Ruby Lin in Beijing, China in 2008
|Pinyin||Lín Xīnrú (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Lam4 Sam1-jyu4 (Cantonese)|
|Pe̍h-ōe-jī||Lîm Sim-jî (Hokkien)|
January 27, 1976 |
|Occupation||actress, singer, producer, artistic director|
Lin Hsin-ju (Lin Xinru, born 27 January 1976), also known as Ruby Lin, is a Taiwanese actress, television producer, artistic director and pop singer. A popular actress, she has over 60 million followers on Sina Weibo.
Lin made her acting debut in a TV commercial in Taiwan. After playing supporting roles in various TV dramas for 2 years, Lin became an Asian superstar overnight with her breakout role as Xia Ziwei in the mega-hit series My Fair Princess (1998-1999). Since then she has starred in other hit series like The Duke of Mount Deer (2000), Romance in the Rain (2001), Flying Daggers (2003), Boy & Girl (2003), and Affair of Half a Lifetime (2004). Her singing career began with the five-track Heartbeat in 1999. While focusing her career on television, she also acted in films, winning a Huading Award for Sophie's Revenge (2009).
After a period of career stagnation, in 2009 Lin left her management company Huayi Brothers to establish Ruby Lin Studio, and in 2010 enjoyed a resurgence of popularity with ancient dramas Beauty's Rival in Palace and Three Kingdoms. Lin's production debut The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011), starring herself, not only topped Chinese TV ratings but also set a record on streaming website Youku with 300 million views in 17 days. Following this success, Lin has continued to produce many dramas and television films that she also starred in. According to Apple Daily, Lin was the third highest-earning Taiwanese drama actress in 2011, and the top-earning in 2012 and 2013.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Media
- 5 Filmography (as an actress)
- 6 Filmography (as producer)
- 7 Discography
- 8 Ambassadorships
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Lin was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, the eldest of three children, having one brother a year younger and the other, six years younger. Her father was a businessman, and her mother a housewife. Her English name is from her mother's love of the jewel. After her parents' divorce, when Lin was seven years old, she lived with her mother, who took her to visit relatives in Japan every year. She graduated from Ri Xin Primary School and Zhong Dian High School. Lin originally planned on going to the United Kingdom to study after high school graduation, never considering the prospect of an acting career. However, she began her acting career at age seventeen as a part-time model. Her first TV commercial was for Jasmine Tea.
Lin's parents did not like the idea of their daughter being involved in the entertainment industry, but she decided to pursue an acting career. After appearing in many commercials, her parents finally agreed to allow her to sign a contract with an entertainment-management company. Following high school graduation, Lin joined Jessie and Jones Entertainment Ltd on her 20th birthday. Over the years, she has also helped her parents to reconcile.
Early work (1995–1996)
When Lin received her first experience in front of the camera in 1995, for a minor role, she started to develop a passion for acting. After filming her first TV commercial Lin caught the attention of TV and film directors, and many companies began seeking her for roles. After shooting some commercials, Lin received her first role in a film (School Days, with Jimmy Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro). That same year, she was also cast in supporting roles in Taiwanese TV dramas. From 1995 to 1997, Lin had roles in several Taiwanese TV series, and began to attract notice. In 1996, Lin went to China for the first time to film; she considered this a period of valuable experience and a time that she began to learn about acting.
|“||"I was in my second year of high school when I first got involved in film & TV industry. I thought there would be other opportunities for me to study abroad, but one does not bump into the opportunity to be in a film every day. So, I just went and had a try. I told myself that if my filming career didn't work out, then I could still go back to school. But things are not always as they may have appeared to be."||”|
After playing minor roles in various series and films, Lin was selected by Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao to audition for a main role in the new TV drama My Fair Princess. In 1997, Lin achieved popularity as the beloved Princess Ziwei in the series My Fair Princess, appealing to large audiences in mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. Chiung Yao had originally arranged for Lin to play the role of Sai Ya, but since the actress scheduled to play the main role was unavailable, the production team re-shuffled the female cast. After some deliberation, the company thought that Lin was most suitable as Zi Wei. When My Fair Princess was broadcast it received the highest ratings in China, and Lin rose to prominence.
|“||"After it was decided that I played the role of Zi wei, I got the script only three days before I had to leave for filming. And that was also the first time I was leaving my native place for such a long time for filming and I had to overcome the challenges of being in an unfamiliar environment. (Taiwan Cover story Interview in 2001)"||”|
After My Fair Princess, Lin starred in a number of successful television series. In 2000 she worked in Hong Kong TVB's production of The Duke of Mount Deer with Dicky Cheung, Shu Qi and other well-known artists. In this series, Lin played Princess Jian Ning – a sassy, funny girl. This role demonstrated her acting range, since it differed from the nice, sweet image she had developed from her role in My Fair Princess. After starring in another Chinese series (Romance in the Rain, written by Chiung Yao), Lin was included in the Top Ten Most Famous Asian Superstars for two consecutive years (2000 and 2001). The same year, she was selected in fourth place in "Malaysia 2001 Heavenly Kings & Queens".
As Lin felt she had achieved all she could in television, she also appeared in three Hong Kong films in 2000. In 2001, Lin appeared in the action movie China Strike Force with Aaron Kwok and Taiwanese actor-singer Leehom Wang. Although Lin had only a supporting role, she considered it a learning experience. With these Hong Kong films, she made inroads into the Hong Kong market.
