Goo Ha-ra

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Goo Hara
Goo Hara
Background information
Birth name Goo Hara (구하라)
Born (1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 23)
Gwangju, South Korea[1]
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, actress, model, MC
Instruments Singing
Years active 2008–present
Labels DSP Media
Associated acts Kara
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gu Ha-ra
McCune–Reischauer Ku Hara

Goo Hara (born January 13, 1991) is a South Korean idol singer, model, dancer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of Korean pop girl group Kara and for portraying Choi Da-hye, the president's daughter, on City Hunter in 2011.


Goo Hara was born on January 13, 1991, in Gwangju, South Korea. Before debuting, she participated in the SM's youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she auditioned for JYP, however, she lost the runoff.[2]

She was also an online shopping mall model, having been scouted after her photos were uploaded onto DSP's homepage. Thus, Goo Hara became a member of Kara. She is currently attending Sungshin Women's University.[3]

On January 5, 2010, during an appearance at SBS' Strong Heart she admitted to getting dental and minor cosmetic surgery on her face. She confessed to receiving one filler injection on her nose and had her teeth fixed. She stated that she had always had double eyelids, but had surgery to get them more defined.[4][5]



Main article: Kara (band)

Kara debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, however, a member, Kim Sunghee, left the group. DSP Entertainment replaced her with two new members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, and Kara made a comeback with Rock U, which changed their image from "Hip-hop" to "cute and playful".

On December 4, 2008, Kara started their comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[6] In February 2009, Kara released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first No.1 single when it topped the M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[7]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named "Revolution".[8] Due to the popularity of their songs Wanna and Mister, Kara's overall popularity increased. Kara started promotions with their third mini-album "Lupin" in February 2010.[9]

In August 2010, Kara officially debut in Japan with "Mister". After their successful debut in Japan, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.

On January 19, 2011, it was announced that she would be terminating her contract with DSP Entertainment along with three other members of Kara; a lawsuit was filed on their behalf. Later that day, it was announced that Goo Hara would discontinue her involvement with the suit and has rejoined the company,[10] as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit's details.[11]

Solo activities[edit]

In late 2008, she appeared along with the other Kara members in an episode of MBC sitcom Here He Comes, having the most prominent role as a female gang leader.

In October 2009, she became a cast member in KBS 2TV reality show Invincible Youth (청춘불패).[12] On 14 March 2011, it was also announced that Goo would make her acting debut in SBS "City Hunter", after filming a Japanese sitcom "Urakara".[13] She starred as Choi Da-hye, the daughter of South Korea's president. She also appeared as a female lead in A-JAX`s 'Never Let Go' music video

She has recorded a song titled "Secret Love" which she performed during Kara's first concert tour, Karasia. The music video featured ZE:A's Siwan, where they acted as a lovely couple.[14] In 2013, she collaborated with Japanese musician and song-writer Fukuyama Masaharu to record a song called "Magic Of Love" in Korean under the project group HARA+. The song was used as a soundtrack for FujiTV's drama Galileo for which Masaharu starred in. Taiwanese singer A-lin also recorded the same song in her own language for the drama respectively.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

On June 28, 2011, DSP Media announced that Hara was in a relationship with Yong Jun-hyung from Beast. DSP Media also announced; “They do have good feelings towards one another, but they’re still getting to know each other."[17]

March 27, 2013, saw the end of their relationship, as Cube Entertainment and DSP Media announced that they "naturally drifted apart".[18]


Network Informations Dates
M.Net Strange Casting - Season 2
  • November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009
KBS Invincible Youth
  • October 23, 2009 – December 24, 2010
MBC Sunday Sunday Night
  • December 6, 2009 – January 10, 2010
SBS Running Man
  • Guest: Ep 2,3,49 & 122
SBS City Hunter
  • May 25, 2011 – July 28, 2011
KBS Invincible Youth Season 2
  • Guest: Episode 29
MBC I’m Your Substitute Angel
  • MC: 11 March 2013 (Pilot)
FujiTV Galileo 2
  • Cameo appearance
Drama Cube Secret Love
  • June 13 - July 11, 2014


Solo Songs[edit]


  • 2011:Dream Concert 2011-MC
  • 2011:Music Core-MC
  • 2011:Seoul Tokyo Music Festival
  • 2012:Inkigayo-MC
  • 2012:Korean Music Wave in Kobe-MC
  • 2013:Dream Concert 2013-MC
  • 2013:KBS Entertainment Award


Year Award Work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards: Best Female MC Award Invincible Youth Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Award: Hot Campus Girl N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award City Hunter Won


  1. ^ "구하라 가수, 탤런트". Naver Profiles (in Korean). 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ (Korean) 스타의 모든 것 - 구하라
  3. ^ (Korean) 나 대학 갈래요! 갔어요! 내년에…
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ (Korean) Kim, HyunKoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/ December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  7. ^ (Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
  8. ^ (Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 “업그레이드 카라 온다” (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar - "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  9. ^ (Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
  10. ^ (English) Lee, Woo-young. KARA member Gu Ha-ra withdraws contract termination. The Korea Herald. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  11. ^ (Korean) Kim, Seong-han. [단독] 구하라 "카라 지키겠다" 잔류 선언… 소송서 빠지겠다 주장 (Goo Hara: "I Will Protect Kara", Declares to Remain). Naver News/Hankook Ilbo. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  12. ^ (Korean) KBS '청춘불패', '아이돌 7공주'의 좌충우돌 시골생활 정착기
  13. ^ (Korean) '맏언니 박규리, 구하라 연기자 데뷔 지원사격 ‘시티헌터 OST 부른다’
  14. ^ "Im Siwan is the Main Male in Goo Hara's Japanese Solo Music Video". kpopstarz. September 2, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Goo Hara Forms Project Group With Masaharu Fukuyama for Japanese Drama OST". 9 April 2013. Soompi. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Kara's Goo Hara Sings OST for a Japanese Drama, 'Galileo'". Kpop Insider. Retrieved 20 June 2013.  Later on,she appeared GAELILO 2 as cameo,who is employee at company
  17. ^ "KARA’s Hara & B2ST’s Junhyung confirmed to be in a relationship!". June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ [1]

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