'Memories of the Alhambra': Glimpses of the romance between Park Shin-hye and Hyun Bin make us believe in their chemistry
We already know Shin-hye and Hyun bin will make a great couple, thanks to the little moments that 'Memories of the Alhambra' has gifted us with during the first four episodes
It has been just over two weeks since the Netflix/tvN drama 'Memories of the Alhambra' premiered, but the obsession that most viewers have developed for the K-drama is real. From Yoo Jin-woo's (Hyun Bin) charm to Jung Hee-joo's (Park Shin-hye) innocence, there are many reasons to be captivated by this AR-infused romance. Needless to say, we are hooked.
The showrunners are taking their time setting the story of Hee-joo and Jin-woo up, giving us ample time to get to know each character individually before they fall for each other and find eternal happiness together. We already know they will make a great couple, because the little moments that 'Memories of the Alhambra' has gifted us with during the course of the first four episodes, already proves just how great their chemistry is.
Even though Jin-woo started off their acquaintance by shouting at her and judging her before getting to know her, episode three saw a lighter side to him. A lot of his actions since the enraged shout fest at the hostel has been influenced by the fact that Hee-joo is the legal guardian of the games' creator – she is the woman standing between him and the deal of his lifetime. However, there have been moments where he has proved that he is in her corner.
memories of the alhambra's first episode was so good....hyun bin and park shin hye are truly THAT on-screen couple pic.twitter.com/vFVV7n7W3O— 🌹 (@ceokwonjiyongz) December 2, 2018
For instance, when Jin-woo advised that Kim Sang-bum (Lee Hak-joo) leave his meeting with Hee-joo, it was evident that he was looking out for her. He wanted the details of their potential deal to be between just the two of them and he did not want anyone else to influence her decision – especially one involving money. Having been through betrayal from two of the most important people in his life – his wife and best friend – it is only natural that he is skeptical about everyone, no matter how close they are.
However, he proved to be a businessman first when he told Hee-joo that he would offer her 10 billion won for her hostel, which is pivotal in the VR game that her brother Jung Se-joo (Chanyeol) created.
He, however, hides this information from her, and additionally threatens to reduce his offer by 1 billion won for every 10-minute delay in her making the decision of selling it to him.
Unfortunately, Hee-joo falls unconscious in the bathroom before she could inform Jin-woo that she is open to selling. Admittedly, a medical emergency is not the best time for romance, but in this case, this was the first time we got to see Jin-woo be genuinely sweet to Hee-joo. Watching him cradle her head in his lap while wondering if she is okay is possibly the most humane reaction Jin-woo has had to anything.
The glimpses of Jin-woo and Hee-joo's chemistry that we got to see in the first four episodes of 'Memories of the Alhambra' prove to us that when they do get together it is going to be epic. After all, the actors’ relationship off-screen is too beautiful for it to not translate on screen. In a recent press conference for the show, the duo could not stop gushing about each other.
"I thought it might be difficult for us to bond but being overseas gave us all the chance to hang out together on weekends. I’m sure it could have been difficult to approach me because I’m the youngest, but he always takes great care of me," Shin-hye said regarding her handsome co-star.
"He created a space for all of us to talk freely about our drama and our careers. We’d sit over a glass of beer and talk about our characters, and also share worries and concerns about our future plans. We became close very quickly, and I was grateful for his leadership."
Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye never disappoints 💯 I am loving Memories of the Alhambra every episode! pic.twitter.com/cCJCujHEJd— all about kdrama (@iconickdramas) December 9, 2018
Hyun Bin reciprocated similar feelings when speaking of her: "This is my first time working with Park Shin Hye. Though she’s younger than me, she’s been acting from a young age so she has a lot of experience under her belt and more importantly, she has a deep passion for acting."
He added: "Acting alongside her has given me a lot of motivation to work harder. She’s a bright and kind person. That energy really shines on set, and helps us film within a happy atmosphere. I think she’s quite similar to her character in the drama. We’re having fun as we film."
Their enthusiasm to work together renews our joy to watch them together. Don’t forget to catch episodes five and six of 'Memories of the Alhambra' over the December 15-16 weekend to find out how the relationship between Jin-woo and Hee-joo plays out.