You might not be able to tell just by looking at singer-actor Gavin Teo’s Instagram (specifically, the topless thirst traps that made frequent appearances from September to March), but the NoonTalk Media artiste is, as he admitted to 8days.sg, “not a very athletic person”.

That’s not a humble brag, by the way. The 25-year-old (he turns 26 in July) has always been more musically inclined. That shouldn’t come as a surprise for those who watched him serenade audiences as a Hey! Gorgeous finalist in 2013 — his fellow contestants included Carrie Wong and Richie Koh — and follow him on his socials, where he often uploads covers of hit songs. He has also released a couple of singles, including a duet with Bonnie Loo.

However, Gavin had to shed his sensitive musician side (as well as his shirt) when he landed the role of a competitive swimmer in Mediacorp drama Victory Lap. While that wouldn’t be a problem for someone like his co-star and fellow NoonTalk boy Zong Zijie, who is used to flashing his rock-hard abs and pecs on screen, Gavin was in completely uncharted waters (pun intended) when it came to going half-naked in front of the camera.

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