Lin made her acting debut in a TV commercial in Taiwan. When she received her first experience in front of the camera in 1995 as minor role, she start to developed a passion for acting. In 1997, After playing supporting roles in various Taiwanese TV dramas, she met her breakout role as a leading actress in the television series Princess Returning Pearl and its sequel, Princess Returning Pearl II. In 1999, after Princess Returning Pearl was broadcast, she also began a singing career with her first album, a five track EP.
Lin has acted in a variety of roles, such as the sassy Jian Ning princess in Duke of Mount Deer 2000, the cruel assassin Cai Yue in Flying Daggers, the gently natured Man Zhen in Half Life Fate, and the middle-aged woman in her latest series Ancestral Temple. In 2007, she has said she would like to get more involved in movies. Her English name is from her mother's love of the jewel.
Lin's parents did not like the idea of their daughter being involved in the entertainment industry., but she decided to pursue an acting career. After appearing in commercials for many products, her parents finally agreed to let her sign with an entertainment management company. Following high school graduation, Lin officially signed a contract with Jessie and Jones Entertainment Ltd on her twentieth birthday. She has also helped reconcile her parents.
"I was in my second year of high school when I first got involved in film & TV industry. When I first got the script of the film "School Days", I couldn't sleep for days. I thought there would be other opportunities for me to study abroad, but one does not bump into the opportunity to be in a film every day. So, I just went and had a try. I told myself that if my filming career didn't work out, then I could still go back to school. But things are not always as they may have appeared to be. Only when the actual filming started, did I realize that it wasn't as easy as I had thought. At that time, it was a film taking place in a school. I played a class monitor role. In a scene, I needed to sort of give a command to my classmates, stand up, stand at attention (with the rest of the class) and salute to the teacher. It took about 10-20 tries ! I was so scared and worried that the director might scold and shout at me. The feeling of frustration was quite big."
""After it was decided that I played the role of Zi wei, I got the script only three days before I had to leave for filming. I was reading and crying at the same time, Why are there so many lines? In my previous roles, I never had that many lines, probably like about one or two lines or so in each response, as those were perhaps only small roles! And that was also the first time I was leaving my native place for such a long time for filming and I had to overcome the challenges of being in an unfamiliar environment. (Taiwan Cover story Interview in 2001)"
After rising to prominence, she continued to star in a number of successful television series. In 2000, She worked in Hong Kong TVB's big production Duke of Mount Deer 2000 with Dicky Cheung, Shu Qi and many other big names artists. In this series, Ruby Lin acted as 'Princess Jian Ning', a sassy and funny girl, showing that she has what it takes to portray a cute and cheerful princess successfully, turning away from the nice and sweet image she had earned from her role in Princess Returning Pearl. Consequently, after starring in another Chinese blockbuster series Romance in the Rain which was written by Chiung Yao, Lin was voted as the Top Ten Most Famous Asian Superstars for two consecutive years (2000 and 2001). Same year, she also selected forth place "Malaysia 2001 Heavenly Kings & Queens".
As Lin felt she had achieved all she could in television, she went on to star in a few movies in Hong Kong. In 2000, Lin filmed 3 movies in Hong Kong. In 2001, she worked on the action movie China Strike Force with Aaron Kwok and Taiwanese singer and actor Lee-Hom Wang. Although Lin was only in a supporting role, she said it was a learning experience for her. With those Hong Kong movies, she counter-attacked the Hong Kong market.
"From all the characters that I have played in, there's a series that gave me the biggest pressure -- "Ban Sheng Yuan", because the entire story's ups & downs [fluctuations] were extremely big and I had experienced a great deal of tribulations. Even compared to my prior acting experiences, I had put in more heart & effort in interpreting this character [role]. At that time, the pressure was just overwhelming (Interview on June 25, 2003)
Lin's hard work yielded even better results than expected. Her performance escalated her fame and earned her many accolades for capturing her screen character Man Zhen’s 14 years of arduous life. This series was broadcasted in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea That same year, Lin participated in a modern romantic TV series Boy and Girl. This series was broadcasted to the whole of China by CCTV and got the highest view rating among all series aired in 2003. Her fame was further enhanced through this TV series. With this series, Lin was selected Top 10 actress of the year and among those 10 actresses, she was the only actress from Taiwan.Also in the same year, she participated in an ancient martial arts TV series Flying Daggers which was based on Gu Long's novel. In it, Lin not only acted in a martial arts series for the first time, but also greatly changed the type of character she usually portrayed, changing from a gentle damsel to a cold assassin. Those 3 TV series above were released in 2003 in various countries, proving to be a successful year for her. Though Ruby Lin focus on filming TV series, she also keep starred some movies. Lin participated on adventure drama movie Life Express with Richie Ren. In 2003, Ruby Lin worked with Francis Ng and Anita Yuen in romantic comedy filmLove Trilogy.It was relatively successful in China.