Mainstream success (2002–2005)
Since 2002, Lin focused on her career in mainland China. In 2002, she starred in three series - Half Life Fate (Pinyin: Ban Sheng Yuan) (adapted from Zhang Ailing’s novel Eighteen Springs), Boy & Girl and Flying Daggers. Lin was chosen for the female lead in the TV version of Half Life Fate; the film version was directed by Ann Hui, a well-known Asian director. For Lin, it was a challenging role and she was under pressure.
|“||"From all the characters that I have played in, there's a series that gave me the biggest pressure -- "Ban Sheng Yuan"" (Interview on June 25, 2003)||”|
Lin's work yielded good results; her performance enhanced her fame, earning accolades for capturing her screen character Man Zhen’s 14 years of arduous life. The series was broadcast in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. In 2002, Lin also appeared in the romantic TV series Boy & Girl; it was broadcast throughout China by CCTV, receiving the highest rating of all series aired in 2003. With this series, Lin was selected one of the Top 10 actresses of the year; of those 10 actresses, she was the only one from Taiwan. That year she also appeared in the ancient martial arts TV series Flying Daggers (based on Gu Long's novel). Lin not only acted in a martial-arts series for the first time but also played against type – portraying a cold assassin, rather than her usual gentle damsel. These three series were released in 2003 throughout Asia, adding to Lin's success. Though Lin focused on TV series, she continued to appear in films such as the adventure drama Life Express (with Richie Ren) and the romantic comedy Love Trilogy (with Francis Ng and Anita Yuen), which was relatively successful in China.
In 2004 productions such as Amor de Tarapaca (co-starring Korean actor Han Jae Suk), she began a trend towards China-Korea collaborations. Lin was involved in another original Korean screenplay, Magic Touch of Fate, co-starring Taiwanese actor Alec Su and Korean idol KangTa. This series is the highest-budgeted miniseries in Asian television history (as of 2011). By this time, Lin had been in show business for almost a decade, with nearly non-stop filming. She wanted to go back to school; since high school, studying abroad had been her dream. In the winter of 2004, after filming Magic Touch of Fate, Lin decided to study language and acting for three months in New York City. While she was there, Lin studied English at Study Group International and performance at the New York Film Academy.
Returning home to Taiwan with a new passion for acting in February 2005, Lin starred almost back-to-back in four big-budget Chinese series: Paris Sonata, Sound of Colors, Star Boulevard and Da Li Princess. For her role in Paris Sonata, she learned to play piano two months before filming. After Paris Sonata she selected the TV drama Sound of Colors (a remake of Jimmy Liao's book) as her next work, portraying a blind radio DJ. Lin's performance as a blind girl received good reviews from audiences and the news media. This drama has been broadcast in many countries, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and the United States. Star Boulevard and Da Li Princess were expected to be released in 2008 by CCTV.
A new beginning (2006–2009)
Lin's first 2006 television series was Ancestral Temple. In this series, she further expanded her acting range. After three months of filming in Huang Shan, China, the series was completed at the end of October 2006. Its broadcast by CCTV-1 was planned for 2008. On June 6, 2006, Lin won the Honorable Award as Taiwan's Most Popular Actress at the Chinese TV Drama Award ceremony in Beijing; she has also been regularly featured in polls as one of the Top 10 contemporary Chinese actors.
At the end of 2006, Lin bid farewell to her management company Zhong Jie, after a 10-year relationship, and on November 30, 2006 ceremoniously signed with Huayi Brothers Film and Television group (Simplified Chinese: 華誼兄弟影視集團) for a reported $10 million. Hua Yi Bros. is (as of 2011) the largest management and domestic movie-making company in China. After signing with the new company, she went to Los Angeles and San Francisco with her family for a vacation, returning to China in mid-January 2007. Following rumors that she would appear in a new Jackie Chan film, in September 2007 she guest-starred in CCTV's historical drama Su DongPo. In this series she played the first wife of Su Dongpo (writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty, one of the major poets of the time), played by Lu Yi. This is their third collaboration. Also at this time, Lin said she wanted to become more involved in film.
After making the digital film Evening of Roses, Lin took on more challenging roles. In late 2007, she co-starred as Daji with Ray Lui in The Legend and the Hero 2 (also known as Fengshen Bang – 封神榜), one of the major vernacular Chinese novels written during the Ming Dynasty. After speculation over who would receive the leading role of Daji (who was known for her beauty and cruelty which ruined a dynasty), the role was offered to Lin. When Lin committed to play Daji, she could not escape comparison with Fan Bingbing, who played the same role in the first part of the series. Lin's performance received generally positive comments from media. NetandTV commented, "In comparison to the previous version, the bright spot in this new version's Daji gets a new makeover. Ruby Lin's look gave Daji a brand-new definition". Lin has often said "comparing with other people is meaningless, I just wants [sic] a breakthrough from past looks, to surpass myself."
In 2008, after developing her career in China, Lin returned to Taiwan for the series Love at Sun Moon Lake. Lin plays an aboriginal woman; this was the first TV series to obtain permission for mainland Chinese actors to film in Taiwan. It was also announced that Lin had been cast as Sun Shangxiang in the new Romance of the Three Kingdoms TV adaptation directed by Gao Xixi.
In early 2009, she was cast in the main role in Fallen City. In this film, Lin plays a rebellious woman during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In July 2009, Lin starred as Empress Dou in the Chinese big-budget historical fiction television drama Beauty's Rival in Palace. For her role in the series, Lin received a salary of 150,000 renminbi per episode. When the series premièred on a Shanghai TV station in March 2010 with the highest rating of the year, Lin got positive reviews from audiences and critics. It was reported that Beauty's Rival in Palace sold well in the Korean and Japanese markets, due to Ruby Lin's unwavering popularity in Asia. Beauty's Rival in Palace is another milestone in Lin's career.
In 2010 Lin got more film roles. In May, her first stage play, Sweet Sweet Love, began a Chinese tour. The play is based on the 1996 Hong Kong romantic film Comrades: Almost a Love Story, which starred Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai. During its three-month run, it was performed in four cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Due to popular demand, a fifth city (Nanchang) was added.
In January 2010, Lin was cast as a psychiatrist in the romantic film You Deserve To Be Single with Mike He and David Wu. For her performance, Lin was nominated for the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival Press Prize as best actress. She also won the 2010 Vietnam DAN Movie Award as Favorite Taiwanese Actress. After that, Lin Zhao starred in Zhang Yang's film Driverless as a self-motivated businesswomen. Director Zhang Yang commented "Ruby has a rare ability, all her emotions seem genuine". She received critics praise for her performance by audiences and media - "Without a doubt, Ruby Lin's wonderful range of emotions really steals the show. She delicately unveils the depths of a struggling during hard time of her life, both strong and brave yet desire to be protected."
