Taiwanese actress and producer Ruby Lin (林心如) said goodbye to her demure and gentle image when took up the role as a feisty mother in her latest production, Mother, Mother <我的媽媽>.
The television movie, which received a $2 million TWD subvention from the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development of Taiwan, premiered on Taiwan’s PTS channel on May 31, 2014.
According to an article in Jayne Stars, Mother, Mother stars Ruby as Yu Rou, a struggling mother who takes extreme measures to raise enough money to pay for her daughter’s medical bills. Her daughter Xiao Hong (Ni Ni 妮妮), is diagnosed with Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by obesity and degenerative eyesight. Ruby and her husband Kai Hsiang (Kao Ying Hsuan 高英軒), take turns driving taxis to earn a living.
While driving a client, Yu Rou overhears a conversation about how easy it was to gain access of money if she becomes the mistress of a wealthy businessman. She decides to seduce Jin (Huang Huai Chen 黃懷晨), who is in a loveless marriage with his rich wife Pin Tang (Queenie Tai 戴君竹). As Jin is impotent, Yu Rou comes up with various ways to sexually frustrate him, including dressing up in SM cosplay.
Ruby expressed that she shared some bed scenes with both Ying Hsuan and Huai Chen, but the scenes were tame, and that she did not need to “sacrifice anything”. She added that her role, Yu Rou, is quite similar to herself. “She’s obnoxious and loud, so I had a fun and relaxing time playing her.”
Ruby was asked if she had any real-life experiences of a businessman asking her to be his mistress. She smiled and simply said, “You know I won’t say anything.”
With Ruby’s success in mainland China and the establishment of her own production studio, Ruby little time to film a new project in Taiwan. She admitted that filming Taiwanese dramas are difficult and hopes the government will give more support and better filming conditions for its actors. Nonetheless, she maintains her manner of shooting one Taiwan-based production per year.
Asked if she has the confidence for Mother, Mother to win an award at Taiwan’s annual Golden Bell Awards, Ruby said, “I just want to let the judges know that we’ve returned to Taiwan to make a good production.”