TEXT|Lynn Tan , TRANSLATION |Elaina Kung
「夜深人靜一個人時，好像沒有人了解你。雖然沒有特意尋找，但就是在那個時機點遇到我先生，讓我個性改變很多，也讓我知道生命中什麼是更重要的，那就是情感，回到初心。我覺得最簡單的其實才是最快樂、最要珍惜的事情。」 ——— 林熙蕾
“When you’re alone in the stillness of the night, it feels like nobody truly understands you. That was the moment when I met my husband, who not only evoked positive changes in my personality, but also taught me the truly important things in life – our emotions and origins. I believe that simplicity is the happiest and most precious thing in life.” ——— Kelly Lin
Self-discipline: Key to Inner & Outer Beauty
On the day of the photo shoot, Kelly Lin entered the studio dressed in a light blue T-shirt and light washed jeans. Her relaxing attire and soothing aura felt like the calm, clear sky after a storm. Despite her temporary absence from the industry and spotlight, her goddess-like beauty and image remain frozen in time and in the hearts of many. Her flawless features, slender collarbone, and tall, toned figure emits a natural sense of grace and elegance throughout the photo shoot. In front of the lens of a familiar photographer, Kelly swiftly and gracefully transitions from one pose to the next, leaving everyone in awe of her presence.
Kelly Lin is not only admired for her grace, but also her physical condition which is the result of many years of dedication to disciplined eating and exercise. When asked about the positive effects discipline has made on her life, she replied, “I think it gives me a clearer sense of direct ion in life and helps me understand what I truly want. It also prevents me from being affected by unimportant things.” As someone who is frequently asked about her secret to maintaining her appearance, Kelly summed it up with three words: exercise, skincare, and hydration. She mentioned that she always had a habit of exercising regularly, and that in recent years, she has become even more diligent, possibly due to her discipline. Her exercise routine is diverse, ranging from yoga in the past to pilates, boxing, tennis, and Sheu Fang-yi’s “deep stretching” course which she recently started.
The Figure of Compassion & Benevolence
It is human nature for us to be drawn to beauty and in this regard, Kelly Lin has shown us how her goddess status has remained throughout the years. After a 12-year hiatus, she made a comeback to the realm of acting in the Netflix romance series At the Moment, starring in the episode titled “The Ghost in Your Heart.” When asked which part of the script attracted her back to the screen, she replied, “when I first read the script, I found it quite interesting. I’ve never done a role that involved same-sex relationships, and after learning that my partner is Ruby Lin, I accepted it without much hesitation. Also, the more I read the script the more I liked it and saw how it reflected some of the current issues. Nowadays, we have more courage to stand up and express ourselves, or to pursue the kind of love we desire.”
As an iconic figure, her ability to respond to contemporary issues with such tolerance and empathy is truly a virtuous endeavor. Kelly also leads by example when raising her children to develop compassion. She explained, “I treat my kids like friends. Besides teaching them about safety and self-protection, I also stress on the importance of having empathy towards others, situations, and animals. These values need to be cultivated from a young age. When they were younger, we would bring them to animal adoption events and later on orphanages once they grew a bit older. When we went, we brought supplies and read stories to the children. I want them to understand that many people need help, and that in this world, we cannot live solely for ourselves. I want them to know that we need to help those in need, and in doing so, we will also gain happiness in return. I believe that teaching children kindness from a young age will make a deep impact on their lives.”
Once a woman becomes a mother, beneath her core of kindness, there is often a heightened expectation towards the world. When asked about her current dreams, Kelly responded, “now that my children are a bit older, I am able to do what I want to do, but my dream is probably impossible to achieve, as it is ‘world peace.’ I used to hope for a colorful and spontaneous life before becoming a mother, but now, I just want world peace.” Kelly, with hope gleaming in her eyes, continued to share, “I hope to give back to society, and to help both individuals and animals in need. Now that I have children, I am more focused on matters like how children, during the first 13 or 14 years of their lives, need to be guided with love and patience so that they can become emotionally healthy individuals.”
The Power of True Love
After becoming a mother, one can have a whole new perspective towards the world. So, after having experienced both marriage and motherhood, how does Kelly feel when playing her role in the drama? Kelly explains, “I used to overthink things too much and now, I just follow my instincts. After spending a lot of time with my children, I learned that genuine feelings are the simplest and most desired. My character in this drama is just like that, simple and not overly dramatic, which is why I love this script.”
Since Kelly’s latest work is a romance drama, it’s only natural to ask about her thoughts on true love. She shared, “I’ve learned that if you want to marry your true love, you really need to find someone who understands you well; a ‘soulmate’ or a best friend as many like to call it. Because the strongest couples are the ones that are understanding of each other.” People often say that marriage and parenting are two of the biggest tests in life. When asked about how these experiences have changed her, Kelly responded, “I think I’ve become more patient and more understanding. In the past, I used to want to change others, but now, I focus on working on my own flaws and learn to be understanding of each other. I remind myself of why I was attracted to this person in the first place, and don’t let the surroundings affect that.”
How much Kelly treasures the encounter with her husband, as well as the warmth of their love and friendship, can be felt throughout the interview. It really is no easy feat to maintain a marriage for over 10 years, raise children together, and to mutually see each other as best friends. Like the saying, “When God closes one door, He opens a window,” Kelly met her husband at a low point in her life.
“When you’re alone in the stillness of the night, it feels like nobody truly understands you. That was the moment when I met my husband, who not only evoked positive changes in my personality, but also taught me the truly important things in life – our emotions and origins. I believe that simplicity is the happiest and most precious thing in life.”
Simplicity and staying true to one’s core are the aspects to living a fulfilling life. After bidding farewell to the team, she gracefully leaves with light steps, appearing weightless like the clouds in the sky, and with her presence, the world seemed to brighten up.