Go Ara

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Go Ara
Go Ara in Hwarang Promotion in January 2017.png
In January 2017
Born (1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 27)
Jinju, South Korea
Alma mater ChungAng University
(B.A. in Theater)[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present
Agent Artist Company
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Korean name
Hangul 고아라
Revised Romanization Go A-ra
McCune–Reischauer Ko A-ra

Go Ara (Hangul고아라; Hanja高雅羅; born February 11, 1990) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for starring in the television series Reply 1994 (2013), You're All Surrounded (2014) and Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016).

Early life and training[edit]

Go was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang, South Korea. At a young age, she constantly moved around Korea because her father was a soldier. When she was in junior high, she was recommended by a friend to audition for the talent agency SM Entertainment. In 2003, she became the winner of the SM Entertainment Teen Model Contest.[2] After joining SM Entertainment, she began to train with the other trainees under the same company in areas of acting, singing, and dancing.


2003–2007: Beginnings[edit]

Go was chosen to play the female lead, Lee Ok-rim, in the 2003 KBS teen drama Sharp. Her role as an ambitious and confident middle school girl catapulted her to instant stardom.[3] She reprised her role in the sequel Sharp 2.[4]

In December 2008

Go next starred in the 2006 SBS drama Snow Flower where she starred alongside Kim Hee-ae.[5] Her portrayal of the rebellious and ambitious Yoo Da-mi won her acting recognition in award ceremonies the following year.

Go's first film was the big-budget Japanese movie Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea, which was released in Japan in March 2007, and Hong Kong in April 2007. She played Khulan, the mistress of Genghis Khan, after being picked from more than 40,000 auditions. Go was then cast in another Japanese film, Dance Subaru due to her fluency in the language.[4]

2008–2012: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2008, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? opposite Yoon Kye-sang.[6] Despite low ratings in Korea, the body swap comedy drew in international fans, increasing her Korean Wave profile. This led to an appearance in the Japanese television drama Karei naru Spy.[7]

In 2009, she was cast in MBC's Heading to the Ground with idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK.[8]

In 2011, Go made her domestic film debut in Pacemaker, where she gained 5kg weight to portray a pole vaulter representing South Korea.[9] She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film Papa, with Park Yong-woo.[10][11] Go drew attention for her singing and dancing abilities, fluent English and acting performance in the film.[12]

2013–present: Career resurgence[edit]

In 2013, Go's popularity further rose through the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994. In order to portray Sung Na-jung, she cut her hair short, and gained 18 lbs.[13] While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, Go's acting later nabbed praise both critically and with viewers.[2][14] For her performance, Go received Best Actress nominations in the Baeksang Art Awards and APAN Star Awards. She next starred as the sole female rookie detective in the 2014 police drama You're All Surrounded, alongside Lee Seung-gi and Cha Seung-won.[15][16]

In 2015, Go returned to the big screen alongside Yoo Seung-ho in joseon-era romance film, The Magician, where she plays a princess who finds love with a circus magician.[17] This was followed by a leading role in Phantom Detective, a neo-noir action flick starring Lee Je-hoon as the titular Hong Gil-dong.[18]

In 2016, Go starred as the female lead opposite Park Seo-joon in youth historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth.[19] The same year, she left SM Entertainment after 13 years and signed with newly formed management agency Artist Company in January 2017.[20]

In 2017, Go was cast in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Song Seung-heon.[21]



Year Title Role
2007 Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea Mistress Khulan
2009 Dance, Subaru! Liz Park
2011 Pacemaker Yoo Ji-won
2012 Papa June
2015 Joseon Magician Princess Cheongmyeong
2016 Phantom Detective President Hwang

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Sharp 1 Lee Ok-rim KBS2
2005 Sharp 2
2006 Snow Flower Yoo Da-mi SBS
2008 Who Are You? Son Young-in MBC
2009 Karei naru Spy Shin Yoon-ah NTV
Heading to the Ground Kang Hae-bin MBC
2013 Reply 1994 Sung Na-jung tvN
2014 You're All Surrounded Eo Soo-sun SBS
2015 The Producers Herself (cameo, episode 8)[22] KBS2
2016 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Aro
2017 Black TBA OCN

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Singer From the Album Ref.
2004 "Hug" TVXQ Tri-Angle [23]
2006 "La'Tale"
2008 "Innocent Blue" Mink [24]
2011 "Before U Go" TVXQ Keep Your Head Down [25]
"Juliette" (Japanese ver) SHINee The First [26]
2015 "A Million Pieces" Cho Kyuhyun Fall, Once Again [27]