2004 productions, such as Amor de Tarapaca, co-starring Korean actor Han Jae Suk, began trend of successful China-Korea collaborations. Lin has been involved in another original Korean screenplay, Magic Touch of Fate, co-starring Taiwanese actor Alec Su and Korean idol KangTa. This series is the highest budgeted mini series ever made in Asian modern television industry to date. At this point, Lin had been in the business for almost a decade with nearly non-stop filmings. She had always wanted to go back to school to live the life of a student. Especially since the time during high school, studying abroad had always been her dream. In the 2004 winter after finishing filming Magic Touch of Fate, Lin fixated on self-improvement and decided to go to New York City to study language and acting for three months. While she was there, Lin studied English at Embassy CES and performance at the New York Film Academy.
In February 2005, coming back home (Taiwan) with a new passion for acting, Lin starred in four mega-produced Chinese Series, Paris Sonata, Sound of Colors, Star Boulevard, and Da Li Princess almost back to back. For her role in Paris Sonata, she had to learn how to play piano more than 2 months before filming. Following her performance in Paris Sonata, she selected TV drama Sound of Colors in a remake of Jimmy Liao's illustration as her next work and portrayed a blind radio DJ. Lin's performance as a blind girl got many favorable comments from audiences. Some news reports and reviews even say that this is one of her best acting among all her previous works. This drama has already been broadcasted in many countries/regions including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and United States. Other 2 television series Star Boulevard and Da Li Princess are expected to be released in 2008 by CCTV
At the end of 2006, Lin bid farewell to her agent company Zhong Jie after a 10 year relationship and quietly signed with Hua Yi Brothers Film and Television group (華誼兄弟影視集團). Hua Yi Bros is currently the largest management and domestic movie-making company in China. On 30 November 2006, in an extravagant ceremony, she officially signed with Hua Yi as her management company. News has reported that the fee for signing her was said to be over $10 million. After signing with the new company, she went to USA (Los Angeles & San Francisco) with her family for a vacation. Lin came back to China in the middle of January 2007. At the end of 2006, there were lots of rumors about her next work including Jackie Chan's new movie, but nothing has materialized even up to August. Finally, in September 2007, she participated in filming CCTV's new historical TV drama Su DongPo as a guest starring. In this TV series, she plays the first wife of Su Dongpo (A writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty, and one of the major poets of the Song era) who is played Lu Yi. This is their 3rd cooperation. After filming that, Ruby Lin starred in digital film Evening of Roses. It is scheduled to be screening possibly by the end of 2008.
After Evening of Roses, Lin become give more a challenge to herself in different roles. End of 2007, she co-starred with Ray Lui as Daji in The Legend and the Hero 2, also known as Feng Shen Bang (Chinese: 封神榜), is one of the major vernacular Chinese novels written in the Ming Dynasty. After much speculation over who would receive leading role Daji who is known for her beauty and cruelty that brought ruin to a dynasty, the role was finally offered to Lin. After Lin confirmed to play Daji role, she can't escape herself in comparison to Fan Bingbing who played the same role in first part of this series. Lin's new look received generally positive comments from media. NetandTV media commented: "In comparison to the previous version, the bright spot in this new version's Daji gets a new makeover. Ruby Lin's look gave Daji a brand-new definition" And on numerous occasions, Lin said "comparing with other people is meaningless, I just wants a breakthrough from past looks, to surpass myself."
In 2008, after develop a career in China, has become a movement in the entertainment circle in recent years, Lin returning to Taiwan to do a series Love At Sun Moon Lake. Lin plays an aborigine lady, and this is the first TV series has gotten Taiwan government's permits for mainland China actors to begin filming in Taiwan. Besides this, it was also announced that Lin had been cast as Sun Shangxiang in the new Romance of the Three Kingdoms TV adaptation directed by Gao Xixi.
