BY Julie Jones | Mar 25, 2014 10:05 AM EDT
After playing a man who found it hard to commit to love in "I Need Romance 3," Nam Goong Min decided to get married. Twice.
He signed on for the reality show "We Got Married" with trot singer Hong Jin Young. Then he took a role in the drama "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup" in which he plays a man who was forced to married young.
According to his "We Got Married" co-star, he needs some practice relating to the opposite sex.
"I usually get a sense of the other person very quickly, but I don't understand him at all," she said of her co-star.
In "I Need Romance 3," his character got to choose between Kim So Yeon and Wang Ji Won, but in real life, the 36-year-old actor says he's not that used to women. He went to an all-boys school and studied mechanical engineering at Chung Ang University.
"Out of 200 students, only three were female," he said.
And while he was in school, he didn't have much time to date because he focused on his studies.
Hong Jin Young meanwhile confessed that she was on the variety show because she really wants to get married.
While Nam Goong Min is awkwardly wooing Hong Jin Young, he is also acting in "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup." The drama opened with Lee So Yeon and Nam Goong Min passing each other at Incheon Airport. The two have not seen each other for 12 years. When she was a high school student, he was her tutor. She got pregnant and they were forced to marry. But they break up because of their families. Because she wants to put the past behind her, she changes her name and moves away. However, they meet at the airport and get involved in each other's lives again.
So Nam Goong Min will have a chance to learn what marriage is all about from his two roles. He can pretend marry on "We Got Married" and deal with a marriage gone wrong on "Wild Chives and Soybean Soup."
Nam Goong Min made the switch from engineering to acting in 2002. Since then he has been successful, appearing in 18 dramas and four films. He has more than caught up with his late acting start. With these two opportunities to explore marriage, he may next make up for his inexperience in dating women.
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