Chances are you’ve come across a relatable meme featuring a child whose facial expressions fit the caption very, very well. Then another one. And another. And then you started to wonder if this was some famous child actor you’re simply unaware of. He’s no actor, but he is a class act, and his name is Gavin.
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Gavin’s claim to fame started when he would guest star in his uncle’s Vines thanks to his hilarious facial expressions and throwing arm, among other things. His transition into meme territory was catapulted into greatness when his uncle took a video of Gavin with a lizard on his head, which resulted in this face being screen capped by the masses:
The thing is, being meme-famous isn’t something that too many parents want for their children. Gavin, who is now 6 years old, is regularly recognized by people who often rush to ask for a selfie with him when he’s doing chores with his mother around town. His family has already made arrangements with teachers so that he’d have a relatively normal experience in school.
“If a person comes up to him, he’ll decide if he wants to take a selfie depending on what his mood is, because you just never know with a 6-year -old. We absolutely leave it up to him,” his mother Kate told Daily Dot.
Both she and Gavin’s uncle, Nick, are the only two official Gavin accounts, but Kate still maintains a very close relationship with other meme and parody accounts that regularly make posts using images of her son pulled from their pages.
“We have the type of relationship where I can say I don’t feel comfortable with that post, or this was a little too out there, and they will immediately take it down. At the end of the day, he’s still 6. There are just some things I do not want his photo attached to.”
Their favorite encounters have been with fans. “I’ve heard so many people say they’ve had a bad day and Gavin brings a smile to their face. It has been fun to share a little piece of him with the rest of the world,” Kate said.
But has Gavin peaked before he even knew what fame was? Not at all. The young man is genuinely funny, and Caryn Model & Talent Management seems to think so as well because they signed him, and the Vine compilation below shows that he was born to make people smile.
(h/t Daily Dot)