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He's sure no poster boy for GLAAD. Will Horton, the Days of our Lives teenager played by Chandler Massey, is gay and deeply, desperately in denial about it. And his coming-out story won't take the politically safe route. Days currently has another young gay character - Will's friend Sonny, played by former 90210 star Freddie Smith - who is out and proud and inspiringly comfortable in his own skin. But Will's saga will be packed with guilt, rage, violence, drinking and blackmail - and that's weeks before the kid even has his first gay kiss.

"Our writers certainly have balls," says the 21 year old Massey. "I was shocked to read some of the scripts. Other shows might be afraid to go this direction with a story that's this potentially sensitive, but I think what we're doing is so much richer and more dramatic because of it."

Massey adds that he "loves the way they're writing Sonny, so there's some real balance here. He's the polar opposite of my character - completely confident in his sexuality and totally together. But Will finds that threatening and it makes him loathe himself even more. He is really acting out."

Ya think? This month, Will goes ballistic and trashes his Aunt Maggie's kitchen after being dumped by his girlfriend, who can't understand why he doesn't want sex. He later gets drunk at a family Christmas gathering where he openly lashes out at his mom, Sami. Come January, the soap's archvillain, EJ, will try to use Will's secret to his advantage. "Will wants to leave Salem, so he tries to blackmail EJ into giving him money," says Massey. "But EJ turns the tables on Will and threatens to reveal he's gay. It turns into this master-slave relationship."

Will's only safe harbor is his grandmother Marlena. "They have an awesome relationship," Massey says. "She's pretty sure Will is gay and tries to be there for him. She's a smart lady, and a shrink, but even she can't get him to come out."

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