Rui En

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Rui En
Born
Lu Rui En 卢瑞恩

(1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 41)
Singapore
EducationBachelor of Business
Alma materSingapore Chinese Girls' School
Raffles Junior College
Nanyang Technological University
OccupationActress & singer
Years active2002–present
AwardsFull list
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese瑞恩
Musical career
GenresMandopop, R&B
InstrumentsVocals

Lu Rui En (born 29 January 1981), better known by her stage name Rui En (瑞恩), is a Singaporean actress and was named as one of the Seven Princesses of Mediacorp in 2006. She was under contract of MediaCorp and managed under Hype Records.

Early life[edit]

Rui En was born on 29 January 1981 to a family consisting of her father, a property agent, and mother, a housewife.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 17, and subsequently remarried to other persons when she in her 20s.[2] While growing up, she shared in a 2008 The Straits Times interview, she used to smoke and drink socially to cope with the insecurity and instability she felt from her broken home, and after quitting ballet as a co-curricular activity (CCA) in secondary school.[2] She subsequently kicked the habit in 2004.[2]

Rui En studied at Singapore Chinese Girls' School for both her primary and secondary education, and subsequently at Raffles Junior College (RJC).[2][3] She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Business in 2004.[4]

Career[edit]

Modelling and music career[edit]

Rui En first started modelling after she completed her A Levels in RJC in 1999, and was managed by Phantom Management.[5] In 2001, she was featured in a SingTel ad which propelled her into the limelight and earned her a feature in Singapore's edition of FHM.[5] She subsequently signed on with Hype Records's subsidiary, Artistes Network.[2][6][7]

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 (暗號) and went on to co-endorse Panasonic GD68 with him.[8] Rui En subsequently released her debut regional Chinese album, Rui Σn vol. 01, in the same year under the co-production of Hype Records and Alfa Music.[9] Chou composed the song White Feather (白色羽毛) which was released in her debut album, Rui Σn vol. 01.[8]

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. 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.[10]

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.[11]

In 2004, Rui En took over Steph Song's role in the English sitcom Achar! for the second season after Song left the series after falling out with the male lead, Jas Arora.[12] However, after reviewing her performance in that sitcom, Rui En felt that she was acting just for fame and popularity as a clutch to her broken family situation. Thereafter, in addition to quitting smoking and drinking, she decided to stop taking up roles that require kissing and/or intimate scenes. Thus despite being nominated for the Best Newcomer Award in 2004's Star Awards, she was limited in the choice of roles she could take on.[2]

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 as part of her stance against revealing, kissing or intimate scenes and has been criticised by some as unprofessional.[who?] She is reported to have been blacklisted by some producers after this role-rejection incident.[2] After playing a social service worker and AIDS patient in By My Side in 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.

In 2010, Rui En was labelled as one of the 10 Faces to watch in 2010 by MediaCorp's Buzz.[13] 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 in 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.[17]

Rui En was awarded the 'Best Actress in Leading Role'[18] at the 2012 Asian Television Awards, for her role as a tough cop in crime drama Unriddle 2.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

Rui En received the All-Time Favourite Artiste award in the 2016 star awards after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award from 2005 to 2016 respectively with Qi Yu Wu.

In 2021, Rui En left Artistes Network.[22]

Incidents[edit]

On 13 April 2016, Rui En was involved in a car accident entering a carpark near her home when her car knocked over a stationary motorcycle. On 14 April, it was reported that Rui En was assisting the police with investigations into the accident.[23] She subsequently apologised and responded with an official statement regarding the accident.[24][25] The owner of the motorcycle accepted Rui En's apology through Wanbao on 15 April.[26] For this incident, Rui En was fined S$700.[27]

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.[27]

