Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun, Purely Acting?
Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun are certainly not unfamiliar names in the Korean entertainment industry. Having starred in numerous TV series and movies as the lead roles, they have become prominent figures in the advancement of Korean Wave. The two are very successful in their own rights, but additionally as a joint cast in a TV series. In 2016, Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun are cast in SBS’s fantasy drama titled The Legend of The Blue Sea. The story revolves around a con artist who falls in love with a mermaid, and features a love story that goes back and forth in time.
The drama was announced some time in August of 2016, with the two leads being seen filming around Spain. The hype for the drama had been building since then as more details were released, and it was announced that the writer of the drama had previously written for My Producers and You Who Came From The Stars, two immensely popular shows. As the drama aired, between November of 2016 and January the following year, the chemistry, the two had built in the drama, caused rumors that the two are more than just co-stars.
With equal parts of steamy and cutesy scenes included in the final cut of the drama, let’s take a deeper look at Lee Min-ho and Jun Ji-hyun’s roles in The Legend of The Blue Sea, their relationship at the time and the rumors that have been circulating until now!
As two of the most prominent stars in the Korean entertainment industry, there is bound to be rumors surrounding the relationships with every job that they take, as it involves building very tight chemistry and acting as couples. Though the two are involved in this drama, they were actually tied to another relationship outside of work. This definitely complicates the existence of this rumor, thus let’s take a deeper dive into their relationships at the time of filming.
In 2015, Lee Min-ho announced that he was dating Suzy, a fellow actress and former idol, who has been seen with him on multiple dates. The two confirmed their relationship after reports from Dispatch (a news outlet), of their dates in Europe circulated through the internet. The two who are meant to be on different schedules in two different cities, Paris and London, met up after their schedules wrapped in a London hotel.
Suzy had said that what attracted her to Lee Min-ho is that he is a warm and caring person. They have continued to date as the next year rolled around, along the same time that The Legend of The Blue Sea was announced.
Jun Ji-hyun, like Lee Min-ho, has also been in a relationship since 2012. She is married to Choi Jun-hyuk, a banker in the Bank of America. This makes him a real-life chaebol, or a term used to call conglomerates and the 1% in Korea. The two have been happily married since then, enjoying their honeymoon phase and living a fairly simple life. The two have also been blessed with two sons, the first born in 2016 and the second in 2018.
Due to her son’s birth, The Legend of The Blue Sea is noted as Jun Ji-hyun’s comeback to the Korean entertainment industry. With only six months between the birth of her son and the beginning of filming, this increased the hype of the drama as she managed to lose all that weight.