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林心如Ruby |夢幻暮光 傾世之美

TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang

畫上圓滿的初心,一切成功的女人的特質,在林心如身上展現的淋灕盡致,她作為時尚高級珠寶寵兒,珠寶上光影流轉的印記,近幾年更願意將時間稱為一個見證者,見證著她的逐漸成熟,陪著她一步步走向更好的滿分媽媽。

All the traits a successful woman should have can be found on Ruby Lin. As the darling of High Jewelry, she wears them as a mark of time. Recently, time has become a witness for her gradual maturity and her growth of becoming a better, more perfect mother.

成長印記

每個階段都有它不可取代的意義,去年八月女兒小海豚正式上幼稚園,這是她當媽媽的第一次將小孩送至學校,「其實我們都還滿緊張,我跟他爸爸起了一大早,想著第一天上學不要遲到。把女兒送進去發現有許多小朋友都在嚎啕大哭,哭著抱住媽媽的腳,再往旁邊看女兒還算冷靜的,只是臉上茫然不知道上學是什麼樣子。」,擔心女兒一個人進去學校能不能適應,上廁所敢不敢跟老師講,會不會自己穿好褲子,但這一切作為家長還是要放手讓小孩去闖蕩,離開的時候林心如輕輕地抱了一下女兒,她回憶起當時的場景:「我沒有大哭,就眼角流了一點淚。」第二天上學還是女兒小海豚跟媽媽說:「媽媽你們不用陪我,我會自己勇敢走進去。」或許那是一種疲憊生活裡的幸福感,雖然幼稚園都很早上課,作為家長的林心如都會盡量自己接送,除非是真的有工作排不開,林心如眼神熾熱認真地說:「因為你不知道小孩會讓你接送多久,我很享受跟女兒去學校這段路,很珍惜這個時光。」

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女兒情節

她比以前更溫柔了,沒有生小孩前似乎對小孩沒有想像空間,只覺得希望生的是女孩,「我比較喜歡女生,女生比較貼心可以幫她打扮,以後你的東西也可以留給他,現在買東西都很理所當然,以後我女兒可以用。」說起這些時,她熟稔又關切的語氣,像極了身邊親近的友人。對於女兒小海豚的期待,林心如淡淡的說:「只希望她能夠健康、快樂,擁有獨立人格,同時也希望可以與家裡連結多一些,不要長大就說想出國讀書,當父母的也會蠻難過失落的。」在林心如眼中的身教,理解為在碰到事情一邊學習成長著,有時候預設太多立場並沒有任何幫助,要獨自建構一套與小孩溝通的模式。「我喜歡動物,有了小孩後沒那麼多時間去打理,工作也忙碌,但女兒太喜歡了,後來有個朋友是做流浪動物之家,會去外面收留流浪貓,也會幫忙接生,所以有很多小貓,就帶一隻小貓咪回家陪伴女兒。」隨著動物與人類的關係越來越密切,養小動物更成為一種生活中的陪伴與依賴,林心如也希望藉此讓女兒知道如何好照顧小動物。

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重回校園

四季的更迭意味著時間的流轉,離開校園二十幾年,重新回到校園讀書,沉思了一下,她描述那時候讀世新大學上海碩專班,大概一個月要飛上海一到兩次,每次三天,學生時期沒有住校過的林心如,她暢言著那一段時光的美好。大家住在同樣的飯店,彷若求學一起住宿舍,一起上學、吃飯,回到宿舍還可以聊天、一起喝點小酒,給自己放風、休息。但很不幸後來疫情來了,轉成線上教學,再來又回到世新大學教室裡上課,很像大學生的感覺。透過學術理論應證實際操作的總和,之於她而言重拾書本是一種生活閱歷積累的見證,「現在讀書沒人逼你,是自己更主動貼近。」不經意間,你會發現從工作內容到生活方式,她都能堅定地做好不選擇看似最好的,只選喜歡的,發自內心的喜歡才是專注堅持的原動力。

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同樣認真

人生都是需要挑戰的,林心如不侷限只做一名演員,從2009年成立林心如工作室擔任製片人做的第一部戲劇,她已經做好從零開始的準備,「一開始很生澀什麼都不懂,到現在做的戲、投資都愈來愈大愈精良,對我來講是最大的進步。」觀眾在片頭製作人一欄看到林心如的名字,或是觀賞者給予戲劇正向的肯定,都是她內心最大的成就感。「我做的戲比較不是單一路線,以大群戲為主,像《十六個夏天》是五個朋友的故事,《華燈初上》也是很多小姐不同的故事線組成,希望每一個角色都有其出彩,可發揮之地。」你發現林心如不斷再超越,不管是當演員、製片角色,都會發掘相對在地內容、社會性議題的角色和劇本,於她而言這一切是自然生長的,在評估創造劇本內容多元化,她希望可以帶給觀眾比較正面、有社會省思的內容產製,像是當初在製作電影《迷失安狄》確實是希望能幫一些弱勢族群發聲,讓大眾去關注,「自己年紀也不是剛出道二、三十幾歲,不要老是做一些你情我愛的內容,應該要更大膽嘗試不一樣的創作。」訪談最後問到考慮放慢步調嗎?沒有,還有明年要製作的戲,現階段還在前置籌備中,今年《華燈初上》即將在11月26日Netflix獨家上映,要連上幾季所以宣傳期會比較長一點,目前可能會以宣傳為主,她還在人生道路上奔跑著,與時光同行。

