Friday May 24, 2013
Till death do us part
By SETO KIT YAN
Two celebrities are put together to see if they can survive as a ‘married couple’ in the hit reality show We Got Married.
We Got Married (Uri Gyeolhon Haesseoyo in Korean) is a South Korean idol romance reality show that pairs up young Korean celebrities, notably from K-pop boybands and girl groups, to show how their lives would be like as married couples.
In the latest season, the producers of We Got Married decide to expand the series to include foreign celebrities. The We Got Married (Global Edition) features 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, 24, paired with Taiwanese artiste Emma Wu Ying Jie (nicknamed Gui Gui, formerly of girl group Hey Girl), 23, while FT Island’s leader Lee Hongki, 23, is paired with Japanese actress and film critic Fujii Mina (The King Of Dramas), 24.
Each week, the two couples have to complete various missions, then reveal their thoughts and feelings about living together in a series of candid interviews. The couples try their best to communicate by conversing in a mix of English, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.
Well known for his playful nature, Hongki got to showcase his romantic side when paired with the gentle and elegant Mina. “I think my personality has been changing, and I’m becoming a better guy because I have been influenced by Mina’s good heart,” the frontman of rock band FT Island said in an e-mail interview. Hongki recently made his big screen debut in Passionate Goodbye as a rowdy pop idol who does community service at hospices.
Fans find the natural chemistry between Mina and Hongki endearing. Mina said she loves that Hongki has qualities she does not. “I tend to think a lot before I act whereas Hongki is free-spirited and spontaneous. Hence, there is a lot to learn from him. Getting to know him better on the show, I also saw his considerate, honest and warm side. And, he always looks so handsome when he sings,” shared Mina, who recently surprised Hongki by showing up with a bouquet of flowers at the press conference to launch his debut film, Passionate Goodbye, which is set to be released in Korea on May 30.
Meanwhile Gui Gui tries to win over her partner Taecyeon with her mischievous antics. “We often played the rock-paper-scissors game! I tried to bully him all the time, but I always ended up being bullied. There were occasions when we used body language to communicate with each other, and it was a really interesting experience,” shared the singer-actress.
Ever the gentleman, Taecyeon tried to tackle the communication and cultural gap by impressing Gui Gui with a variety of thoughtful gestures. “Emma is very cute and fun. I think we are very different, that’s why it is fun to watch how we interact with each other on the show,” said the dashing rapper who even introduced his “wife” to his friends to liven up the show.
How will Taecgui and Hongkimina (abbreviated couple names given by fans) fare as “married couples” on the show? Only time will tell. n We Got Married (Global Edition) airs on ONE HD (Astro B.yond Ch 393) every Friday at 8.40pm.