Go Ara

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Go Ara
190211 고아라.jpg
Go Ara in February 2019
Born (1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 31)
Alma materChungAng University[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–present
AgentArtist Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo A-ra
McCune–ReischauerKo Ara

Go Ara (Korean고아라; born February 11, 1990) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for starring in the television series Sharp (2003), Heading to the Ground (2009), Reply 1994 (2013), You're All Surrounded (2014), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–17), Black (2017), Ms. Hammurabi (2018), Haechi (2019) and Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020).

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]


2003–2012: Beginnings and rising popularity[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 melodrama Snow Flower alongside Kim Hee-ae.[5] Her portrayal of the rebellious and ambitious Yoo Da-mi won her acting recognition at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[6]

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. 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]

In 2008, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? opposite Yoon Kye-sang.[7] 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.[8]

In 2009, she was cast in MBC's romantic comedy Heading to the Ground with idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK.[9]

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

2013–present: Career resurgence[edit]

Go's popularity further rose through the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 (2013). 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][20] The same year, she left SM Entertainment after 13 years and signed with newly formed management agency Artist Company in January 2017.[21][22] She then starred in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Song Seung-heon, playing a woman who can foresee death.[23][24]

In 2018, Go starred in the legal drama Ms. Hammurabi alongside Kim Myung-soo, playing a passionate rookie judge.[25] The series was well-received for its honest depiction of adversities in modern-day Korean society; and Go was complimented for her acting.[26]

In 2019, Go starred in the historical action drama Haechi, playing a detective who is well versed in both martial arts and foreign languages.[27]

In 2020, Go is starring in the music romance drama Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol as a pianist who hits rock bottom following her family’s downfall.[28]

Personal life[edit]

On March 7, 2019, Go's agency reported that during the filming of Haechi Go ruptured her Anterior talofibular ligament which resulted her to be hospitalised.[29][30]



Year Title Role Ref.
2007 Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea Mistress Khulan [31][32]
2009 Dance, Subaru! Liz Park [33]
2012 Pacemaker Yoo Ji-won [10]
Papa June [11]
2015 The Magician Princess Cheongmyeong [17]
2016 Phantom Detective President Hwang [18]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2003-2005 Sharp 1 Lee Ok-rim KBS2 [34]
2005-2006 Sharp 2 [35]
2006-2007 Snow Flower Yoo Da-mi SBS [5]
2008 Who Are You? Son Young-in MBC [7]
2009 Karei naru Spy Shin Yoon-ah NTV Cameo (Ep. 3) [8]
Heading to the Ground Kang Hae-bin MBC [9]
2013 Reply 1994 Sung Na-jung tvN [13]
2014 You're All Surrounded Eo Soo-sun SBS [16]
2015 The Producers Herself KBS2 Cameo (Ep. 8) [36]
2015-2016 Reply 1988 Sung Na-jung tvN Cameo (Ep. 18)
2016-2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Aro KBS2 [20]
2017 Black Kang Ha-ram OCN [23]
2018 Ms. Hammurabi Park Cha Oh-reum JTBC [26]
2019 Haechi Chun Yeo-ji SBS [27]
2020 Hospital Playlist Herself tvN Cameo (Ep. 5–6) [37]
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol Goo Ra-ra KBS2 [28]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Singer From the Album Ref.
2004 "Hug" TVXQ Tri-Angle
2005 "La'Tale"
2007 "Innocent Blue" Mink
2011 "Before U Go" TVXQ Keep Your Head Down [38]
"Juliette" (Japanese ver) SHINee The First
2015 "A Million Pieces" Cho Kyuhyun Fall, Once Again [39]


Year Title From the Album Ref.
2012 "Now" Papa OST [40]
"Little Girl Dreams"
2013 "Start" Reply 1994 OST [41]


Year Title Ref.
2005 Ambassador of Farming and Forestry
2008 Swiss Friend, an ambassador of Switzerland by Switzerland Tourism [42]
2013– Present Good Neighbors (NGO) Goodwill Ambassador [43]
2014–2015 Seoul Metropolitan PR Ambassador [44]
2015 Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador [45]
2016 Ambassador for the Korean Air Force [46]

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 [47]
2006 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Snow Flower Won [48]
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Won [6]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards Barbie Girl N/A Won [49]
André Kim Best Star Awards New Star Award N/A Won [50]
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Who Are You? Nominated
2008 Korean Advertising Association (KAA) Best Advertising Model Award Won [1]
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress Heading to the Ground Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Papa Nominated
21st Buil Film Awards 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 Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won [51]
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
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Seung-gi Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Reply 1994 Nominated
Best Kiss Award with Jung Woo Nominated
Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popularity Award Phantom Detective Won [52]
2017 2017 Korea Sharing National Awards Minister of Health and Welfare Award Won [53]
2017 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Nominated
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Ms. Hammurabi Nominated [54]
2019 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Haechi Nominated
Best Couple Award with Jung Il-woo Nominated
2020 7th APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award, Actress Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol Nominated [55]
5th Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award, Actress Nominated [56]
2020 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Jae-wook Nominated
2020 Weibo TV Series Awards Popular Overseas Drama Stars Nominated [57]


