Go Ara

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Go.
Go Ara
(조선마술사) 새해 인사 영상 (고아라).jpg
Go Ara in 2016
Born (1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 26)
Jinju, South Korea
Education Bachelor's degree in Theater
Alma mater ChungAng University
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present
Agent SM Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Management (Japan)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Korean website
Japanese websiteinstagram.com/araara2011/ www.facebook.com/Official.Account.floara211 twitter.com/floara211
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), often performing under the mononym Ara, is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Korean television drama Sharp #1.

Early life[edit]

Go Ara 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. After joining SM Entertainment, she began to train with the other trainees under the same company in areas of acting, singing, and dancing.


Go Ara at the 2008 Golden Disk Awards 162.jpg


Go was chosen to play the female lead, Lee Ok-rim, in the 2003 KBS teen drama Sharp #1, acting alongside Lee Eun-sung, Kim Shi-hoo, and Yoo Ah-in. She reprised her role in the 2005 sequel Sharp #2, this time starring alongside Super Junior members Kim Kibum and Kim Heechul, both her labelmates, as well as Lee Eun-sung.

Go's breakthrough performance was in the 2006 SBS drama, Snow Flower, where she starred alongside Kim Kibum, Kim Hee-ae, and Lee Jae-ryong. Go's character, Yoo Da-mi, was a rebellious and ambitious daughter, winning her acting recognition in award ceremonies the following year.

Two years later, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? where she acted alongside Yoon Kye-sang. Despite low ratings in Korea, the body swap dramedy drew in international fans, increasing her Korean Wave profile. This led to an appearance in the Japanese television drama Karei naru Spy.[1] In 2009, she was cast in MBC's Heading to the Ground opposite idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK. Director Park Sung-soo later said he had wanted her for the role of Kang Hae-bin more than any other actress.

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, and gained 18 lbs.[2][3] While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, audiences praised Go's performance by series' end.

She next starred as the sole female rookie detective in the 2014 police drama You're All Surrounded, alongside Lee Seung-gi.[4][5]


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. The film was screened at many film festivals, including the Cannes Film Market, the Moscow International Film Festival, the 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and the 5th World Film Festival of Bangkok. Her next film, Dance, Subaru! was a co-production between Japan, China, and Korea, and hit cinemas in 2009.

In 2011, Go made her domestic film debut in Pacemaker, and her co-stars were acclaimed veteran actors Kim Myung-min and Ahn Sung-ki.[6] She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film Papa, with Park Yong-woo. Go received Best New Actress nominations at the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Grand Bell Awards, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards for the two performances.


Since she entered the entertainment scene, Go has been a popular commercial model. Among the products she's endorsed are SK Telecom, Elite Uniforms, and more recently, cosmetics. Go was the youngest model for Etude House in 2006, and filmed the brand commercial with actor Jang Keun-suk in 2008. In 2011, Go and was chosen as the new muse of Lirikos .[7]



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 Detective Hong Gil-dong President Hwang
Joseon Magician Princess Cheongmyeong

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Sharp #1 (반올림1) Lee Ok-rim KBS2
2005 Sharp #2 (반올림2) Lee Ok-rim KBS2
2006 Snow Flower (눈꽃) Yoo Da-mi SBS
2008 Who Are You? (누구세요?) Son Young-in MBC
2009 Karei naru Spy (華麗なるスパイ) Shin Yoon-ah NTV
Heading to the Ground (맨땅에 헤딩) Kang Hae-bin MBC
2013 Reply 1994 (응답하라 1994) Sung Na-jung tvN
2014 You're All Surrounded (너희들은 포위됐다) Eo Soo-sun SBS
2015 The Producers (프로듀사) Herself (cameo, episode 8) KBS2
2016 Hwarang: The Beginning (화랑: 더 비기닝) Aro KBS2

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2012 Strong Heart Guest Episode 111-112 SBS
Happy Together Guest Episode 230 KBS2
Running Man Guest Episode 80 SBS
2013 Running Man Guest Episode 139
2014 Three Meals a Day Guest Episode 6 tvN
2016 Running Man Guest Episode 298 SBS

Music video[edit]

