Song jihyo has spoken out about gary's sudden marriage & it’s pretty sad

Song Ji Hyo is the lone female thành viên of Running Man và time has proven that she is the perfect choice. Though she may lack the athleticism of the male members, she makes up for it with her intelligence & assertive personality. In fact, she has the most number of solo wins in Running Man and she's one of the most feared members of the cast.

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She's also one half of the extremely popular Monday Couple, the other half being Kang Gary. They're called the Monday Couple because (to the public's knowledge) they have not dated in real life & are only a couple on Mondays.

In fact, tuy vậy Ji Hyo was said khổng lồ have been dating Baek Chang Joo (CEO of C-Jes Entertainment), a relationship that was revealed in February, 2012. Though there are rumors the two have broken up, the couple has still been seen together.


Aside from being a variety star và an actress, tuy nhiên Ji Hyo is also a model.

Before Running Man

Prior khổng lồ Running Man, tuy vậy Ji Hyo had acted in more than 10 films & TV shows. Many consider Frozen Flower to be her biggest movie role to-date. Before that, she played mostly supporting or antagonist roles, the most famous of which is Jumong. She is largely known as a B-, or maybe a C-list actress & she is nowhere near the rank of Ha Ji Won, Kim Tae Hee, Moon Geun Young, or even Shin Min Ah.

She stated in one of her interviews that she doesn’t lượt thích playing typical characters, which are helpless và weak, và many of her fans believe that this is the primary reason she hasn't gotten many roles.

However, tuy nhiên Ji Hyo also stated that she has not declined any role given to her. With that in mind, we could also assume she's simply not being offered very many roles.

Her Projects Since Running Man

Since joining Running Man, she played a main role in The Fugitive of Joseon as a nurse và the love interest of Lee Dong Wook. The show got mediocre ratings, between eight and nine percent for the most part.

She also got the lead role in a movie, The Jackal Is Coming, as a female assassin opposite Kim Jaejoong. The movie grossed a little over $1M at the box office, not a hit by any measure.

She was famously considered for the lead role in The Woman Who Married Three Times but eventually lost it to Lee Ji-Ah.

Most recently, she was in Emergency Man và Woman playing the lead role opposite Choi Jin-hyuk.


The Jackal Is Coming had a mediocre box office reception despite the presence of one of the biggest idols in Korea, Kim Jaejoong.

How Running Man Has Changed Her Career

Undeniably, Ji Hyo is now getting the big breaks that she needs khổng lồ further her career. Many credit the popularity of Running Man for that & I agree that the show has greatly contributed khổng lồ her getting noticed by producers, writers, and directors.

Though she’s still not at the level of Ha Ji Won and Kim Tae Hee, for once she has a shot at getting there. The only question is what’s taking her so long?

Running Man is on its fourth year and she is undeniably one of the cornerstones of the show. Her primary selling point is her partnership with Kang Gary, a rapper and half of the extremely successful duo, LeeSsang.

Her character in Running Man is so strongly identified & connected with Monday Couple that when her relationship with CJes CEO Baek Chang Joo became public, her character got lost in the show. She has always been competitive & a really good runner but Korea’s variety shows are primarily anchored in comedy and characters that people can sympathize with, as opposed lớn competition between them.

Monday Couple Fan clip

The Monday Couple has a large và devoted fanbase. Some are so devoted, they create videos lượt thích the one above.

The power nguồn of the Monday Couple

When tuy nhiên Ji Hyo’s real-life relationship became public, many fans felt Gary was cheated. As silly as it may sound (because both parties made it clear that the romance is only for the show), many fans felt that song Ji Hyo had led on Kang Gary.

The Monday Couple broke up on the show but has since reconciled. Their resurgence proved khổng lồ have a bigger impact as tuy nhiên Ji Hyo became more “cooperative.” Unlike before, she has also initiated Monday Couple moments of her own instead of always waiting for Kang Gary lớn take the lead.

The Monday Couple is arguably the second strongest character in the show, with the first being the National MC, Yoo Jae Suk. Netizens are always abuzz whenever tuy nhiên Ji Hyo and Kang Gary display some size of sweetness on the show. Some even speculate that they might have real feelings for each other or are even dating.

