Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Lochte one of the sexiest swim stars to emerge from the London 2012 games with five medals, two of them gold, has now landed his first acting role.
Producers of the TV series 90210, a high school spin-off of the 1990s TV series Beverly Hills 90210, announced this Tuesday that Lochte will play himself in a cameo appearance on the show in October. In a statement, executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen said:
"When we found out Ryan Lochte was going to be in town and might appear on '90210', we felt like we'd won a gold medal! Team USA are all-stars in our book, and we're so excited he's making an appearance on the show[...]."
"We only wish the episode was a surf event so we could have gotten him in the water, but he deserves a little rest on dry land," they added.
The U.S. swimmer, who has been endorsed by Ralph Lauren, Gillette and Speedo to name a few and has created his own spoof-video "Peeing in Pools with Ryan Lochte" will now cross paths with Naomi Clark, played by AnnaLynne McCord, and Max Miller (Josh Zuckerman) at a resort where they are trying to rebuild their rocky relationship.
Lochte made a splash in the London Olympics not only by winning the 400-meter individual medley relay (which dethroned his friend and rival Michael Phelps) and securing the silver medal (coming in second to Phelps), but he become a social media single swim sensation thanks to his charm, jewel-encrusted teeth grills, abs of steel, a flare for fashion and his natural good looks.
In fact, the Olympic champion swimmer is such a fashion-lover (designing his own shoes) that he is slated to appear on "Fashion Police" This Friday 8/17 on E! at 10/9C according to his agent, Erika Wright.
Ever since he returned home he's been fielding calls from Hollywood producers and has tossed around the idea of appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor."
Thus far, this is the first official TV appearance Lochte has signed, and his fan base, dubbed "LochteNation" with over one million Twitter followers will likely to be happy to see their Olympic stud back on the TV screen.
But, the question is, do Ryan Lochte fans think this is the best career move or is Hollywood taking a fish out of water?