Goo Hara in 2014.
|Birth name||Goo Hara (구하라)|
January 13, 1991 |
Gwangju, South Korea
|Genres||K-pop, R&B, dance-pop|
|Revised Romanization||Gu Ha-ra|
Goo Hara (born January 13, 1991) is a South Korean idol singer and actress. She is best known for being a member of Korean pop girl group Kara and for portraying Choi Da-hye, the president's daughter, on City Hunter in 2011.
Goo Hara was born on January 13, 1991, in Gwangju, South Korea. Before debuting, she participated in SM's youth appearance tournament in 2005. In 2007, she auditioned for JYP, however, she lost the runoff.
She was also an online shopping mall model, having been scouted after her photos were uploaded onto DSP's homepage. Thus, Goo Hara became a member of Kara. She is currently attending Sungshin Women's University.
On January 5, 2010, during an appearance at SBS' Strong Heart she admitted to getting dental and minor cosmetic surgery on her face. She confessed to receiving one filler injection on her nose and had her teeth fixed. She stated that she had always had double eyelids, but had surgery to get them more defined.
Kara debuted on March 29, 2007. In 2008, however, a member, Kim Sunghee, left the group. DSP Entertainment replaced her with two new members, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, and Kara made a comeback with Rock U, which changed their image from "Hip-hop" to "cute and playful".
On December 4, 2008, Kara had a comeback on M! Countdown with "Pretty Girl". In February 2009, Kara released their second mini-album "Honey". "Honey" became the group's first No. 1 single when it topped the charts on M! Countdown and The Music Trend.
In late July 2009, Kara revealed their second album named Revolution. Due to the popularity of their songs "Wanna" and "Mister", Kara's overall popularity increased. Kara started promotions with their third mini-album Lupin in February 2010.
In August 2010, Kara officially debuted in Japan with "Mister". After their successful debut in Japan, Kara released their fourth mini-album Jumping in November 2010.
On January 19, 2011, it was announced that Goo Hara would be terminating her contract with DSP Entertainment along with three other members of Kara, and a lawsuit was filed on their behalf. Later that day, it was announced that Goo Hara would discontinue her involvement with the suit and had rejoined the company, as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit's details.
In late 2008, she appeared along with the other Kara members in an episode of MBC sitcom Here He Comes, having the most prominent role as a female gang leader.
In October 2009, she became a cast member in the KBS 2TV reality show Invincible Youth (청춘불패). On March 14, 2011, it was also announced that Hara would make her acting debut in SBS City Hunter, after filming the Japanese sitcom Urakara. 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
She recorded a song titled "Secret Love" which she performed during Kara's first concert tour, Karasia. The music video featured ZE:A's Siwan, and they acted as a lovely couple. In 2013, she collaborated with Japanese musician and song-writer 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.  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.
Her own reality show titled "On & Off" aired on December 29, 2014 on MBC Music.
She said during an interview in April 2015 that after KARA's comeback in May, she will debut as a solo with her first album in July.
On June 28, 2011, DSP Media announced that Hara was in a relationship with Yong Jun-hyung from Beast. DSP Media also announced, "They do have good feelings towards one another, but they're still getting to know each other."