Even though the show has been helpful for tuy nhiên Ji Hyo’s popularity, it’s hard not khổng lồ notice that the break she’s been given hasn’t led khổng lồ better projects. In fact, her role in Emergency Man, Woman was the very role of a cute & lovesick woman she swore never to lớn play. The show had some success but she has yet to lớn get a follow-up project.

Could it be that fans are rejecting her partnership with actors because they can only see her with Kang Gary?

Could it be that her character in Running Man as the ace & the Monday Girlfriend is so strong that fans are having a hard time seeing her any other way?

Sweet Monday Couple Moment

Why Kang Gary Is Different

Kang Gary’s case is different because before Running Man, he was able to create a strong connection khổng lồ hip hop. He started at the bottom, with no label or management company willing to lớn take him in. To lớn get started, Kang Gary và Gil invested their own money to lớn record their first album & did live concerts khổng lồ promote themselves (because no TV show would pay attention lớn them). It was a long haul lớn success, but one that eventually paid off.

In other words, Kang Gary was already successful in his field before Running Man, & the show only helped him become more mainstream. By that time, however, his credibility, skill, và reputation as a rapper and musician had already been solidified.

Unconsciously or consciously, Kang Gary was also able khổng lồ differentiate his career as a musician from his persona as a variety star. In his Leessang interviews, he almost never mentioned tuy vậy Ji Hyo. It was only recently that he accommodated tuy vậy Ji Hyo-related questions in his Leessang interviews và even then it was quite brief.

Because he was already established, he will have no problem continuing with his career as a musician either with or without being identified with tuy vậy Ji Hyo.

LeeSSang: Tears

Other Actresses That Have Been in Similar Situations

Song Ji Hyo, on the other hand, had a mediocre career prior lớn Running Man. As a result, her commercial success became deeply connected to being the ace as well as the Monday Girlfriend, và it’s possible that people are having a hard time seeing her any other way. They see her only as a great variety star & find it hard to detach themselves from that image.

In the past, there have been other actresses who suffered the same fate. Park Ye Jin was a character actress highly respected for her acting skills. But after being a member of the highly successful Family Outing, people started rejecting her presence in other movies and TV shows. She then decided to lớn leave the show altogether so she could concentrate on acting, her real craft.

Then there's also Yoon Eun Hye who “played” the love interest of Kim Jong Kook in X-Men. To lớn date, there are still some supporters who believe that they used lớn be together và that they will eventually reconcile.

Park Ye Jin has yet lớn bring back the brilliance of her acting career. On the other hand, Yoon Eun Hye was lucky to have been young enough when her love interest with Kim Jong Kook happened. She was able khổng lồ rest for a couple of years and then come back khổng lồ make several successful TV shows.

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Official poster of song Ji Hyo's next TV series, a romantic comedy, "Emergency Man Woman"

Should the Monday Couple Be Stopped?

Song Ji Hyo, on the other hand, is in her mid-30s. People lượt thích Ha Ji Won và Shinhwa are making being 30 and unmarried a bit more acceptable nowadays in Korea even though just last decade, 30 was considered ancient. However, Ha Ji Won và other women who are now in their 30s had reached success even in their 20s. In contrast, tuy nhiên Ji Hyo is just starting & needs to lớn be very wise in her career moves.

With the Monday Girlfriend following her everywhere she goes, can she build a strong enough identity outside of it?

Song Ji Hyo is not a great actress. She’s not terrible but she’s also not excellent. She’s not prolific. She’s not one of those actresses that can be given any kind of role & fit it perfectly. She has a personality that requires her lớn be selective about the kind of roles she will play & those roles aren’t numerous.

With the extra baggage of being most well-known as the Monday Girlfriend, things are becoming more difficult for her.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for the Monday Couple lớn lie low a bit và let tuy nhiên Ji Hyo blossom on her own until enough people can see her brilliance beyond being the Monday Girlfriend and, eventually, beyond being a variety star.

