Rui En

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Rui En
Rui En.jpg
Rui En in 2010
Chinese name 瑞恩 (simplified)
Pinyin Ruì'ēn (Mandarin)
Birth name Lu Rui En
Origin Singapore
Born (1981-01-29) January 29, 1981 (age 33)
Singapore
Other name(s) 芮恩 (used in Taiwan as a singer)
Occupation Actor, Singer, Lyricist, Host
Genre(s) Mandopop, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s) Hype Records (2002–present)
Alfa Music (2002–2004)
Years active 2002–present
Official Website rbkd-online.com

Lu Rui En (Chinese: 卢瑞恩; pinyin: Ruì'ēn; born 29 January 1981), better known by the stage name Rui En (瑞恩), is a Singaporean singer-actress currently based in Singapore.

Rui En was talent-spotted after appearing in a SingTel's popular SingTel hi!Card commercial as the iconic "running girl" in 2001. She was offered a general management contract by Artiste Networks, a section of Hype Records. In 2002, Rui En debuted her acting career in Singapore with her first drama, titled No Problem!. Since 2004, she has averaged one to three dramas per year. In late 2002, Rui En launched her music career in Taiwan, with album Rui ∑n vol. 01, under the record company Alfa Music. Rui En released her second album in Singapore under Hype Records, titled United Nations, in late 2008.

Notably after 2007, Rui En gained a significant pool of fans, earning her the title of Singapore's 'Most Popular Local TV Actor' in 2010[1] to 2011.[2] RBKD (Chinese: 瑞不可当) is her official fan club and according to the group, the name was inspired from the Chinese idiom, 锐不可当[3] (pinyin: ruì bù kě dāng), which meant 'Rui En is unstoppable'.

Widely recognised for her acting, Rui En has won Best Actress related awards every year in 2011 through 2013. She first won the 'Best Actress Award' at the Singapore Star Awards 2011 with her role as a young widow[4] in With You, the highest-rated Singapore drama in year 2010.[5] Fondly recognised for her female cop roles, Rui En was awarded the 'Best Actress In Leading Role'[6] at the Asian Television Awards 2012, for her role as a tough cop in popular crime drama Unriddle 2. She went on to win her third acting award in the following year at the Star Awards 2013 show for her same role in Unriddle 2, earning her second 'Best Actress Award' at Star Awards. She was nominated in the Best Actress category for the 4th consecutive year in 2014, making her the first actress to do so since Zoe Tay and Fann Wong, who were nominated in that category for 7 consecutive years from 1995 to 2001.

In 2013, Rui En was appointed the spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris Youth Code, making her the first Singaporean spokesperson for the international cosmetics brand.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Education[edit]

Rui En studied at Singapore Chinese Girls' School for both her primary and secondary education. She took up ballet as a co-curricular activity in Primary Five but gave up in Secondary One, citing the pressure of coming from a wrong socio-economic class as the reason.[7] She then joined the choir in Secondary Three and Four.[7]

She completed her A Levels at the pre-tertiary education in Raffles Junior College,[8] in which she won the championship in National Schools’ Hockey Tournament. Despite claiming to be her Chinese teacher's worst nightmare because she was never good in her Chinese,[9] Rui En penned all the lyrics to her second Chinese album, titled United Nations.

Rui En graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Business in 2004, specializing in Banking and Finance. In 2007, Rui En was presented with the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award by her alma mater Nanyang Technological University in the annual affair[10] but was unable to attend the ceremony personally.

Growing up[edit]

In December 2008, Rui En did a confessional interview with The Monday Interview titled 'Inside the Outsider',[7] first published on The Straits Times. She confessed that she used to smoke and drink socially, and how she grew up feeling insecure as the only child in her broken family. Her parents subsequently divorced when she was seventeen.

The article struck a chord with the masses, especially those who grew up in similar environments. When asked of her rationale for such a heart-to-heart interview, she was quoted to say, "I am hoping that kids who read this might realise that no matter how bad your family situation is, you have a choice not to be a victim".[7] The article was subsequently translated into a Mandarin version and published on Shin Min Daily News; other publications such as The New Paper and Elle Singapore edition, have also taken reference to the article.

