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Is the Monday Couple Damaging Song Ji Hyo’s Career?

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Song Ji Hyo is the lone female member of Running Man and 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 and 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.

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 and are only a couple on Mondays.

In fact, Song Ji Hyo was said to 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 and an actress, Song Ji Hyo is also a model.

Aside from being a variety star and an actress, Song Ji Hyo is also a model.

Before Running Man

Prior to Running Man, Song Ji Hyo had acted in more than 10 films and 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 and 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 like playing typical characters, which are helpless and weak, and many of her fans believe that this is the primary reason she hasn't gotten many roles.

However, Song 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 and 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 & 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.

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 to further her career. Many credit the popularity of Running Man for that and I agree that the show has greatly contributed to 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 and 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 and a really good runner but Korea’s variety shows are primarily anchored in comedy and characters that people can sympathize with, as opposed to competition between them.

Monday Couple Fan Video

The Monday Couple has a large and devoted fanbase. Some are so devoted, they create videos like the one above.

The Power of the Monday Couple

When Song 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 to have a bigger impact as Song Ji Hyo became more “cooperative.” Unlike before, she has also initiated Monday Couple moments of her own instead of always waiting for Kang Gary to 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 Song Ji Hyo and Kang Gary display some form 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 Song Ji Hyo’s popularity, it’s hard not to notice that the break she’s been given hasn’t led to better projects. In fact, her role in Emergency Man, Woman was the very role of a cute and lovesick woman she swore never to play. The show had some success but she has yet to 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 and 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 to hip hop. He started at the bottom, with no label or management company willing to take him in. To get started, Kang Gary and Gil invested their own money to record their first album and did live concerts to promote themselves (because no TV show would pay attention to them). It was a long haul to success, but one that eventually paid off.

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

Unconsciously or consciously, Kang Gary was also able to differentiate his career as a musician from his persona as a variety star. In his Leessang interviews, he almost never mentioned Song Ji Hyo. It was only recently that he accommodated Song Ji Hyo-related questions in his Leessang interviews and 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 Song Ji Hyo.

LeeSSang: Tears

Other Actresses That Have Been in Similar Situations

Song Ji Hyo, on the other hand, had a mediocre career prior to Running Man. As a result, her commercial success became deeply connected to being the ace as well as the Monday Girlfriend, and it’s possible that people are having a hard time seeing her any other way. They see her only as a great variety star and 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 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 date, there are still some supporters who believe that they used to be together and that they will eventually reconcile.

Park Ye Jin has yet to 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 to rest for a couple of years and then come back to make several successful TV shows.

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

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 like Ha Ji Won and 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 and other women who are now in their 30s had reached success even in their 20s. In contrast, Song Ji Hyo is just starting and needs to 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 and fit it perfectly. She has a personality that requires her to be selective about the kind of roles she will play and 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 to lie low a bit and let Song 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

More on the Best of Running Man

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While the Running Man cast always goes crazy for pretty female guests, usually the funniest episodes are when they have a guest they can mess around with and treat like an equal. Here are some of the best female guests that have been on the show and given the cast a run for their money.

The best part about watching Running Man is seeing the cast interact in funny ways with the guests and watching relationships develop. Some of my favorite episodes have been with guests who either have a history with the cast outside the show or have been on the show multiple times. The shared history makes for a lot of very funny moments.


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 and 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 and a son. So I do hope the best for all the RM members and season 1 was the most amazing season for me and 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 a pretty known actress with a lot of recognitions, this article looks silly. She made herself popular thought Running man and Monday couple. However this is very outdated article. KG is now married with a child and 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 Song 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 and acted in both films and dramas.

Anonymous on October 23, 2016:

sjh & kg are amusing to watch, running man are one of my fav because each one of them has an interesting character and the monday couple is one of the spice that make the show awesome. i not from korea, but because of running man came to know them all. so, i think it has it own good and bad thing because that is life. for sjh & kg i wish them well, what ever happen it up to them decision to 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 to be free from this MC so that they can freely interact and have chemistry with any guest. The only RM members who really cares with Ji Hyo off screen is kwang soo, jae suk, haha and 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 fake relationship, i wish the Running Man PDs can read my comment. Please END the fake monday couple, it's tiring and enough already. You dont need to force this whole MC thing because RM members are popular in their own style. Let Ji hyo and 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 cute together. But what they do 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 and 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 to joke back, if there r not MC ... she might be not sooo famouse as the day.

But for Gary, he do 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 to die now and 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 to Ji Hyo when the cameras WEREN'T on him. The fact that he does it at times to attract attention and laughs makes it even more shallow and 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 and 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 and sibling relationship). If Jae Suk and 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 to diverge her reality persona with WGM and I can't wait to 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 author . I first watch running man was when the episode when song ji hyo played as the chaser with Kim jong kook . nothing to do 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 and 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 and I am telling you that she was great in it . it is depend to you whether you like 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 song 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 to 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 like SJH but i dont think being MC in RM is the prob ..i watched all her dramas and 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 to throw up and 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 listen effectively to some of the negative feedback please. Even if you deny it, we all know you're biased towards gary, and against ji hyo.

supib on February 04, 2015:

I think that the loveline between Gary and 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 and 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 and JiHyo are as close as they act. During one episode JiHyo said she was single outright to 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) and that she would tell everyone that if there was something going on between Gary and JiHyo she would let her fans know. I believe that there are feelings that JiHyo and Gary have for each other. In the end my thoughts are that Gary and JiHyo would probably marry in the near future or would date but sadly would not be when running man is still alive and kicking. Maybe these two will surprise the entire world and 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 and how good all the cast are... i love them all...

