Goo Hara

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Goo Ha-ra
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Goo Ha-ra in August 2017
Native name 구하라
Born Goo Ha-ra
(1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 27)
Gwangju, South Korea
Education Sungshin Women's University
Occupation
Years active 2008–present
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
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]

Early life and education[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 and solo activities[edit]

Hara joined the girl group Kara in 2008, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee.[5]

In October 2009, she became a cast member of the KBS' reality show Invincible Youth.[6]

In 2011, she made her acting debut in SBS City Hunter.[7] She starred as Choi Da-hye, the daughter of South Korea's president.[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] In October 2013, she was appointed as the blood donation ambassador for the Hanmaum Blood Bank.[11]

Her own reality show titled On & Off aired on December 29, 2014 on MBC Music.[12]

In January 2015, she started hosting KBS' idol beauty show A Style For You along with Super Junior's Kim Heechul, EXID's Hani and SISTAR's Bora.[13] In June 2015, she released a beauty book titled Nail HARA.[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.[15][16][17] In October 2015, Hara joined the variety show Shaolin Clenched Fists.[18]

On January 15, 2016, Hara left DSP Media due to the expiration of her contract with the company, prompting Kara to go on an indefinite hiatus. She was then announced to join KeyEast.[19] In December 2016, she featured in Thunder's single, "Sign".[20]

In August 2017, Hara starred in a web movie titled Sound of a Footstep.[21] In November 2017, it was announced that Hara would join the variety show Seoul Mate.[22]

In January 2018, she released a soundtrack for the drama Jugglers, titled "On A Good Day".[23] In April, it was announced that she will host JTBC's beauty show My Mad Beauty Diary.[24] In July, she was named honorary ambassador for the 6th Animal Film Festival.[25]

Personal life[edit]

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.[26][27]

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,[28] as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit's details.[29]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[30]
JPN
[31]
TWN
[32]
US World[33]
Alohara (Can you feel it?)[34] 4 64 34 94
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[36]
KOR
Hot 100

[37]
"Secret Love" (시크릿 러브) 2012 68 74 Kara Solo Collection
"Magic of Love" (사랑의 마법)[39] 2013 Galileo+[40]
"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"[42] Various artists non-album song
2017 "Sign" Thunder feat Goo Hara Thunder
2018 "On A Good Day" Jugglers OST

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 KARA The Animation Herself Animation; Japanese dubbed version
2017 Sound of a Footstep Yoon-jae Web film

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2008 The Person Is Coming MBC Gang of school girls (cameo)
2009 Hero Cameo
2011 URAKARA TV Tokyo Hara
City Hunter SBS Choi Da-hye
2013 Galileo 2 Fuji TV Cameo
2014 Secret Love DRAMAcube Lee Hyun-jung
It's Okay, That's Love SBS Cameo (Ep.16)[43]

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2005
Unwavered Dreams
KBS
Documentary
2008
Check it Girl Season 2
M.Net
Fashionist Girl
2008-2009
Strange Casting – Season 2 Cast member
2009
Hunters
MBC
Cast member
2009-2010
Invincible Youth
KBS
Cast member
2014
ON & OFF: The Gossip
MBC
Hara's first reality show
2015
A Style For You
KBS
MC
Shaolin Clenched Fists
SBS
Cast member
2017
Seoul Mate
tvN, Olive
Cast member
2018
My Mad Beauty Diary
JTBC
MC

Events shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2011 Dream Concert 2011 KBS Host with Kim Heechul and Song Joong-ki
Seoul-Tokyo Music Festival SBS Host with Park Gyu-ri and more.
2012 Inkigayo Host with Jung Nicole and IU
Korean Music Wave in Kobe MBC Host 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 Host with Heo Youngji
2016 Power Of K 2016 Korea TV Fes in Japan Host with Leeteuk

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Award[44] Invincible Youth Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Award Hot Campus Girl N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[45] City Hunter Won
2013 '50th' Savings Day Saving Award[46] 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
Best Teamwork Award Won

References[edit]

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