In 2001, after a three-year hiatus, Lin signed a contract with BMG Taiwan, and subsequently released her 2nd album face 2 face (雙面林心如). A few days after, the Para Para Special Edition was also released. Both albums earned several awards from the Hong Kong music industry. After those two albums, she began focusing more on her acting career. Lin is contracted for 4 albums with BMG, but has little time to continue her singing career. As a result, in 2004, BMG decided to release the soundtrack for the television series, Half Life Fate, in favour of having Lin record a third studio album. In the soundtrack, Lin sang five songs; the opening theme, "Half of Fate", earned her the Best Film and Television Song award.At the end of 2004, Lin's contract with BMG expired. After being approached by several labels, she did not sign a record contract till the May, 2008. According to Lin's recently news, she signed new music company already to explore her musical career on the Chinese mainland. It also reported she prepare her album in Taiwan, will release in October.
From early years of her career, Ruby lin unwanted expressed her feeling and opinions when rumours about her work or private life spread . However constant stalking by the media and paparazzi, she does acknowledge that "ignore" is not good way to deal with them. In 2006, Ruby Lin starts to manage her own personal blog in one of the biggest site 'sina' in China. In her blog, she express her moods and make clear when she became the subject of controversy or media made incorrect article. About the reason she changed her way to response rumors and paparazzi, she said "Before, I thought there's no need to respond to baseless remarks, However sometimes 'avoidance' isn't the best way to solve problmes. Therefore I made the resolution to start writing in my blog, to write down my feelings. I can objectively express my views through my blog". In 2007, Ruby Lin was speculated to be battling for the role of the White Demon with Li Bingbing and Fann Wong. From her blog, She trying to cleared up these rumours by stating she would not be acting in Forbidden Kingdom. Ruby Lin indicated in her blog "Finally dust has settled ~ I've left the eye of the storm"
"I am both angry and afraid. At first I was especially scared, it was putting a mental strain on me, sometimes whenever the phone rings I would get nervous, afterwards I just didn't dare to answer the telephone anymore. Actually, I originally didn't want to change numbers, because a lot of friends have my number. There was no other way, I had change the numbers In regards to the overly excited fans, I want to appeals to everybody that they must be rational when star chasing.
In 2006, they appear publicly together on a Taiwan show "Kang Yong's family" years after the breakup, expressed that distance was the reason for the breakup. It was the first time appearing on the same stage after the breakup. At this show, they finally openly talked about their former relationship. For the 1st time in public Jimmy Lin said, it was because both were constantly shooting in China, in the end their relationship succumbed to distance for breaking things up. Both of them still remain good friends even after their break up.. Whether there's a possibility of getting back together, both said "impossible.". Ruby Lin said " We didn't have a significant quarrel or dispute, therefore after the breakup we can still be friends"
Since the TV series Romance in the Rain, media made speculations between Lin and her co-star Alec Su, though they insisted they're just close friends. In 2006, when she joined Alec's management team and signed with Alec to HuaYi Media company, their rumored relationship erupted again. Currently, Lin claims to be single and said, "I am presently very satisfied with my life and very satisfied with everything that I have right now the word marriage is still too far away"
According to Lin,
