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7 things in her bag: Narelle Kheng

This is her first hosting gig on television. Previously, she had cameo roles in drama serials Zero Calling and Against The Tide.

Kheng, who did theatre studies and drama as an A-level subject in Anglo-Chinese Junior College, says: "Studying drama really helped so much with acting in Do It Yourself. It also changed me as a person. It made me lose my inhibitions, be more expressive, and speak well. It even corrected my posture."

The former national swimmer says she used to slouch when she was out of the pool.

On working with her brother on set, she says: "It's great. Honestly, I don't feel like it is work, because we hang out a lot as siblings and are very comfortable with each other. It feels like taking heightened versions of ourselves and putting them on TV."

She describes her father, Mr Kheng Meng Siong, 55, a human resource manager at ExxonMobil, as extremely supportive of their acting and musical careers.

"My father was very excited when we got the roles. He always has The Sam Willows' CD playing in the car. He attends our concerts when possible and comments on our singing, as he is a trained choir singer. I'm thankful," she says.

Her mother died of cancer when she was eight and her father remarried in 2010.

Asked if she would consider pursuing an acting career, she says: "Music is still my first priority, but I don't mind acting on the side."

This article was first published on July 25, 2014.
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