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Yang Cheng Lin (Chinese: 楊丞琳; pinyin: Yáng Chéng Lín, born June 4, 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan), also known as Rainie Yang, is an actress, singer, and television host. She is well known for her work in Meteor Garden, Devil Beside You, Hi My Sweetheart, and Life Plan A and B.

She played Xiao You in the television dramas, Meteor Garden and Meteor Rain.

Biography

Early life

Yang was born on June 4, 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was raised by her family. Her father, a native of Foshan, China, taught her Cantonese at a young age. In 1997, her father's business failed and Yang at the age of thirteen began considering a career in show business. Following her parents divorce, she lived with her mother and elder sister.

Career

In 2000, she was recruited by BMG for the Mandopop girl group, 4 in Love. Yang was given the stage name "Rainie" to fit in with the group's weather theme. The group released two albums, Fall in Love (2000) and Who's Afraid of Whom? (2001), before disbanding. Yang had a supporting role as Xiao You in the megahit drama, Meteor Garden, in 2001. She reprised the role in the miniseries, Meteor Rain (2001). The next year, Yang had a starring role in Tomorrow. She followed with lead roles in Lavender 2 (2002), The Pink Godfather, and The Original Scent of Summer (both 2003).

She starred in Devil Beside You alongside Mike He and Kingone Wang in 2005. Yang released her first solo album, My Intuition, in 2005, featuring the theme songs to Devil Beside You. She reunited with He and Wang for the 2007 drama, Why Why Love. The theme songs to Why Why Love were included on Yang's album, My Other Self (2007). Also in 2007, Yang appeared with Isabella Leong in the lesbian-themed film, Spider Lilies. Her next drama, Miss No Good, costarring Wilber Pan and Dean Fujioka aired in 2008. In 2009, Yang appeared in the romantic comedy dramas, ToGetHer and Hi My Sweetheart, and Hong Kong horror flick, The Child's Eye.

Yang released her fifth album, Rainie & Love...? on New Years Day 2010. She also re-recorded her song "Ai Mei" (曖昧, lit. "Ambiguous") in Japanese and released it as her first Japanese single in 2010. To promote the release of her collection album, Whimsical World Collection (2010), she held a concert in Taipei with Jerry Yan as a guest. In 2011, she appeared in Love You and Sunny Girl. Yang reunited with Show Luo for the online miniseries, HeartBeat Love (2012). In 2016, she appeared with Johnny Lu in Life Plan A and B. She is set to star in My Ex-Man with Lan Cheng-lung in May 2018.

Personal life

Rainie Yang is currently in a relationship with Chinese singer-songwriter and producer, Li Ronghao. In early 2015, Li accidentally uploaded a photo of him and Yang on his Sina Weibo account, thus exposing their relationship.[1]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Meteor Garden Xiao You
Meteor Rain Xiao You Episode 2
Sunshine Jelly Rainie Guest
2002 Tomorrow Yuan Chen Mei
Lavender 2 Xiao Xiao
2003 The Pink Godfather Bao Xiao Ting /
Chen Tian Shi
The Original Scent of Summer Yang Pan Pan
2004 Love Bird Jiang Ding Han
The Legend of Speed Juliet / Gao Yun
City of the Sky Lu Bin Yan
Strange Tales of Liao Zhai Zhao A Bao Episode: "A Bao"
2005 Devil Beside You Qi Yue
The Doctor Rainie Guest
2007 Why Why Love Tong Jia Di
2008 Miss No Good Jiang Xiao Hua
2009 ToGetHer Chen Mo Mo
Hi My Sweetheart Chen Bao Zhu
2011 Love You Lin Xiao Ru
Sunny Girl Yang Guang
2012 HeartBeat Love Yang Xiao Yu Web series
Wishing for Happiness Chen You Lan Web series
2013 Se . Qing Rainie Web series
2014 Love at Second Sight Fei Luo Luo
2016 Rock Records in Love Chen Li Xin Episode: "Love"
Life Plan A and B Zheng Ru Wei
2018 My Ex-Man Li Qin Ai

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Merry Go Round Carlily Pang
2007 Spider Lilies Xiao Lu / Jade
2010 The Child's Eye Rainie
2014 Endless Nights in Aurora Wang Ya Xi / Alisha
2017 The Tag-Along 2 Li Shu Fen

Notes

  • Yang has worked with producer Angie Chai on several projects, including Meteor Garden, Meteor Rain, City of Sky, Devil Beside You, Why Why Love, Miss No Good, and Hi My Sweetheart.
  • She was good friends with Beatrice Hsu. Yang was present at Hsu's funeral[2] and continues to wish her happy birthday on social media every year.[3]
  • In late April 2018, Yang shared Barbie Hsu's post about Shan Cai, commenting that "Meteor Garden is a drama from another generation. This generation's viewers just found out that I am Xiao You." In another post, Yang revealed that she was originally cast as Li Zhen.[4]

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