Rui En

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Rui En
Chinese name 瑞恩 (simplified)
Pinyin Ruì ēn (Mandarin)
Born Lu Rui En 卢瑞恩
(1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 37)
Singapore
Residence Singapore
Other names Rui En 芮恩 (stage name in Taiwan)
Education Bachelor of Business
Alma mater Singapore Chinese Girls' School
Raffles Junior College
Nanyang Technological University
Occupation Actress & Singer
Years active 2002–present
Nationality Singaporean
Genre(s) Mandopop, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s)
Awards
Asian Television Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role
2012 Unriddle 2
Other awards
Star Awards
Best Actress
2011 With You
2013 Unriddle 2
Favourite Female Character
2011 Happy Family
2012 A Tale of 2 Cities
2013 Poetic Justice
Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama)
2012 Code of Honour
2013 Unriddle 2

Lu Rui En (born 29 January 1981), better known by her stage name Rui En (瑞恩), is a Singaporean actress contracted under MediaCorp and managed under Hype Records.

Rui En was talent-spotted after appearing in a SingTel hi!Card commercial as the "running girl" in 2001. She was offered a contract by Artiste Networks, a section of Hype Records. In 2002, Rui En debuted her acting career with her first drama, No Problem!. In late 2002, Rui En launched her music career in Taiwan, with the album Rui ∑n vol. 01, distributed by Alfa Music. Rui En released her second album in Singapore under Hype Records, titled United Nations, in late 2008.

Rui En first won the 'Best Actress Award' at the Singapore Star Awards 2011 with her role as a young widow[1] in With You, the highest-rated Singapore drama in year 2010.[2] Rui En was awarded the 'Best Actress in Leading Role'[3] at the Asian Television Awards 2012, for her role as a tough cop in crime drama Unriddle 2.[4] She went on to win her third acting award in the following year at the Star Awards 2013 for the same role in Unriddle 2, earning her second 'Best Actress Award' at Star Awards.

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.[6] She then joined the choir in Secondary Three and Four.[6]

She completed her A Levels at the pre-tertiary education in Raffles Junior College,[7] 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,[8] 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, specialising in Banking and Finance. In 2007, Rui En was presented with the "Nanyang Outstanding Young People Award" by her alma mater Nanyang Technological University.[9]

Early life[edit]

In December 2001, Rui En did an interview with The Straits Times. She confessed that she used to smoke and drink occasionally, and how she grew up feeling weird as the only child in her broken family. Her parents subsequently divorced when she was seventeen.[6]

Music career[edit]

Rui En ventured into Taiwan in 2002 with the stage name 芮恩 (pinyin: Ruì'ēn). She made her first appearance as the female lead in label mate Jay Chou's music video for "Secret Sign" 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.[10] Chou composed the song "White Feather" for her debut album, Rui ∑n vol. 01' .

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 in Singapore, with all lyrics 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.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Rui En made her acting debut in MediaCorp drama, No Problem, in 2002. She landed her first leading role in 2005, with A Promise for Tomorrow. 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 labelled as one of the Seven Princesses of Mediacorp.[12]

After playing a social service worker and AIDS patient in By My Side (2008), Rui En started to gain recognition, winning one of the eight 'Top 8 Likable Female Lead Characters' awards with her only production that year at the 2009 televised countdown event. In 2010, Rui En was labelled as one of the 10 Faces to watch in 2010[13] by MediaCorp's Buzz. Rui En also won several awards for the characters she portrayed, for instance her role as Zhang Luoyun in My School Daze which emerged as the 'Top 10 Favourite Female Characters' in Star Awards 2010, and Lin Jiaqi in The Dream Catchers which emerged as the 'Top 5 Favourite Female Characters'.[14] In 2011, Rui En won the 'Most Favourite Female Character' award[15] with her role as Yang Xiaodong (Happy Family).[16] Rui En was also credited for her outstanding performance in portraying a widow in With You, winning the 'Best Actress' award in Star Awards 2011.

Since 2005, Rui En has successfully garnered ten consecutive 'Top Ten Most Popular Female Artistes' award at the Star Awards. As such, Rui En received the "All-Time Favourite Artiste " award in the 2016 Star Awards.

In addition to her roles in dramas, Rui En has starred in a three-part docudrama produced by Channel NewsAsia, as one of Singapore's pioneer painters, Georgette Chen. The English-language series, which was also adapted into Mandarin, aired on Channel NewsAsia, MediaCorp Channel 5 and MediaCorp Channel 8 in April 2015.[17]

Rui En has an official fan club called RBKD (瑞不可当).

