Kwon Nara

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Kwon Nara
Kwon Nara 권나라 in 2021.png
Kwon in 2021
Born (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 31)[1]
Incheon, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actress
AgentC-JeS Entertainment
Musical career
Years active2012–present
Formerly ofHello Venus
Korean name
Revised RomanizationKwon A-yun
McCune–ReischauerKwŏn Ayun

Kwon Na-ra (Korean권나라) (changed her name legally to Kwon Ah-yoon (Korean권아윤), known by her birth name Nara), is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as one of the original members of the South Korean girl group Hello Venus.[2]


Beginnings and acting debut[edit]

Nara became an acting trainee for Fantagio Entertainment when she was in middle school.[1] She joined the girl group Hello Venus as a founding member where she went by the stage name "Nara". They debuted on May 9, 2012, with the mini-album Venus, which contained four tracks.[3] The single "Venus" reached number 35 on the Gaon chart.[4][5]

Aside from her group activities, Nara appeared as a cameo role as a stewardess on the 20th episode of the SBS drama Take Care of Us, Captain with fellow Hello Venus member, Yooyoung.[6]

2017–present: Rise in popularity and lead roles[edit]

In 2017, Nara played her first major acting role in SBS's romantic comedy drama Suspicious Partner.[7][8]

In 2018, Nara starred tvN's melodrama My Mister,[9] followed by SBS legal drama Your Honor.[10]

In 2019, Nara got her first lead role in the KBS' medical prison drama Doctor Prisoner.[11]

In June 2019, Nara signed with new agency A-Man Project.[12]

In 2020, she starred in JTBC drama Itaewon Class, based on the webtoon of the same name.[13] The series was a commercial success and became the seventh highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[14][15] She was also cast in historical comedy TV series Royal Secret Agent as Hong Da-In, a courtesan whose beauty is comparable to Hwang Jini.

In March 2021, Nara was confirmed to be starring in tvN's fantasy drama Bulgasal: Immortal Souls.[16] in the role of Min Sang-woon, a woman who used to be an immortal, but goes through a tragic event that turns her into a human. The drama premiered in December 2021.[17]

In June 2022, Nara signed with new agency C-JeS Entertainment.[18]

In September 2022, Nara joined an essemble casts featuring actors from television dramas Love in the Moonlight, Itaewon Class, and The Sound of Magic in the TVING-produced reality tv show Young Actors' Retreat.[19]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Mr. Wacky High School Girl Cameo
2018 Fantasy of the Girls Ha-nam [20]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 Take Care of Us, Captain Cameo
2014 I Need Romance Season 3
Single Cunning Lady [21]
2016 Entertainer Song-hee
2017 Suspicious Partner Cha Yoo-jung
2018 My Mister Choi Yoo-ra
Your Honor Joo-eun
2019 Doctor Prisoner Han So-geum
2020 Itaewon Class Oh Soo-ah
2020–2021 Royal Secret Agent Hong Da-in [22]
2021–2022 Bulgasal: Immortal Souls Min Sang-woon / Kim Hwa-yeon [23]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 After School – Lucky or Not" Cameo
2014 After School – Lucky or Not" 2 Mal-soon

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Law of the Jungle in East Timor Cast member Episode 238–240

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 Young Actors' Retreat Cast member [24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2019 Best New Actress – Television My Mister Nominated [25]
2020 Best Supporting Actress – Television Itaewon Class Nominated [26]
KBS Drama Awards 2019 Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Doctor Prisoner Nominated [27]
Best New Actress Won
Netizen Award Nominated
2021 Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Royal Secret Agent Won [28]
Korea Drama Awards 2019 Best New Actress Doctor Prisoner Won [29]
SBS Drama Awards 2017 Best New Actress Suspicious Partner Nominated [30]
2018 Your Honor Nominated [31]
Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 Outstanding Korean Actress Royal Secret Agent Nominated [32][33]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2020 Korea Power Celebrity 33rd [34]


