In January 2017
February 11, 1990|
Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
(B.A. in Theater)
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Go A-ra|
Go Ara (Hangul: 고아라; born February 11, 1990) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for starring in the television series Sharp (2003), Reply 1994 (2013), You're All Surrounded (2014), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–17), Black (2017) and Ms. Hammurabi (2018).
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. Her role as an ambitious and confident middle school girl catapulted her to instant stardom. She reprised her role in the sequel Sharp 2.
Go next starred in the 2006 SBS drama Snow Flower where she starred alongside Kim Hee-ae. 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.
2008–2012: Rising popularity
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 2011, Go made her domestic film debut in sports film Pacemaker, where she gained 5 kg weight to portray a pole vaulter representing South Korea. She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film Papa, with Park Yong-woo. Go drew attention for her singing and dancing abilities, fluent English and acting performance in the film.
2013–present: Career resurgence
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. While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, Go's acting later nabbed praise both critically and with viewers. 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.
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.
In 2016, Go starred as the female lead opposite Park Seo-joon in youth historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. The same year, she left SM Entertainment after 13 years and signed with newly formed management agency Artist Company in January 2017.
In 2018, Go starred in the legal drama Ms. Hammurabi alongside Kim Myung-soo, playing a passionate rookie judge. The series was well-received for its honest depiction of adversities in modern-day Korean society; and Go was complimented for her acting.
|2007||Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea||Mistress Khulan|||
|2009||Dance, Subaru!||Liz Park|||
|2015||The 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||cameo, (episode 3)|||
|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||KBS2||cameo, (episode 8)|||
|2016||Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Aro|||
|2018||Ms. Hammurabi||Parkcha Oh-reum||JTBC|||
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||Ambassador of Farming and Forestry|
|2008||Swiss Friend, an ambassador of Switzerland by Switzerland Tourism|||
|2011-2018||Good Neighbors (NGO) Goodwill Ambassador|||
|2014-2015||Seoul Metropolitan PR Ambassador|||
|2015||Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador|||
|2016||Ambassador for the Korean Air Force|||
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|
|Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Popularity Award||Phantom Detective||Won|||
|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|||
- "Conflicting views of celebs on campus". The Korea Times. February 3, 2014.
- "[Herald Interview] After 14 years, actress Go Ara has only just begun". The Korea Herald. February 23, 2017.
- "Go A-ra Escapes Baby Doll Image in New TV Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. November 23, 2013.
- "Go Ara: 'Life Is Series of Challenges'". Hancinema. KBS Global. January 20, 2012.
- "Drama "Snow Flower" to Be Shot in September". Hancinema. KBS Global. June 16, 2006.
- "Different Bodies for Different Souls in `Who Are You". The Korea Times. March 4, 2008.
- "고아라 日 드라마에 첫 출연". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). July 29, 2009.
- "'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.
- "Actress Go Ara Becomes a Pole Vaulter in Film". Hancinema. The Seoul Times. January 3, 2012.
- "Actress Go A-ra Hopes to Inspire Viewers to Chase Dreams". The Chosun Ilbo. January 28, 2012.
- "'PaPa' is the Rediscovery of Go Ara". enewsWorld. January 19, 2012. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
- "Go A-ra happy to reveal true side". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 9, 2014.
- "Go A-ra Back in the Limelight After Decade in the Wilderness". The Chosun Ilbo. January 11, 2014.
- "Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara Confirm New Drama". TenAsia. February 26, 2014.
- "Go Ara's second series set for late April". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 31, 2014.
- "YOO Seung-ho and GO A-ra to Magically Fall in Love". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2014.
- "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.
- "Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik and Go Ara to star in 'Hwarang'". The Korea Times. January 5, 2016.
- "Go A-ra to Stand Out in Ancient Knight-Themed Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2016.
- "Go Ara Joins Artist Company". BNT News. January 10, 2017.
- "Song Sung-heon, Go A-ra cast in OCN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 5, 2017.
- Catherine Chung (October 12, 2017). "OCN series 'Black' features Song Seung-heon, Go Ara". The Korea Herald.
- "'Miss Hammurabi' to search for warmhearted justice". Kpop Herald. May 21, 2018.
- "Go Ara shares feelings on 'Ms. Hammurabi'". Kpop Herald. July 17, 2018.
- "고아라, "말 타고 달리는 것 매력적이다"". inews24 (in Korean). July 18, 2006.
- "[스타데이트]눈물로 훌쩍 큰 반올림 옥림이, 고아라". Khan (in Korean). November 28, 2006.
- "고아라, 영화 '스바루'서 천재 발레리나로 태어나다". Hankyung (in Korean). November 12, 2007.
- "[스타인터뷰]KBS2 청소년드라마 '반올림#' 출연 고아라양". The Donga Ilbo (in Korean). November 26, 2003.
- "[연합인터뷰] `반올림2` 주인공 고아라". MK News (in Korean). February 20, 2005.
- "Go Ara to Cameo on ′The Producers′ as IU′s Rival". enewsWorld. June 3, 2015.
- "동방신기 '이것만은 알고 가' 뮤직비디오…'아이리스'-'아테나' 연상시켜". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). March 22, 2011.
- "Go Ara to Star in Super Junior Kyuhyun′s Upcoming Music Video". enewsWorld. October 12, 2015.
- "Actress Go Ara releases song for 'Papa'". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 9, 2012.
- "Go Ara Sings '90s K-pop Tune for "Reply 1994"". TenAsia (in Korean). December 20, 2013.
- "연예인 홍보대사 눈에 '쏙쏙'". Travel Times (in Korean). August 20, 2008.
- "Go A-ra Steps Up Charitable Endeavors to Help Kids". The Chosun Ilbo. July 12, 2013.
- "[서울] 고아라·최불암 씨 서울시 홍보대사 위촉". YTN (in Korean). November 25, 2014.
- "고아라, '서울경찰 홍보대사 됐어요'". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 9, 2015.
- "Go A-ra appointed as Air Force ambassador". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 12, 2016.
- "고두심 2004 KBS, MBC 연기대상 석권". Nocutnews (in Korean). January 1, 2005.
- "이하나·고아라·박시연 등 SBS 연기대상 뉴스타상". Nocutnews (in Korean). December 31, 2006.
- "박해진-고아라, 백상예술대상 TV부문 신인상 수상". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). April 25, 2007.
- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (May 1, 2007). "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- "[2014 SIA] Taetiseo and Go Ara Pick Up Style Icon Award". enewsWorld. October 28, 2014.
- "2016 Korea Movie Stars Awards". Hancinema. Star MBN. July 15, 2016.
- "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.