WGM fans are upset over Kim So Eun‘s recent interview with Chinese Media, SINA because she blatantly rejected any possibilities of real romance with her virtual husband Song Jae Rim, read here. Frankly, I’m not even surprised by her answer, we know WGM is just a show and all couples are fake. So why people are bashing her for that honest remark? It doesn’t make any sense since she even explained further that they are both too busy to keep in touch. I know first-time WGM viewers may think that this show can lead to real life romance, I have been there too but after watching many WGM couples, I learned my lesson.
This show is orchestrated like your regular TV Drama, you can watch the process on the BTS clip from WGM Global Version here since WGM Korea didn’t release any BTS clips. In my opinion, MBC should do the same to stop people’s delusion about real romance between WGM couples. If you read my previous post about WGM you will know my stance about this show but let me say it again; celebrities join WGM to boost their popularity not to find love. Song Jae Rim is the prime example of this show’s power as his popularity is soaring high now. He truly deserves it because he works hard to entertain us as a part of Solim Couple.
With some WGM couples you know right away that they are just going to play along with the fake couple concept. For instance, Nam Goong Min and Hong Jin Young couple is blatantly artificial but they are entertaining and fun to watch. Hong Jin Young is good at variety and she always deliver despite her background as a trot singer. Her virtual husband, Nam Goong Min follows her lead at ease and he knows how to react well, his 4D personality makes things more interesting too. This couple is your common WGM couple and they are not trying to be more than that, except with that kiss in Macau. Good thing Nam Goong Min is a veteran actor, kissing is not a big deal for him and it’s suitable for their mature couple concept. It’s obvious that they are not in love, but they know how to create good dynamics and be comfortable with each other.
Then we have Girl’s Day Yura and Hong Jong Hyun couple, they are the awkward couple mainly because of Hong Jong Hyun’s timid and introvert nature. I feel bad for Yura when I watched their initial episodes, even though he is not a bad guy, he doesn’t know how a variety show works despite the fact that he is an actor who used to act in numerous romantic scenes. Yura was struggling to keep their segment entertaining enough and luckily her persistence keep them on the show. These days he is doing better though. He is caring and warm towards bubbly Yura, I guess now he feels comfortable enough with her, their interaction is sweet and innocent. And no, they are not real either, in my opinion Yura may harbor a little crush for Jong Hyun but that’s it. It’s pretty obvious since Yura is an open book.
I believe out of the three couples, Solim Couple is the one with the strongest chemistry. Yes, they are fake too but they able to make it less artificial and awkward thus creating the illusion of real attraction. No wonder people are starting to ship them and hoping for a real off-screen romance. Due to their easy going nature, I think they do like and respect each other as colleagues. Well Song Jae Rim may like her more than she likes him, but it’s all harmless and necessary to create a good on-screen interaction. And they only met once for every two weeks, so I guess their off-screen relation is casual and strictly business like.
From my observation both Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun are individualistic people with competitive nature. Her honesty is part of her charm the same with his peculiarity. Initially, we may think Kim So Eun is more ambitious than her virtual husband but believe me Song Jae Rim is as ambitious as her or maybe even more. He is a struggling actor before WGM, clearly he is desperate for more popularity like any other struggling actors in the show business. So don’t let his laid-back nature fooled you, he is taking this WGM stint very seriously from day one, just watch how he is trying hard to get closer with Kim So Eun. He is doing everything he can to boost his profile using WGM as the main vehicle. Thus let’s just say they are using each other to become more popular and don’t pity him because Kim So Eun’s statement, I bet he doesn’t care much because he is too busy with his new drama and other projects.
Solim Couple understand what works for them and utilizes it to build interesting pairing, the constant skinship, cheesy lines and witty banter. They are fun to watch but still able to fulfill our romantic fantasies of married couple. I sincerely hope Kim So Eun’s SINA interview will not create trouble for this couple (I pray hard this virtual couple can survive the backlash). After all Song Jae Rim also delivered similar answer (in subtle way) in his Allure’s magazine interview, so they are clearly on the same boat.
As conclusion WGM couple is as fake as it gets, the main purpose of this show is to ENTERTAIN you not to turn you into a delusional shipper. Just remember that these celebrities work hard to entertain us despite their super busy schedule. Instead of scrutinizing whether they are real or not, let’s just enjoy this show and support your favorite couple without being delusional.
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