Badass Moments from song Ji Hyo

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Damian on December 14, 2019:

The only reason Ji-hyo had more solo wins coz they let her win. If this was a real competition KJK và Gary would’ve swept the floor with others.

fan on November 30, 2019:

tbh I didnt mind the Monday Couple at least it was a comedy segment that made a part of the show even funnier but I hope they both are happy though as Gary has a wife và a son. So I bởi hope the best for all the RM members & season 1 was the most amazing season for me và I have never missed an episode of it because back then like skinship was not a bad thing back then but now obsessed fans get too into it when they don't realise its just a show.

An Onymous on October 16, 2018:

From a B or C rated actress not many people knew to lớn a pretty known actress with a lot of recognitions, this article looks silly. She made herself popular thought Running man & Monday couple. However this is very outdated article. Kilogam is now married with a child & is no longer in RM and she is a very busy actress and entertainer. So the point if this article is...?

Anonymous on October 01, 2018:

This article was written with a biased approach. It’s crystal clear that the writer did not research much about tuy vậy Ji Hyo. SJH has already created a name for herself before she joined Running Man. She started as a model, has hosted a musical variety show & acted in both films & dramas.

Anonymous on October 23, 2016:

sjh và kg are amusing khổng lồ watch, running man are one of my fav because each one of them has an interesting character và the monday couple is one of the spice that make the show awesome. I not from korea, but because of running man came to lớn know them all. So, i think it has it own good and bad thing because that is life. For sjh và kg i wish them well, what ever happen it up lớn them decision lớn be true or fake. Be happy go lucky

RMfans on September 18, 2016:

I seriously HATE this monday couple relationship since it's created from the beginning, from early episode i dont see the chemistry at all, all fake! Suffocating actually, i rather have them khổng lồ be free from this MC so that they can freely interact & have chemistry with any guest. The only RM members who really cares with Ji Hyo off screen is kwang soo, jae suk, haha và jong kook, but Gary naturally not a caring person. He only used his jealous lines every now and then and his fans thought that concludes the whole giả relationship, i wish the Running Man PDs can read my comment. Please kết thúc the kém chất lượng monday couple, it's tiring và enough already. You dont need to force this whole MC thing because RM members are popular in their own style. Let Ji hyo và gary spread their wing on their own. Please please end this fake monday couple, it's been uninterestingly suffocating for 6 years.

A Guy on July 29, 2016:

Well, I don't know.

I really like the Monday couple. I think they're ridiculously đáng yêu together. But what they vì chưng in their personal lives is their own business.

If they get together, great! If not, ah well.

Gigi on May 13, 2016:

Just stumble on this article & agreed with you. MC is really overused. Thanks god they already ended it.

stop on May 10, 2016:

Frankly speak SJH lack of variety skill at all, she doesnt know the way lớn joke back, if there r not MC ... She might be not sooo famouse as the day.

But for Gary, he bởi vì well on variety, as first he's a peaceful Gary, King of funny dance, painful ignored. Actually he can play these roles so well... I bet If PD didnt put him on love-line.. He can stand popular by himself as teasing Gary. Coz he's a playful one as u guys c in many vcr clips with his closed friend like HAHA,,, they always be plank.

Vixen on February 23, 2016:

Yes, Monday Couple needs lớn die now & release song Ji Hyo from that moronic, baseless, uncomfortable 'ship'. I mean, I get the charm, especially because Gary is a very smooth talker, but honestly, I've NEVER once seen Gary actually being a gentlemen lớn Ji Hyo when the cameras WEREN'T on him. The fact that he does it at times to lớn attract attention and laughs makes it even more shallow & scripted that I can't believe they have fans who actually believe they have something 'special'. Especially when they've claimed themselves, multiple times, that they don't hang out outside of work.

The only way I would ship Ji Hyo in an RM couple, is if it were with Kwang Soo or JK because they actually help Ji Hyo out và care for her behind the scenes, especially Kwang Soo (it's such a shame that MC is so popular when Kwang Soo & Ji Hyo are a real heartfelt & sibling relationship). If Jae Suk và Suk Jin weren't married, I'd pick them over Gary too because they also care for her behind the scenes. Heck, she even has more chemistry with Haha!