After the success of Beauty's Rival in Palace, Lin was cast in a starring role for well-known Chinese TV series director Gao Xixi. This series (Monopoly Exposure) was written by Hai Yan (海岩), many of whose books have been successfully adapted for TV dramas. It was scheduled to be broadcast in mid-2011.
2010 was a successful year for Lin. She won the Most Popular Actress award (voted online by residents of Asian countries) at the fifth annual Seoul International Drama Awards. According to Yahoo Korea, Lin was voted best actress with 17,358 votes followed by Fan Bingbing, Li Kun Wang and Yao Chen. Also in late 2010, Lin won the Favorite Actress of the Year award for her performance in Beauty's Rival in Palace at the annual TV Drama Awards Made in China and the QQ Annual Entertainment Star award. For her achievements in films and television series, Korean media dubbed her Taiwan's number-one actress and goddess of ancient Chinese series.
January 2011, Lin started her first project The Glamorous Imperial Concubine as producer. This series achieved excellent ratings and Lin won "Best producer of the year" award 2 times. And she also nominated as best TV actress at 2012 China Hua Ding Awards. After produced her first TV series, Lin back to film industry again. Lin played a 2 kid's mom in film Blood Stained Shoes, directed by Raymond Yip. The film's box office ranked 2nd place on "Top 10 box-office ranking in Chinese horror film chart". Media said, Lin's image far removed from that which she has previously portrayed in other works.
October 2011, Lin starts to producing her 2nd project Drama Go! Go! Go!(AKA my sister is like a flower) with Jiro Wang and Lin Gengxin. This Taiwanese romantic series released on November 2012. Lin's performance was well received by audiences and audience named Older Woman Marching Forward is one of the most anticipated TV series of 2012.
After finished filming her 2nd projest, she choose new ancient TV drama called The Patriot Yue Fei. The Patriot Yue Fei, a 60-episode historical drama about the downfall of General Yue Fei in the Song Dynasty, Lin portrayed the wife of General Yue Fei, played by Huang Xiao Ming. This is her first pairing off with Huang Xiao Ming and second cooperation with Stanley Tong.
27 April 2012, Lin announced her 3rd project Television film Forgotten as producer and main actress. She played a married couple in the show with Christopher Lee. In Forgotten, their marriage started to fall apart due to a lack of communication and personality differences, and an unexpected accident changes their life entirely. It scheduled to be first released in Taiwan on 26 May 2012. In Forgotten, critics and audiences praised Lin's performance is breakthrough. Xinhua News(Xinhua News Agency) states "Ruby Lin is recognized as one of the best promising producer. Also as actress, she is in a different class from others." In addition, Youku Tudou Inc, the largest video-sharing website in China bought copyright of TV series and films that produced by Lin. Lin officially announced the news during The 18th Shanghai Television Festival.
According to the media, Lin appearing as a bridesmaid at her good friend, Annie Wu’s wedding in Okinawa, Japan June 9. After short break in Japan and Korea, Lin back to China for work. 8 August 2012, Lin honored as Best Producer at 2012 Asian Idol awards. On December 2012, Lin selected as one of the China's Top highest-paid celebrities of the year. She ranked as 5th, although seldom films movies or endorsement commercials, she managed to earn over 90 million RMB this year through her studio alone.
In 2013, Lin almost disappeared from media. According to her manager, Lin spent a lot of time this year doing pre-production work for latest drama Singing All Along. Despite of filmed only one drama and one movie in 2012, she came in second on the Taiwan’s top-earning drama actors list, with a yearly income of 278 million NTD.
After won Most Favorite Actress at The 8th Beijing Film Festival for Youth Welfare, Lin announced she has non-stop schedule ahead. Following ancient series Singing All Along that adaptation of time travel romance novel Xiuli Jiangshan by writer Li Xin, Lin starred more than 2 productions in the first half of 2014.
In April 2014, Lin won the outstading actress award at 1st China Television Star Awards by CTAC (China Television Artists Committee Actors Committee).
In May 2014, as producer and main actress, Lin comeback to Taiwan with Television film Mother Mother by playing a role of an aggressive mother. Lin, who is also busy playing producer in mainland China, stated that she will continue to film one Taiwanese series per year.
In July 2014, Lin released romance TV series The way we were. This drama marks Lin's return to Taiwan television after a 10-year absence. As main actress and producer, Lin received favorable comments from both critics and audiences. The way we were not only received high viewer ratings, but also seleted as one of the most popular Taiwanese drama of 2014 by many of media review. Besides, within a day of release, it reached over 24 million views on the mainland Chinese video sharing site, iQiyi. Since its debut on July 19, the drama has stayed within the top two on iQIYI’s most popular dramas list.
Ruby Lin Studio
In 2009, Lin establishing her own production company Ruby Lin Studio(Chinese: 林心如工作室). Taiwan media reports that the company will deal with all aspects of the actress's career, including acting, singing and film roles. Till 2013, 2 artists - Jennifer Hong & Mao Zi Jun - are under Ruby Lin Studio. As a producer, she can have a lot more control over the entire TV project - overseeing the scripting process, hiring and casting. Lin stated, "I just kept getting offered the same type of role. Being an actress, you cannot really do much. Actresses can only wait for the roles to come."" "Now I can choose everything myself, whether it's the roles or the director that I want to work with or the cast that I want to feature. I feel much more in control over what I get to do."
Lin's production debut turned out to be a hit with viewers, winning several awards including "TV series of The year" from Shanghai's Dragon TV Awards, as well as "Best Producer" and "Best Actress" awards for Lin at the 2011 Youku Awards. Despite the accolades from sitting in the producer's chair, she insists that acting will still be her "top priority".
"I will be producing more and more but I still love acting so much, so that will still be my main focus. There is something wonderful about getting yourself in the head of the characters that you play and being able to perform for viewers. It's just that now I also get to create characters that I really want to play."
Rumors and paparazzi
Like other stars, Lin's private life is frequently in the public eye. Although she never expressed a strong dislike of the paparazzi, Lin has openly expressed her discomfort and frustration about rumors and the paparazzi during interviews. When asked about paparazzi she answered, "I'm already frequently exposed under the sun; this is my work, but what I cannot accept is they do things under the claim of reporting the truth, desperately digging for things that they perceive as inside information, they completely ignore other people's feelings, whether or not they've already destroyed a harmonious and happy family."
