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20 January 2009 | 12:07 pm
Heart stoppers / Fans love their spunk and honesty


SUGAR-sweet, chilli padi-hot or cool indifference? Does it really matter? HO LIAN-YI, CHARLENE CHUA and TAN KEE YUN tell you why these lasses are our nominees for Babe of the Year.

Rui En, actress/singer, 28

Claim to F(l)ame: Known as a non-conformist who is fiercely private about her personal life, Rui En made heads turn when she finally dropped her ice-queen exterior and opened up in The Monday Interview series of ST Life! in December.

The Story So Far: The confessional interview turned out to be a surprise.

More so because Rui En has gained a reputation for being cool and nonchalant.

She had been garnering rave reviews over the last two years for her acting, mostly in roles of strong, intense female characters, like a feisty cop in Metamorphosis and a selfless HIV patient in By My Side.

But fans knew little about her. Until the interview.

She spoke about her parents’ divorce, her ‘periods of delinquency’ when she dabbled with cigarettes and alcohol, the insecurity and emptiness that led to her hunger for fame and how she hated herself back then.

And ‘what touched me completely was the heartfelt response from readers and fans’ after the interview was published.

She said: ‘It crossed my mind that I’d be nominated for being honest, so this is something refreshing!

‘And of course, it feels great!’

Rui En does not rate her chances of winning Babe of The Year high at all.

‘I think this will be The Little Nyonya year,’ she said.

We certainly dig her candidness.

Next Change: Rui En stars as a bubbly and spunky aircraft engineer in the upcoming Channel 8 drama series The Dream-catchers, which opens on 4 Feb.

Source: The New Paper

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