By Lisa Twang
Baby Avery may not be rolling in gold (Kate Pang’s the ambassador of a pawnbroker’s gold collection), but she has been showered with gifts from her godmother Rui En.
Andie Chen, who got close to Rui En after starring together in this year’s Channel 8 drama If Only I Could as a married couple, was the one who suggested she become Avery’s godmother.
In fact, the couple got the name Avery from the 35-year-old local actress, who had originally planned to use it for her own daughter in future.
“Many people have the impression that Rui En is cold, but she is actually a very warm-hearted and caring godmother,” said Pang.
“She visits often and buys cute and quirky presents for the kids, like a blanket with a sheep’s head.
“I think she would make a great mother. She has such an intense love for children, and likes to carry and cuddle them.”
Pang joked that Rui En has yet to change Avery’s diapers, but she is welcome to if she volunteers.
By Tracy Low
Li Nanxing says he felt jittery handling the four-month-old because she was so delicate.
Even though local actor Li Nanxing famously played a father of quadruplets on the 2003 Channel 8 TV series Baby Boom, it was not as scary as handling a four-month-old infant for the police drama C.L.I.F. 4, which starts next month.
Even after all these years, the 51-year-old still does not have the “baby touch”.
What is ironic is that his co-star Rui En does. Ironic because she said, before filming for C.L.I.F. 4 started, that she would rather not work with babies because “they can be difficult (and) do not care that the camera is rolling”, though she later retracted her comments.
In C.L.I.F. 4, which premieres on Sept 6 at 9pm, Li reprises his role as Wei Lantian, assistant superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department and the husband of Rui En’s inspector character Huang Zhijie.
This season, they become first-time parents and have a four-month-old girl.
HUSH, LITTLE BABY: Li Nanxing stars alongside Rui En, playing her husband, in the Channel 8 police TV drama C.L.I.F. 4. Their characters have a four-month-old daughter. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/LNXGLOBAL_OFFICIAL
At the show’s press conference yesterday, Li told M in a mix of Mandarin and English: “(In Baby Boom), the quadruplets were older. (This baby) was very fragile because she was only four months old, so we had to be patient with her. I felt nervous handling her, especially when she cried. I panicked.”
He joked: “Rui En told me, ‘Can you treat her more gently?’ Whenever Rui En carried the baby, she would be calm, but when I carried her, she would be crying.”
Rui En did not attend the press conference because she is on leave. According to Lianhe Zaobao, she is overseas for a month to visit her father, who emigrated from Singapore years ago.
On Rui En’s 7kg weight gain for her previous TV drama If Only I Could and the fact that she still appeared chubby in C.L.I.F. 4, Li said: “I think it suits her mum role (here) because it is after her confinement period, where she has to take care of the baby.”
Although they have been paired up for three seasons of C.L.I.F., Li said they are not close outside of work.
While in the middle of filming C.L.I.F. 4 in April, the 35-year-old local actress was involved in a high-profile accident.
The episode put her in a bad light with the public, as many were unhappy about the way she handled things initially.
GAVE HER SPACE
Li himself was infamously involved in a drink driving accident in 1997. He was fined $4,000 and given a 30-month driving suspension. He did not offer Rui En advice on how to cope because his case was different from her situation.
He said: “What I did was to give her space to calm herself down because it happened suddenly. We needed to give her time to process and reflect on her own… because everyone makes mistakes.
“I could tell that she was very sad on set (after the accident), but we just had to leave her alone.”
Li said Rui En was still a “professional on set” and knew how to separate her personal problem from work.
He also commended the way she apologised and bowed on stage at the Star Awards Show 1 in April, saying: “I think it is up to the individual (on how he handles his own situation), but for her to (do that), I could tell that she was sincere.”
C.L.I.F. 4 警徽天职 4 Debuts 6 September 2016, Weekdays 9pm on Channel 8
By Gwendolyn Ng
— Straits Times Life (@ST_LifeTweets) May 18, 2016
The repentant stance that actress Rui En adopted at the recent Star Awards, where she apologised for an incident in which she drove and knocked over a parked motorcycle, continued at a press conference on Tuesday (May 17) for a new Channel 8 drama.
The fantasy melodrama is aptly titled If Only I Could…, and its protagonists are given a second chance to go back in time to change their lives for the better.
Rui En, 35, says: “Who doesn’t want second chances? Who doesn’t want to go back in time, amend mistakes and do the right thing? Such sentiments is especially heartfelt for me now.”
The actress was flamed last month for her behaviour in the traffic incident where she asked the motorbike owner, “Do you know who I am?”, a phrase that she later clarified as telling him that she would not run away without taking responsibility for what she had done.
Asked how she would have handled the situation differently if she were given a second chance, she says she does not know.
“Honestly, I’m in a dilemma. Be it mistakes or success, be it peak or hell, whatever we go through makes us who we are today,” she says.