In her blog, she expresses her moods and clarifies incorrect information. Lin explained, "Before, I thought there's no need to respond to baseless remarks, However sometimes 'avoidance' isn't the best way to solve problems. Therefore I made the resolution to start writing in my blog, to write down my feelings. I can objectively express my views through my blog". In 2007, Lin was said to be competing for the role of the White Demon with Li Bingbing and Fann Wong. On her blog, she dispelled the rumors by stating she would not be acting in Forbidden Kingdom: "Finally dust has settled ~ I've left the eye of the storm"
In 2007, according to news reports, Lin was harassed by an unknown telephone caller for six months, on her three cell phones and her home phone. This was reportedly the result of stars' phone numbers being publicized. According to her manager, "Generally the harassing phone calls start at 9:00 pm, calling every half hour, it goes on until 2:00 am, this went on daily. Moreover the person takes turns calling her three handsets. He never says a word. If Ruby answers the phone, the other end would remain quiet and listens to Ruby talk. Every day at a fixed time, from 9 o'clock to 2 o'clock in the morning, calling more than 10 times a day". The offending caller was untraceable due to his Skype number, and Lin had to change all her phone numbers.
When reporters confronted Ruby Lin when she filming in Beijing she said,
|“||"I originally didn't want to change numbers, because a lot of friends have my number. There was no other way, I had change the numbers In regards to the overly excited fans, I want to appeals to everybody that they must be rational when star chasing.||”|
Although Lin has attempted to keep her relationships private, the media has made many speculations about her personal life, such as scandals with her co-workers and friends. After the start of her acting career, she dated Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin from the filming of School Days in 1995 until 1997, when she filmed My Fair Princess. In 2006, they appeared publicly together on "Kang Yong's family" (Chinese: 康永當家; pinyin: Kang Yong Dang Jia) (a Taiwanese show), asserting that distance was the reason for the breakup. It was the first time the two appeared on the same stage after their separation. On the show, they talked about their former relationship. Jimmy Lin stated that it was because both were constantly shooting in China that their relationship succumbed to the problems of distance, and they remain good friends; however, they dismissed the possibility of getting back together. According to Ruby Lin, "We didn't have a significant quarrel or dispute, therefore after the breakup we can still be friends"
Since the airing of the TV series Romance in the Rain, there has been media speculation about Lin and her co-star Alec Su, although they insisted they were just close friends. In 2006, when she joined Alec's management team and signed with Alec to HuaYi Media company, their rumored relationship surfaced again. As of 2011, Lin claims to be single, saying, "I am presently very satisfied with my life and very satisfied with everything that I have right now. The word marriage is still too far away".
According to Lin,
|“||"In this business sometimes it's really hard, even for yourself, to determine which kind of relationship is true love. (Miss Fashion magazine August 2004)||”|
Besides her friends from inside the entertainment world, Lin still keeps in touch with many of her old friends. According to Lin, "Friends play a very important role in my life. Fate is indeed a very marvelous thing. We had also known each other for 18 years. Transforming from naive little seeding to charming women, going through numerous difficulties/obstacles in the process. So as to have the unshakeable friendship today" (From Ruby Lin's personal blog)
When Lin released her new album at the end of 2008 it was remarked that many of her songs are about lost love and there was speculation about her breakup with rumored boyfriend, HK director Stanley Tong. Lin denied the rumors, saying that her new album does not allude to any person in particular. In a December 2008 interview, she mentioned her interest in a relationship.
Lin is very involved with charity activities for various causes. Since 2005 Lin has been spokesperson for fashion company Xuezhu, and she established a fund to help poor people living in small cities in China. In addition, she participated in the Jackie Chan and Friends concert in 2005. and reportedly adopted a Vietnamese boy through World Vision Taiwan. In 2007 Lin was chosen one of the Anti-Depression Ambassadors of China for its campaign, including a concert. For her work, Lin received the Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award at the China Fashion Awards (CFA) in 2007. In January 2008, Lin funded a school for rural children, presenting a ¥200,000 (US$27,627) check to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to build an elementary school. The Red Cross Society of China gave Lin a commemorative plague in return, inviting her to be philanthropic ambassador for its elementary-school building project (which helps Chinese children in rural areas obtain an education). In October 2008 Lin become ambassador for the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Yum! Brands Inc. China Division and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)'s "Donate $1, Offer Compassion, Deliver Nutrition” joint campaign. This campaign provides daily nutrition to children for at least one year. As ambassador Lin appeared at a KFC restaurant in Beijing to interact with patrons, summon more people to participate in the fundraiser and care about children's health and development.
In March 2011, For Lin's contribution to charity work, China Charity Billboard Award awarded her "Charity star of the year" award. On 12 February 2012, Lin was appointed as a spokesperson and ambassador for the Maria Society Welfare Foundation. In order to raise money for the children, she promote the campaign at her official microblog at Sina Weibo, where she owns one of the most popular accounts.
After rising to prominence, Ruby Lin became actively involved in commercial work. In 2001, she was selected as Taiwan's most popular advertisement star. At that time, she was spokesperson for Coca Cola and Esprit. After she was selected as spokesperson for brands such as Mentholatum and Pantene, Lin was ranked second on the China Top Ten Most Popular Commercial Model list in 2005. Lin has been praised by the media for her sense of style; in 2006, MTV China selected her as most stylish actress of the year. That same year, Lin also received the Most Stylish Actress in China award at the QQ 2006 China Entertainment Star Awards.
In 2009, Estee Lauder chose her as "My Cover Girl in 2009" for their Chinese and Taiwan markets for ¥1 million, according to media reports. In 2010, based on the popularity of her new series and film, Lin was spokesperson for more than 20 brands (including Japanese and Korean brands). Media named her as "commercial queen".  Lin also won the Most Charming Actress of the Year award at the 2010 China Fashion Weekly Awards.
