Red Star

Lin Xinru

My fair princess


Born in Taipei, Lin Xinru, 40, got her start as a part-time model when she was 17. Also known as Ruby Lin, she became a household name in Taiwan after appearing in the 1995 film School Days with heartthrobs Jimmy Lin and Kaneshiro Takeshi.

Why is she famous?

Thanks to her breakout role in the TV series My Fair Princess in 1999 (the series also propelled lead actress Zhao Wei to overnight stardom), Lin quickly became known on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

She was quick to spot the opportunities on the mainland. Since 2002, Lin has appeared in countless TV dramas. In 2009, she formed her own production firm, making and starring in her own TV shows and films. Her production debut The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) cost only Rmb30 million ($4.55 million) to make but more than doubled its return after the sale of its broadcasting rights to Hunan Satellite TV. More recently, she also starred in and produced Singing All Along, a historical drama that will soon debut on Jiangsu Satellite TV.

Why is she in the news?

On May 20 – China’s unofficial Valentine’s Day (because the sound of ‘520’ is similar to ‘I love you’ in Mandarin) – Taiwanese actor Wallace Huo revealed that he was in a relationship with Lin. The weibo post quickly became the highest trending topic in China’s cyberspace, generating more than 300,000 comments and 850,000 “likes” with many netizens sending their best wishes to the new couple.

Not that anyone would ever have to worry about Lin being lonely. The actress was recently named “the most eligible leftover woman” in China, says Sina Entertainment, a portal. She is reportedly worth Rmb300 million, rendering her one of the richest women in the Chinese entertainment industry after only mainland starlet Fan Bingbing and Hong Kong’s Carina Lau. “Being a boss is great,” Lin told Sina in an earlier interview. “I want to continue to invest in filming so eventually I can do nothing and mint money.”

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