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Marks of Growth 

Every stage of life has its own irreplaceable meaning. Last August, Ruby’s daughter started kindergarten; it is also Ruby’s first time sending her kid off to school. “Honestly, we were pretty nervous. My husband and I woke up early because we didn’t want to be late. When we were at the entrance, there were so many kids crying. But my daughter acted really calm. I think she was more confused than scared.” Like any mother, Ruby was worried that her daughter would have a hard time fitting in. Would she be scared to ask to go to the restroom? Is she capable of doing everything herself? These are all the questions parents ask themselves. And yet, it is important for parents to allow their kids to explore the world. Ruby remembers when she said goodbye to her daughter, “I didn’t cry out loud, but I did tear up a bit.” The next day her daughter even asked Ruby to stay behind because she felt like she was brave enough to go in alone. Although kindergarten starts early in the morning, Ruby still tries her best to take her daughter to school every day. Perhaps this is a kind of happiness parents find amidst their busy schedules. “You never know when your kids will stop wanting you to take them to school, so I really enjoy and appreciate the time I got to spend with my daughter.”

With Love and Tenderness 

She is gentler than before. Before having a kid, Ruby didn’t really give a second thought to kids; she only hoped it was a girl. “Girls are more considerate. I can also dress up with her and leave my accessories to her. Whatever I buy now, it will one day become my daughter’s.” Speaking of the expectations she holds for her daughter, Ruby simply wants her to stay healthy, happy and have an independent personality. At the same time, she also wishes that her daughter will be able to connect with her family. To Ruby, when it comes to teaching her kid, it is about learning while growing up. Sometimes making assumptions is not beneficial at all; it is better to establish a concrete way of communication. Ruby cares a lot about animals. After having her daughter, it became hard to take care of animals while juggling with work. However, her daughter likes animals too much. Which is why when Ruby heard about a friend who was fostering stray cats and helping pregnant cats deliver, she decided to adopt one of the kittens for her daughter. As they grew closer with the kitten, raising pets became a part of life that provides them company and dependence, an aspiration Ruby holds for her daughter to know how to take care of animals properly. 

Back to School 

The changing of seasons also means a progression of time. After twenty years, Ruby once again returned to school and became a student. For Shih-Hsin University’s Communications Management Master’s Program, she had to fly over once or twice every month. As someone who’d never stayed at dorms before, she found the experience to be pleasant and fun. Like staying at the same dormitory, Ruby stayed at the same hotel as everyone else. They would walk to class, grab food together and go over to each other’s room to have a chat while having a drink. Unfortunately, COVID-19 happened, so the classes had to be held remotely. Re-experiencing what it’s like to be a college student, Ruby was able to learn from theoretical studies and hands-on experiences to realize returning to studying is actually a testimony of accumulating life experiences. “Now, studying becomes a choice, a way to get closer with my inner self.” Subtly, you will see that from her career to her way of life, Ruby is always able to stand her ground and choose what she likes instead of what’s best. Love and interest from the heart is the ultimate driving force for concentration and persistence. 

A Relative Stability 

Besides Pilates, Ruby decided to take on boxing this year. “Boxing is fun and perfect for de-stressing. It is both an aerobic and anaerobic exercise. If the coach asks you to keep going for over a minute, it becomes anaerobic and makes you sweat like crazy.” As a foodie, she chuckles and says exercising is a means to staying fit. In the past few years, Ruby had started to dress more simply. Before having her daughter, she would want to dress up occasionally and put on some makeup and accessories. Now, her style is minimalist, casual and comfortable. Taking up the role of a mother both in real life and on television, Ruby admits that she used to act with imagination, but now she is able to draw from her experience and deliver her performance with more authenticity and accuracy. 

In All Earnest

Life is all about challenges. Not limited to just being an actor, Ruby took up the role of producer and debuted her first work in 2009. She was prepared to start from zero. “At first I didn’t know a lot of things, but now the shows are getting better and the investments are much bigger too. To me, these are all improvements.” Whether it’s the fact that the audience will be able to see her name Ruby Lin titled as “producer” in the opening credits scene, or the positive feedback given by any viewers, these are what gives her a sense of accomplishment. “The shows I produce are never about one singular theme, they are about a group of people. Like The Way We Were is a story about five friends, while Light The Night is about a group of women working at a nightclub. I hope that each character can shine on its own and find its unique place in the show.” Through the interview, you will find that Ruby is always outdoing herself. From being an actor, a producer, to exploring local stories and social issues through different characters and scripts, everything comes naturally to her. However, even when she is focusing on versatility, she still wants to bring positive and reflective contents to her audience. Like with the film Miss Andy, she wanted to speak for minorities in order to help them receive the attention and care they needed. “I’m no longer in my twenties or thirties. It is time for me to try to create something new and bold.” When asked if she would want to slow down her pace, the answer is no. She is actually already preparing for a new production coming up next year. Meanwhile, Light The Night is airing on Netflix exclusively on November 26th. With multiple seasons coming up, the press tour is bound to be longer than usual. So for now, Ruby is still striving in life and charging forward as time progresses, non-stop and with no limitations. 

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