In Asia as elsewhere, endorsement contracts for well-known brands are evidence of stardom. Ruby Lin has been a spokesperson for such brands as Mentholatum (2000–2003), Coca Cola (2000), Christian Dior watches (2006–2007), ESPRIT (2001), Liuhengsei casual wear (since 2001), VOV Cosmetics (since 2006), China Mobile (since 2007), Pantene (2003–2006), Sofie Pantiliners (2002–2005), D&D jewelry (2001–2005), Japanese company Glico and Oriks(since 2011). Lin also served as ACAP Wild Aid's Rhino Ambassador for 2004–2005 and Winnie the Pooh Friendship Ambassador in 2001. Lin's endorsements provided the majority of her income in 2007. In December 2009, Ruby Lin was chosen Best Artist for Advertisements at the annual China International Commercial and Art Awards.
Filmography (as an actress)
|1995||Taiwan Heavy Case Records||Xiao Jun|
|1996||Story Of Dragon Dynasty||Mo Yu|
|The Root||Lai Xuezi|
|Taiwan Mysterious Affairs||Hu Xinbei|
|Angel's Dust||Yang Qingxin|
|Asian Flower Bud||Tang Yaxuan|
|Zhen Ai Yi Shi Qing||Peipei|
|1997||An emergency Mission||Su Huiru|
|New Justice Bao: Plum Flower Thief||Feifeng Princess|
|Last Tango in Shanghai||Yi Fenglu|
|1998||My Fair Princess||Xia Ziwei|
|Magic Chef||Hong Niang|
|1999||Food Glorious Food||Sansan|
|My Fair Princess II||Xia Ziwei||also theme song singer|
|2000||The Legend of Master Soh||Hong Qilian|
|2001||The Duke of Mount Deer||Princess Jianning||Hong Kong TVB series|
|Romance in the Rain||Lu Ruping|
|Wulung Prince||Wang Wengxu||Taiwan Wuxia series, guest star|
|Taiji Prodigy||Bing Xin||Taiwan version, guest star|
|2002||The New Adventures of Chor Lau-heung||Sikong Xing'er|
|Only You||Si Jiayi|
|2003||Half Life Fate||Gu Manzhen||Based on novel|
|Boy & Girl||Su La||China CCTV series|
|Flying Daggers||Xue Caiyue|
|2004||Amor de Tarapaca||Li Yiqiao|
|2005||Magic Touch of Fate||Lin Xiaomei||China & Korea Joint|
|2006||Paris Sonata||Yu Manzhi||also theme song singer|
|Sound of Colors||Fu Jingjing||Based on illustration|
|Star Boulevard||Mi Lu||China 1st musical drama, also theme song singer|
|2007||Ancestral Temple||Zheng Xiuyun||China CCTV series, also theme song singer|
|2009||The Legend and the Hero 2||Daji|
|Love in Sun Moon Lake||An'an|
|Da Li Princess||Duan Aiyue||China CCTV series|
|Zhi Xian Ye Guang Ming||Liu Xiaoqian||Another title : XianZhang Lao Ye, Guest star|
|Su Dongpo||Wang Fu||China CCTV series, Guest Star|
|2010||Three Kingdoms||Sun Shangxiang|
|Beauty's Rival in Palace||Empress Dou Yifang||also theme song singer|
|2011||The Glamorous Imperial Concubine||Ma Fufa, Pan Yu , Mei Fei||also producer and theme song singer|
|New My Fair Princess||Xia Yuhe||Remake of My Fair Princess, guest star|
|2012||Drama Go! Go! Go!||Wang Ming Ming||also producer|
|Bloody Sky||Chen Xiangmei||Based on same title Novel, guest star|
|2013||The Patriot Yue Fei||Li Xiao'e|
|Flowers in Fog||Xue Hua||Guest star|
|2014||Young Sherlock||Wu Zetian||also artistic director|
|The Way We Were||Tang Jia-Ni||also producer|
|Monopoly Exposure||Bang Dan|
|TBA||Singing All Along||Empress Yin Lihua||Post-production, also producer|
|2012||Forgotten (Yi Wang - 遗忘)||Wei An||also producer|
|2014||Mother Mother (Wo De Ma Ma - 我的妈妈)||Xia Yu Rou||also producer|
|1995||School Days (Xiaoyuan Gansidui - 校園敢死隊)||Princess||Debut film|
|1999||My Wishes (Xinyuan - 心願)||Mao Mei|
|Bad Girl Trilogy (惡女列傳之板凳皇后)||Yige Mingxing|
|A Matter of Time (Xin Du Guo Chou Cheng - 新堵國仇城)||Mei Jiahui|
|The Mirror (Mo Jing - 魔鏡)||Judy||three-story omnibus film|
|2000||Winner Takes All (Da Yingjia - 大贏家)||Wen Jing|
|China Strike Force (Leiting Zhan Jing - 雷霆戰警)||Ruby|
|2001||Comic King (Manhua Fengyun - 漫畫風雲)||Chu Qi|
|Dragon's Love (Long Er - 龍兒)||Long'er|
|2002||Never Been To Me (Shuang Mian Qing Ren - 双面情人)||Xiao Jing|
|2004||Life Express (Shengsi Sudi - 生死速遞)||Sun Xinxin|
|Love Trilogy (Wo Ai Tianshang Renjian - 我愛天上人間)||Lui Hai||Aka 30 Fen Zhong Lian Yao|
|DragonBlade (Long Dao Qi Yuen - 龍刀奇緣)||Ba Liba||Dubbing actress|
|2005||Kill Two Birds with One Stone (Yishi'erniao - 一石二鳥)||Zhang Xinxin|
|2009||Sophie's Revenge (Feichang Wanmei - 非常完美)||Lucy|
|2009||Evening of Roses (Ye Meigui - 夜玫瑰)||Xia Meigui||Digital Film|
|2010||You Deserve to Be Single (Huogai Ni Danshen - 活該你單身)||Fei'er||also theme song singer|
|Driverless (Wu Ren Jiashi - 無人駕駛)||Wang Dan|
|2012||Blood Stained Shoes (Xiu Hua Xie - 绣花鞋)||Su Er|
|2013||My Lucky Star (Fei Chang Xing yun - 非常幸运)||Lucy|
|The House (Lou - 楼)||Xia Li Dong|
|Fallen City (Qing Cheng - 倾城)||Qin Xiaoxiong|
|2014||Sweet Alibis (Tian Mi Sha Ji - 甜密殺機)||Guest appearance|
|The House That Never Dies (Jing Cheng 81 Hao - 京城81號)||Xu Ru Qing|
|2015||The Wonderful Wedding (Da Xi Lin Men - 大囍臨門)||Li Shu Fen|
|(Mo Dou 18 Hao - 魔都18号)||Post-production|
|2010||Sweet Sweet Love (Tian Mi Mi-甜蜜蜜)||May 7–9||Shanghai (debut)|
|May 13–15||Hangzhou, Grand Theater|
|May 19–23||Beijing, Poly Theater|
|June 4–5||Shenzhen, Grand Theater|
|July 17–18||Nanchang, JiangXi Art Theater|
Books (Photo albums and diary)
|1999||Spring Emotion / 春情||August 1999||photo album|
|Sharing / 心如心語||December 1999|
|2000||Love in Great Britain / 英倫情人||October 2000|
|2005||My Private New York / 私藏心如||April 2005||Travel diary|
Filmography (as producer)
In 2009, Ruby Lin sought to have greater control over her career by forming her own production, "Ruby Studio". For its debut production she bought the rights to the popular novel Qing Shi Huang Fei (倾世皇妃) - The Glamorous Imperial Concubine , a story about the power struggles during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. It was reported that Lin attracted a great deal of investment in the production and assembled a team of male stars. All casts are invited by herself. She also invited director Gao Xixi as an investor of the series. He make consultant for the fighting sequences and battles befitting to the brutal warring period.