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on January 15, 2015:

@febriedethan if you don't mind reading subtitles, yes it is worth watching

febriedethan from Indonesia on January 15, 2015:

I never knew Gary, I just know Song Ji Hyo from dramas. I never watched running man either. Is it worth to watch? Great hub anyway :)

reatress on December 25, 2014:

i think all of long comment above is the same person... lol.

just want to make this weak of data article have an interesting point.. geesss


Anonymous on December 23, 2014:

Damn the only thing I get from reading this article is how great Gary is doing n how bad my dear jihyo is doing. I don't even know about this Monday couple thing and seldom watch running man. Know her from watching the dramas she's in. Really fucking pissed off with how you critisised her.

Run on October 08, 2014:

Let us all give support whatever happens to monday couple. Provide better supports and prayers rather than critisms. Just believe whatever you want to believe in... :)

Wooh on September 17, 2014:

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. For me I don't hate gary or jihyo but I finds the fans resonsn for hating jihyo a little ....unreasonable.

Christina J on July 06, 2014:

I really really love monday couple, but in my opinion monday couple is not real

noiha on June 22, 2014:

i agree with you on some points, jihyo's acting isn't prolific, she has basic technique but she's not gifted. people like jung eunji -- she's completely newbie hence her technique is limited, but you can't deny her immense raw talent. eunji's gifted. that doesn't mean those without raw talent can't survive, it just that jihyo's technique is basically the same, no development or whatever, before or after running man. i believe that she has realized that ha jiwon's status is something she can't reach, hence having variety as her basic is just right. leaving RM or variety show is a risky and bad decisions. oh i love jihyo, she's hardworking and all, but you should admit that it takes more than hardworks to take you to the top. what she's done now is completely safe, and probably the one she should have stick with.

imo, both park yejin and lee chunhee, though i enjoy them in family outing, should not take part in FO in the first place due to their immense talents being overshadowed by their variety persona. joongki did a good decision to leave early, but these two have became too attached with their persona. i do hope they are able to get challenging roles again in the future because they're just too good. it's just a shame that chunhee stuck with that kind of character after FO when you know he's also capable of pulling characters like joongki's in nice guy (i don't really follow yejin's work now though)...

chi on May 31, 2014:

I think its best she do what joong ki did, Walk away for a while, focus and establish herselfbas an actress for her futures sake...

Mel on May 16, 2014:

Gary was in a sense known in his field of hip-hop. But even when he was in Leessang back then, the public barely knows him. Only when Leessang started to get some fame, that's when people noticed the duo. Even then people didn't know who they are.

There was once when fans came to Gary's restaurant looking for Leessang. They didn't know who Gary was, because back then Gil was a lot more popular and known because of Infinity Challenge. Gary was only started to be known through Running Man. I feel that it is through Monday Couple especially that got people to know about Gary. Without the Monday Couple, he may not be that much popular like now.

On the other hand, Song Ji Hyo was known way before Running Man. She was known for playing Min Hyo-rin in Princess Hours and A Frozen Flower. Though, she was more known in the variety sector. She got noticed from Inkigayo and later Family Outing. It is right to say that she really did rise to popularity through Running Man. I would say that through RM, she got her fame as being the "Ace" first, before Monday Couple. But it is true that both their careers have really gotten a lot of boost from the 'Monday Couple'.

Overall, I would say that without Running Man, Gary may not be known to most of the public. While for Song Ji Hyo, she is already known, but may not have as much fame as she would have now.

Anon on March 26, 2014:

The Monday Couple is an incredibly smart way of deflecting hate from the fan clubs of males Running Man guests.

Anon on March 14, 2014:

I love Jihyo. She is amazing. She has a lot of real personality and not the aegyo aegyo acting which some girls so clearly try to do on screen which comes off as fake sometimes. The way she can adapt to being the only girl in Running Man is commendable. It is quite unfortunate that netizens keep wanting her with Gary and not accepting anyone else that she is with( although i myself think that they would make a cute couple). I just sincerely wish her fanbase grows and grows and grows .

Fadhatul Shahida from Ipoh, Perak on February 25, 2014:

rm members should stop pairing ji hyo and gary. This is make the director are confused that ji hyo is dating with gary or not. Ji hyo can be friends with gary like her oppa. Because the loveline also can damage ji hyo image as actress

lolilay on February 20, 2014:

Jihyo and gary will be more popular if they get married.

Hirepus on January 28, 2014:

Monday couple does affect Ji hyo career as an actress as well as her PERSONAL LIFE. I remembered when her dating news was announced, many netizens scolded her (-.-) and she was literally labelled as a "betrayer" to Gary. And then many people wished that she would break up with her boyfriend. I really don't know what will happen if she decides to get married.

On the other hand, MC gave Gary a "good man" image, despite knowing he's a clubber and all. Obviously MC has earned Gary many many fans as compared to Jihyo. (I believe most MC fans are also Gary fans).

As a fan of Jihyo myself, I like her because of her personality and all, not because of monday couple.

Miss. Jellybean on January 23, 2014:

You raise an interesting point.