After the incident, at 12pm on 23 December, Rui En flouted traffic rules after she drove straight on a Right Turn Only Lane in Orchard road, then cutting into the second lane. The incident was captured by the car camera of the oncoming vehicle on the second lane, which she had cut into. According to a video uploaded on Beh Chia Lor's Facebook page, the other car's driver was approaching a cross junction and slowed his vehicle to about 30 km/h when Rui En's car jumped his lane and overtook his vehicle.[citation needed]

The 35-year-old celebrity apologised for her actions.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

She is also a regular volunteer at "Beyond Social Services".[28][29] 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 anniversary.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Rui En discography
Studio albums2
Compilation albums2
Music videos7
Singles3
Theme Songs3

Solo albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

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]

  • "Listen to Your Heart"
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.
  • "Listen to Your Heart – Remix (2009)"
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.
  • "Numb" 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.
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]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2008 Sense of Home: Kampung Kid Caroline Telemovie
2019 Old Is Gold: The Bliss Keeper 老友万岁之守护幸福 Han Xinxin 韩欣欣 Telemovie

Television[edit]

Year Drama Role Notes Ref
2002 No Problem! 考试家族 Jessica
2003 Chemistry Rachel [30]
A Toast of Love 吃吃面包谈谈情 Angela Sun Yujia 孙裕嘉
2004 My Mighty-in-Laws 野蛮亲家 Li Yingying 李盈盈 [31]
Achar! II Stephanie
2005 You Are the One 12缘分 Yukiko Hao Meide 郝美德
Beyond The aXis of Truth II 法医X档案2 Fang Xiuxiu 方秀秀
A Promise for Tomorrow 拥抱明天 Fang Fang 方方
High on Life Herself
2006 Love at 0 °C 爱情零度C Sun Yixin 孙逸欣
2007 Honour and Passion 宝家卫国 Bao Wenwei 宝文卫
Metamorphosis 破茧而出 An Xiaoqian 安晓茜
2008 By My Side 不凡的爱 Zhang Yuhang 张宇航
2009 The Dream Catchers 未来不是梦 Lin Jiaqi 林佳琪
My School Daze 书包太重 Isabel Teo 张洛芸
2010 Happy Family 过好年 Yang Xiaodong 杨小冬
With You 我在你左右 Ye Siqi 叶思琪
Unriddle 最火搭档 Hu Xiaoman 胡小曼
2011 A Tale of 2 Cities 乐在双城 Zhang Yale 章雅乐
The In-Laws 麻婆斗妇 Wang Jiazhen 王佳珍
Code of Honour 正义武馆 Ou Kelu 欧可璐
On the Fringe 2011 边缘父子 Lin Shasha 林莎莎
2012 Unriddle 2 最火搭档2 Hu Xiaoman 胡小曼
Joys of Life 花样人间 Han Yongyong 韩咏咏
Poetic Justice 微笑正义 Liu Yanzhi 刘言之
2013 C.L.I.F. 2 警徽天职2 Huang Zhijie 黄芷婕
The Dream Makers 志在四方 Fang Tonglin 方彤琳
Sudden 骤变 Cheng Chuning 程楚宁
2014 C.L.I.F. 3 警徽天职3 Huang Zhijie 黄芷婕
Against The Tide 逆潮 Qiu Xueqing 邱雪清
2015 Life Is Beautiful 初一的心愿 Shen Chuyi 沈初一
The Journey: Our Homeland 信约: 我们的家园 Yang Meixue 杨美雪
The Dream Makers II 志在四方II Fang Tonglin 方彤琳
The World of Georgette Chen Georgette Chen Three-part Docudrama [32]
2016 If Only I Could 十年...你还好吗? Chen Zhenhao 陈珍好
C.L.I.F. 4
警徽天职4
Huang Zhijie 黄芷婕
2017 Have A Little Faith 相信我 Liang Sijie梁思洁
2019 Hello From The Other Side 阴错阳差 Ma Ruyin 马如荫
Old Is Gold 老友万岁 Han Xinxin 韩欣欣
2020 Mister Flower 花花公子 Chen Huiling 陈慧玲
2021 The Heartland Hero 邻里帮 Qiu Jingwen 邱静雯