Music career[edit]

Rui En ventured into Taiwan in 2002 under the Chinese name of 芮恩 (pinyin: Ruì'ēn). She made her first appearance as the female lead in label mate Jay Chou's music video for "Secret Code" and went on to co-endorse Panasonic GD68 with him. Rui En subsequently released her debut regional Chinese album, Rui ∑n vol. 01, in the same year under the co-production of Hype Records and Alfa Music. Fans of Jay Chou were reported to have borne a grudge at Rui En for the help he rendered to her, warning Rui En to not get too close to Jay Chou.[11] There was however, another group of fans who gave Rui En full support on Jay Chou's account. Jay Chou composed the first hit of her debut album, Rui ∑n vol. 01, titled "White Feather".

Rui En was nominated as the Best Local Singer in the Singapore Hits Awards 2003 and was selected alongside Taufik Batisah to perform both the English and Mandarin versions of the 2005 National Day Parade's theme song - "Reach Out For The Skies".

After a six years' break, Rui En released her second Chinese album in late 2008 under Hype Records, titled United Nations. This album was only released locally in Singapore, and all the lyrics were penned by Rui En herself. Since then, she resumed the use of her original name, 瑞恩 (pinyin: Ruì'ēn). In April 2009, Rui En was invited to perform at Singapore Day 2009 at London's Hampton Court Palace, a yearly event organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit in the Prime Minister's Office to engage overseas Singaporeans.[12]

Acting career[edit]

Rui En landed her first leading role in 2005, with A Promise for Tomorrow as the bubbly 'Fang Fang'. In the following year, she was identified as one of the most promising young actresses in the Singapore Entertainment Industry by local entertainment magazine I-Weekly and was hence labeled as one of the '7 Princesses'.[13] Often dubbed and referred to as the 'Cool Princess' for her nonconforming attitude, she has openly expressed her desire to be recognized and remembered for her performances rather than with the title. Admittedly, Rui En has improved on her acting compared with leading actresses in the local acting industry.

Before winning her first Best Actress award in 2011, Rui En was already acknowledged as one of the finest local actresses of her generation, receiving compliments from award-winning and veteran actors such as: Adrian Pang,[14][15] Chen Hanwei,[14][15] Chen Li Ping,[16] Chen Shucheng[14][15] & Zhu Houren[17] etc.. Veteran actor Chen Shucheng named her in the company of acclaimed local actresses Huang Biren and Ivy Lee, all of whom, he said, could cry "beautifully" and reflect the demands of the scenes' context.[14][15]

The Straits Times complimented Rui En for giving worthy performance[18] in With You and executive producer Paul Yuen has also likened her to a younger Sheren Tang,[19] well-known Hong Kong actress whose acting is critically acclaimed regionally.

Hot favourite for Star Awards: Best Actress 2011[edit]

With three dramas, Rui En has been labelled as one of the 10 Faces to watch in 2010[20] by MediaCorp's Buzz. She is tipped to be a strong contender for Best Actress in Star Awards 2011.[21]

In an interview with I-Weekly, Rui En was singled out by veteran actor Zhu Houren as the most deserving contender to claim the coveted Best Actress recognition in Star Awards 2011.[17] He was impressed by Rui En as Yang Xiaodong in Happy Family, describing it as 'natural' and 'just right' (an industry's term to describe perfect handling of the role, according to him).[17] Known for his daring speeches, he claimed that Rui En should win the award next year unless the judges are incapable of appreciating fine acting.[17] He also expressed his wish to collaborate with Rui En in future.[17]

In Star Awards 2011, Rui En finally picked up her first acting nomination. Widely tipped as the forerunner by the media,[22][23] Rui En went on to win the coveted title.[4] Rui En acknowledges "there have been more lows than highs"[24] in her career and in her acceptance speech, she said "despite those who said I won't succeed with my personality and image, it shows with hard work you can do it."[4]

Popularity[edit]

Since 2005, Rui En has garnered eight consecutive 'Top Ten Most Popular Female Artiste' trophies in the Star Awards, a high profile annual award ceremony organised by MediaCorp Singapore to recognise the best and the most popular in the Singapore Acting Industry.

Following the success of her leading role as An Xiaoqian in Singapore's Best Drama of the year 2007 - Metamorphosis, Rui En gained a large fan following in Singapore.[25] In March 2008, Rui En dethroned Fann Wong (previously a 5 time consecutive winner) in the annual popularity contest - Students' Idols Voting (Acting Category - Local/International), organised by now defunct newspaper, Friday Weekly, to claim the much coveted first runner-up position. The winner of the category went to Jay Chou.

