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By Joanna Goh
RBKD: Toggle’s editorial team spent great effort by dugging into their archives to showcase these 15 moments of Rui En smiling at Star Awards for the past six years. Click here to view the pictures.
By Eugene Quek
INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: I pick the beauty brains of the fabulously forthright Singapore actress and new L’Oréal Paris face Rui En, who spills the tea on everything from her ‘auntie’ aspirations and the secret behind a camera-ready complexion to her shall we say, disposition for drag queen diva-dom
“Let’s be real, we’re all drag queens in this business.”
Bam, right off the bat, just like that. This chat is shaping up to be a good one.
Let’s pull back a sec and set the scene for that rip-roaring zinger of a pull quote, shall we. Singapore small screen princess Rui En is holding court at celeb haunt Hairloom Salon, flanked by a flurrying scrum of face painters and stylists; it’s bustle and bedlam everywhere.
Meanwhile, the subject of this story is swathed in a slinky satin halterneck for the occasion, looking regal as hell and cool as a cucumber in the sultry Saturday sun.
And as for yours truly? I’m seriously sweating bullets at meeting my girl crush in the flesh, but more on that later.
If you’re late to the party, here’s a brisk little dossier on the woman of the hour: 33-years-old at time of writing; multiple Best Actress champ at the annual Singapore Star Awards; reigning Queen Regent of Caldecott Hill (given Fann Wong’s burgeoning bun in the oven); and one truly fabulous “drag queen” in the making.
Ah yes, let’s circle back to the cold opening. Rui En’s risque rejoinder comes in response to my rather sly remark on the sooty eyes and sexy scarlet smackers she’s rocking at four in the afternoon – all very lady of the night, if you will, but you’ve got to hand it to the good-natured lass for being able to laugh at herself.
Which brings us very nicely indeed to the whys and wherefores of my crush on the woman. You have her admirable chutzpah, for one – incredibly rare in this age of micro-managed stardom. You also have to factor in the nostalgia. Rui En’s someone most of us early millennials grew up ogling on the boob tube; indeed, she’s pretty much the only local post-Fann actress I have any affinity for, really.
Then there’s the skin situation. Having inspected her mug up close for a good half-hour, I’m happy to report that Rui En’s complexion is well-nigh flawless. Having a mien that’s molded from porcelain comes in very handy indeed when you’re the first Singaporean face for L’Oréal Paris’ Youth Code range of rejuvenating elixirs.
Obligatory sponsors’ plug: Use Youth Code Boosting Serum and look like Rui En! (All jesting aside, the product’s an exquisite entry-level anti-ager that’s great to have on your vanity table.)
Oh, and Rui En has a super stylin’ sense sense of fashion. Noticing my splashy fish-embossed Spring 2014 sweater (not worn with the runway’s white eyeliner, more’s the pity), the actress looks me in the eye and smiles: “You’re big on Kenzo, I see.”
See what I mean when I say she’s the ultimate girl crush? Read on for more beauty bits and bytes from the Best Actress Ever:
1. The camera makes you 10 pounds heavier and 10 facial blotter sheets oilier.
ere’s a nifty selfie-taking tip. Rui En says most filmographers she’s worked with are leery of the dewy K-Beauty finish: “The lens really emphasises everything, so skin that’s perfectly matte in real life will appear as having a sheen on screen.”
Of course, that’s small change when weighed against the apocryphal 10 pounds the camera adds to one’s frame: “I’ve grown used to the aunties, bless them, who always tell me I’m not as fat as I appear on the tellie. Part of the job, I guess!”
In any case, Rui En appears to enjoy getting wet for laughs: “My complexion’s usually a little more ‘wet’ than what most TV people are used to from other artistes, but that’s just the way I like it.”
Rui En credits her longtime partner-in-crime and face painter Sam for shoving her onto the K-Beauty bandwagon: “Thanks to him, I’m quite comfortable with highlighting fluids and illuminating pens; besides, when your face is too matte, it can read as flat and two-dimensional.” Future directors, now you know who to blame for your leading lady’s gorgeous glow!
2. About that “drag queen” business …
No, Rui En is most emphatically not using the epithet in a derogatory way.
Some context is in order. When quizzed on her favourite type of look when swishing down the Star Awards red carpet, this is what the starlet had to say, and I quote verbatim: “Falsies, liner, the whole works. We’re all drag queens in this business.”
Well, colour me surprised. I didn’t know gents like say, George Young were secret burlesque performers, but whatever you say, Rui En.
3. You have L’Oréal Paris foundie to thank for Rui En’s acting accolades. Sort of, maybe.
Get this, for all of her relative youth and socially reticent schtick, Rui En’s a bona fide thespian, a really big fish in a tiny red pond.
To wit: She’s swiped three consecutive biggies from 2011 through 2013 (two Best Actress trophies at the Star Awards and Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Asian Television Awards 2012) and says beauty plays a plum role in prompting her to get into the psyche of a character: “Most people perceive makeup as just a cosmetic prop, but if I were playing say, a go-getting professional, I’ll ask for a really lovely sheer base, something like L’Oréal Paris True Match, for instance, to help me look and feel polished for the part.”
Oh, and Rui En’s one of those touchy-feely types for whom scents mean more than the sum total of its molecules, in a manner of speaking. Let her explain: “Once filming has ended, I find myself unable to use the same perfume from the role again. Once it’s done, it’s done. I want to leave it behind.”
(Somewhat interesting aside: I’ve noticed that creative individuals tend to have the same sort of visceral emotional reaction to scents – just ask Amy Adams, who very politely but pointedly declined to reveal the smells which could conceivably make her weep.)
