Photos: Camelia Ting
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It has been three years since Elvin Ng and Rui En was last cast as a couple in a Channel 8 production, with Unriddle 2 being their last project together. There was talk of a reunion this year when he was slated to pair up with the actress in upcoming drama If Only I Could… and fans had their hopes dashed after the couple swapped partners (Rui En was paired with Andie Chen while Elvin was paired with Paige Chua).
But every cloud has a silver lining and after expressing keen interest to work with the actress again for years (three years, in fact), the actor will finally get his wish granted today (Mar 18).
During the imaging session for C.L.I.F. 4 yesterday, Elvin revealed that that there will be a mini ‘Ruivin’ reunion happening soon. Rui En could not be reached for comment because something cropped up at home that required her immediate attention and she had to reschedule her imaging session at the very last minute.
“We will be working on something related to ‘Ruivin’ tomorrow. Since we can’t do a drama together, we were approached by L'Oréal to do a commercial together as Rui En is an ambassador with them for the past few years,” he explained.
The reason behind their reunion will probably have fans giggling away too.
Rui En and Elvin at Star Awards last year. (Photo: Elvin via Instagram)
“They thought we had really good chemistry, especially after they saw how I teased and disturbed her [at Star Awards] last year and how she’d roll her eyes back at me. They like the chemistry and fun vibes we give off,” he chuckled.
Unfortunately, that’s about all the ‘Ruivin’ fans are going to see this year. The pair will have close to no scenes together in C.L.I.F. 4 since they are in different divisions -- Rui En will reprise her role as INSP Huang Zhijie in the CID team while Elvin’s character will return to work at the Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC).
Spotted in a recently refreshed attire for neighbourhood police officers (white polo t-shirts and navy Bermuda shorts) at the imaging session, Elvin joked about feeling a little “bare” with his legs exposed.
“I think the shorts are a bit sexy since it shows my leg hair too (laughs). But I won’t be doing anything about the leg hair," he cheekily quipped, "I prefer to be all natural."
As the only cast member who has been transferred back and forth between different divisions (Traffic Police and Neighbourhood Police Centre), depending on which unit the Singapore Police Force wishes to promote in the drama, Elvin implored, “I want to be a CID officer next!
“I don’t want to be the friendly-type of cop, I want to be cooler in the next series please.”
Elvin's character Zhang Gui Xiang in the new uniform for neighbourhood police officers.
What to expect in C.L.I.F. 4
In a separate interview with the drama’s executive producer (EP) Chong Liung Man, he shared that doing another sequel was something the team strived towards to during C.L.I.F. 3. “When I was filming part 3, I told them the mission is to have a part 4. Now that it has succeeded, we’d have to wait for a few more years before knowing if part 5 will happen,” he chuckled.
C.L.I.F. 4’s focus will be to develop the characters and their back stories – to make them more relatable and touching, Liung Man added. “I wish to showcase more in-depth acting [from the actors] in this drama and I’m expecting more emotional delivery from them.
"The challenges for C.L.I.F. 4 is to maintain the goodness of 1, 2 and 3 and make it even better than before.”
The EP also expressed interest in doing a drama about Singapore’s Armed Forces (SAF), or specifically, the Singapore Army, if given the opportunity to shoot a similar drama about a different uniform group in Singapore. “I think it’s worth exploring that since it has been a long time since we last did a proper drama about the army in Mediacorp."
A drama version of Ah Boys To Men? We're all for it.
C.L.I.F. 4 debuts September 6, 9pm on Channel 8.
Watch past episodes of C.L.I.F. 1, C.L.I.F. 2, C.L.I.F. 3 on Toggle.
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