Afanasiev was launched into fame after YouTube videos of his extraordinarily tongue received more than one million views.
"I knew it was long; I just didn't know it was one of the longest." Afanasiev told the news station.
The 20-year-old actor began his career after landing a brief appearance at Nickelodeon's iCarly for his record-breaking tongue.
According a biography on his personal website, Afanasiev "fell in love with being in front of a camera" after his Nickelodeon shoot.
"Just days after returning home from the set, he began to take film/TV acting classes at Robert Wald Actor's Studio, and with Billy Cowart at WCI Studios," the site reads.
Afanasiev says that he hopes his tongue will help further his acting career.