The question remains though- is the Monday couple a real thing or just an act for the show? Even if they are not dating in real life, do they really have feelings for each other?
It was this touch of authenticity that really made viewers pay attention and buy into the seemingly real relationship. The more Gary appeared to make advances towards Ji Hyo in a shy, awkward way, the more fans the Monday couple gained. Soon, the Monday couple craze fully exploded and grew into what it is today.
It has now generated thousands of fan sites, blogs, fan clubs, fan art, fan videos, and much, much more! No doubt for the sake of ratings, the producers and staff of the show began to encourage their behavior as well. Even the other cast members began to observe and make jokes about their relationship.
All of this fantasy suddenly came to a screeching halt when it was announced that Ji Hyo was in a relationship with the CEO of her entertainment company. Die-hard fans of the Monday couple became so indignant that they began to criticize Ji Hyo for supposedly betraying Gary.
I will work harder now, knowing that there are people out there who care about me enough to tell me to be strong, but no need for that anymore!! There are others who are more in need of cheering. This seems so awkward and difficult. With time, the two stars seemed to regain their easy friendship and find new footing concerning the relationship between their characters on the show.
This time however, things appeared slightly different. Previously, Gary had almost always been the one to initiate things on the show or was the first to bring up the Monday couple.
Ji Hyo, on the other hand, primarily laughed it off and just found amusement at the jokes and comments. With time, the actress began initiating things as well, being the first one to make a Monday couple comment and allowing her easy friendship with Gary to develop even more. With this new and seemingly more authentic relationship, the rumors once more began to rise rapidly. It seemed as if fans were primarily divided into two categories- ones who totally believed that the Monday couple was real and others who felt it was an act but secretly wished they were really dating.
As their relationship progressed, it was easy to notice that Gary and Ji Hyo seemed different than before. The awkwardness was gone and in its place there appeared to be something bordering on genuine affection. Usually, at least one of the people involved will start developing feelings for the other.
To many fans, it seemed like Gary genuinely had some feelings for Ji Hyo or at least had a crush on her in a star-struck kind of way. However, the difference in real life is that when a person who is supposed to be in a platonic relationship begins to develop feelings for the other person, it causes a lot of awkwardness.
Whereas most friends would take a step back and start seeing less of each other, Ji Hyo and Gary still saw each other on a weekly basis as coworkers. Meanwhile, they believed Gary still harbored feelings for her or, at least, a sentimental crush over what might have been. Whatever the fans believed though, things truly did seem different as their onscreen relationship started moving forward after the th episode or so.
So, did that mean that it was just an act before, while later it had become real? Fans continued to debate the issue, and rumors spread that the two were secretly dating.
Apart from fans though, even other stars were somewhat confused by their relationship. What makes the Monday couple so believable is their natural chemistry. Somewhere along the way, the producers realized that the Monday couple was pure gold and began to purposefully make situations for them to shine. Even with the contrived and scripted situations, however, there seemed to be something real and genuine in the actions of our Monday couple.
People see it in their looks, their behavior, their natural skinship and even in their conversation. All of this aside though, the question still remains today. Is the Monday couple real? Has it ever been real? Do Ji Hyo and Gary truly like each other? In an interview once, Ji Hyo said she missed Gary who was elsewhere filming. She recently generated interest when she admitted that sometimes Gary felt like an ex-boyfriend.
So what do they say? I hope they can be an everyday couple, not only on Monday! Gary and Ji Hyo are not a couple for real!
What does your heart tell you when you think about the Monday couple though? Are they a real couple or is it just wishful thinking? Do you think they have feelings for each other?
Do you think we will ever hear an announcement that the beloved pair are dating for real? Cast your vote now, then let us hear from you in the comment section below!