I do believe that Song Ji Hyo should lie low with the whole MC thing until she can establish her own identity as an actress.

I think MC has brought her to where she is and given her a lot of popularity (which i'm sure she is grateful for) - but I think it will hold her back from shining as an actress in the future.

The problem is most viewers seem to be unable to see her out of her MC girlfriend character and that is not very beneficial to her career in the long term. As a Song Ji Hyo fan, I would love so much to see her as a successful career woman and as a brilliant actress, rising to the unlimited potential she can be, rather than eternally recognised as the "MC girlfriend" - and nothing more.

If only I could tell her in Korean.. !!

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on January 09, 2014:

@Admin of one of her fansite, thank you for finding my schedule interesting. you're pretty much the only person who does. my schedule has been described many ways, and interesting was never one of them, until you.

it's my blog. it is healthy to interact with people reading my blog. except when the comment is a dead end one, i try to respond.

i appreciate you making long comments but i also want to appeal and ask you to read my post too. i never said Kang Gary does not talk about Ji Hyo in LeeSsang interviews, i said "ALMOST NEVER AND ONLY BRIEFLY." you were able only to state only one instance in many LeeSsang interview where he did mention SJH. in the context of their many leessang interviews, more of which are not seen mainstream, talking about her in 20 to 30 will still be considered "almost never "by percentage.

again, i didn't compare KG's music career to SJH's acting career. again, i merely stated why KG is not affected with the loveline. LeeSsang's core fans, the ones that supported them even before RM doesn't really care about the loveline. they are there for the music. his new fans MIGHT BE THE ONES THAT WILL GET AFFECTED but again, the LeeSsang core fans won't. they are the ones who bought LeeSsang's songs before RM. they will still be there even after the loveline.

then, there's the reputation they built. that's 16 years of solid music, no mainstream support. used their own money to produce their own album. their songs got famous, they didn't. their music does not rely on their image.

as for your thinking that i mean "Gary-the talented guy, build his foundation well, got into fame from Running Man, don't depend on MC as much as JiHyo", that's your interpretation. that's what you want to think. i am only responsible for what i say, not for what you understand. if you want to think that, it's your burden to bear, not mine.

i don't contradict my statement, i contextualize it. when there are unknown variable, i acknowledge them and i try to look at it from an objective angle. again, please do read my posts well as you will find everything i say has a context.

Frozen Flower is a critical failure and had mediocre box office. the numbers are there.

movies are better and more professionally subbed especially korean movies than korean songs.

i work for the movie industry. i make a living out of making movies. it's my field. music happens to be a sibling of movies. i love both. i am not an expert on either of them but i know enough to be working in this industry for more than a decade. xypherfarrell is just an ink because i cannot afford to have my opinions be misconstrued as the opinion of the companies i work for. i can go all intellectual and talk about the lack of dimensions and subtext of movies but i don't see the point of doing that in this article.

as for her movies and tv dramas having "problems", that's your opinion. i respect that. i just find it hard to reconcile that someone intelligent like her would end up doing movies that are subpar in story. however, i already stated that she could still garner commercial success regardless of the quality. if other actresses and idols can get so much support even though they are bad actors, what more her? she's not great but not bad either. she deserves it more than others do. whether that's the right or wrong thing to do for "the art", that's another topic and another post. the post is not a moral contemplation of the movie industry, it's about whether or not SJH's career is getting damaged by MC. i remain.

i am aware of the effects of variety to actors, hence, the part about "OTHERS BEFORE HER" but the main difference is that yejin and sooro established their names as actors before variety. yejin has not recovered yet.

her biggest impact remains to be her being a variety star - the point holds as we have already agreed on the lack of critical and commercial success of her acting projects.

"Your view on movies seems to be of a "ticket sales proportionate to fans" = i don't know where you got this. i repeatedly differentiated critical and commercial success. but just a tip, you might want to check the meaning of "commercialism".

you can go ahead and question leessang's success. you are free to do so. it's actually pretty entertaining to see whenever leessang hears other people criticize them because they agree on everything.

anyway, yeah, epik high is great. very cerebral. but that's another post.

and in conclusion, you think that MC should lie low even though you think it doesn't affect SJH's career. did i get it right?

and you hate the fact that i seem to imply that KG is successful enough to not be affected by the loveline whereas SJH isn't.

that's your point, right?

RMFan on January 09, 2014:

Whatever... I watch RM coz its entertaining..i love MC but they r not the only one that made me glued to RM.. Sometimes its for kwang soo..haha..kjk..etc.. I don't really listen to leesang until recently...though i am not native speaker n doñt understand korean language, i love his songs n anticipated more.. I also trying to watch kwangso and jihyo drama..some i like..and some don't..I do hope kwangso n jihyo got more opportunity in acting n do really good..but for now i just enjoy them in RM. I bet their time will come n while then they should do best in RM or MC

Admin of one of her fansite on January 09, 2014:

Does variety affect singers as much that their career face negative consequences? Not exactly, easy, look at Haha, look at KJK for close comparison and it isn't hard to find variety has helped them (Yea I know of Turbo and the stuff about the fame of Turbo even before X-Men kind of thing). They are just close examples, the difference on how variety affects the acting industry and singing industry is different all together. Of course, since the impact is different to begin with, whatever happens in the other field definitely without a doubt will affect the different fields in different ways. Not that much because of who that person is but a matter of what that person really do.