Filming began January 15, 2011 in Hengdian World Studios, China. The series started airing on 30th, October 2011 on Hunan TV's golden time.(China's second biggest television network). According to the China audience rating survey CSM27, it record the highest viewing rate from the first episode. According to the Shanghaidaily news, one week after screening domestically, it made back all of its 100 million yuan investment.
On December 2011, As a result of high rating & positive receptions, Lin won "Best producer" for her producing at 2011 Youku drama awards. Also She was crowned Best Actress and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine selected as top 10 TV series of the year. Following her performance in The Glamorous Imperial Concubine, Lin extend her production business to romantic TV series and micro films in China and Taiwan. June 2012, Lin hold a press conference at Shanghai TV Festival for her upcoming projects.
Since Ruby Lin studio establishment in 2010, Lin produced 4 TV series and films included got 3 nominations for Taiwan Golden Bell Awards TV film Forgotten. Chinese media considered Lin served as a shining example for star-turned-producer. In August 2013, Lin has launched new production Singing All Along has picked herself a main cast.
|2011||The Glamorous Imperial Concubine||September 2012||TV series||Producer & Main Actress|
|2012||Drama Go! Go! Go!||November 2012||TV series||Producer & Main Actress|
|2012||Forgotten||May 2012||Television Film||Producer & Main Actress|
|2013||Painted Skin: The Resurrection||April 2013||TV series||artistic director|
|2014||Young Sherlock||June 2014||TV series||artistic director & Supporting Actress|
|2014||Singing All Along||TV series||Producer & Main Actress|
|2014||Mother Mother||May 2014||Television Film||Producer & Main Actress|
|2014||The Way We Were||July 2014||TV series||Producer & Main Actress|
- 1999: Heartbeat (心跳)
- 2001: Double Faced Ruby Lin (雙面林心如)
- 2001: Pala Pala (趴啦趴啦)
- 2004: Half a Lifetime's New and Best Songs (半生缘新歌和精选)
- 2004: Possessiing Ruby Lin (拥有林心如)
- 2008: New Rubyology (新如主义)
- 1999: My Fair Princess Original Soundtrack (还珠格格音乐全记录)
- 2004: Amor de Tarapaca Original Soundtrack (紫藤戀電視劇原)
- 2014 Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
- 2012 Ambassador for the Maria Society Welfare Foundation in Taiwan
- 2011 Trend Health - Find most beautiful& healthy body of china
- 2010 Raily Good and Healthy Life campaign
- 2010 Sohu "EasyGo China" charity campaign
- 2008 China Music Radio Kappa Project
- 2009 World Food Programme(WFP)'s "Donate $1, Offer Compassion, Deliver Nutrition”
- 2009 Ambassador of Tourism in Seoul, Korea
- 2008 China Red Cross elementary-school building project
- 2008 China Music Radio Kappa Project
- 2007 Beijing Olympics public-service promotional campaign
- 2005 Promoter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project
- 2004 Chinese Culture Festival in Seoul, Korea
- 2001 Promoter of Hong Kong Community Chest Walkathon
- 1999 Ambassador of Hong Kong Anti-Drug and -Crime Campaign
- "Actress Ruby Lin become producer soon" (in Chinese). ent.qq.com. 2010-07-28.
- 《倾世皇妃》网络播放创纪录 林心如"睡不着了" [The Glamorous Imperial Concubine sets record on online views; Ruby Lin "could not sleep"] (in Chinese). Beijing Star Daily. 2011-10-21.
- 楊丞琳加冕2011戲劇搶錢女王 兩岸分擊海削1.8億 [Rainie Yang crowned the queen of making money in 2011 dramas; earning 180 million in both sides of the strait] (in Chinese). Apple Daily (Taiwan). 2011-11-04.
- 吳奇隆制霸戲界強壓蘇有朋 2.7億連莊劫鈔王 [Nicky Wu dominating the drama scene with 270 million; topping Alec Su to win the income race again] (in Chinese). Apple Daily (Taiwan). 2012-11-06.
- 吳奇隆中國取金贏林心如 5億年薪3連霸 [Nicky Wu beats Ruby Lin in earning money from China with 500 million; topping list 3 years in a row] (in Chinese). Apple Daily (Taiwan). 2013-11-06.
- "心如三十 Ruby, Thirty" (in Chinese). longhoo.net. 2006-11-10.
- "Ruby Lin Xin Ru - the actress with personality ways". 2003-05-04.
- "April 2001, Taiwan TV program "Cover story" 封面人物-林心如" (Interview clip) (in Chinese). sunshineruby forum. 2003-12-08.
