I had my doubts about the so-called global edition of We Got Married, which felt like a desperate ratings grab for an aging Korean variety show to tap into a wider market after the domestic audience may be bored with it. But the casting of 2PM‘s Taecyeon with his lunky good nature and Gui Gui (Wu Ying Jie) with her 4D bubbly candor, that just felt like someone giving me something perfect that I never even knew to order on the menu. All the official filming stills from their honeymoon and wedding on Jeju were beyond adorable and felt staged without being artificially cloying. You know it’s all for show, but the two people involved are sincerely approaching it, which makes it all in good fun. The first two episodes have premiered thus far and it’s totally a riot. I only watch the Taecyeon and Gui Gui segment as I’m not interested in Lee Hong Ki and Fuji Mina making a go at their international marriage, but the cultural differences are really taking a backseat to how hella awkward it all is. Since I don’t watch WGM, I can’t tell if even the Korean “married couples” are this way around each other, but it elicits bucketfuls of teary mirth from me. Taecyeon and Gui Gui speak English with each other, with a smattering of Korean and hand gestures, though his English is by far way better than hers. In his interviews, he answers in English as well while she reverts to Chinese. The narration in the episodes are conveniently subtitled in English, and it’s really like a cherry on top of the awkwardness. I can’t explain other than you have to watch it to understand. This is going to be such a silly show to watch week-to-week since Taecyeon and Gui Gui have chemistry but it’s going to take time to really build the understanding and comfort level to create some sparks. Visually they are a gorgeously compatible couple, him with his dorky hotness and her with her bubbly prettiness. Yes, call me shallow, but I’m onboard with seeing two cute kids pretend to fall in love and get married. Check out a cut of episode 1 and see if they also bring the warm and fuzzies for you.
WGM Episode 1 cut of Taecyeon and Gui Gui: