South Korean romantic drama series My Love From The Star is fueling a craze among nubile women with high incomes for a husband resembling the leading male, Do Min-joon, a match-making company has said.
According to the plot, Do Min-joon is a human-looking alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago. In addition to his enhanced physical abilities — including eight-pack abs — he also possesses higher-than-normal intelligence, teaching anthropology as a college professor. His only weakness is his allergy to human saliva, which can enfeeble him and even render him unconscious. However, that does not stop him from falling in love with the lead female, Cheon Song-yi.
Hsu Nai-yi (徐乃義), director of Meiman Service Center, a Taoyuan-based match-making company, said this week a female client, who visited the center requesting a husband like the TV star, was a 30-year-old, surnamed Chang (張), who is a manager at an established pharmaceutical company with a masters degree, earning a NT$1.7 million (US$56,000) annual income.
“Chang said she is looking for someone who can compete with Do Min-joon in appearance and is willing to pay NT$100,000 if we can find such a man to walk down the aisle with her,” Hsu said.
Hsu said another client, a 30-year-old woman surnamed Wang (王) who works for the government, made a similar request, saying that she wants her future husband to have a similar height, appearance, disposition and education as Do Min-joon.
A divorcee, surnamed Liu (劉), heading up the Macau branch of a US company, said it is perfectly normal for women to pursue men who are gao fu shuai (高富帥), an Internet term that means “tall, rich and handsome.”
Hsu said some clients said the drama’s supporting male role, Lee Hwi-kyung, would make a better choice of husband, because Do is apparently out of their league.
Hsu said that women should not settle for less than they deserve in seeking spouses, but nor should they aim too high.
“They should ask whether he is compassionate or shares the same interests and moral ideas as them. After all, marriage is not an unrealistic romantic drama,” he said.