- "Ruby Lin Profile 林心如 档案简介" (in Chinese). mdbchina.com. 2007-10-17.
- "Ruby Lin: A Delicate Damsel 林心如：楚楚动人的小玉女". People's Daily (in Chinese). 2004-11-24.
- "Ruby Lin want to most is to become scamp girl 林心如最想演女阿飞" (News article) (in Chinese). ent.163.com. 2001-02-06.
- "Ruby Lin : The painful years away days 林心如:曾经辛酸的岁月" (News article) (in Chinese). jmrb.com. 2004-02-05.
- "The manager publishes book disclosed "makes the star" inside story 经纪人出书披露"造星"内幕" (News article) (in Chinese). ycwb.com. 2005-04-20.
- FTV TV program Interview in Taiwan, 2003
- "Ruby Lin Biography". lovehkfilm.com. 2003-12-08.
- "Awards and results" (in Chinese). fans001.com. 2007-03-07.
- "Malaysia's 2001 Heavenly Kings & Queens". octopus.com. 2001-04-23.
- "Lin winning over Korea". Korea herals. 2004-04-06.
- ""Boy & Girl" Got New High Ratings JS Film". hello2ruby. 2003-09-30.
- "Embassy CES New York welcomes Ruby Lin and Kyeong Rim Park". studygroup.com. 2005-03-29.
- "Ruby Lin at Embassy CES New York". studygroup.com. 2005-03-29.
- "Ruby Lin stars in "Sound of Colors"". english.sina.com. 2005-03-29.
- "Lights! Camera! Action! For Mainland's 1st TV Musical". Xinhua News Agency. 2005-11-10.
- "Sound of colors 2006". spcnet review,. 2007-03-06.
- 《熱線你我他》地下鐵 反映商業社會現象 (web review) (in Chinese). spcnet. 2006-05-30.
- "大祠堂：區別於其他宅院戲的"宅院戲" Ancestral Temple: Distinguishes itself from other manor dramas" (news article) (in Chinese). sina.com.cn. 2006-08-25.
- "Result of The Chinese TV Drama Award 第二届电视剧风云盛典最受欢迎男女演员" (in Chinese). tv2.ewang.com. 2006-11-22.
- "林心如三部央視大戲接連出鏡 名旦地位名副其實 Ruby Lin will have 3 major CCTV dramas airing, is worthy of top actress status" (in Chinese). sina.com.cn. 2006-12-19.
- "蘇有朋林心如簽約金鎖不迎駕 Alec su and Ruby Lin signing contract, Jinshuo did not welcome them" (in Chinese). qq.com. 2006-11-30.
- "China's Hua Yi Bros. Thinking big". hollywoodreporter.com. 2005-05-24.
- "Hollywood Updates Monkey King Classic". cri.cn. 2007-03-03.
- "與陸毅第三度合作 林心如稱背文言台詞太辛苦 Third time cooperating with Lu Yi, Ruby Lin says memorizing literary style dialogue is tiring" (in Chinese). dlwb.com.cn. 2007-09-12.
- "After signing with HY brothers, Ruby Lin will vacation in America first 林心如簽約內地后 先到美國度假休整" (News article) (in Chinese). ynet.com. 2006-12-31.
- "Ruby Lin bids Qiongyao's company farewell 林心如 揮別瓊瑤老東家" (News article). United Daily News (in Chinese). Taiwan (ROC). 2006-11-08.
- "《封神榜》呂良偉扮昏君 林心如演繹新版妲己 Ruby Lin Plays A New Version of Daji" (in Chinese). Netandtv.com news. 2007-12-07.
- "林心如演妲己，苦練狐媚眼神 Ruby Lin Plays Daji, No to lust, working hard on being seductive". United Daily News (in Chinese). Taiwan (ROC) NEWS. 2007-12-18.
- "《爱在日月潭》将台湾取景拍摄 "Love in Sun Moon Lake" approved to filming in Taiwan" (in Chinese). www.hdzxw.com. 2008-07-05.
- "New "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" TV Series Unveiled in STVF". Shanghai TV Festival official site. 2008-06-10.
- 林心如成立工作室转当制作人 自制自演时装片 (in Chinese). Sina entertainment news. 2010-05-20.
- 日韩片商认人不认剧 剧集买家手持演员黑名单 (in Chinese). Hangzhou Daily. 2009-08-27.
- 高希希打造首部全明星版话剧《甜蜜蜜》 (News article) (in Chinese). News China. 2010-04-12.
- 林心如贺军翔有望双双获奖 (News article) (in Chinese). News China. 2010-06-10.
- 《无人驾驶》上映在即 林心如展潜能演技受热评 (in Chinese). cnr.cn. 2010-07-01.
- "Ruby Lin: Gorgeous and Beautiful in Red Strapless Dress". 2010-08-27.
- "Thr 4th Seoul International Drama awards". 2010-08-30.
- 安徽卫视2010国剧盛典获奖名单 (in Chinese). Sina.com. 2010-12-31.
- "Who is Ruby Lin?" (in Kanuri). newsen.com. 2010-08-21.
- 《绣花鞋》成票房黑马 林心如颠覆出演大受好评 (in Chinese). Xinhua News. 2012-04-09.
- "Chilling Ruby Lin in "Blood Stained Shoes"". Chinese Films. 2012-01-07.
- 《姐姐立正向前走》林心如汪东城林更新张伦硕聚首 (in Chinese). Sohu.com. 2012-06-12.
- 林心如获"年度最具影响力电视女演员"大奖 (in Chinese). 2012-03-29.
- 2012华鼎奖演艺名人三强提名名单 (in Chinese). Sina.com. 2012-07-04.
- "Ruby Lin Denies Reconciling With Stanley Tong On Set of "The Patriot Yue Fei"". QQ.com. 2012-03-27.
- "Chris Lee films Taiwanese drama with Ruby Lin". Msn.com. 2012-04-27.
- 《遗忘》引热潮 林心如双面性格展精湛演技 (in Chinese). Xinhua News. 2012-06-27.
- 林心如2012新作双连发 (in Chinese). Ifeng.com. 2012-06-13.
