Rui En

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Rui En
Chinese name 瑞恩 (simplified)
Pinyin Ruì'en (Mandarin)
Birth name 卢瑞恩
Lu Rui En
Origin Singapore
Born (1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 36)
Singapore
Other name(s) 芮恩 (stage name in Taiwan)
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) Mandopop, R&B
Instrument(s) Vocals
Label(s) Hype Records (2002–present)
Alfa Music (2002–2004)
Mediacorp (2002–present)
Years active 2002–present

Lu Rui En (born 29 January 1981), better known by her stage name Rui En (瑞恩), is a Singaporean actress and singer.

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 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.[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 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]

With three dramas, Rui En was labelled as one of the 10 Faces to watch in 2010[13] by MediaCorp's Buzz.

In Star Awards 2011, Rui En received her first acting nomination, and went on to win the award.[1][14][1]

Since 2005, Rui En has garnered ten consecutive 'Top Ten Most Popular Female Artiste' award at the Star Awards.

She has an official fan club called RBKD.

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.[15]

Rui En and Elvin Ng won the 'Favourite On-Screen Partners' in the Star Awards 2010, with their performance as Lin Jiaqi and Sato in The Dream Catchers.

Rui En was voted as the Most Popular Local TV Actress[16] in Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010 organised by Singapore Press Holdings.

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'.[17]

Rui En won 'Most Favourite Female Character' award[18] with her role as Yang Xiaodong (Happy Family) in Star Awards 2011.[19]

Channel NewsAsia has produced a three-part docudrama starring Rui En as pioneer painter 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.[20]

She also participated in 2015's The Dream Makers 2 as Fang Tong Lin.

In 2016 Star Awards, Rui En received the "All-Time Favourite Artist" award.

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[21] She subsequently apologised and responded with an official statement regarding the accident.[22][23] The owner of the motorcycle accepted Rui En's apology through Wanbao on April 15.[24]

She was also involved in a hit and run accident earlier in January 2016 in which both parties agreed to make a private settlement. She was let off with a S$700 fine.[25]

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".[26][27]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Drama Role Notes
2017 Have a Little Faith
相信我
Jiang Xiaoxi
江晓溪
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
  • 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
  • Main 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 & Shaun Chen
  • 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
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
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[28] Three-part Documentary Drama Channel NewsAsia Georgette Chen

Accolades[edit]

Asian Television Awards[edit]

The Asian Television Awards is organized by Television Asia Plus magazine.

Asian Television Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2014 Best Actress in a Leading Role Sudden Nominated
2012 Best Actress in a Leading Role Unriddle 2 Won

Star Awards[edit]

The Star Awards are presented by Mediacorp. Rui En was nominated for Best Actress in 2011- 2017. She won the Best Actress in 2011 & 2013.

Star Awards – Performance Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2017 Best Actress If Only I Could Nominated
2016 Best Actress The Dream Makers II Nominated
2015 Best Actress Against The Tide Nominated
2014 Best Actress The Dream Makers Nominated
2013 Best Actress Unriddle 2 Won
2012 Best Actress A Tale Of Two Cities Nominated
2011 Best Actress With You Won
2002 Best Theme Song Beautiful Connection Nominated
Star Awards – Popularity Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2016 最i明星风范女艺人 / iWeekly Most Stylish Award Won
2016 Toggle Most Beloved BFF Award with Dennis Chew Won
2016 Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers II Nominated
2016 Favourite Onscreen Couple The Dream Makers II with Qi Yuwu Nominated
2016 Favourite Onscreen Couple The Journey: Our Homeland with Shaun Chen Nominated
2016 All-Time Favourite Artiste Award Won
2015 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2015 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (China) Nominated
2015 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Indonesia) Nominated
2015 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Malaysia) Nominated
2015 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Cambodia) Nominated
2015 Favourite On-Screen Couple C.L.I.F. 3 with Li Nanxing Nominated
2015 Favourite Female Character Against The Tide Nominated
2014 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Won
2014 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (China) Nominated
2014 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Indonesia) Won
2014 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Malaysia) Won
2014 Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Cambodia) Nominated
2014 Favourite Onscreen Couple The Dream Makers with Qi Yuwu Nominated
2014 Favourite Onscreen Couple Sudden with Romeo Tan Nominated
2014 Favourite Onscreen Couple C.L.I.F. 2 with Li Nanxing Nominated
2014 Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers Nominated
2013 最i明星风范女艺人 / iWeekly Most Stylish Award Won
2013 Star Awards 2013, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2013 Star Awards 2013, Favourite On-screen Couple Joys of Life with Alien Huang Nominated
2013 Star Awards 2013, Favourite On-screen Couple Unriddle 2 with Elvin Ng Won
2013 Star Awards 2013, Favourite Female Character Poetic Justice Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite On-screen Couple The In-Laws with Pierre Png Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite On-screen Couple Code of Honour with Elvin Ng Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite Female Character A Tale Of 2 Cities Won
2011 Star Awards 2011, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2011 Star Awards 2011, Favourite Female Character Happy Family Won
2011 Star Awards 2011, Favourite On-screen Couple With You with Chen Hanwei Nominated
2011 Systema Most Charming Smile Award Nominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Favourite Female Character My School Daze Nominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Favourite Female Character The Dream Catchers Nominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2009 Star Awards 2009, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2007 Star Awards 2007, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2006 Star Awards 2006, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2005 Star Awards 2005, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2004 Star Awards 2004, Most Popular Newcomer Nominated

PPCTV Mediacorp Awards[edit]

The PPCTV Mediacorp Awards is organized by Phnom Penh Cable Television (PPCTV).

PPCTV Mediacorp Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2015 PPCTV Mediacorp Awards, Favorite Female TV Character The Dream Makers Nominated
2015 PPCTV Mediacorp Awards, Favorite On Screen Couple Sudden with Romeo Tan Nominated
2015 PPCTV Mediacorp Awards, Favorite Lead Actress The Dream Makers Nominated

Miscellaneous[edit]

Miscellaneous
Year Awards Nominated work Result
2015 Me Club Singapore, Most Memorable Female Character The Dream Makers Nominated
2014 Singapore Entertainment Awards, Most Popular Local TV Actor NA Nominated
2013 Singapore Entertainment Awards, Most Popular Local TV Actor N/A Nominated
2012 The Flame Awards 2012, Babe of the Year N/A Won
2012 ELLE Awards, Actress of the Year N/A Won
2012 Singapore Entertainment Awards, Most Popular Local TV Actor N/A Won
2011 Singapore Entertainment Awards, Most Popular Local TV Actor N/A Won
2011 midea Youth Choice Awards, Hottest Female Personality I Wanna Date N/A Nominated
2010 Singapore Entertainment Awards, Most Popular Local TV Actress N/A Won
2008 The Flame Awards 2008, Babe of the Year N/A Won
2008 Channel 8 Countdown Party, Top 8 Likable Female Lead Characters By My Side Won
2007 Nanyang Alumni Awards, Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award N/A Won
2005 The Flame Awards, Incredible Shrinking Woman N/A Nominated
2005 8 Days Readers' Choice, Favourite Feisty Girl N/A Won

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