Goo Ha-ra

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Goo Hara
Goo Hara in August 2014 03.jpg
Goo Hara in 2014.
Background information
Birth name Goo Hara (구하라)
Born (1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 24)
Gwangju, South Korea[1]
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
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 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,[2] in Gwangju, South Korea. Before debuting, she participated in SM's youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she auditioned for JYP, however, she lost the runoff.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5][6]



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 had a comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl".[7] In February 2009, Kara released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first No. 1 single when it topped the charts on M! Countdown and The Music Trend.[8]

In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named Revolution.[9] 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.[10]

In August 2010, Kara officially debuted 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 Goo Hara would be terminating her contract with DSP Entertainment along with three other members of Kara, and a lawsuit was filed on their behalf. Later that day, it was announced that Goo Hara would discontinue her involvement with the suit and had rejoined the company,[11] as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit's details.[12]

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 the KBS 2TV reality show Invincible Youth (청춘불패).[13] On March 14, 2011, it was also announced that Hara would make her acting debut in SBS City Hunter, after filming the Japanese sitcom Urakara.[14] 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

In November 2011, she and Nicole Jung became the new MCs for SBS Inkigayo.[15] They left the show on August 19, 2012.

She recorded a song titled "Secret Love" which she performed during Kara's first concert tour, Karasia. The music video featured ZE:A's Siwan, and they acted as a lovely couple.[16] 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, which Masaharu starred in. Taiwanese singer A-Lin also recorded the same song in her own language for the drama respectively.[17][18] Later on, Goo Hara had a cameo appearance in Galileo 2 as a company employee.

In October 2013, she was appointed as the blood donation ambassador for the Hanmaum Blood Bank.[19]

Her own reality show titled "On & Off"[20] aired on December 29, 2014 on MBC Music.

In January 2015, it was revealed that she was chosen to MC a new KBS idol beauty show, A Style For You along with Kim Heechul, Hani and Bora.[21]

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."[22]

March 27, 2013 saw the end of their relationship, as Cube Entertainment and DSP Media announced that they "naturally drifted apart".[23]


Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 N/A "Ring Ding Dong" 01:40 Hara, Ji-young & F(x)'s Victoria, Luna and Sulli
2010 MBC Music Travel LaLaLa Live Vol. 11 "Bingeul Bingeul" (빙글빙글) 03:55 No Brain feat. Hara & KARA
2011 City Hunter OST "I Love You, I Want You, I Need You" 03:48 Solo
2012 N/A "L-O-V-E" 03:22 Solo
Kara Collection "Secret Love" (비밀 사랑) 03:28 Solo
Kara Solo Collection "Secret Love" (Japanese ver.) 03:28 Solo
2013 Galileo 2 OST "Magic of Love" 04:34 Solo
N/A "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" 05:00 Solo Live
N/A "Glamorous Sky" 05:20 Solo Live
2014 W Foundation Campaign "Talk About Love" 04:56 With Various Artists


Year Title Role Notes
2013 KARA The Animation Herself Japanese dubbed version

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Kang Jiyoung
2009 Hero cameo
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Hara
City Hunter SBS Choi Da Hye (President's daughter)
2013 Galileo 2 Fuji TV Cameo
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube Lee Hyun Jung
It's Okay, That's Love SBS Cameo (Ep.16)

Variety/Reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2005 KBS Documentary "Unwavered Dreams" KBS
2008 Check it Girl Season 2 M.Net Fashionist Girl
Strange Casting – Season 2 November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009
Star King SBS Episodes 86
2009 Strong Heart Episodes 2, 13, 14, 23, 24, 100, 101, 144, 145
Hunters MBC with Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Hyun-joong, Shin Jung-hwan, Park Jun-gyu, Kim Tae-woo and more.
Invincible Youth KBS October 23, 2009 – December 24, 2010
Sunday Sunday Night MBC December 6, 2009 – January 10, 2010
2010 Running Man SBS Guest: Ep 2,3,49 & 122
2011 King of Idols SBS Lunar New Year Special
2012 Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS Guest: Episode 29
Miss & Mister Idol Korea MBC Chuseok special
Idol Crown Prince KBS Chuseok special
2013 I'm Your Substitute Angel MBC MC: March 11, 2013 (Pilot)
2013 Idol Star Athletics-Archery Championships Archery with Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young
Petorialist OnStyle
2014 Yoo Jae Suk's I Am A Man KBS Guest with KARA
Superman is Back KBS Special MC: September 7, 2014
Roommate Season 2 SBS Guest: Episode 9
ON & OFF: The Gossip MBC Hara's first reality show about all her personal life
2015 A Style For You KBS MC

Events shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Dream Concert 2011 KBS Host with Kim Heechul and Song Jongki
Show! Music Core MBC MC with Kim Hyun-joong and Han Seungyeon
Seoul-Tokyo Music Fesival SBS Host with Park Gyuri and more.
2012 Inkigayo MC with Jung Nicole and IU
Korean Music Wave in Kobe MBC MC with Han Seungyeon and Hongki
2013 Dream Concert 2013 KBS Host with Onew and Doojoon
KBS Entertainment Awards Host
2014 Hallyu Dream Festival 2014 Host with Seo Kang Joon and Dasom

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s)
2012 "Never Let Go" A-JAX
2015 "Beautiful(비율 A+)" KIXS


Year Commercial Notes
2010 Karaya [24] with Park Gyu-ri and Kang Ji-young
2011 A'pieu Skincare [25]
"We Make Price" CF[26] Official Model
Nature Republic [27] with Park Gyu-ri and Kang Ji-young
Swarovski CF Hello Kitty's Swarovski [28]
Puzzle Bobble CF[29] Until 2012
Snickers CF with SeungYeon [30]
2012 Lacoste L!ve[31] Global Spokesmodel
Chum Churum Soju CF with Hyuna & Hyolyn[32]
2014 Esteé Lauder[33]
Reebok Freestyle
SK-II Pitera Essence 2014 Limited Edition[35] Brand Ambassador
2015 Tommy Hilfiger Denim [36] With BTOB


Year Award Work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards: Best Female MC Award Invincible Youth Won
Philippine K-Pop Awards: Hottest Female Idol N/A Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Award: Hot Campus Girl N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award City Hunter Won
2013 '50th' Savings Day – Saving Award N/A Won


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