“Initially I thought if I could go back in time, I would definitely do so – not just to half a year ago, but to the time I was a baby. I wanted to start anew. Then I realised that going through suffering may change a person for the better.”
Through this tough period, she has learnt two lessons: to be grateful and to learn how to forgive herself.
“I’ve never expected the unconditional concern, love and help given to me by my family, friends and colleagues. It has taught me not to take the people by my side for granted. I want to give back the love that they’ve showered on me during this period.”
A self-professed perfectionist, she says that she has been heaping blame on herself since the incident and she vomited at the Star Awards last month because stress triggered her existing gastric ailment.
“I’ve realise that I need to adjust (my mindset). I need to learn how to forgive myself and not put too much blame on myself. It has been tough,” she says.
Another problem she is facing – her inability to shed the extra weight gained for her dowdy character Zhen Hao in If Only I Could….
“I’m not young anymore. After I hit 30 years old, my metabolism rate has dropped. Now I don’t lose weight as fast as before,” says Rui En, who had gained about 7kg and does now know how much of that extra weight she has lost because she is afraid of weighing herself.
“I’ve always felt that stepping on the weighing scale is very demoralising when you find out you don’t lose as much as you expected to. I find it counter-productive.”
She is fighting back against talk about her chubbier face, though.
“Women go through a lot. We get criticised for ageing or putting on weight. Why is our society putting so much emphasis on physical appearance? This shouldn’t be the case.”
If Only I Could… premieres on Channel 8 on May 31 at 9pm. It airs on weekdays at 9pm.
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If Only I Could… 十年…你还好吗? Debuts 31 May 2016, Weekdays 9pm on Channel 8
By Tracy Low
RUI EN IS HAPPIER DESPITE PUTTING ON 7KG FOR ROLE IN NEW SHOW
At yesterday’s press conference for Channel 8 drama If Only I Could, the 35-year-old Rui En looked calm and prepared.
She told The New Paper: “I’m feeling much better and I’ve been taking care of myself after (suffering from gastric) at Star Awards Show 2.
“I’m happier because I’ve realised that there are a lot of people who love me unconditionally and I can’t ask for more than that.”
If Only I Could, which premieres on May 31 at 9pm, stars Rui En as a frumpy auntie and a mother of one, married to Andie Chen’s character.
She travels back in time to 2006 in hopes of rewriting her life.
When asked what aspect of her own life she would do over if she was given a chance, Rui En said: “I would probably not have chosen to be an actress. My speech at Star Awards Show 1 was all about that and I think I have explained a lot.”
Rui En is moving on from the episode by filming the Channel 8 cop drama C.L.I.F. 4 and Li Nanxing, who plays her on-screen husband, has been especially helpful.
Li himself was involved in a drink driving accident in 1997. He was fined $4,000 and given a 30-month driving suspension.
Rui En said: “In general, work is always something that I can immerse myself in and it helps me forget whatever is going on.
At a media session in March, Rui En had told TNP: “Three things I don’t like working with are babies, animals and calefare.”
Now, she takes back every word after falling in love with her young co-star.
“You just need to find the right one to play the role,” she said with a laugh.
In the meantime, Rui En has weightier matters to deal with.
She willingly gained 7kg for If Only I Could, which reportedly wrapped up before Chinese New Year. But she has had difficulty shedding the weight.
So she said it was the last time she would make such a sacrifice for a show. However, her weight gain has made her more aware of fat- and body-shaming.
“I actually felt ashamed initially, even though I knew that it was for the show. But then I realised, ‘Why should I be ashamed?’
“Why should women be judged by their weight, the size of the dress they wear, their age or how much plastic surgery they have done?
“It’s ridiculous,” she said.
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If Only I Could… 十年…你还好吗? Debuts 31 May 2016, Weekdays 9pm on Channel 8
By Daniela Chia
RBKD: In an interview with The New Paper yesterday at the lensing ceremony of Channel 8 cop drama C.L.I.F. 4, Rui En said frankly that she doesn’t look forward to working with babies, animals and calefare (bit-part actors) especially Babies as they do what they want to do. They do not care that the camera is rolling, so it can be difficult.
It is a challenge she will have to undertake for C.L.I.F. 4, in which she reprises her role as Criminal Investigation Department officer Huang Zhijie, whose husband is fellow cop Wei Lantian (Li Nanxing). The pair play parents to a four-month-old infant.
Rui En said of her character: “She has her responsibilities at work and has to handle motherhood.
“It will be interesting to portray the struggle of work-life balance and how to deal with the fatigue… (but she’s still) very professional.
“I have complete respect and admiration for mums.”
What Rui En is looking forward to the most in the new season is filming a fight scene with a female opponent who has martial arts experience. She said: “I haven’t done an action scene in so long. But my dance background should help.”
Rui En also shared about her chemistry with Li Nanxing and how honoured she feels to receive the “All Time Favourite Artiste Award” which is a culmination of blood, sweat and tears.