Variety Show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note Ref
2003 Gotcha I Host Mediacorp Channel 5
2020 Dare To Try 瑞恩的花花世界 Host MeWatch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Category Nominated work Result Ref
2002 Star Awards Best Theme Song Beautiful Connection Nominated
2004 Star Awards Best Newcomer N/A Nominated
2005 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2006 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2007 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2009 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
2010 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Favourite Female Character My School Daze
(as Zhang Luo Yun)
Nominated
The Dream Catchers
(as Lin Jiaqi)
Nominated
2011 Star Awards Best Actress With You
(as Ye Siqi)
Won
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Favourite Female Character Happy Family
(as Yang Xiaodong)
Won
Favourite Onscreen Couple with Chen Hanwei With You
(as Ye Siqi)
Nominated
Systema Most Charming Smile Award N/A Nominated
2012 Asian Television Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Unriddle 2
(as Hu Xiaoman)
Won [33]
Star Awards Best Actress A Tale Of Two Cities
(as Zhang Yale)
Nominated
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Favourite Female Character A Tale Of Two Cities
(as Zhang Yale)
Won
iWeekly Most Stylish Award N/A Won
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Elvin Ng) Poetic Justice
(as Liu Yanzhi)
Won
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Pierre Png) The In-Laws
(as Wang Jiazhen)
Nominated
2013 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Favourite Female Character Poetic Justice
(as Liu Yanzhi)
Won
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Elvin Ng) Unriddle 2
(as Hu Xiaoman)
Won
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Alien Huang) Joys of Life
(as Han Yongyong)
Nominated
Best Actress Unriddle 2
(as Hu Xiaoman)
Won
2014 Asian Television Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Sudden
(as Ching Cho Ning)
Nominated
Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Indonesia) N/A Won
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Malaysia) N/A Won
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Cambodia) N/A Nominated
Most Popular Regional Artiste (China) N/A Nominated
Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers
(as Fang Tonglin)
Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple with Qi Yu Wu The Dream Makers
(as Fang Tonglin)
Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple with Romeo Tan Sudden
(as Ching Cho Ning)
Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple with Li Nanxing C.L.I.F. 2
(as Ng Yze Keat)
Nominated
Best Actress The Dream Makers
(as Fang Tonglin)
Nominated
2015 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
Favourite Female Character Against The Tide
(as Qiu Xueqing)
Nominated
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Indonesia) N/A Nominated
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Malaysia) N/A Nominated
Most Popular Regional Artiste (Cambodia) N/A Nominated
Most Popular Regional Artiste (China) N/A Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Li Nanxing) C.L.I.F. 3
(as Ng Yze Keat)
Nominated
Best Actress Against The Tide
(as Qiu Xueqing)
Nominated
2016 Star Awards All-Time Favourite Artiste N/A Received
Favourite Female Character The Dream Makers II
(as Fang Tonglin)
Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Qi Yu Wu) Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Shaun Chen) The Journey: Our Homeland
(as Yang Meixue)
Nominated
Toggle Most Beloved BFF Award (with Dennis Chew) N/A Won
Best Actress The Dream Makers II
(as Fang Tonglin)
Nominated
2017 Star Awards Best Actress If Only I Could
(as Chen Zhenhao)
Nominated
2021 Star Awards Best Actress Hello From The Other Side
(as Ma Ruyin)
Nominated
2022 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress The Heartland Hero
(as Qiu Jingwen)
Nominated
Favourite Female Show Stealer Mister Flower(as Chen Huiling) Nominated [34]
Favourite CP (With Elvin Ng) Nominated

Others[edit]

In 2007, Rui En was presented with the "Nanyang Outstanding Young People Award" by her alma mater Nanyang Technological University.[7]

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