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  2. ^ "HELLOVENUS' debut date announced". 10Asia. April 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Hello Venus - 'Venus'. Naver Music (May 8, 2012). Retrieved on May 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "국내 대표 음악 차트 가온차트!". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "HelloVenus Yooyoung and Nara's Past as Actresses Revealed". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Hello Venus's Nara, Opens Her Eyes to The World of Acting (Interview)". 10Asia. 31 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Girl Group Member Hungry for More Roles After Acting Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 September 2017.
  9. ^ "[단독] 헬로비너스 나라, '나의 아저씨' 출연…이선균·아이유와 호흡". Nate (in Korean). 13 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Nara to star in 'Dear Judge'". Kpop Herald. 28 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Hello Venus's Nara to star in 'Doctor Prisoner' with Namgoong Min". KBS World. 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ "권나라, 에이맨프로젝트와 전속계약‥이종석과 한솥밥(공식)". Newsen. 7 June 2019.
  13. ^ Sim, Eon-kyung (June 25, 2019). "권나라 측 "'이태원 클라쓰' 출연, 제안 받고 검토 중"[공식입장]". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved April 15, 2020 – via Naver.
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  15. ^ Choi, Ji-won (January 30, 2020). "Park Seo-jun to show perfect sync with original webcomic in 'Itaewon Class'". the Korea Herald. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  16. ^ 김미화|기자|. "'불가살' 이진욱X권나라X이준 캐스팅 확정..K판타지 온다 [공식]". (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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  18. ^ Son, Jin-ah (June 2, 2022). "권나라, 씨제스에 새 둥지(공식)" [Kwon Nara, a Bird's Nest in C-JeS (Official)] (in Korean). MK Sports. Retrieved June 2, 2022 – via Naver.
  19. ^ "'전역 2개월' 박보검, 군기 바짝 "다나까"..박서준, '게임구멍' 불명예('청춘MT')[종합]" ['Two months from military service' Park Bo-gum, "Tanaka" with close discipline.. Park Seo-joon, 'Game Hole' disgrace ('Youth MT')] (in Korean). OSEN. September 9, 2022. Retrieved September 10, 2022 – via Naver.
  20. ^ Park, Dong-je (13 June 2016). "영화 '소녀의 세계', 노정의-조수향-헬로비너스 권나라 캐스팅..9일 크랭크인". Break News (in Korean). Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Cameo Appearance Here & There - How Do Dramas Use Idol Groups To Their Advantage?". KpopStarz. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  22. ^ "[공식]권나라 '암행어사' 출연 확정! 조선 첫사랑의 아이콘..미(美)X무(武) 갖춘 다모". chosun (in Korean). Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  23. ^ Shin So-won (March 17, 2021). "불가살' 이진욱X권나라X이준, 캐스팅 확정 [공식]" [Immortal' Lee Jin-wook X Kwon Nara X Lee Jun confirmed casting [Official]]. ten Asia (in Korean). Retrieved March 17, 2021 – via Naver.
  24. ^ Kang Nae-ri (June 30, 2022). "지창욱X박서준X박보검 '청춘MT', 9월 방송…연합 MT 떠난다(공식)" [Ji Chang-wook X Park Seo-joon X Park Bo-gum 'Youth MT' to be broadcast in September... Allied MT is leaving (official)] (in Korean). YTN. Retrieved June 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  25. ^ Yoo, Chung-hee (April 4, 2019). "김서형·염정아·김혜자 등 '백상예술대상' TV부문 최종 후보 공개". Ten Asia (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
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  27. ^ "Winners of the 2019 KBS Drama Awards". HanCinema. December 31, 2019. Archived from the original on April 6, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  28. ^ Jeong, Hye-yeon (January 1, 2022). "[KBS 연기대상]지현우, 대상 "'신사와 아가씨' 작품상이라 생각"(종합)" [[KBS Acting Awards] Ji Hyun-woo, the grand prize "I think 'Gentleman and Lady' is the best picture" (comprehensive)] (in Korean). Herald Pop. Retrieved January 1, 2022 – via Naver.
  29. ^ Park, Pan-suk (October 2, 2019). "'하나뿐인내편' 최수종, 2019 코리아드라마 어워즈 대상 영예[공식]". OSEN (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 22, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2020 – via Naver.
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  34. ^ Kim, Min-soo; Shin, Yoon-ae (April 23, 2020). 2020 포브스코리아 선정 파워 셀럽 40 [40 Power Celebrities selected by Forbes Korea 2020]. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on May 4, 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2021 – via Joins.

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