Year Title From the Album Ref.
2012 "Now" Papa OST [28]
"Little Girl Dreams" [29]
2013 "Start" Reply 1994 OST [30]


Year Show Note
2005 André Kim Fashion Show with Lee Wan
2008 with Chu Sung-hoon
Jill Stuart
2009 Lanvin F/W Collection


Year Title
2005 Ambassador of Farming and Forestry
2007-2009 Swiss Friend, an ambassador of Switzerland by Switzerland Tourism
2011-2015 Good Neighbors (NGO) Goodwill Ambassador[31]
2014-2015 Seoul Ambassador
2015 Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador
2015 The Special 70th Anniversary of Seoul's Independence Ambassador
2016 Ambassador for the Korean Air Force[32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 SM Entertainment's 5th Anniversary Teen Model Contest N/A N/A Won
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Sharp 1 Won
2006 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Snow Flower Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
Mnet 20's Choice Awards Barbie Girl N/A Won
André Kim Best Star Awards New Star Award N/A Won [33]
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Who Are You? Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Heading to the Ground Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Papa Nominated
21st Buil Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
49th Grand Bell Awards Pacemaker Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Papa Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Reply 1994 Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won [34]
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Reply 1994 Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special You're All Surrounded Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Reply 1994 Nominated
Best Kiss Award, with Jung Woo Nominated


  1. ^ "Conflicting views of celebs on campus". The Korea Times. 
  2. ^ a b "[Herald Interview] After 14 years, actress Go Ara has only just begun". The Korea Herald. 
  3. ^ "Go A-ra Escapes Baby Doll Image in New TV Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Go Ara: 'Life Is Series of Challenges'". Hancinema. KBS Global. 
  5. ^ "Drama "Snow Flower" to Be Shot in September". Hancinema. KBS Global. 
  6. ^ "Different Bodies for Different Souls in `Who Are You". The Korea Times. 
  7. ^ "Go Ara makes Japanese drama appearance". Stareastasia. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  8. ^ "'맨땅에 헤딩' 정윤호-아라, 낭만 데이트 즐겨 [Yun-ho and Ara’s romantic (drama) date]". Asia Economy (in Korean). 26 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Actress Go Ara Becomes a Pole Vaulter in Film". Hancinema. 
  10. ^ "Actress Go A-ra Hopes to Inspire Viewers to Chase Dreams". The Chosun Ilbo. 28 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Actress Go Ara releases song for ‘Papa’". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  12. ^ "‘PaPa’ is the Rediscovery of Go Ara". enewsWorld. 
  13. ^ "Go A-ra happy to reveal true side". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Go A-ra Back in the Limelight After Decade in the Wilderness". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lee Seung Gi, Cha Seung Won and Go Ara Confirmed to Star in New Drama". enewsWorld. 
  16. ^ "Go Ara’s second series set for late April". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  17. ^ "YOO Seung-ho and GO A-ra to Magically Fall in Love". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  18. ^ "Hong Gil-dong to be Made into a Film, LEE Je-hoon, Go A-ra and KIM Sung-kyun to Star". Korean Film Biz Zone. 
  19. ^ "Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik and Go Ara to star in 'Hwarang'". The Korea Times. 
  20. ^ "'[공식입장] 아티스트컴퍼니 측 "고아라와 최근 전속계약 체결"". OSEN (in Korean). 
  21. ^ "Song Sung-heon, Go A-ra cast in OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "Go Ara to Cameo on ′The Producers′ as IU′s Rival". enewsWorld. 
  23. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - HUG(포옹)
  24. ^ Mink - Innocent Blue(地果て海尽きる)
  25. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - Before U Go(이것만은 알고 가)
  26. ^ SHINee - JULIETTE(Japanese ver.)
  27. ^ "Go Ara to Star in Super Junior Kyuhyun′s Upcoming Music Video". enewsWorld. 
  28. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Now! (Papa OST)
  29. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Little Girl Dreams (Papa OST)
  30. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - 시작 (Start) (Reply 1994 OST)
  31. ^ "Go A-ra Steps Up Charitable Endeavors to Help Kids". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Go A-ra appointed as Air Force ambassador". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 April 2016. 
  33. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (1 May 2007). "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  34. ^ "[2014 SIA] Taetiseo and Go Ara Pick Up Style Icon Award". enewsWorld. 

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