TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
In the blink of an eye, with over 20 years of performing experience, Ruby Lin went from being an actress to a producer. Now, she is taking on life with stride and ease. “Always enjoy the state of the moment and make the best out of it.” Never asking for too much, she trusts the natural trajectory of life wholeheartedly. As time passes, the only thing that remains unchanged is her diligence and her cheerful, optimistic smile.
放眼時尚圈，如今珠寶不再侷限於高貴禮服，更與時髦穿搭緊密融合。對於平日裡挑選珠寶的準則，林心如表示偏好簡約風格，不太喜歡複雜繁瑣的設計，「像我自己買耳環，永遠只有單顆在耳朵上，很少會買垂墜式。」依每日色系選擇金銀配飾，更透露自己最常戴的是手錶、手環跟戒指。而流行風潮不斷流轉，林心如分享了三樣自認相當經典的單品，「西裝外套、白 T-Shirt 跟大衣。」尤其對大衣情有獨鍾，從版型、質料、剪裁，皆是她所注重的細節，更悄悄地說自己其實很喜歡冬天，特別期待寒冬的到來，能穿上大衣展現不同的氣勢與個性，「只是有點可惜，因為台灣的天氣不是那麼有機會可以常常穿到，現在就比較少買了。」
／Changing of Roles
Lin’s first time taking on the task of producing a reality show, Light the Wild, is perhaps one of the most anticipated projects this year. A big fan of reality shows, she was struck by the idea when discussing with her fellow castmates the difference between past and present variety shows. “It seems like a lot of fun to have a group of friends attend a reality show together.” With a slower pace, the show is set to reveal the true personalities of celebrities as they take on tasks like building fires, cooking and setting up tents, leaving behind their roles in Light the Night. “To me, this is a brand new experience because I’m not an outdoor person. But through the show, I got a chance to be close to nature.” Besides camping, Lin is also busy producing her next drama. With a family of three brothers as main protagonists, the story revolves around issues of life and death but through a light-hearted perspective, coincidentally reflecting the turbulence of the pandemic in the past three years. Not taking part in the acting this time, she is devoting her attention solely towards producing. When it comes to choosing future roles, Lin smiles and says she actually wants to try light comedy. “Life is already hard enough. We need something new and interesting to balance it out, so that the audience doesn’t feel the pressure.” Placing her family as her priority, she has found a balance between her professional and private lives. “I will never turn down a good script or a good project, but I won’t let it take up all my time.”
／Quality Family Time
As a mother, Lin is always personally taking care of her daughter, even if it means she has to wake up early to take her to school; she doesn’t want to miss any of it. “Like today, I took her to school. Then I grabbed breakfast and worked out before heading to work.” Ever since she had a kid, her life has become more regular. Every day, she delegates time for exercises, ranging from Pilates, boxing, cardio to weight training; it is as if nothing is a challenge for her. Whenever it is time for her daughter to get ready for school, Lin is often amused by the things the five-year-old says to her—”I don’t want to go to school. Why do you get to sleep in?” Perhaps because of her upbringing, she is able to hold an open-minded attitude towards life, which stemmed from the love and care provided by her family. “If you see someone who is depressed and lacking confidence, I think there is a high chance that it is related to his or her primary family, which is why it is very important to make sure our kids grow up in a loving environment.” Besides wishing for her daughter to grow up properly, Lin also believes establishing the right values is a key to a proper upbringing. Whenever her daughter sees her on television, Lin doesn’t try to explain it, for she believes that when the time is right, her daughter would understand. “I aspire to be her role model and I hope that she will work as hard as I do, that my attitude towards my job and life can influence her and that she will also become a positive, optimistic, cheerful person.” When dealing with her Capricorn daughter’s perfectionist personality, Lin always takes her time to talk to her daughter before bed in order to understand how she is feeling. “It takes a lot of patience. Maybe because she is a little older now, she is going through a lot of changes.” Chuckling, she admits that the educational process spent with her kid is definitely a life experience requiring a good amount of wisdom and courage.
／Simple Fashion Guidelines
In the world of fashion, jewelry is no longer limited to haute couture. Instead, it can now be styled with a wide range of outfits. For everyday jewelry, Lin prefers minimalist styles over complicated designs. “For earrings, I always choose studs. I rarely go for pendants or fringes.” Choosing according to the color scheme she is wearing that day, she usually selects watches, bracelets and rings as her go-to accessories. Out of all the changing trends, there are three classics that she finds to be never out of fashion—blazers, white t-shirts and coats. Especially fond of coats, Lin focuses on the details like fit, material and tailoring and admits that she is actually very excited about the winter season because her overall style is elevated after she puts on a coat. “It’s a pity that the weather in Taiwan is not the best for coats, so I don’t buy them as often anymore.” Recalling her first shopping spree, Lin laughs and says she went through a phase where she really liked Louboutins. “Every time when I travel, I used to bring back over a dozen pairs. I even bought shoe bags to be kept in the shoe boxes to protect them.” Now, her desire to shop is decreased, leaving just pairs and pairs of heels, many now oxidized, in her house.
／Clever on the Inside
When asked to give relationship advice to all the single women out there, Lin offers a smart but straightforward answer. “First, you have to live your life. Don’t cause two people’s loneliness just because you don’t want to be alone.” Not encouraging people to give up on love, she believes when the time is not right, the priority should be placed on shifting the focus towards the self. “Don’t lose confidence. You have to believe in yourself and believe that you are good enough. Learn to compliment yourself whenever you can.” Besides working, finding hobbies is another way of boosting confidence. After marriage and having a family, many find it hard to maintain a sense of self. “I never thought women were supposed to give themselves up for their family or marriage. You have to retain individuality, achieve financial independence, and stay connected with society.” If reality doesn’t allow it and it is necessary to make certain sacrifices, it is never too late to focus on yourself when your child is older. In terms of relationships, whenever problems appear, the timing for effective communication is extremely crucial. “I think shutting up at the right time can actually resolve all the disputes.” With years of experience, Lin finally understands the meaning behind silence is golden. “In a marriage, you will realize that not everything needs closure because this is life. If you take a step forward, I will take a step back. It is a two-way street.” Learning to switch perspectives without being taken advantage of and choosing healthy ways of communication are Lin’s ways of dealing with the negativities in life. To her, the source of passion towards life stems from her desires of the moment. For instance, last year due to the pandemic, she learned how to cook, went back to school, went from acting to producing to making a reality show. Taking on these challenges filled her life with a new found interest that is refreshing and fun. “I don’t like living a static life.” Towards the end of our interview, Lin reveals that she wants to learn oil painting, one of the many surprises that she is bound to bring to us in the future.