"In this business sometimes it's really hard, even for yourself, to determine which kind of relationship is true love. Let's say you are shooting a movie abroad & just so happens there's someone you can talk to, to mutually look after one another. You would feel that you've found a person you can depend upon, couple that w/ the plot of the movie, it's very easy to be confused. It's impossible to clarify what kind of relationship it is. But in the end, it's definitely when the movies disperses, so do the people.(Miss Fashion magazine August 2004)
Not only friends from inside the entertainment circle, Lin still keeps in contact with many of her old friends from younger days. According to Lin, "Friends play a very important role in my life. Fate is indeed a very marvelous thing. We had also known each other for 18 years. Transforming from naive little seeding to charming women, going through numerous difficulties/obstacles in the process. So as to have the unshakeable friendship today" (From Ruby Lin's personal blog)
|2010||Romance of the Three Kingdoms||Sun Shangxiang||China series|
|2009||Love in Sun Moon Lake||Ann Ann (安安)||Taiwan series|
|2008||The Legend and the Hero II||Daji(妲己)||China series|
|2008||Su DongPo||Wang Fu(王弗)||China CCTV series, Guest star|
|2007||Ancestral Temple||Zheng Xiu Yun(鄭秀雲)||China CCTV series|
|2006||Da Li Princess||Duan Ai Yue(段艾月)||China CCTV series|
|Star Boulevard||Mi Lu(米露)||China CCTV series|
|Sound of Colors||Fu Jing Jing(傅晶晶)||China & Taiwan series|
|Paris Sonata||Yu Man Zhi(于蔓芝)||China & Taiwan series|
|2005||Magic Touch of Fate||Lin Xiao Mei(林曉梅)||China & Korea Joint|
|2004||Amor de Tarapaca||Li Yi Qiao(黎亦喬)||Taiwan series|
|2003||Flying Daggers||Xue Cai Yue(薛采月)||Taiwan series|
|Boy and Girl||Su La(苏拉)||China CCTV series|
|Half Life Fate||Gu Man Zhen(顧曼楨)||China series|
|2002||Only-You||Si Jia Yi(司嘉譯)||China & Taiwan series|
|Taiji Prodigy||Bing Xin(冰心)||Taiwan series. Guest star|
|The Chor Lau Heung||Se Kong Sing Er(司空星兒)||Taiwan series|
|Wulung Prince||Wang Weng Xu(王翁須)||Taiwan series. Guest star|
|2001||Romance in the Rain||Lu Ru Ping(陸如萍)||Taiwan series|
|Duke of Mount Deer 2000||Princess Jian Ning(建寧公主)||Taiwan and Hong Kong series|
|2000||The Legend of Master Soh||Hong Qi Lian(洪綺蓮)||Taiwan series|
|1999||Princess Pearl II||Xia Zi Wei(夏紫薇)||Taiwan series|
|Food Glorious Food||San San(珊珊)||Hong Kong series|
|1998||Magic Chef||Hong Niang(紅娘)||Taiwan series|
|1997||Princess Pearl||Xia Zi Wei(夏紫薇)||Taiwan series|
|Last Tango in Shanghai||Yi Feng Lu(依風盧)||Taiwan series|
|2008||Evening of Roses (Ye Mei Gui - 夜玫瑰)||Xia Mei Gui||Digital Film|
|2005||Kill Two Birds with One Stone (Yi Dan Er Niao - 一石二鳥)||Zhang Xin Xin|
|Dragon Blade (Long Dao Qi Yuen - 龍刀奇緣)||Ba Li Ba||Dubbing actress|
|2004||Love Trilogy (Wo Ai Tian Shang Ren Jian - 我愛天上人間)||Lui Hai||Aka 30 Fen Zhong Lian Yao|
|2002||Life Express (Sheng Si Su Di - 生死速遞)||Sun Xin Xin|
|Dragon's Love (Long Er - 龍兒)||Long Er|
|2001||China Strike Force (Lei Ting Zhan Jing - 雷霆戰警)||Ruby|
|Comic King (Man Hua Feng Yun - 漫畫風雲)||Chu Qi|
|2000||Winner Takes All (Da Ying Jia - 大贏家)||Wen Jing|
|The Mirror (Mo Jing - 魔鏡)||Judy||3 Stories omnibus film|
|A Matter of Time (Xin Du Guo Chou Cheng - 新堵國仇城)||Mei Jia Hui|
|1999||Bad Girl Trilogy (惡女列傳之板凳皇后)||Yi Ge Ming Xing|
|My Wishes (Xin Yuan - 心願)||Mao Mei|
|1996||School Days (Xiao Yuan Gan Si Dui - 校園敢死隊)||Princess||Debut film|
|2005||My private in NewYork / 私藏心如||April 2005||Travel Diary|
|2000||Love In Great Britain / 英倫情人||October 2000||pictorial book|
|1999||Sharing / 心如心語||December 1999||pictorial book|
|1999||Spring Emotion / 春情||August 1999||pictorial book|
|Album #||Album Title||Album Information|
|1st||Hearing 心跳 (Xin Tiao)|
|2nd||Face 2 Face 雙面林心如 (Shuang Mian Lin Xin Ru)|
|3rd||Para Para 趴啦趴啦 (Pa La Pa La)|
|4th||Eighteen Springs New + Best 半生缘新歌+精选 (Ban Sheng Yuan)|
|5th||possession 拥有林心如 (Yong You Lin Xin Ru)|
|Title||Date Released||Language||Tracks contributed|
|Princess Returning Pearl Original Soundtrack |
|June 13,1999||Mandarin||1. "You Are Wind, I Am Sand"|
2."In Dreams" (夢裡)
|Amor De Tarapaca Original Soundtrack |
|June 25,2004||Mandarin||6. "At The Moment" (這一秒鐘)|
|Paris Sonata OST |
|July 20,2006||Mandarin||Opening. "Angel Don't Cry"(天使別哭)|
Sub-Theme"From Dusk to Dawn"
|Star Boulevard OST |
|October 10,2007||Mandarin||Opening "Station"(車点)|
|Ancestral Temple |
|December 12,2007||Mandarin||1. "Waiting" (等待)|