I said I don't understand LeeSSang, honestly I don't, not lying, not going to bother to, but I have heard of Epik High, Freestyle from years back though. Critical success and commercial success, success of their own terms in relative sense in different industries... I'm looking at another comparison, same thing across industries... again. What is the measure of success? Fame, popularity, songs that are nice, films that are nice, great acting, box office hit, sold out tickets... the list goes on, do I question his success, honestly I do, but I'm not going to say he isn't cause like I said before I don't know him well like how you sound the same about her work. (FF's success depending on what you are looking at and it can mean a lot of things, the box office can actually be considered a hit for one)

Your argument magnifies the problem of MC on her, making it as though that's all she depends upon on the show. My point is the not yet success of her career does not relate to MC. Yes, she is a good person, like he is a good guy, she deserves more, a point I will not say no to, of course she does deserve more, of course she should be recognized for her acting. Variety is secondary, it has always been(since when has it not). That is how they label her as well "Actress Song Ji Hyo", I have never, emphasize this NEVER seen before news articles using "Entertainer Song Ji Hyo" to describe her.

To conclude my point for you, MC should be stopped, many reasons why it should yours don't hold that much, does MC affect her career as much as you assume, no, variety affects her acting career much much more. Should she do better as an actress, yes, of course.

Admin of one of her fansite on January 09, 2014:

It seems more interesting to me the fact that as busy as you so claim to be, (of course humans slog their life out every day) that you are making such a post. Actually my point is very simple, why make such a post with what seems to me a lack of understanding of your point of discussion. Perhaps I gotten your point wrong then, cause it does sound clear to me in simple English this is what you mean: "Gary-the talented guy, build his foundation well, got into fame from Running Man, don't depend on MC as much as JiHyo" To me, it is a comparison between who depends on it more because their main career as you said, Gary being more successful in relative terms to you, that is where the comparison comes in their main career difference and why does it affect each other more. And an additional note, the Taiwan interview which I previously mention was a LEESSANG interview, unless you wish to ignore the fact that Gil was right there.

No the support of KG being with whoever, or SJH being with whoever in a project doesn't seem to be as affected as you seem to find. The fact that your title explicitly stated, "Is the Monday Couple Popularity Damaging Song Ji Hyo’s Career?" Yet you have dedicated an entire paragraph on how MC has not as much affected Gary, as much as it did to JiHyo. JiHyo's problem has existed even way before Running Man, having liked her even before Frozen Flower(not lying here, first liked her for a line she said in Goong and I can recite it literally when she was in the taxi with Shin whether you believe it or not it does not matter, but of cause her antagonist role in dramas led her to having antis something I recognize as well), I truly do believe that she has problems of her own that needs overcoming, does Monday Couple really play that much responsibility in her career, well no, not exactly, not as much as you assumed. People are willing to accept her with others, provided that the script is good, as of now for her lead roles in dramas or movies, the script has not been as good as I would have hoped for. If now a good script were to be coming in, despite the fact that a guy other than KG acts as a male lead, would the audience be reluctant to accept it because of the "Oh no, KG is going to be heartbroken"-thing , no, NO! Clearly if KG is talented, people will be able to accept the fact that another female acts as his partner in his MV/Concert/whatever, and I'm not going to deny his talent though I hardly heard his songs. Same goes, the fact that KG writes his own songs and all differs from JiHyo like what I have been saying, the difference of career, what now? Is JiHyo going to write her own script next(Yes! I know of actresses who writes scripts but different argument again)?

And I did not say RM fans are the one supporting KG's concert, it seems amusing to me how you seem all like KG fan but continuously doubt his abilities and popularity yet at the very same time you seem to speak as though of the very opposite in your main post(contradicting seems to be your style). I said INTERNATIONAL fans can MORE easily support GARY or simply put SINGERS(Rappers, idols, hip hop...) as compared to ACTRESSES like JiHyo. Fans can listen to songs without knowing the lyrics, go to a concert without being able to understand the language, but how many can survive through a movie not knowing the story cause they don't understand the language? Fans can memorize the lyrics of his songs but are they going to memorize the lines in her movie(phrase probably but whole thing, I won't even do that, like duh~). Support is reflected through different ways for both of them, and that is my point.

She has not done a lot of dramas and movies as you have said assuming that is what you mean by "she has done more", a pity for me cause I do crave for more. The fact that you lack an understanding for the acting industry is what bothers me more. Seemingly your way of support as well. Just simply look at say the example I have already brought up whether you read or not JaeJoong, famous definitely, fans plenty(the only Korean songs I have with me are all sung by members of JYJ as well), being in the same movie as JiHyo if every single one of his fans were to just buy 1 single movie ticket, the box office would definitely have soared all the way to the top few, but is this your term of support, giving false impressions of a successful film despite the fact that it requires more in terms of storyline, that's supporting? How is your idol every going to improve, what I want of her is to recognize her shortcomings and what to avoid in scripts, honing her ability as an actress and to develop from there on, not to give her the false impression that fans can go all the way out for her success and let her remain stagnant in her career. Your view on movies seems to be of a "ticket sales proportionate to fans" theory rather than script or storyline, just to tell you , your view on it is outdated, totally. The difference is that going to concerts and movies are entirely different things all together anyway, you get to see your idol sing in front of you vs your idol on a big big screen, the entire feeling is different and I guess you should know that right?