Controversies[edit]

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 criticised by some as unprofessional. She is reported to have been blacklisted by some producers after this role-rejection incident.[6]

2016 traffic violations[edit]

On 13 April 2016, Rui En was involved in a car accident when she was driving into a carpark near her home. Her BMW knocked over a stationary motorcycle in the carpark. On April 14 it was reported that Rui En was assisting the police with investigations into the accident[18] She subsequently apologised and responded with an official statement regarding the accident.[19][20] The owner of the motorcycle accepted Rui En's apology through Wanbao on April 15.[21] For this incident, Rui En was fined S$700.[22]

Earlier in January 2016, Rui En was also involved in a hit and run accident. There were no casualties involved, and both parties agreed to make a private settlement.[23]

Shortly after the incident, Rui En flouted traffic rules again after she drove her BMW straight on a Right Turn Only Lane in Orchard road, then cutting into the second lane abruptly, and almost causing an accident with an oncoming car.

The incident happened at a cross junction between Orchard Road and Paterson Road last Friday (Dec 23) at around 12pm, and a video of the incident was captured by the car camera of the oncoming vehicle on the second lane, which Rui En had cut into, reports Lianhe Zaobao.

According to the video uploaded on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page, the driver was approaching a cross junction and slowed his vehicle to about 30km/h when the black BMW suddenly jumped his lane and overtook his vehicle.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the 35-year-old celebrity apologised for her actions.

On Tuesday (Dec 27), the actress said that she didn't mean to confuse the driver of the car which she cut lanes into. She was out shopping for Christmas presents for children on the day of the incident.

She added that she didn't realise the lane she was on indicated a 'Right Turn Only' and only proceeded to drive straight on after the driver slowed down for her to cut into the lane.

Neighbours Dispute[edit]

On 20 April 2017,at about 6pm when Rui En appeared at the neighbours door and asked for a power bank because her phone was dead. As the elderly couple did not have a power bank, they invited her to their house to use their landline.

Community work[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.

She is also a regular volunteer at "Beyond Social Services".[24][25]

She has also volunteered for several children welfare organizations. Notably, in 2016, she volunteered her services together with her fan club to commemorate their 9th year anniversary.

Her fanclub, RBKD does regular volunteering service to the elderly, Chinese New Year, being one of the occasions.

Discography[edit]

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

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.
  • Sky's The Limit
A single by Taufik Batisah featuring Rui En.
  • 麻木 (2013)
A single by Rui En.

Drama theme songs[edit]

This song was nominated as Best Drama Theme Song in Star Awards 2002 and was first released in Morning Express VI. A remix version was released in Celebrating 25 Years of Chinese Drama Collector's Edition.
  • No Problem! – "Test 考验" (2003)
This is an insert song released in Morning Express VI.
  • Love at 0 °C – "Unfreeze 解冻" (2006)
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.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Label
2005 Reach Out for the Skies with Taufik Batisah Non-album single Hype Records
2005 勇敢向前飞

Filmography[edit]