I'm glad she decided lớn diverge her reality persona with WGM và I can't wait to lớn see the dynamic she has with Chen Bo Lin. Hopefully that scripted ship with sink MC.

what on January 02, 2016:

I totally disagree with the tác giả . I first watch running man was when the episode when song ji hyo played as the chaser with Kim jong kook . Nothing to vày with the Monday couple .. So basically I love running man because I saw her as a strong woman . Not the kind of girl/women that is full of aegyo và acting weak . As for her acting , I love her play in goong , whispering corridor and other drama and the drama I just recently watched emergency couple before và I am telling you that she was great in it . It is depend to you whether you lượt thích her acting or not . Nobody would care since it is one's right . But I'm telling you that she's doing well in her career with or without her mc partner . Sorry 4 my broken English .. :)

gaemi on November 17, 2015:

honestly, i m agree with the author. I knew about gary through running man. When i knew kang gary is a former rapper of leessang, i kept listening his music. Now, i accept kang gary as a rapper, not as a comedian from variety show...

but it's not the same case to tuy nhiên ji hyo. Yes, she is cool, pure,pretty..but, when talking about acting, she is not really incredible actress who are stand out from other actress..i m not interested khổng lồ see her again in other drama.

honest is freedom.this is only my selfish thought.

arina on July 21, 2015:

i'm going to honest here..I lượt thích SJH but i dont think being MC in RM is the prob ..i watched all her dramas & frankly speaking..her acting is mediocre..i dun know what but her acting lacks sumthing..

passing by on June 26, 2015:

I could notice that some of the comments here have the same pattern of writing; which means it comes from the same person. :p

Dull on May 31, 2015:

Just give gary another partner for monday couple

k kook on May 18, 2015:

I love spartace couple

Hanon on May 11, 2015:

I think the idea that "monday couple" is one of the "special few things" that keeps the show popular is sick. I thought it was entertaining in the first few episodes, after that it became gross and bloated with hideous fan noise over who ships who. I think this article is refreshing amongst all the delusional vomit that tries to dictate how the show ends up instead of letting it have a little air. When these kind of humorous romance ACTS were invented at the beginning of the show, it happened on its own and felt original and new. Now it's just become an overdone cliché THANKS to the moronic owners of many of the commenters above (or below). I love running man for how original it is but this other business just makes me want khổng lồ throw up và I might be burnt out from the ludicrousness of it all.

I agree with this post: "In my opinion, Monday couple are fake. Especially Monday couple fans. Most Monday couple fans are gary fans and they also hate jihyo which sounds ironic. When ji hyo is with make guest the fans insult her but when gary is with female guest they say he gentleman!?! It is obvious that they are basis to gary, most of Monday couple fans at least. "

blah on March 11, 2015:

Time to do a self-check, blogger. Your post tries so hard to sound objective but you failed dearly. Try to lớn listen effectively khổng lồ some of the negative feedback please. Even if you deny it, we all know you're biased towards gary, và against ji hyo.

supib on February 04, 2015:

I think that the loveline between Gary & JiHyo was certainty Gary who started this whole Monday Couple thing. I just finished watching all 230+ episodes of Running Man. From ep1 till episode 80 ish (when Ji Hyo's relationship was released) that Gary has always been the one who poke love lines at Ji Hyo. Around the 100th episode point Monday Couple started arising again (i believe that was when Ji Hyo broke up with her bf). As RM progress you see that whenever the cast members line up it JiHyo và Gary was always next to each other. I don't think that the PD's would tell the RM members how to line up nor is RM scripted so that shows how Gary và JiHyo are as close as they act. During one episode JiHyo said she was single outright lớn Gary without even a slight pause that shows that she indeed broke up with her BF. During the Taiwan interview with the RM cast members JiHyo said she missed Kang Gary (who was in GuangZhou) và that she would tell everyone that if there was something going on between Gary & JiHyo she would let her fans know. I believe that there are feelings that JiHyo and Gary have for each other. In the kết thúc my thoughts are that Gary và JiHyo would probably marry in the near future or would date but sadly would not be when running man is still alive và kicking. Maybe these two will surprise the entire world và announce that they are dating on the show. Mansei Monday Couple

ianne on January 31, 2015:

actually when i first watch running man Monday Couple caught my attention & how good all the cast are... I love them all...