Soundtrack appearances and solo performances
|2009||N/A||"Ring Ding Dong"||01:40||Hara, Ji-young & F(x)'s Victoria, Luna and Sulli|
|2010||MBC Music Travel LaLaLa Live Vol. 11||"Bingeul Bingeul" (빙글빙글)||03:55||No Brain feat. Hara & KARA|
|2011||City Hunter OST||"I Love You, I Want You, I Need You"||03:48||Solo|
|Kara Collection||"Secret Love" (비밀 사랑)||03:28||Solo|
|Kara Solo Collection||"Secret Love" (Japanese ver.)||03:28||Solo|
|2013||Galileo 2 OST||"Magic of Love"||04:34||Solo|
|N/A||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||05:00||Solo Live|
|N/A||"Glamorous Sky"||05:20||Solo Live|
|2014||W Foundation Campaign||"Talk About Love"||04:56||With Various Artists|
|2013||KARA The Animation||Herself||Japanese dubbed version|
|2008||The Person Is Coming||MBC||Gang of school girls, along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Kang Jiyoung|
|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)|
|2005||KBS Documentary "Unwavered Dreams"||KBS|
|2008||Check it Girl Season 2||M.Net||Fashionist Girl|
|Strange Casting – Season 2||November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009|
|Star King||SBS||Episodes 86|
|2009||Strong Heart||Episodes 2, 13, 14, 23, 24, 100, 101, 144, 145|
|Hunters||MBC||with Lee Hwi-jae, Kim Hyun-joong, Shin Jung-hwan, Park Jun-gyu, Kim Tae-woo and more.|
|Invincible Youth||KBS||October 23, 2009 – December 24, 2010|
|Sunday Sunday Night||MBC||December 6, 2009 – January 10, 2010|
|2010||Running Man||SBS||Guest: Ep 2,3,49 & 122|
|2011||King of Idols||SBS||Lunar New Year Special|
|2012||Invincible Youth Season 2||KBS||Guest: Episode 29|
|Miss & Mister Idol Korea||MBC||Chuseok special|
|Idol Crown Prince||KBS||Chuseok special|
|2013||I'm Your Substitute Angel||MBC||MC: March 11, 2013 (Pilot)|
|2013 Idol Star Athletics-Archery Championships||Archery with Nicole Jung and Kang Ji-young|
|2014||Yoo Jae Suk's I Am A Man||KBS||Guest with KARA|
|Superman is Back||KBS||Special MC: September 7, 2014|
|Roommate Season 2||SBS||Guest: Episode 9|
|ON & OFF: The Gossip||MBC||Hara's first reality show about all her personal life|
|2015||A Style For You||KBS||MC|
Events shows hosting
|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 Fesival||SBS||Host with Park Gyuri 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|
Music video appearances
|2012||"Never Let Go"||A-JAX|
Awards & Nominations
|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||N/A||Won|
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- (Korean) 스타의 모든 것 – 구하라
- (Korean) 나 대학 갈래요! 갔어요! 내년에…
- (Korean) Kim, HyunKoo. 카라 4일 새 미니앨범 발표 ‘2개월 만에 컴백’ (Kara's New Album on the 4th, "Second Comeback in Two Months"). Newsen/Joins.com. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
- (Korean) 카라 “소녀시대 게 섯거라” 데뷔 2년만에 TV 첫 1위 눈물 울먹울먹. Joins.com. March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
- (Korean) 걸그룹 대란속 ‘조용한’ 카라 뭐할까 “업그레이드 카라 온다” (What is "silent" Kara doing during the girl group uproar – "An Upgraded Kara is coming."). Newsen. June 16, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
- (Korean) 카라, '루팡'-비상구 춤으로 컴백!
- Lee, Woo-young. KARA member Gu Ha-ra withdraws contract termination. The Korea Herald. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- (Korean) Kim, Seong-han. [단독] 구하라 "카라 지키겠다" 잔류 선언… 소송서 빠지겠다 주장 (Goo Hara: "I Will Protect Kara", Declares to Remain). Naver News/Hankook Ilbo. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
- (Korean) KBS '청춘불패', '아이돌 7공주'의 좌충우돌 시골생활 정착기
- (Korean) '맏언니 박규리, 구하라 연기자 데뷔 지원사격 ‘시티헌터 OST 부른다’
- "Im Siwan is the Main Male in Goo Hara's Japanese Solo Music Video". kpopstarz. September 2, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Goo Hara Forms Project Group With Masaharu Fukuyama for Japanese Drama OST". 9 April 2013. Soompi. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- "Kara's Goo Hara Sings OST for a Japanese Drama, 'Galileo'". Kpop Insider. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- "KARA's Hara & B2ST's Junhyung confirmed to be in a relationship!". Allkpop.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
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