Rui En on "the most insane and hardcore" experience in her life

The actress is both excited and apprehensive about taking on her first long-form drama, 'Old is Gold'

Rui En passed her Muay Boran examinations in August last year. (Additional photo: Instagram/Hype Records)

Photos: Toh Zi Yi
Video: Philip Ang, Aliya Binte Zulkifli

Birthdays are important stuff – after all, they only come once a year. From parties to fancy dinners and cakes, we’ve seen it all. Rui En, however, chose to spend her 38th birthday in a less-than-conventional way: in a Muay Thai gym in Bangkok, Thailand.

Though she may have been dressed in a lavender nurse uniform, with her hair tied up neatly and all made-up when we caught up with her during the imaging session for upcoming long-form drama Old is Gold, the actress is a certified butt-kicker.

“It's probably the most insane and hardcore thing I’ve done in my life,” Rui En grinned. The 38-year-old had spent her birthday week in the birthplace of Muay Thai, where she honed her skills in the sport.

“I trained once a day (for the entire week), it was insane. I trained till I nearly puked, and it was so tough, but I’m so glad that I survived it,” she shared.

Having returned to Singapore with a newfound love for the training regimes in Bangkok, as well as a sense of accomplishment, Rui En shared that she’ll definitely keep up with her training in Singapore.

“This is something that I’ll keep doing, I really fell in love with the training in Bangkok,” she said.

Rui En celebrated her 38th birthday on January 29. (Photos: Instagram/RBKD, Hype Records)

After her break, it seems that the actress is officially back in action, and raring to go. Apart from her involvement in upcoming drama Hello From The Other Side, Rui En will be taking on the role of Han Xin Xin in Channel 8's Old is Gold as well.

A nurse who quit her job after getting bullied by her superior, Han Xin Xin gets offered a new role in a chance meeting, and becomes the head of a nursing home filled with residents with stories of their own. Toggle met up with the actress at the first imaging session for the drama, where we spoke to Rui En.

Paired up with Chen Han Wei again, this time as a married couple, Rui En shared that she was looking forward to the experience. “In my very first Channel 8 drama (No Problem), I acted as his girlfriend. That was when I couldn’t even string together a proper sentence in Chinese. We’ve worked together quite a bit, but it’s all spaced out over the years,” she said.

Similarly, the actress will be working with yet another familiar face: her “partner-in-crime” from Unriddle and Unriddle 2, Chen Liping. 

“It was a memorable pairing, personally, that was one of the highlights of my career,” Rui En said. “Now, she’s 'graduated' and is now my mum, so it’s really going to be interesting to see how our dynamic grows.”

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