In the year 2009's televised countdown event organised by Channel 8, Rui En won one of the eight 'Top 8 Likable Female Lead Characters' awards with her only production that year as Zhang Yu Hang in By My Side. She was rumored by some, to have garnered the most number of votes in this popularity contest. In February 2009, Rui En beat fellow actress Jeanette Aw, hot favorite after the huge success of The Little Nyonya, to the coveted title of Babe of the Year[26] in the annual Flame Awards organised by The New Paper.

In an informal survey conducted by MediaCorp's Branding and Promotion Vice-President Paul Chan, Rui En and Elvin Ng were voted as the Best On-Screen Couple in 2009.[27] Rui En and Elvin Ng also emerge tops as the 'Favourite On-Screen Partners' in the Star Awards 2010. They won with their performance as Lin Jiaqi and Sato in The Dream Catchers.

Rui En was voted as the Most Popular Local TV Actress[1] in Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010 organised by Singapore Press Holdings. Voting spanned across 4 weeks and Rui En secured the top position since Day One. In 2011, the Actors and Actresses were grouped collectively to compete in the 'Most Popular Local TV Actor' category, voting spanned across 6 weeks. Despite keener competition, Rui En secured the top position since Day One, and emerged as the 'Most Popular Local TV Actor'[2] in Singapore Entertainment Awards 2011 for the second consecutive year.

In Star Awards 2010, Rui En's role as Zhang Luoyun (My School Daze emerge as the 'Top 10 Favourite Female Characters' while her other role, Lin Jiaqi (The Dream Catchers), emerge as the 'Top 5 Favourite Female Characters'.[28] Voting spanned across six weeks and more than a hundred entries were nominated.

Rui En claimed the highly competitive 'Most Favourite Female Character' award[29] with her role as the likable Yang Xiaodong (Happy Family) in Star Awards 2011. Results were solely determined by online votes and Rui En led in the top position since Day One. However, she lost out in the 'Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama)'[30] category with a top three final position.

Controversies[edit]

Missing out on Best Actress nomination: Metamorphosis[edit]

In 2007, Rui En caused an uproar in the virtual community when she surprisingly missed out on a nomination in the Best Actress Category in Star Awards 2007 for her breakthrough role as Assistant Superintendent An Xiao Qian in Metamorphosis. An online petition was initiated with hundreds of signatures submitted, prompting MediaCorp Singapore's media team to interview recognized actor Chen Han Wei and Ivy Lee[31] for their takes on this issue. Subsequent reporting were published on online news, Xin.sg[31] and leading Chinese local newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao.

Role rejection[edit]

In March 2008, Rui En was involved in a high-profile rejection of the role as an ambitious businesswoman struggling with mental illness in The Defining Moment, which subsequently went to Fann Wong instead. She was reported to have rejected the role due to a rape scene in the script. Rui En is known to be firm on her stance against intimate, revealing or kissing scenes and has been criticized by some as unprofessional. She is reported to have been blacklisted by some producers[7] after this role-rejection incident, but her supporters have avowed unwavering support.

Missing out on Best Actress nomination: By My Side[edit]

In April 2009, despite an informal viewers' survey labeling Rui En as a strong contender[32] for the Best Actress Award in the annual Star Awards, Rui En again missed out on a nomination for her role as AIDS patient-then-volunteer Zhang Yu Hang in By My Side. Her poor public relations skill was thought to be a contributing reason to why she has never garnered any nomination in the acting categories despite being generally acknowledged as one of the finer local actresses of her generation. However, she picked up her fourth consecutive Top Ten Most Popular Female Artiste trophy, despite not being present at the Star Awards 2009 due to overseas work commitments.

Community[edit]

Rui En is the theme song singer for The Community Chest of Singapore. The song, titled "Listen to Your Heart", has been released in the form of EP in years 2003 and 2009. Despite her hectic schedule, Rui En is a regular volunteer at Beyond Social Services.[33] She has expressed her wish to remain low-profile with regards to her volunteering as she has no wish to utilize this to benefit her public image.[34]

Discography[edit]

Rui En discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Compilation albums 2
Singles 3
Music videos 7

Solo albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Morning Express VI 阳光系列6 (2003)
This compilation album consists of Rui En's The Way To Be Happy 快乐方式 (Track 3) and Test 考验 (Track 9). The songs were released under Rui En's birth name - 卢瑞恩 (Lú Ruì'ēn).
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Chinese Drama Collector's Edition 戏剧情牵25 (2007)
This album is a Collector's Edition composed of memorable theme songs spanning across the Singapore Chinese Drama's Twenty-Five years' History. Tracks from Rui En include a remix version of "The Way To Be Happy 快乐方式" and "Unfreeze 解冻". The songs were released under Rui En's stage name - 芮恩 (Ruì'ēn).

