In January 2017
February 11, 1990 |
Jinju, South Korea
|Alma mater||ChungAng University
(B.A. in Theater)
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Go A-ra|
Go Ara (Hangul: 고아라; 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
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. After joining SM Entertainment, she began to train with the other trainees under the same company in areas of acting, singing, and dancing.
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 portrayed the rebellious and ambitious Yoo Da-mi, which 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. 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.
In 2008, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? opposite Yoon Kye-sang. 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.
In 2009, she was cast in MBC's Heading to the Ground with 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. The same year, she starred in Dance, Subaru!, a co-production between Japan, China, and Korea.
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. 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.
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. While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, Go's acting later highly praised. The drama scored big ratings and rejuvenated Go's career. For her performance, Go received Best Actress nomination in Baeksang Art Awards and APAN Star Awards.
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. 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. Go plays a sexy femme fatale deeply entrenched in the criminal organization.
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 .
|2007||Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea||Mistress Khulan|
|2009||Dance, Subaru!||Liz Park|
|2015||Joseon Magician||Princess Cheongmyeong|
|2016||Phantom Detective||President Hwang|
|2003||Sharp 1||Lee Ok-rim||KBS2|
|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)||KBS2|
|2016||Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Aro|
|2012||Strong Heart||Guest||Episode 111-112||SBS|
|Happy Together||Episode 230||KBS2|
|Running Man||Episode 80||SBS|
|2014||Three Meals a Day||Episode 6||tvN|
|2016||Running Man||Episode 298||SBS|
Music video appearances
|Year||Title||Singer||From the Album||Ref.|
|2011||"Before U Go"||TVXQ||Keep Your Head Down|||
|"Juliette" (Japanese ver)||SHINee||The First|||
|2015||"A Million Pieces"||Cho Kyuhyun||Fall, Once Again|
|Year||Title||From the Album||Ref.|
|"Little Girl Dreams"|||
|2013||"Start"||Reply 1994 OST|||
|2005||André Kim Fashion Show||with Lee Wan|
|2008||with Chu Sung-hoon|
|2009||Lanvin F/W Collection|
|2005||Ambassador of Farming and Forestry|
|2007-2009||Swiss Friend, an ambassador of Switzerland by Switzerland Tourism|
|2011-2015||Good Neighbors (NGO) Goodwill Ambassador|
|2015||Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador|
|2015||The Special 70th Anniversary of Seoul's Independence Ambassador|
Awards and nominations
|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||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|
|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|
- "Go Ara makes Japanese drama appearance | Stareastasia". Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- Go Ara casted as a female lead in her first Korean film "dramabeans.com". 23 February 2011
- Go Ara Gained Near 18 Pounds for Her Role in “Reply 1994” Soompi.com. 6 January 2014
- '응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)(in Korean)"'응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)". 6 January 2014
- Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara Confirm New Drama Tenasia.com. 26 February 2014
- 차승원-이승기-고아라, '너희들은 포위됐다' 출연 확정(in Korean)"news.sbs.co.kr". 26 February 2014
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
- "'[공식입장] 아티스트컴퍼니 측 "고아라와 최근 전속계약 체결"". OSEN.
- 고아라, 리리코스 새로운 뮤즈로 발탁(in Korean) "Hankyung.com". 07 September 2011
- TVXQ!(동방신기) - HUG(포옹)
- Mink - Innocent Blue(地果て海尽きる)
- TVXQ!(동방신기) - Before U Go(이것만은 알고 가)
- SHINee - JULIETTE(Japanese ver.)"youtube.com"
- Go Ara(고아라) - Now! (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
- Go Ara(고아라) - Little Girl Dreams (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
- Go Ara(고아라) - 시작 (Start) (Reply 1994 OST)"youtube.com"