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Goo Ha-ra
(Marie Claire Korea) 카메라 밖의 구하라 3.jpg
Goo Ha-ra in August 2015
Native name 구하라
Born Goo Ha-ra
(1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 26)
Gwangju, South Korea
Education Sungshin Women's University
Years active 2008–present
Agent Content Y
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels DSP Media (2008–2016)
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gu Ha-ra
McCune–Reischauer Ku Ha-ra

Goo Ha-ra (born January 13, 1991), better known mononymously as Hara, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Kara, and has also appeared in television dramas including City Hunter (2011). She made her debut as a soloist in July 2015 with the release of her EP Alohara (Can You Feel It?).

Life and career[edit]

Goo Ha-ra was born on January 13, 1991,[2] in Gwangju, South Korea. She participated in S.M. Entertainment's youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she unsuccessfully auditioned to join JYP Entertainment.[3]

She attended Sungshin Women's University.[4]

2008–2015: Kara[edit]

Hara joined the girl group Kara in 2008, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee. In late 2008, she appeared along with the other Kara members in an episode of MBC sitcom Here He Comes as a female gang leader.

In October 2009, she became a cast member in the KBS 2TV reality show Invincible Youth (청춘불패).[5] In 2011, she made her acting debut in SBS City Hunter, after filming the Japanese sitcom Urakara.[6] She starred as Choi Da-hye, the daughter of South Korea's president. She also appeared as a female lead in A-JAX's "Never Let Go" music video.

On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Hara would be terminating her contract with her label DSP Media along with three other members of Kara, and a lawsuit was filed on their behalf. Later that day, it was announced that Hara would discontinue her involvement with the suit and had rejoined the company,[7] as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit's details.[8]

In November 2011, she and Nicole Jung became the new MCs for SBS Inkigayo.[9] They left the show on August 19, 2012.

In 2013, she collaborated with Japanese musician and songwriter Fukuyama Masaharu to record a song called "Magic of Love" in Korean under the project group HARA+. The song was used as a soundtrack for FujiTV's drama Galileo, which Masaharu starred in.[10][11] Later on, Goo Hara had a cameo appearance in Galileo 2 as a company employee. In October 2013, she was appointed as the blood donation ambassador for the Hanmaum Blood Bank.[12]

Her own reality show titled "On & Off" aired on December 29, 2014 on MBC Music.[13]

In January 2015, she appeared as an MC for the KBS idol beauty show A Style For You along with Super Junior's Kim Heechul, EXID's Hani and SISTAR's Bora.[14]

2015–present: Solo debut and departure from DSP Media[edit]

In July 2015, Hara debuted as a solo artist with the release of the EP Alohara (Can You Feel It?), which peaked at #4 domestically. The title track "Choco Chip Cookies" features South Korean rapper Giriboy.

On January 15, 2016, Hara's left DSP Media due to the expiration of her contract with the company, prompting Kara to go on an indefinite hiatus.

Personal life[edit]

On June 28, 2011, DSP Media announced that Hara was in a relationship with Yong Jun-hyung.[15] It was stated that the relationship had ended on March 27, 2013.[16]

On January 5, 2010, during an appearance on the SBS reality show Strong Heart, Hara admitted to getting dental and minor facial cosmetic surgery. She stated that she had always had double eyelids, but had surgery to make them more defined.[17][18]



Title Details Peak positions Sales
US World[22]
Alohara (Can you feel it?)[23] 4 64 34 94
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak positions Sales Album

Hot 100

"Secret Love" (시크릿 러브) 2012 68 74 Kara Solo Collection
"Magic of Love" (사랑의 마법)[28] 2013 Galileo+[29]
"Choco Chip Cookies" (초코칩쿠키)
(feat. Giriboy)
2015 21 85 Alohara (Can you feel it?)
"How About Me?" (어때)
(feat. YoungJi)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Other artists Album
2011 "I Love You, I Want You, I Need You (Sweet Acoustic Ver.)" City Hunter OST Special
2014 "Talk About Love"[32] Various artists non-album song


TV animation[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 KARA The Animation Herself Japanese dubbed version



Year Title Network Notes
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyu-ri, Jung Nicole and Kang Jiyoung
2009 Hero cameo
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Hara
City Hunter SBS Choi Da Hye (President's daughter)
2013 Galileo 2 Fuji TV Cameo
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube Lee Hyun Jung
It's Okay, That's Love SBS Cameo (Ep.16)


Year Title Network Notes
2005 KBS Documentary "Unwavered Dreams" KBS
2008 Check it Girl Season 2 M.Net Fashionist Girl
2008–2009 Strange Casting – Season 2 November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009
2009 Hunters MBC with Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Hyun-joong, Shin Jung-hwan, Park Jun-gyu, and Kim Tae-woo
2009–2010 Invincible Youth KBS October 23, 2009 – December 24, 2010
Sunday Sunday Night MBC December 6, 2009 – January 10, 2010
2009–2012 Strong Heart SBS Episodes 2, 13, 14, 23, 24, 100, 101, 144, 145
2014 ON & OFF: The Gossip MBC Hara's first reality show about all her personal life
2015 A Style For You KBS MC
Shaolin Clenched Fists SBS Fixed cast

Events shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Dream Concert 2011 KBS Host with Kim Heechul and Song Joong-ki
Show! Music Core MBC MC with Kim Hyun-joong and Han Seungyeon
Seoul-Tokyo Music Festival SBS Host with Park Gyu-ri and more.
2012 Inkigayo MC with Jung Nicole and IU
Korean Music Wave in Kobe MBC MC with Han Seungyeon and Hongki
2013 Dream Concert 2013 KBS Host with Onew and Doojoon
KBS Entertainment Awards Host
2014 Hallyu Dream Festival 2014 Host with Seo Kang Joon and Dasom
2015 Dream Concert 2015 Host with Dasom and Eunjung
Show! Champion - Yokohama Special MBC Music MC with Heo Youngji
2016 Power Of K 2016 Korea TV Fes in Japan Host with Leeteuk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards: Best Female MC Award Invincible Youth Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Award: Hot Campus Girl N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award City Hunter Won
2012 Miss and Mister Idol Korea 2012 Miss Korea Won
2013 '50th' Savings Day – Saving Award[33] N/A Won
2015 2015 Korean Nail Star Award – Singer Category Award Nail Hara Won
2015 SBS Entertainment Awards – Best Challenge Award Shaolin Clenched Fists Won
2015 SBS Entertainment Awards – Best Teamwork Award Shaolin Clenched Fists Won


Year Commercial Notes
2010 Karaya [34] with Park Gyu-ri and Kang Ji-young
2011 A'pieu Skincare [35]
"We Make Price" CF[36] Official Model
Nature Republic [37] with Park Gyu-ri and Kang Ji-young
Swarovski CF Hello Kitty's Swarovski [38]
Puzzle Bobble CF[39] Until 2012
Snickers CF with SeungYeon [40]
2012 Lacoste L!ve[41] Global Spokesmodel
Chum Churum Soju CF with Hyuna & Hyolyn[42]
2014 Esteé Lauder[43]
Reebok Freestyle
SK-II Pitera Essence 2014 Limited Edition[45] Brand Ambassador
2015 Tommy Hilfiger Denim [46] With BTOB
Reebok [47] 100 Days to be More Human Campaign
Coréana[48] for La Vida
Banana Crazy [49]


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