They have the looks and street cred. Beyond that, they’re multi-talented, having conquered the red carpet and taken ownership of social media. They act, host, sing, direct and produce. In this celebrities’ edition of 20 Good Men of 2020, Her World presents a talent-stacked list who are making their mark in Singapore, China, Taiwan and India.

A familiar face on local Tamil channel Vasantham, Thavanesan has been in multiple dramas and hosting productions. This year, he’s juggling two big projects: playing the lead role in the channel’s Romeo and Juliet, and hosting Taalaam, a bilingual television programme featuring activities and events organised by the various Indian ethnic organisations in Singapore.

In December, fans will see him in yet another drama – Kavasam (Shield), a medical thriller, where he plays the leading man. He’s currently in the midst of filming.

He says: “The drama started out as a pilot project initiative by Vasantham, and it ended up being voted in by the public to be converted into a full-fledged television series.”


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Despite breaking into the local acting scene as the lead for the long-running television show Vettai: The Force, it took a while for Thavanesan to develop in the character he plays.

“I used to depend a lot on the opinions of my directors to gauge my own performance,” the 28-year-old admits. “It caused me to feel distant from the character I was playing. Now, I review my performance based on my knowledge of the character before seeking external validation.”