The point is to me variety is affecting her career, yes it is, and Monday Couple may despite add fuel to the fire, isn't doing as much as you assume it to be. I will like to recommend "Healing Camp" the episode with Kim Sooro guests on for you so you can at the very least deepen your understanding on whatever you are trying to discuss, a program recommended by sites which I frequent upon, how has Family Outing affect his acting career(generally, variety to acting), the decline of number job offers for one(1/10 of the original amount). The impact is as such: RM to JiHyo much much much much much MUCH MUCH greater than MC to JiHyo, pairing does not matter as much as you think, "As of now, that's her biggest impact"-point does not hold, a point which I'm trying to bring up. Kim Sooro, Park Ye Jin and others like them no matter how A class actress they are face difficulties after variety. Yoon Eun Hye got fame mainly through Goong in 2006 X-Men was before that, noting that X-Men is a different genre of variety and if RM did not bring up YEH in RM, gosh, how many people still care about it at all(ya there are some devotees), the pairing doesn't affect her position in acting as well. That is why famous actresses and actors don't tend to(I said tend to of course there are the likes of Lee Seung Gi), cause it affects them a lot.

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on January 08, 2014:

@Admin of one of her fansite, again i apologize for not being able to respond to your reponse point by point. there are other tasks i need to perform and can only deal with my blog when there are breaks and it doesn't come often.

i didn't state anything in my article that was inaccurate except Baek Chang Joo's name which you said should have been Back Chang Joo. what you did is mention other things about SJH that were irrelevant to the article like her endorsements and how a big deal it was to be endorsing something. for one it is out of context because her endorsements aren't that significant compared to other actresses who have been around shorter. there are also some endorsers who have more than she does even though they are not as well known. bottomline, her success as an endorser should still be more than what she is getting.

your point about her not initiating mc moments is debatable. i will leave it at that.

your point about rm getting lower ratings because of Real Men is a different school of thought. when we assess programs, we assess it according to its own merits. the quality of the show is not dependent on another. regardless of the competition, RM should be good enough to maintain its lead. Real Men shouldn't be a factor. However, it is of course necessary to "check out the competition" but again, that's a different school of thought and a different post.

i also didn't compare Gary's musical career to SJH's acting career. it's apples to oranges. i merely stated why Gary's main career (musician) doesn't seem to be affected with MC. it's because he has 16 years of critical success (take note, critical success, not necessarily commercial success). thus, leessang has some sort of security. regardless of what happens in their other fields, their main career is intact. in fact, Gil (the other half of LeeSsang) is not well liked in Infinity Challenge but it doesn't affect LeeSsang.

the bottomline of the article is that SJH doesn't seem to get the ball rolling in her main career. no matter how we admire SJH, numbers don't lie. prior to RM, her biggest success is as an antagonist. hence, success of that program is attributed to the protagonists, not her. 2nd is FF, afterwhich, she didn't have a project for like 2 years. and FF is neither a critical nor a commercial success either.

after RM, she got some projects and, it seems, new fans. however, all her projects are still a critical and commercial failure. we cannot do anything about critical success. she's not a great actress (not a bad one either). however, that shouldn't hinder her from being popular. there's a whole lot of other celebrities with no talent out there but are considered A list. she's done more. she should be there too.

she can get there through commercial success. obviously, her fans prior to RM is not enough. otherwise, she would be higher up Pre-RM, wouldn't she? so, we need to count on new fans to bring it in for her. but they are not bringing it. otherwise, her movie would be a box office hit and her tv drama would have been number 1.

now, let us say, for the sake of this discussion, that these RM fans are also the ones that are buying Kang Gary's songs and tickets to his concerts, are we then to assume that they are supporting KG because KG is not attached to another woman in his projects?

while SJH is paired with another man, thererfore, they can't accept it?

hence, it brings me to the main point of the article, MC should lie low for Song Ji Hyo. Song Ji Hyo deserves to make a mark bigger than being the Monday Girlfriend. As of now, that's her biggest impact. she deserves more. she works hard and seems to be a good person.

she should be known for her acting because that's her main field. being a variety star should be secondary.

ben on January 08, 2014:

Its incredible. Monday Couple make both Gary and Jihyo famous. It's a fact and you can't deny it. With Monday Couple, they are not famous and now its so ironic that you mention that Monday Couple are ruining her career? Do you think if she not famous there is drama for her? I think its a No. You can't do that when she get famous now. Its like you mentioning that you forget those work that make you popular? Believe me, without Monday Couple, all people will forget them soon.

Admin of one of her fansite on January 08, 2014:

No I'm actually not saying 40% or them are her fans, the survey was done not by me but on a Chinese forum sometime in December 2013 and I did not vote for it either, it was targeted at Monday Couple fans and their individual fans instead(regarding that JiHyo's votes adds up to 44% and the rest is to him which is actually more in that sense, and a note to correct the line *33% likes Monday couple cause of Gary), of cause as you can see the others are not indicated on this survey. International fans rather were the target for the survey as compared to Korean ones, definitely I believe Gary's popularity is greater than 9%, I mean don't you?? Perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my comment but as I can see you have a greater level of understanding of Gary as I have of JiHyo instead. And I would not want to argue with you about hiphop since it is not in my area of interest. From what I'm however aware of, both parties have been directed with questions of each other more often than not out of their own countries, seems like international fans are the one that are more affected by the entire idea. I do recognize you have specifically only replied to part of my post(perhaps the length or have you been too busy). So why do you choose to write an article on someone you seem to lack an understanding about, it is the same if I were to be write an article about Gary right? Just doesn't seem to make sense to me that I have to be discussing about him just like it doesn't make sense to me that you are discussing about her.

