There are a couple new things this season on We Got Married, the new village where all the couples live & what the MCs refer khổng lồ as a “truly new couple,” Julien Kang and Yoon Se-ah. As far as the village goes, it is an attempt to lớn create more variety by having interactions between couples happen more naturally. As for the new couple, Julien Kang, a half-Korean, half-French, Canadian born actor và model, makes his debut on We Got Married as one of the few foreigners to lớn ever participate on the show, & certainly the most Westernized in looks.

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As a foreigner, Julien faces different challenges than your typical We Got Married participants, namely cultural differences và language barriers that other husbands don’t even have to lớn think about. When looking at all the couple’s personalities, it is easier lớn see differences và similarities when there is a foreigner’s behavior to lớn compare it to.

By the kết thúc of the first episode with the first new couple, Julien và actress Yoon Se-ah, the MCs are already commenting on how the couple seems like they have been together for months & accepting Julien’s ease with talking about past relationships & being with older women as a trait of his foreignness. As far as matching someone khổng lồ a foreigner, it doesn’t seem that they could have made a better choice. She is older than him, granting her more maturity, and she is blood type B, giving her a strong personality. Both of these things seem lớn benefit her when trying to giảm giá with Julien’s comfort with skinship & his cultural faux pas. I have a hard time imagining a younger K-pop star, for example, not getting overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of living with Julien. If they didn’t get flustered by him talking in three different languages they would certainly get a nose bleed from his shirtless behavior. However, he has been living in Korea from a number of years, và has obviously come lớn understand a lot of Korean social interactions. In the second episode while on their first date, he purposefully talks down lớn her, as an oppa would, in order khổng lồ lead the atmosphere và make her feel more comfortable. This alone gives great hope for the relationship because it shows that he can meet her half-way between the cultures và not just let his Western nature overwhelm them.

Compared to lớn the first couple và their mature, yet casual, approach lớn marriage, the second couple, composed of Kwanghee from ZE:A & Sunhwa from Secret are the straight-up variety couple. And while this couple is hilarious, và they will probably increase the ratings for the show a large amount, I can’t help but feel that they are insincere. They don’t face any cultural differences like the first couple và yet they still bicker và clash all the time. This is amusing to watch, but it could also start getting irritating as the show goes on.

In the first episode, Kwanghee decides to lớn prank his new wife instead of meeting sincerely và that seems khổng lồ have mix the tone for the entire relationship. She brings up ZE:A’s Siwan, they bicker, and then move on, to lớn only bicker about something else in the next minute. They have had some sweet moments, like when she cooked him a large Korean dinner. This is the kind of thing we will miss out on with the first couple, the shared cultural understanding of the importance of having seaweed soup made especially for you by your wife. I can only speak from my experience here in the US, but trang chủ cooked meals have become greatly undervalued in modern times. It is the sincere moments of wanting lớn please each other that keep me interested in this couple, not so much the moments when Kwanghee whines.

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The third couple is comprised of Lee Joon from MBLAQ & My Husband Got a Family actress Oh Yeon-seo. This couple’s quality trait is that they are each other’s ideal type. This is the kind of couple I think of when I think We Got Married. They are obviously infatuated with getting khổng lồ know each other và this creates a sweet, thắm thiết awkwardness. They are both comfortable và uncomfortable with each other. While that may sound lượt thích a contradiction, but when you watch them interact it makes sense.

They will have moments when they can barely look at each other because they are so shy và then a few minutes later they will be happily bonding over how much they love being obsessive about their partners. This is they dynamic that defined their first meeting & it has continued as the show has gone on. Their relationship is one that would be very difficult lớn create with a Western husband because, as seen in the show, Julien has natural skinhship tendencies và an open demeanor that doesn’t match up with Lee Joon’s behavior at all. Hopefully they will get more comfortable with each other as time goes on, but I can’t see them ever having the instinctive skinship we see with our Western Julien.

To compare, let’s look at a couple instances of the couple’s behavior in similar situations. First, the much anticipated bedroom viewing by each couple in their new home. The couples could not have reacted more differently. Kwanghee and Sunwha proved their status as variety couple by making the experience into a casual joke. Kwanghee playfully untied his shirt and gave Sunwha a suggestive look, và what did she do? She started jumping on the bed. And then he joined her. Lee Joon & Oh Yeon-seo, not surprisingly, reacted with lots of awkwardness. The special thing about their reaction was that the awkwardness didn’t come from not connecting, but rather connecting very sincerely. The sexual tension between those two is so thick you could cut it with a knife. On the other hand, when Julien & Yoon Se-ah saw their bedroom, he casually had his arm around her shoulder and they simply commented on how nice it was. Why the lack of reaction? Probably because a grown man from Canada doesn’t see sleeping next to the woman he is supposedly married to as a big deal. Co-habituating before marriage is more common in Western culture which lessens the reaction when faced with a room with a bed. When compared khổng lồ the other couples, you simply have lớn attribute the difference khổng lồ cultural upbringing. But what reaction would audiences rather see? I tend khổng lồ think the more dramatic would get better ratings.

A second example of similar couple situations was playing in the pool. On their second meeting, Julien and Yoon Se-ah move into their house and promptly went for a swim in their pool. He picked her up & physically horsed around a lot. Now, when I watch this, I see a normal Western guy being playful with his lady-friend in a pool but the way it is seen in Korean culture is quite different. Yoon Se-ah was surprised and said in her interview section that it is so different from Korean men who are shy about touching và skinship. Equally strange for Korean TV culture, Julien was casually showing his shirtless self. Compared lớn the swimming adventure of Lee Joon & Oh Yeon-seo, the first couple’s pool time may as well be considered scandalous. Lee Joon wore a tank đứng đầu into the pool và when it got wet his wife was scandalized by the fact that she could see the contours of his muscles. Scandalized, but pleased. Và as far as skinship goes, although she would have liked playful romance a la Julien, Lee Joon was simply too shy for that. When he picked her up to lớn put her on the pool ledge, although it was sweet, it came across as awkward instead of romantic.

Overall, I am enjoying Season 4 of We Got Married so far, and look forward lớn the continued journey of these couples. I can’t help but wonder what exciting challenges will face Julien but I’m sure he will handle them well, just as he did with teaching English, cooking Korean candy, and dancing Gangnam Style. Personally, I can’t wait for more awkward romance from Lee Joon & Oh Yeon-seo. How about you, Seoulmates? Who is your favorite couple? How bởi you feel about a foreigner as a husband on this show?