What’s the Relationship Between Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won After Their Amazing Chemistry in ‘Secret Garden’?

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Meet Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won

Hyun bin and Ha Ji-won are the stars of the legendary drama, Secret Garden. The drama was a huge success, and netted a number of awards in 2010 – 2011, including the pair winning the ‘Best Couple’ award at the SBS Drama Awards. They showed an undeniable chemistry that made everyone think that they might actually be in a relationship. There’s a four-year age difference between the actors, and Ha Ji-won is older than Hyun Bin. Even so, they seemed to have strong bonds as lovers in the drama and afterwards.

In this article, Channel-Korea will explore the relationship between the two stars of Secret Garden. Check this out!

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won’s Amazing Chemistry in Secret Garden

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Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won have been thrown together since they starred in Secret Garden in 2010. The drama was aired on SBS from November 13, 2010, until January 16, 2011, and ran for 20 episodes. Secret Garden is considered to be a huge success, with an estimated 20 billion won of economic effect. It won a number of awards at both the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, including “Grand prized (Daesang)” for Hyun Bin.

This drama tells about Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin), who is an arrogant CEO and the President Director of a well-known department store. He’s a rich man who lives in an elite environment and has many houses with large yards. But he also has claustrophobia and is unable to be in a small room such as an elevator, so instead, he chooses to use an escalator to go to his office. Then, Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji-won) is a stunt woman or a substitute actor who often does dangerous scenes. They and two other figures, Osca and Yoon Seol, met accidentally.

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They met early because Osca asked him to look for Chae rim (Osca’s ex-girlfriend), as a condition for Osca to extend his contract as Joo-won’s department store’s advertising star. Incidentally, Chae rim’s scene is very dangerous and she’s replaced by Gil Ra Im. When the filming took place, Gil Ra Im was injured and Joo-won helped her. After that Joo-won often approached her but, initially, Gil Ra Im was very uncomfortable. Over time they fell in love with each other.

The event that brought them closer to each other was when they were given a concoction by a restaurant owner who turned out to be the incarnation of Ra Im’s grandfather, and their souls were interchanged. Their souls finally returned to their respective bodies, but then Ra Im got into an accident and Joo-won asked for his soul to be exchanged again with her to help her, so she can survive. He manages to save her but he loses his memories, including the ones about Ra Im. Ra Im tried to restore his memory and was eventually successful, and the couple got married.

Their acting was very touching and has believable chemistry and made audiences fall in love with them. Here are some scenes of their romantic moments!

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Their Off-screen Moments

The scene above is when they have to kiss on their blind date, and they did it with professionalism. Not only that, behind the scenes, the two actors were very close and enjoyed spending time together.

When they were in a press conference together, they were asked the question “what do you think of your partnership?” Before Hyun Bin answered the question, he turned to Ha Ji-won with smiles and said: “Compared to previous dramas and the leading actresses I’d worked with in previous dramas, I think this time right from the start there wasn’t any sort of gap, so I felt throughout the process that reduced a lot of pressure and I was able to act more naturally. In the early part of the drama, I was living as Ra Im. That helped us to get into the roles much more quickly and we also chatted a lot. So I’ve no worries about our partnership.”

Whereas Ha Ji-won answers with: “I feel very comfortable. As Hyun Bin said, I am both Joo-won and Ra-im, so to be able to chat more with each other and tell each other about oneself’s details. We also chatted a lot outside of work, and it was very comfortable during filming. Our partnership has been very smooth.” In other words, they are very comfortable becoming partners!