Jackal is Coming was not a great film, something which I won't argue about, and where is that 40% support you mean? Elsewhere in the world that don't seem to be from Korea it seems, apparently box office in Japan for the movie was a hit, though I will credit that to the popularity of JaeJoong instead(and with his fame in South Korea why is his fans not supporting it? The difference of acting and singing seems to differ a lot as well) Fugitive of Joseon on the other hand is now sold to countries out of Korea as well, though I will have to question her role in the drama due to an underdeveloped relationship with Lee Dong Wook. Yes, her position as an actress did not stand out as much as I would have hoped for her and undeniably Running Man is what pushed her into fame, and the same goes for Gary as well, even to other members too.

But just think, if you are going to South Korea as an international fan, is it easier for you to purchase the CD of your favorite singer or rapper(which you can even ask someone else to do so for you) and have a meal at his restaurant(open almost daily throughout the year) as compared to watching a movie most international fans would not be able to understand(only available for screening for 2 months or less and all in Korean) and watch a drama where you would not probably even affect the ratings at all(take note of how it is tabulated), the answer is obvious isn't it. I'm trying to say that even comparing within this vast industry doesn't make sense, yes they may both be entertainers on Running Man, but the difference in their main career makes it a nonsensical comparison. Even comparing Song Ji Hyo with Lee Kwang Soo would be different already despite the same acting career(one a comedic role by nature, one a dark dark queen) what more a singer and an actress? It is like comparing an apple with an orange what more comparing with a watermelon?

The support definitely varies, because the way it is expressed is different to begin with. It is impossible to have a clear cut comparison for the 2 like what you seem to be trying to do, so why are you assuming your position to judge her when your lack of understanding of her is reflected through what you type here(though I agree with some points you have pointed out but some are nonsense in my humble opinion)? Perhaps you should have tried to do a post on Gary instead, seems to me you do understand him very well. But what you are trying to do is like if I try to write a post on analysis of Gary, I may understand his history, heard his song perhaps, but my level of understanding of him will definitely be one below yours, won't it? The whole comparison thing is what I don't agree with at all, popularity is not for me to judge. But we do have 1 point in agreement, the fact that Monday Couple should be stopped, but in my opinion, rather than JiHyo fans being not accustomed to any other guy rather than Gary it is the Monday Couple fans that don't. Critiques does not talk about Monday Couple as much as you seem to find at least from what I gather through Nate and Naver, it is the image of variety that audiences can't get through and something I am looking forward to for her to find her own breakthrough.

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on January 07, 2014:

Hi @Admin of one of her fansite... thank you very much for dropping by and thanks for reading up. forgive me for i will not go through you comments one by one as i am doing this in between other tasks.

i didn't say Gary didn't mention her in his interviews i said "in his LeeSsang interviews, he almost never mentioned...", LeeSsang interviews, not Gary interviews. LeeSsang interviews in hiphop world. there's a lot that's not aired mainstream because, as you know, hiphop is very niche.

unlike other artists, LeeSsang does not restrict the questions that is going to be asked of them on interviews. i think it goes with being secure of their place in their music. they don't mind whatever is discussed because it won't affect their credibility and reputation as hiphop artists. their work speaks for themselves. it's more about the people interviewing them, when they are interviewed about music, they talk about music.

yes, the loveline was one-sided and i stated that. i said, "as Song Ji Hyo became more “cooperative”. Unlike before..."

as for her not initiating mc moments after reconciliation, i won't argue with you on that. i have learned that people can always interpret things the way they want it to appear. i also won't argue who is most popular on Running Man. unless there is some concrete number in front of me, i won't go into that. there's so many variable, multi users, non vocal viewers... but i have no doubt song ji hyo is more popular than Kang Gary. Kang Gary's niche has always been hiphop. that's his main career and he has always been clear that he is a musician. everything else is just "extra". i am very happy though if 40% of RM fans are Song Ji Hyo fans. She deserves it. she's the queen of RM, the winningest member and most feared by everyone. our dear Mong Ji.

i think your 9% to Kang Gary is generous. he is probably one of the least popular in RM. if it wasn't for the Monday Couple, he wouldn't be popular mainstream. however, as i've said. that plays to his advantage now.

one thing is for sure though. both parties have been very that the loveline is for the show. both parties have been clear they are not dating and yet many shippers believe otherwise.

yes, i agree that it is not song ji hyo's fault. i think that's the whole point of my article. it's the fans. i just wish that these fans of Song Ji Hyo only will come out and support her projects. i mean, how come The Fugitive of Joseon hand mediocre ratings? they should be supporting her. The Jackal is Coming had mediocre box office. these people should be getting behind her. she deserves to have bigger breaks. she may have 3 dramas since RM but all had mediocre results.

these MC fans are making it hard for her but her fans are not supporting her either.

at least these 9% of Kang Gary are supporting everything he does, from mash ups to collabs to restaurants to darn doritos.

whereas the 40% can's seem to even watch song ji hyo on TV which is free. where is this 40% when you need them? tsk

in conclusion, i agree. MC should lie low. Song Ji Hyo has done enough to prove her worth. she deserves to be appreciated and recognized as an actress. she's getting the breaks, it's time for a follow through