Year Title Singer From the Album Ref.
2004 "Hug" TVXQ Tri-Angle [8]
2006 "La'Tale"
2008 "Innocent Blue" Mink [9]
2011 "Before U Go" TVXQ Keep Your Head Down [10]
"Juliette" SHINee Juliette (Japanese version) [11]
2015 "A Million Pieces" Cho Kyuhyun Again, When Fall Comes


Year Title From the Album Ref.
2012 "Now" Papa OST [12]
"Little Girl Dreams" [13]
2013 "Start" Reply 1994 OST [14]

Fashion show[edit]

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


Year Product Partner(s) Ref.
2004 Special T [15][16]
Fresh Korea [17]
2004-2005 Cocktail Ice Cream Bar [18]
2005 SK Ting with Jang Keun-suk [19]
Speed 011010 with Rain [20]
HUM Clothing
2005-2006 Oddugi Ramen with Super Junior's Kim Ki-bum and Kim Heechul [21]
2006 Miero Fiber Drink [22]
2006-2007 Elite Uniforms with SS501 [23]
Aillack Drink [24]
Samsung Anycall with Jung Il-woo, Lee Hyori and Jun Ji-hyun [25][26]
2006-2008 Etude House with Im Joo-hwan and Jang Keun-suk [27][28]
2008-2009 Clride Clothing with Jung Il-woo [29]
Lover's Tea with TRAX's J [30]
2009 G-Market Clothing
2009-2010 Spris Clothing with Kim Bum [31][32]
2010-2012 Bausch and Lomb [33][34]
2011 Maxim Coffee [35]
2011-2012 Canon IXUS Camera with Kim Soo-hyun [36][37][38]
2011-2015 Lirikos Cosmetics [39][40][41][42]
2012 Millet with Uhm Tae-woong [43][44]
Shilla Duty Free with TVXQ [45]
2013-2014 LG U+ with Jung Woo [46]
WeMakePrice with Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Sung-kyun, Min Do-hee [47]
2014 Aigle with Lee Dong-wook [48][49]
Vivienne Westwood Eyewear [50][51]
2014-2015 Korea Post - Postal Saving & Insurance [52][53]
Lotte Chilsung dr&doctor [54][55][56][57]
Domino's Pizza with Kim Woo-bin [58][59][60]
2015 BestiBelli [61][62]

Goodwill ambassador[edit]

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
2014-2015 Seoul Ambassador
2015 Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador
2015 The Special 70th Anniversary of Seoul's Independence Ambassador

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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
2008 Model of the Year N/A Won
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 Best New Actress Pacemaker Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress 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
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
2015 World's Most Beautiful Faces Top 100 Herself #36 (out of 100)