- "Annie Wu overseas married Alec Su, Ruby Lin either the groomsman maid of honor". unclegossip.com. 2012-06-10.
- 《亚洲偶像盛典》陶昕然现场玩穿越 (in Chinese). Sohu.com. 2012-08-09.
- 黄晓明从商吸金3.9亿 成为年度最赚钱明星 (in Chinese). QQ.com. 2012-12-23.
- 吴奇隆连续3年登顶台湾艺人年收榜 今年预估赚5亿 (in Chinese). southcn.com. 2013-11-06.
- 第九届北京青少年公益电影节闭幕 (in Chinese). sina.com. 2013-08-13.
- 首届电视演员形象榜揭晓 (in Chinese). xinhuanet.com. 2014-04-21.
- "Ruby Lin sheds innocent image through "Mother, Mother"". Singapore Yahoo. 2014-06-05.
- "《16個夏天》老歌串場！許瑋甯唱「不敗的戀人」好懷舊". ettoday. 2014-08-12.
- "Siwon to tie the knot in Chinese “We Got Married”". Koreaboo. 2015-04-03.
- "Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin tries her hand at producing". straitstimes.com. 2013-05-27.
- 林心如获"最佳制作人""最佳女主角"两项大奖. 163.com December 16, 2012.
- "林心如——率性享受自我 Ruby Lin-Fully Enjoy Yourself" (in Chinese). 21cn.com/Trend health magazine. 2007-05-18.
- "林心如：機頂盒看高清很過瘾 Ruby Lin ; Getting a clear picture with a set-Top box" (in Chinese). ccidnet.com. 2006-08-16.
- "I show up again 我又出現啦" (in Chinese). Ruby Lin's personal blog. 2007-04-08.
- "继电话号码后 123位明星QQ网上曝光" (news article) (in Chinese). southcn.com. 2007-08-22.
- "林心如胸悶 三部電話遭連環CALL Ruby Lin panting over harassing phone calls, three phones take turns ringing" (news article) (in Chinese). Shanghai Morning Post,. 2007-10-18.
- "怪電話call半年 林心如快崩潰 Half a year of strange phone calls Ruby Lin about to collapses" (news article) (in Chinese). Liberty Times. 2007-10-17.
- "Ruby Lin, Jimmy Lin's former relationship made public, said reason for breakup" (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2006-04-05.
- "'Distance' Was Reason for Breakup" (in Chinese). ettoday.com. 2006-04-05.
- "Jimmy Lin, Ruby Lin hard to pick up where they left off" (in Chinese). chinatimes. 2006-04-05.
- "我還沒"婚"頭啦~ I Don't Have "Marriage" In My Head" (in Chinese). Ruby Lin personal blog. 2007-12-04.
- "Me and my friends" (in Chinese). Ruby Lin personal blog. 2006-06-03.
- "Ruby Lin Wants A Profound, Handsome Boyfriend". CRIENGLISH.com. 2008-12-22.
- "Ruby Lin offers compassion to workers with hardships" (in Chinese). dezhoudaily. 2007-11-04.
- "Ruby, Jackie Chan to hold charity concert in Shanghai". chinadaily. 2005-08-09.
- "Ruby Lin, Alec Su Elected As Anti-depression Ambassadors Causing Traffic Jam" (in Chinese). ce.cn. 2007-05-16.
- "Audi joins hands with China Fashion Awards, taking humanitarian causes to the end" (in Chinese). Info.auto.hc. 2007-12-10.
- "Actress Funds School for Rural Children". english.cri.cn. 2008-01-23.
- "Ruby Lin become ambassador of Chinese Red Cross" (in Chinese). sina.com. 2008-01-23.
- ""Donate $1" Campaign to Deliver Nutrition to Students of Disaster Area Students Starts Now" (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. 2008-10-09.
- 中国明星慈善排行榜揭晓 赵薇林心如同获该称号, Yahoo.com.cn, 27 April 2011
- "中華形象代言人排行榜 List of top 10 Most Popular Commercial Models in China" (in Chinese). sinomonitor.com. 2006-06-28.
- "林心如获得"2006星光大典"风尚女演员奖 Ruby Lin got "Most Stylish actress award"" (in Chinese). qq.com. 2006-12-15.
- "Ruby Lin Is Face of Estee Lauder". CRIENGLISH.com. 2009-05-14.
- 林心如成广告"吸金女王" (in Chinese). entertainment.northeast.cn. 2007-08-06.
- "Ruby Lin won at China fashion weekly award" (in Chinese). Sohu entertainment. 2010-08-28.
- "Branding and Celebrity Endorsements". Venture Republic.
- "林心如年撈破億 坐擁4屋 Ruby Lin breaks the $100M mark for the year, owns four properties" (in Chinese). Apple Daily. 2007-12-01.
- "Ruby 林心如何润东将参加三亚国际电视广告艺术节" (in Chinese). hinews.cn. 2009-12-16.
- ″林心如《倾世皇妃》找郎君 众男星毛遂自荐 (in Chinese). sohu.com. 2010-11-11.
- 最血腥宫廷之战《倾世皇妃》 林心如未拍先红 (in Chinese). sohu.com. 2010-11-15.
- 《倾世皇妃》收视破2 林心如庆功乐不可支 (in Chinese). China Daily. 2011-10-11.
- "Movie stars try to make films". Shanghai Daily. 2012-07-06.
- 2011大剧盛典林心如获最佳制作人及最佳女主角 (in Chinese). ent.sina.com. 2011-12-16.
- 港台明星力撑电视节影视站 林心如郑嘉颖人气旺 (in Chinese). ent.163.com. 2012-05-13.
- "Ruby Lin to produce "Painted Skin" adaptation". yahoo! Malaysia. 2012-09-25.
- 第四届《时尚健康》瘦身大赛启动 (in Chinese). eladies.sina.com.cn. 2011-05-09.
- 林心如任公益大使 倡导少飚一首歌多飚一份爱 (in Chinese). sohu.com. 2009-12-08.
- 林心如募捐"一元钱 (in Chinese). news.163.com. 2009-06-01.
- 林心如宣传首尔形象 露脸价仅值10万左右 (in Chinese). ent.163.com. 2009-05-08.
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