcross High School. He is a sophomore at UCLA, majoring in Mandarin Chinese.

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