Admin of one of her fansite on January 07, 2014:

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to argue with all your points, rather I do agree that Monday Couple should lie low. It is just that your argument lacks too much evidence, that I'm actually creating an essay arguing against it. Her primary selling point is not Monday Couple, is her Mong, Ace and Bad JiHyo character. Monday Couple is not a character but a character pairing or relationship, arguably each member has his or her own role to play in the show, now if you just look over to Gary, he is the one lacking in roles rather than JiHyo, peaceful Gary(it worked well but the lack of its appearance makes it not that stable a character), straight going Gary(this has an even more limited appearance), occasional commander(or something like that, too much overlapping with Jong Kook's role and also a lack of appearance).

Actually her existence in Running Man is actually quite a big deal in South Korea, challenging the traditional norms to outdoor variety show not only doing it well, but very well such that changes are actually slowly being seen in the variety of South Korea(I won't credit everything to her but her existence in an outdoor variety for such a long period of time is indeed remarkable, and even a rare one as compared to probably western countries or Taiwan etc., and is changing how people view the industry as well)

Noting that you mentioned Park Ye Jin, then most probably the idea of how she left the show because of her over exposure in Family Outing has led people being unable to focus on her acting, it wasn't that her acting wasn't good but rather the fact that VIEWERS are unable to break through the image that they have already imagined her to be. So does the fault lie with the celebrity, the audience, or the show itself? Note that she has not been acting in dramas of the channel in which the variety show was broadcast(SBS Family Outing) ever since she started being on that program and even after she left. And the reason is simple, because this being the same TV channel that created her image to begin with, they are the most fearful of such reaction from the audience(those watching SBS). Her acting abilities may not have "depreciated", rather her role in variety limited her career which is exactly what JiHyo faces now. The same does not however apply as much to Actor Kwang Soo, who started off acting in comedic roles for dramas like Dong Yi for example with him being the beanpole musician.

At the very least she is taking a big step forward by acting in a role for a romantic-comedy, something she has not really tried before. For whatever the reason, Monday Couple should lay low for now if they ever considered caring for her at all. Filming a drama is tiring enough and having to deal with another loveline problem isn't worth the effort.

Admin of one of her fansite on January 07, 2014:

There are a lot of factual errors in your post if you have realized.

To begin with, after her relationship was exposed, she has hardly ever not that I remember initiated the loveline at all. It was only before her relationship got exposed that she has ever done it to begin with (Eg.16, 32, etc. and if you don't even know that I don't see why you are typing this at all) and it ever since stopped when the loveline came to a stop.

After the reappearance of the loveline (around the period of time when Gary wanted to quit the show), it has only been a one-sided initiative kind of thing(Recent Eg. 179 him calling her, 177 how he rather disrespectfully asked for her to sleep with him(if you are saying why she called him first... she said that he was the only one the phone could get through and about why he didn't call her, cause he didn't need to and if you ask why you probably didn't watch it at all) and how he forcefully kissed her on the cheek, can TOTALLY see how she is initiating all this, yes her actions did lead to him continuing the conversation with the loveline thing but just look at Ep 172, all she did was do a baseball signalling action and it ended up becoming a loveline thing!? Totally initiating it, I can totally see that)

And note that your spelling error for Mr. Back(That's how it is actually spelled in the C-JeS page)

And wrong again, Gary has often mentioned JiHyo in his interviews and I can date it back to Strong Heart Ep98, rather, the mention of Gary in her interviews has only been a more common recurrence after the reappearance of the loveline. And the same goes for him as well, actually even other members are mentioning it in their interviews.

The fact that you are comparing actors/actresses to singers/rappers is a greater issue as well, there is a lot of differences in the way Koreans view this industry and actresses and actors are highly respected as opposed to the rest of the industry. And of cause comes in the gender part of this entire issue, the fact that there is no gender equality makes it worse for her. Imagine now that Gary is the one to have a relationship instead of her? And what will we get, everyone at least most will be fine with it because that's how society view things like how affairs are actually acceptable for guys more often than girls(like how the typical Korean drama will act it all out). But the difference is now that she is the one in a relationship, and everything just doesn't seem acceptable all of a sudden. Furthermore since it was her who was in a relationship, Gary suddenly turned into the pitiful man and the sympathy and love for the loveline is transferred over to him, thus he wasn't as affected by the entire loveline thing when it stopped, rather it helped him to gain more popularity which was accompanied by the sudden change in Running Man format that resulted in an increase in his screen appearance as compared to JiHyo's and for various unknown reasons since the change of format of Running Man she has up to date (Ep 179) not been in the same team as a female guest, of course noting that in 181 she will finally be having a female guest on her team after like a 100+ episodes or something and not to mention the lack of male guests as well.

Undeniably Monday couple did get her fans but to what extent, a survey done to fans(300++ people) of Running Man showed results like such(rounded up to whole number), 40% are fans of JiHyo only, 9% are fans of Gary only, 1% liked JiHyo cause of Monday Couple, 14% likes Gary cause of Monday Couple, 3% likes Monday couple cause of JiHyo, 33% likes Gary cause of Monday Couple, so who is at the benefiting end of this loveline?(like duh) Of course it is only a small survey, but the vast difference in results shows a lot more than you think, and with the number of factual errors you have actually got there I doubt your level of real knowledge of the whole story.