Singles[edit]

This is the theme song for The Community Chest of Singapore and there are English and Mandarin versions to this song. The songs were released in the form of a Single.
  • Reach Out For The Skies (2005)
This is the theme song for National Day Parade, 2005 and there are English and Mandarin versions to this song. Music videos were produced for both versions.
A remix version of the theme song for The Community Chest of Singapore, the Mandarin track was first performed on televised charity show, TrueHearts Show 2009. The EP released in November 2009 consisted of the original tracks and the remixes in both English and Mandarin. This graphic artwork for this single was designed by Rui En's fan club, RBKD, on behalf of The Community Chest of Singapore.
A single by Taufik Batisah featuring Rui En.
A single by Rui En.

Drama theme songs[edit]

This song was nominated as Best Drama Theme Song in Star Awards 2003 and was first released in Morning Express VI. A remix version was released in Celebrating 25 Years Of Chinese Drama Collector's Edition.
This is an insert song released in Morning Express VI.
This was Rui En's first set of self-penned lyrics published and also her first and only theme song for the drama she is starring in. This song is released in Celebrating 25 Years of Chinese Drama Collecter's Edition.
This is an insert song found in Rui En's United Nations.

Filmography[edit]

MediaCorp Channel 8 dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Remarks
2002 No Problem! Jessica Rui En's debut drama.
2004 My Mighty-in-Laws Li Yingying
李盈盈
2005 You Are the One Yukikko
Hao Meide
郝美德
Beyond The aXis of Truth II Fang Xiuxiu
方秀秀
Special appearance
A Promise for Tomorrow Fang Fang
方方
Rui En's first leading role.
2006 Love at 0°C Sun Yixin
孙逸欣
See also: Drama Theme Songs by Rui En
2007 Honour and Passion Bao Wenwei
宝文卫
Second highest rated drama of the year.
Metamorphosis An Xiaoqian
安晓茜
Star Awards for Best Drama of the Year 2007.
See also: Controversies: Metamorphosis
2008 By My Side Zhang Yuhang
张宇航
Top 8 Most Popular Female Characters.
See also: Controversies: By My Side
2009 The Dream Catchers Lin Jiaqi
林佳琪
Star Awards for Top 5 Favourite Female Characters & Best On-Screen Couple with Elvin Ng.
My School Daze Teo Luoyun Isabel
张洛芸
Star Awards for Top 10 Favourite Female Characters.
2010 Happy Family Yang Xiaodong
杨小冬
Star Awards for Most Favourite Female Character - Yang Xiaodong
With You Yap See Kee
叶思琪
1. Highest rated drama of the year.[5]
2. Rui En's first Best Actress nomination & award.
3. Star Awards for Top 3 Favourite On-Screen Couple (Drama)
Unriddle Hu Xiao Man
胡小曼
Police Blockbuster in 2010.
2011 A Tale of 2 Cities Zhang Ya Le
章雅乐
Highest rated debut episode in 2011.[35]
The In-Laws Wang Jia Zhen
王佳珍
Highest rated finale episode in 2011.[36]
On the Fringe 2011 Lin Sha Sha
林莎莎
Highest-rated drama online in 2011.[37]
Code of Honour Ou Ke Lu
欧可璐
First martial arts show produced by MediaCorp in 10 years.
2012 Unriddle 2 Hu Xiao Man
胡小曼
Sequel to Unriddle
Rui En's first Asian Television Award nomination & award in Best Actress in a Leading Role.[38]
Joys of Life Han Yong Yong
韩咏咏
In celebration of Mediacorp Channel 8's 30 years of Singapore Drama.
Poetic Justice Liu Yanzhi
刘言之
Rui En's first role as a reporter and news anchor.
2013 C.L.I.F. 2 Ng Tze Keat
黄芷婕
A sequel to C.L.I.F.
The Dream Makers Fang Tong Lin
方彤琳
Mediacorp Channel 8's 2013 Mid-Year Blockbuster
In celebration of 50 years of Broadcast TV in Singapore.
Sudden Cheng Chuning
程楚宁
Rui En's first law drama and her first role as a lawyer.
2014 C.L.I.F. 3 Ng Tze Keat
黄芷婕
A sequel to C.L.I.F. 2
Against The Tide Qiu Xue Qing
邱雪清
Rui En's first role as a psychologist.