4. She’s really looking forward to becoming an auntie … and swears she’ll never go under the knife, ever. No kidding.
When asked for her personal style heroine, Rui En says she’s all about the cigarette pants, tailored tuxedos and defiant sense of ease about the First Lady of Cinema: “I’d love to be like Katharine Hepburn in the future – she allowed herself to age with dignity on screen; one might even refer to Kate in her later days as an ‘auntie’ in local-speak, you know.”
Rui En transitioning from bright-eyed ingenue to red-hot star and full-blown national treasure? You best believe it.
Now, while we’re on the topic, I’ll note that catty industry commentators have long murmured about the provenance of Rui En’s eggshell-smooth forehead, but the actress (she’s only 33, for mascara’s sake!) insists she’s a proponent of “natural” beauty.
Indeed, Rui En makes a pretty impassioned and eloquent case against the entertainment industry’s fetishisation of youth. In her own words: “I really, really hate ageism and the pervasive notion in the regional celeb scene that being young and thin are the only barometers of beauty.”
“So no, I don’t think I’ll ever go down that route [of plastic surgery], simply because it’s a neverending cycle. So you might start with a little lipo here and then you’ll start seeing other bits of yourself you’ll want to fix, and then the next … I don’t want to tumble down that rabbithole.”
Now, saying that they have no qualms with aesthetic augmentations has almost become a stock answer for celebs – the more cynical among us might read it as a fallback plan in case they’re ever caught having work done in future – but I can only speak for myself when I say that I do take her at (non-Botoxed) face value.
5. Rui En fans, here’s how to pay lip service to your idol, so to speak.
Favourite shade and brand of lipstick?
Rabid Rui En supporters, drumroll please – she absolutely adores L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte in P502 Cherry Crush, although she’ll have you know that she’s still very much an eye girl. “I’m more of an eye person, really; most of my fans will know that my signature look involves lots of liner.”
And she does indeed have a fascinatingly fanatical fanbase, the most fervent of which must surely be the “official” one. RBKD, short for “Ruì Bù Kě Dāng”, is a registered fan club with its punny monicker playing on a popular Chinese proverb to mean – and no groans, now – “Rui En is unstoppable”. I’m counting on your page clicks, RBKD guys and girls!
Wrapping up now. When I compliment Rui En on her choice of lipstick, she smiles and hands it over like a queen bestowing a spare jewel to her jester. That half-used L’Oréal lippie is still squirrelled away in my weekender. Guys, you know what to do. The tube goes to the highest bidder!
Source: Her World
By Jocelyn Lee
Local actress Rui En has a reputation as the ice queen of Caldecott Hill.
But that standoffish persona was nowhere in sight during C.L.I.F. 3’s press conference last Friday.
The 33-year-old was chatty and cheery and she joked around with the cast on stage, prompting actress Tracy Lee to wonder if something had happened during filming to cause this difference.
Rui En said with a smile: “Many people saw the change in me and asked me if there is a man in my life now.
“But it’s really because I became a Christian right before the filming of this drama. I feel happier these days.”
She added that happiness comes with age, as she found she could let go of things more easily.
“In the past, I had this overwhelming pressure to perform well in what I do. I am still finding a way to do well in my job without giving myself pressure,” she said.
“It’s very hard, but I’m always finding ways to do that. It comes with maturity.”
In C.L.I.F. 3, Rui En reprises her role of Zhijie, an officer in charge and also the wife of fellow policeman Lantian (Li Nanxing).
Being able to act opposite Li again was an experience Rui En likened to coming home.
She said: “I’ve had a lot of chemistry with Li since the day we met. We went from not knowing each other at all to feeling really comfortable with each other. I am very lucky to have a partner like that.”
Their pairing on C.L.I.F. 2 earned her a nomination for this year’s Favourite Onscreen Couple at the Star Awards.
The star is also nominated in the same category for her roles opposite actors Qi Yuwu, in The Dream Makers, and Romeo Tan in Sudden.
She has a Best Actress nomination for her role in The Dream Makers.
Having played the female lead opposite a number of leading men, Rui En said that her favourite couple role was with Elvin Ng.
She said: “Every time I work with a different person, there is new chemistry. But if I have to choose one, it will be Elvin.
“Our own fans are very supportive of us together on-screen and it’s fun. I am surprised that ‘Ruivin’ has become a thing now.”
The term ‘Ruivin’ was coined several years ago by fans after the actors’ pairing on The Dream Catchers gained popularity.
The duo are so popular they have bagged the Favourite Onscreen Couple Award at the Star Awards two years in a row.
C.L.I.F. 3 警徽天职 3 debuts 09 April 2014 9pm on Channel 8.
By Ilsa Chan
Actors turn down roles for a host of reasons.
Who: Rui En
No to: Kissing & intimate scenes
Call Rui En a prude or unprofessional but the local actress has openly voiced that she does not do kissing or intimate scenes. Oh, and she doesn’t give a rat’s a** about what you think either.
In 2008, the actress reportedly turned down the lead role in TV drama The Defining Moment due to a rape scene in the script.
While her refusal to compromise might limit her opportunities, it does not seem to have hurt her popularity or career.
The 32-year-old has bagged Best Actress trophies every year since 2011 – twice in the Star Awards (2011 and 2013), and once in the Asian Television Awards (2012) – and has made it to the Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste list (decided by public voting) every year since 2005.
You might say she’s got attitude, we prefer character. Stick to your guns, Rui En. Why join them when you can beat them?