Year Drama Role Notes
2019
阴错阳差
  • Pairs up with Shaun Chen
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2017 Have A Little Faith
相信我
Liang Sijie
梁思洁
2016 C.L.I.F. 4
警徽天职4
Huang Zhijie
黄芷婕
  • Pairs up with Li Nanxing
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
If Only I Could
十年...你还好吗?
Chen Zhenhao
陈珍好
  • Pairs up with Andie Chen
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2015 The Dream Makers II
志在四方II
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
  • Pairs up with Qi Yuwu
  • Sibling with Dennis Chew
  • 1/4 of the Female Lead 四大女主角之一
The Journey: Our Homeland
信约: 我们的家园
Yang Meixue
杨美雪
  • Pairs up with Shaun Chen
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Shen Chuyi
沈初一
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2014 Against The Tide
逆潮
Qiu Xueqing
邱雪清
  • Pairs up with Christopher Lee
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Villain of the drama
C.L.I.F. 3
警徽天职3
Huang Zhijie
黄芷婕
  • Pairs up with Li Nanxing
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
2013 Sudden
骤变
Cheng Chuning
程楚宁
  • Pairs up with Romeo Tan
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
The Dream Makers
志在四方
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
  • Pairs up with Qi Yuwu
  • Sibling with Dennis Chew
  • 1/4 of the Female Lead 四大女主角之一
  • Rui En's first comedic role.
C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职2
Huang Zhijie
黄芷婕
2012 Poetic Justice
微笑正义
Liu Yanzhi
刘言之
Joys of Life
花样人间
Han Yongyong
韩咏咏
  • Pairs up with Alien Huang
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Unriddle 2
最火搭档2
Hu Xiaoman
胡小曼
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2011 On the Fringe 2011
边缘父子
Lin Shasha
林莎莎
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
Code of Honour
正义武馆
Ou Kelu
欧可璐
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
The In-Laws
麻婆斗妇
Wang Jiazhen
王佳珍
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
A Tale of 2 Cities
乐在双城
Zhang Ya Le
章雅乐
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2010 Unriddle
最火搭档
Hu Xiaoman
胡小曼
  • Teams up with Chen Liping
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
With You
我在你左右
Ye Siqi
叶思琪
Happy Family
过好年
Yang Xiaodong
杨小冬
  • Pairs up with Remus Kam
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2009 My School Daze
书包太重
Isabel Teo
张洛芸
  • Pairs up with Terence Cao
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
The Dream Catchers
未来不是梦
Lin Jiaqi
林佳琪
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 两大女主角之一
2008 By My Side
不凡的爱
Zhang Yuhang
张宇航
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
2007 Metamorphosis
破茧而出
An Xiaoqian
安晓茜
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Honour and Passion
宝家卫国
Bao Wenwei
  • Pairs up with Pierre Png
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
2006 Love at 0°C
爱情零度C
Sun Yixin
孙逸欣
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
2005 A Promise for Tomorrow
拥抱明天
Fang Fang
方方
  • Pairs up with Qi Yuwu
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Rui En's first leading role.
Beyond The aXis of Truth II
法医X档案2
Fang Xiuxiu
方秀秀
  • Cameo Appearance 客串
You Are the One
½缘分
Hao Meide
郝美德
2004 My Mighty-in-Laws
野蛮亲家
Li Yingying
李盈盈
  • Pairs up with Vincent Ng
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2002 No Problem!
考试家族
Jessica
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Rui En's official debut drama.

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
Pairs up with Jas Arora
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
2014 The Joy Truck 2 Variety Show Channel 8 Guest
Teams up with Pornsak and Chen Liping
2015 The World of Georgette Chen[26] Three-part Documentary Drama Channel NewsAsia Georgette Chen

Accolades[edit]

Asian Television Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2012 Best Actress in a Leading Role Unriddle 2 Won
2014 Sudden Nominated
Star Awards – Performance Awards
Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
2002 9th Star Awards Ceremony Best Theme Song Beautiful Connection Nominated
2004 11th Star Awards Ceremony Best Newcomer N/A Nominated
2005 12th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2006 13th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2007 14th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2009 15th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2010 16th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
16th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Won
2011 17th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress With You Won
17th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
17th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Won
17th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Chen Hanwei N/A Nominated
17th Star Awards Ceremony Systema Most Charming Smile Award N/A Nominated
2012 18th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress A Tale Of Two Cities Nominated
18th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
18th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Won
18th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Elvin Ng N/A Won
18th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Pierre Png N/A Nominated
2013 19th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
19th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Won
19th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Elvin Ng N/A Won
19th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Alien Huang N/A Nominated
19th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Unriddle 2 Won
2014 20th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
20th Star Awards Ceremony Most Popular Regional Artiste (Indonesia) N/A Won
20th Star Awards Ceremony Most Popular Regional Artiste (Malaysia) N/A Won
20th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Nominated
20th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Qi Yu Wu N/A Nominated
20th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Romeo Tan N/A Nominated
20th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Li Nanxing N/A Nominated
20th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress The Dream Makers Nominated
2015 21st Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
21st Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character N/A Nominated
21st Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Li Nanxing N/A Nominated
21st Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Against The Tide Nominated
2016 22nd Star Awards Ceremony All-Time Favourite Artiste N/A Won
22nd Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers II Nominated
22nd Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Qi Yu Wu The Dream Makers II Nominated
22nd Star Awards Ceremony Favourite Onscreen Couple with Shaun Chen The Journey: Our Homeland Nominated
22nd Star Awards Ceremony Toggle Most Beloved BFF Award with Dennis Chew N/A Won
22nd Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress The Dream Makers II Nominated
2017 23rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress If Only I Could Nominated

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