Other notable TV programs[edit]

Year Title Type Channel Remarks
2003 Gotcha I Variety show Channel 5 Co-Host: Kui Jien
Chemistry Drama Channel 5 Role: Rachel
A Toast of Love Sitcom Channel 8 Role: Angela
2004 Achar! II Sitcom Channel 5 Role: Stephanie
2005 High on Life Drama Channel 5 Special Appearance
2008 Sense of Home:
Kampung Kid (Cambodia)
Telemovie Channel 5 Role: Caroline
2010 Lodge With Me: Hokkaido Travelogue Channel 8 Host

Awards/Achievements[edit]

For the Star Awards, Rui En won on 16 occasions out of 24. Currently, she also garnered 10 nominations for 5 awards. For the Singapore Entertainment Awards, she won on all 3 occasions. She also won the Actress In A Leading Role award in the Asian Television Awards and the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Nanyang Alumni Awards.

Year Organisation Award Result
2003 Singapore Hits Awards Best Local Singer Nominated
2003 Star Awards Best Drama Theme Song: The Way to be Happy (Beautiful Connection) Nominated
2004 Star Awards Most Popular Newcomer Nominated[39]
2005 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[40]
2005 8 Days Readers' Choice Favourite Feisty Girl Won
2005 The Flame Awards Incredible Shrinking Woman Nominated
2006 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[41]
2007 Nanyang Alumni Awards Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award Won[42]
2007 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[43]
2007 Urban by Straits Times Top 10 Fashion Icons Won[44]
2008 Students' Favourite Idols Actors/Actresses (International/Local)
First Runner-Up[45]
2008 Channel 8 Countdown Party Top 8 Likable Female Lead Characters: Zhang Yuhang (By My Side) Won
2009 The Flame Awards 2008 Babe of the Year Won[46]
2009 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[47]
2010 Singapore Entertainment Awards Most Popular Local TV Actress Won[48]
2010 Star Awards Favourite Female Character: Lin Jiaqi (The Dream Catchers)
Top Five[49]
2010 Star Awards Favourite Female Character: Zhang Luoyun (My School Daze)
Top Ten[49]
2010 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[50]
2010 Star Awards Favourite On-Screen Partners: Rui En + Elvin Ng (The Dream Catchers) Won[51]
2011 Singapore Entertainment Awards Most Popular Local TV Actor Won[2]
2011 Star Awards Most Favourite Female Character - Yang Xiaodong (Happy Family) Won[29]
2011 Star Awards Favourite On-screen Couple (drama): Rui En + Chen Han Wei (With You)
Top Three[30]
2011 Star Awards Best Actress: Yap See Kee (With You) Won[4]
2011 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won[4]
2011 midea Youth Choice Awards Hottest Female Personality I Wanna Date Nominated
2012 Star Awards Most Favourite Female Character - Zhang Ya Le (A Tale of 2 Cities) Won
2012 Star Awards Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Elvin Ng (Code of Honour) Won
2012 Star Awards Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Pierre Png (The In-Laws) Nominated
2012 Star Awards Best Actress: Zhang Ya Le (A Tale of 2 Cities) Nominated
2012 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won
2012 Singapore Entertainment Awards Most Popular Local TV Actor Won
2012 ELLE Awards Actress of the Year Won
2012 Asian Television Award Best Actress In A Leading Role Won
2012 The Flame Awards 2012 Babe of The Year Won
2013 Star Awards Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Elvin Ng (Unriddle 2) Won
2013 Star Awards Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Alien Huang (Joys of Life) Nominated
2013 Star Awards Most Favourite Female Character - Liu Yanzhi (Poetic Justice) Won
2013 Star Awards Best Actress: Hu Xiaoman (Unriddle 2) Won
2013 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won
2014 Star Awards Most Favourite Female Character - Fang Tonglin (The Dream Makers) Pending
2014 Star Awards Best Actress: Fang Tonglin (The Dream Makers) Pending
2014 Star Awards Favorite On-Screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Qi Yu Wu (The Dream Makers) Pending
2014 Star Awards Favorite On-Screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Romeo Tan (Sudden) Pending
2014 Star Awards Favorite On-Screen Couple (Drama) - Rui En and Li Nanxing (C.L.I.F. 2) Pending
2014 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Pending
2014 Star Awards Most Popular Regional Artiste (Malaysia) Pending
2014 Star Awards Most Popular Regional Artiste (China) Pending
2014 Star Awards Most Popular Regional Artiste (Cambodia) Pending
2014 Star Awards Most Popular Regional Artiste (Indonesia) Pending

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