BY Joan MacDonald | Jan 27, 2014 09:31 AM EST
Recently Park Shin Hye was quoted as saying that she likes the rumors that she and her "The Heirs" co-star Lee Min Ho are dating. That's a good thing because those rumors are still going strong.
On the SBS news program "Midnight TV Entertainment," the actress was quoted as saying she likes the rumors because it meant that the actors looked good together in their drama "The Heirs."
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"It makes me happy," she said. But the actress stressed that she did not in fact have a boyfriend.
Lee Min Ho agreed that the rumors had to be seen as a positive sign that his character Kim Tan and her character Cha Eun Sang had great screen chemistry together.
But that chemistry was so good that "The Heirs" fans could not abandon the hope that the two would date in real life. Last week, a Chinese news organization reported that the couple had actually been dating for two months since their drama ended, but provided no evidence for their claims.
Park Shin Hye's agency S.A.L.T. Entertainment called the story baseless.
"It seems to be a rumor created by the huge popularity of 'The Heirs' in China," said a S.A.L.T. representative. The agency said it was taking measures against such false rumors.
Starhaus Entertainment, Lee Min Ho's agency also denied the rumors, saying that the reason such rumors existed was because "The Heirs" team was so close.
"The rumor that they are dating is 300 percent untrue," said Starhaus.
It's not the first time that Park Shin Hye was rumored to be dating a co-star. During the filming of "You're Beautiful," she was rumored to be dating co-star Jang Geun Suk. But she said they were more like brother and sister. They have remained close as friends.
"We just enjoy spending time together," she said.
During the filming of "Heartstrings" she was linked with CNBlue's Jung Yong Hwa but they denied it. They have also remained close friends and Jung Yong Hwa calls her his only "celebrity friend."
She once joked that the rumors about their relationship did not die down because they looked so good together.
And Lee Min Ho once dated a co-star. He dated Park Min Young, his "City Hunter" co-star.
Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho had worked together on a commercial before they began filming "The Heirs" and quickly became friends on the drama's set.
"His personality is so great," she said. "Whenever we work together, we joke around and that makes it comfortable and easy for shooting to continue."
Why do fans want them to date so badly? Part of it probably has to do with what makes Park Shin Hye such an appealing relatable actress. She's adorably natural and easy to identify with. Fans want her to be happy. It's fun watching attractive k-drama actors fall for her.
The drama's fans want to believe the characters would continue to be happy together, even if it meant taking that romance into real life. And it would not be the first time a real life couple met on the set of a drama.
It's fun to hope these two actors find happiness together. Or at the very least star in another drama together.
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