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  2. ^ a b "[Herald Interview] After 14 years, actress Go Ara has only just begun". The Korea Herald. February 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Go A-ra Escapes Baby Doll Image in New TV Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. November 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Go Ara: 'Life Is Series of Challenges'". Hancinema. KBS Global. January 20, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Drama "Snow Flower" to Be Shot in September". Hancinema. KBS Global. June 16, 2006.
  6. ^ a b "박해진-고아라, 백상예술대상 TV부문 신인상 수상". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). April 25, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Different Bodies for Different Souls in 'Who Are You". The Korea Times. March 4, 2008.
  8. ^ a b "고아라 日 드라마에 첫 출연". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). July 29, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "'맨땅에 헤딩' 정윤호-아라, 낭만 데이트 즐겨 [Yun-ho and Ara's romantic (drama) date]". Asia Economy (in Korean). August 26, 2009. Archived from the original on February 21, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ a b "Actress Go Ara Becomes a Pole Vaulter in Film". Hancinema. The Seoul Times. January 3, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Actress Go A-ra Hopes to Inspire Viewers to Chase Dreams". The Chosun Ilbo. January 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "'PaPa' is the Rediscovery of Go Ara". enewsWorld. January 19, 2012. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Go A-ra happy to reveal true side". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 9, 2014.
  14. ^ "Go A-ra Back in the Limelight After Decade in the Wilderness". The Chosun Ilbo. January 11, 2014.
  15. ^ "Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara Confirm New Drama". TenAsia. February 26, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Go Ara's second series set for late April". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 31, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "YOO Seung-ho and GO A-ra to Magically Fall in Love". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2014.
  18. ^ a b "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. January 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik and Go Ara to star in 'Hwarang'". The Korea Times. January 5, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Go A-ra to Stand Out in Ancient Knight-Themed Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2016.
  21. ^ "Go Ara signs with new agency". Kpop Herald. January 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Go Ara Joins Artist Company". BNT News. January 10, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Song Sung-heon, Go A-ra cast in OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 5, 2017.
  24. ^ "Fantasy thriller 'Black' dabbles in preternatural realm". Yonhap News Agency. October 11, 2017.
  25. ^ "'Miss Hammurabi' to search for warmhearted justice". Kpop Herald. May 21, 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Go Ara shares feelings on 'Ms. Hammurabi'". Kpop Herald. July 17, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "SBS announces the cast of 'Haechi'". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 9, 2018.
  28. ^ a b "[단독]고아라, 드라마 '도도솔솔라라솔' 주인공". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). February 14, 2020.
  29. ^ Kim Eun-ae (March 7, 2019). "고아라・'해치' 양측 "촬영 중 발목 인대 찢어져..향후 일정 문제無"[공식입장]". OSEN (in Korean).
  30. ^ Jang Jin-ri (March 9, 2019). "고아라 측 "발목 인대 파열, 입원 치료 불가피...'해치' 촬영 협의" (전문)[공식입장]". OSEN (in Korean).
  31. ^ "고아라, "말 타고 달리는 것 매력적이다"". inews24 (in Korean). July 18, 2006.
  32. ^ "[스타데이트]눈물로 훌쩍 큰 반올림 옥림이, 고아라". Khan (in Korean). November 28, 2006.
  33. ^ "고아라, 영화 '스바루'서 천재 발레리나로 태어나다". Hankyung (in Korean). November 12, 2007.
  34. ^ "[스타인터뷰]KBS2 청소년드라마 '반올림#' 출연 고아라양". The Donga Ilbo (in Korean). November 26, 2003.
  35. ^ "[연합인터뷰] '반올림2' 주인공 고아라". MK News (in Korean). February 20, 2005.
  36. ^ "Go Ara to Cameo on ′The Producers′ as IU′s Rival". enewsWorld. June 3, 2015.
  37. ^ "[단독] 고아라, '슬기로운 의사생활' 특별출연…'응사' 신원호 감독 의리". TV Report (in Korean). January 20, 2020.
  38. ^ "동방신기 '이것만은 알고 가' 뮤직비디오…'아이리스'-'아테나' 연상시켜". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). March 22, 2011.
  39. ^ "Go Ara to Star in Super Junior Kyuhyun′s Upcoming Music Video". enewsWorld. October 12, 2015.
  40. ^ "Actress Go Ara releases song for 'Papa'". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 9, 2012.
  41. ^ "Go Ara Sings '90s K-pop Tune for "Reply 1994"". TenAsia (in Korean). December 20, 2013.
  42. ^ "연예인 홍보대사 눈에 '쏙쏙'". Travel Times (in Korean). August 20, 2008.
  43. ^ "Go A-ra Steps Up Charitable Endeavors to Help Kids". The Chosun Ilbo. July 12, 2013.
  44. ^ "[서울] 고아라·최불암 씨 서울시 홍보대사 위촉". YTN (in Korean). November 25, 2014.
  45. ^ "고아라, '서울경찰 홍보대사 됐어요'". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 9, 2015.
  46. ^ "Go A-ra appointed as Air Force ambassador". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 12, 2016.
  47. ^ "고두심 2004 KBS, MBC 연기대상 석권". Nocutnews (in Korean). January 1, 2005.
  48. ^ "이하나·고아라·박시연 등 SBS 연기대상 뉴스타상". Nocutnews (in Korean). December 31, 2006.
  49. ^ "Mnet 20's Choice, '고리타분한 시상식은 가라!'". Hankyung (in Korean). August 21, 2007.
  50. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (May 1, 2007). "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  51. ^ "[2014 SIA] Taetiseo and Go Ara Pick Up Style Icon Award". enewsWorld. October 28, 2014. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  52. ^ "2016 Korea Movie Stars Awards". Hancinema. Star MBN. July 15, 2016.
  53. ^ "고아라, '2017년 대한민국 나눔국민대상'서 보건복지부 장관상". soptvnews (in Korean). October 19, 2017.
  54. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
  55. ^ "2020 APAN Awards, From Drama to Music". Motto Korea. October 26, 2020.
  56. ^ "2020 AAA". Asia Artist Awards (in Korean). October 14, 2020.
  57. ^ "人气海外剧星". sports.weibo (in Chinese). December 29, 2020.

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