  1. ^ "Go Ara makes Japanese drama appearance | Stareastasia". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ Go Ara Gained Near 18 Pounds for Her Role in “Reply 1994” Soompi.com. 6 January 2014
  3. ^ '응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)(Korean)"'응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)". 6 January 2014
  4. ^ Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara Confirm New Drama Tenasia.com. 26 February 2014
  5. ^ 차승원-이승기-고아라, '너희들은 포위됐다' 출연 확정(Korean)"news.sbs.co.kr". 26 February 2014
  6. ^ Go Ara casted as a female lead in her first Korean film "dramabeans.com". 23 February 2011
  7. ^ 고아라, 리리코스 새로운 뮤즈로 발탁(Korean) "Hankyung.com". 07 September 2011
  8. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - HUG(포옹)
  9. ^ Mink - Innocent Blue(地果て海尽きる)
  10. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - Before U Go(이것만은 알고 가)
  11. ^ SHINee - JULIETTE(Japanese ver.)"youtube.com"
  12. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Now! (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
  13. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Little Girl Dreams (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
  14. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - 시작 (Start) (Reply 1994 OST)"youtube.com"
  15. ^ Go Ara - Special T CF1"youtube.com"
  16. ^ Go Ara - Special T CF2"youtube.com"
  17. ^ 고아라 고아라 우리농산물 CF (Korean)"youtube.com"
  18. ^ Go Ara - Cocktail Bar CF"youtube.com"
  19. ^ Go Ara - SK Ting CF"youtube.com"
  20. ^ Go Ara & Rain - Speed CF"youtube.com"
  21. ^ Go Ah Ra, Kim Ki Bum & Kim Hee Chul - Otuggi CF"youtube.com"
  22. ^ Go Ara - Miero Fiber CF "youtube.com"
  23. ^ SS501 with ARA Elite CF"youtube.com"
  24. ^ Go Ara - Aillack Drink CF"youtube.com"
  25. ^ Anycall 30" CF Jung il woo and Go ah ra"youtube.com"
  26. ^ CF Anycall Talk Play Love - Jeon Ji Hyun, Go Ara Jung Il Woo"youtube.com"
  27. ^ Go Ara - Etude House's Cinderella CF"youtube.com"
  28. ^ Jang Keun Suk & Go Ara - Etude House 2008 CF"youtube.com"
  29. ^ Go Ara and Jung Il Woo- Clride Clothing Making"youtube.com"
  30. ^ Go Ara & J - Lover Tea CF"youtube.com"
  31. ^ Go Ara & Kim Bum - Spris Clothing F/W 2009"youtube.com"
  32. ^ Go Ara & Kim Bum - Spris Clothing"youtube.com"
  33. ^ Go Ara - Bausch and Lomb CF"youtube.com"
  34. ^ Go Ara - Bausch and Lomb CF"youtube.com"
  35. ^ Go Ara - Maxim Coffee"youtube.com"
  36. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  37. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  38. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  39. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF"youtube.com"
  40. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF
  41. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF"youtube.com"
  42. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos S/S2014 CF"youtube.com"
  43. ^ Go Ara & Uhm, Tae-woong - Millet F/W 2012 CF"youtube.com"
  44. ^ Go Ara & Uhm, Tae-woong - Millet S/S 2012"youtube.com"
  45. ^ TVXQ & Go Ara - Shilla Duty Free CF"youtube.com"
  46. ^ Go Ara & Jung Woo - LG Uplus CF"youtube.com"
  47. ^ 위메프 새 광고 ‘응사 커플전’…고아라·유연석vs도희·김성균(Korean)"eto.co.kr". 20 December 2013
  48. ^ 고아라, 이동욱 아웃도어 에이글의 새로운 얼굴(Korean)"sportsseoul.com". 20 February 2014
  49. ^ Korea Aigle S/S 2014 Collection"youtube.com"
  50. ^ 팔색조 매력 ‘섹시·큐티·러블리 다 돼!’ (Korean)"sports.donga.com". 21 March 2014
  51. ^ ‘섹시함과 발랄함의 공존’ 고아라, 비비안 웨스트우드 아이웨어 화보 공개 (Korean)"seoul.co.kr". 21 March 2014
  52. ^ 입은 나정이’…고아라, 우체국 직원 변신 ‘CF 현장 포착’ (Korean)"sports.chosun.com". 23 January 2014
  53. ^ Postal Saving & Insurance CF"youtube.com"
  54. ^ 롯데칠성, 배우 고아라 모델로 ‘닥터&닥터’ 광고 선봬(Korean)"thinkfood.co.kr". 14 May 2014
  55. ^ 배우 고아라, 롯데칠성음료 닥터&닥터 광고모델로 선보여(Korean)"consumertimes.kr". 14 May 2014
  56. ^ [닥터앤닥터] 더 건강해 질 수 있다고 믿고 마실 것! 고아라의 새로운 닥터앤닥터 TV CF영상! (음료 편) (Korean)
  57. ^ [닥터앤닥터] 더 건강해 질 수 있다고 믿고 마실 것! 고아라의 새로운 닥터앤닥터 TV CF영상! (건강기능식품 편) (Korean)
  58. ^ 도미노피자, 김우빈.고아라 모델 선정(Korean)"foodtoday.or.kr". 08 June 2014
  59. ^ 배우 김우빈·고아라, 도미노피자 새 얼굴(Korean)"moneyweek.co.kr". 08 June 2014
  60. ^ Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara Chosen as New CF Models for Domino’s Pizza "soompi.com". 07 June 2014
  61. ^ 고아라, 신원 모델로 발탁(Korean)"sportschosun.com". 14 January 2015
  62. ^ BestiBelli"bestibelli.co.kr"

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