And this is a note to your other post on why Running Man's ratings actually fell, there were many contributing factors actually and you missed out a lot of main points that were beyond the show itself, which makes me question the level of analysis you can actually attempt to do. For example when the ratings begin to fall(end of April 2013), it was when Real Men started to air(14/04/13), it may arguably not be broadcast at the same time as Running Man but it does overlap the first half an hour of Running Man, and competing with Barefoot friend(started 21/04/13, aired before Running Man and totally overlaps with Real Men), it didn't take long enough for the audience to switch to MBC, and because of this reason, it partly affected Running Man as by the time Real Men ends, Running Man has already played for 30mins (missing that 30mins or so, one will opt for an online version won't they, and that ratings are averaged out so the ratings fell). Of course, there is something wrong with the show as well but this are some other factors that could have played a big factor in the entire story but wasn't consider at all.

Just so you know her pay for CFs before even acting in Frozen Flower or Running Man was actually pretty high(mentioned in articles back then), since joining Running Man she has got 3dramas + 1 yet to air, 3 movies of which 2 was not of a critical role but rather she offered to act in as she was attracted to the storyline, plus 1 animation, CFs like Samsung Insurance (It is a great deal you know to be in a CF of Samsung Insurance) which actually was released after her relationship got exposed, shows that her position was not exactly affected as greatly as in seems to be due to Monday Couple at that time(probably more so now).

Your entire post is filled with too much loopholes and assumptions from interviews(and lack of real reading up as well), with some of them even being wrong to begin with, lack of factual evidence and not having any backup to support your arguments makes it a lot dubious, having tried to read other articles on the same site, I do sense a lack of sufficient understanding in your posts, if you have been slightly more aware of anything at all, this post would of course sound a whole lot better.

Just to conclude, yes, Monday Couple is affecting her career but does the fault really lie with her? Being not the initiative one but the accepting one shouldn't the man be like a man and take the responsibility of controlling this situation? The fact that Running Man's ratings did actually go up in Ep 179 despite her being paired up with Lee Dong Wook, ignoring fans who have always been so extreme in their views of loveline, the general public showed great response to the chemistry between Song Ji Hyo and Lee Dong Wook. This problem of Monday Couple and everything seems to make a even greater impact abroad than in Korea itself too, at the very least most of the time when JiHyo is asked about Gary in her interviews as of recently, it has been the Hong Kong media throwing in the question, and Gary about JiHyo, there was one in his Taiwan Leessang's concert. Both were appearing for individual projects and this actually reflects more of a lack of respect to the artiste than anything else. Furthermore, Jong Kook has too mention it in his interview somewhere out of Korea as well.

Just to note her fans as in HER fans(only her), mostly are able to accept her with any guys, it is the fans of lovelines that can't accept her with other guys at all. I mean, if anyone only likes a person because she is getting dated(like seriously she doesn't actively initiate a reaction of love from him 99% of the time), it doesn't make sense at all right?

Another note, The Woman Who Married 3 Times rejected her because of Running Man, as the scriptwriter does not like her leads to be in any other project when the drama is being filmed to prevent distractions, another one of the lead actress candidate was rejected cause she had a drama.

And interesting JH was well recognized for her acting abilities in FF(you can argue on this one but that was how critiques described it at that time). But the exposure scenes left her in a bad position, thus Inkigayo came along and she got to know RM's PD, got on RM

leah. on January 07, 2014:

*jihyo not John (lol I am sorry, autocorrect)

leah. on January 07, 2014:

I think it is ironic how this article is about how the monday couple loveline is ruining john's career and yet at the voting section, another loveline is being proposed. No hate, I just find it incredibly ironic.

I think that you have brought up many good points in the article but I have to refute some as well. While it is true that people are only remembering jihyo for her role as 'monday girlfriend' and it is going to be incredibly difficult -if not near impossible, to not associate her with 'monday couple', I think that it isn't all harm as well. Her notable awards that she has won in her career are mainly her excellence awards from running man. This shows that her performance in running man is highly regarded and that attention has been placed on her through running man. And it is inevitable to not think of 'Monday couple' when you think of running man. Noticeably, her fanbase is mainly made up of people whom she has garnered support from via running man and no denying, from her role as 'Monday girlfriend'.

To actors and actresses, it is usually a bane to not be able to shake off an image as versatility is valued so highly in the industry. But face it, before running man, jihyo was almost a nobody (ohgod I sound harsh don't I). Her most notable role was her portrayal as hyorin in goong, and that was almost 10 years ago. As much as running man has placed a 'stigma' and perception on her, she needs it.

She needs running man, she needs Monday couple. Without it, she wouldn't have been as well known as she is today.

Back to my first statement. Even if the loveline parties changed to someone else, she will still be subjected to the image as a 'loveline girlfriend'. It is almost inevitable, considering she is the only female. It doesn't matter who she is playing the loveline opposite to, she will still be subjected to the same situation where she is unable to shake off her image in running man. Definitely though, Monday couple is sensational and well-loved and hence the impact and effect is more rooted and lasting. I don't think any other lovelines (with the exception of eunhye and Jong kook) can compare.

In a nutshell, I believe that while it may have negative impacts on jihyo, the image of 'Monday girlfriend' has helped her tremendously and I think it is something that gave her a much-needed boost.