Sandara Park

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Sandara Park
Sandara Park at „Etude Pink Concert“ 01.jpeg
Native name 박산다라
Born Park Sandara
(1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 31)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Dara, Sandy
Relatives Thunder (young brother)
Musical career
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Sandara
McCune–Reischauer Pak Sandara

Sandara Park (Korean: 박산다라; born November 12, 1984[1]), better known as Dara (Korean: 다라), is a South Korean idol singer, actress, and model. She is best known as being a member and the director of communications of the South Korean girl group 2NE1.[2][3] She first gained major popularity on ABS-CBN's Star Circle Quest during her stay in the Philippines. Her younger brother, Park Sang-Hyun, better known as Cheondung, is a former member of boy band MBLAQ.[4][5]

Aside from her native Korean, Sandara is also fluent in Filipino and English languages due to her stay in the Philippines. She also speaks Chinese and Japanese, both on conversational level.

She released her first digital single "Kiss" in South Korea in 2009 and it was included as the 9th track in 2NE1's first studio album To Anyone in 2010.


Early life and career[edit]

Dara was born in Busan, South Korea, when she was 10 years old, her family moved to the Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines to start a trading business.[6][7]

In 2004, during one of her school activities, she met Pauleen Luna, a former talent of ABS-CBN Corporation Channel 2's Talent Center. Luna encouraged Park to audition for Star Circle Quest, a reality-based talent search television program.[8] Over the course of the season, she escaped elimination several times, and reached the final ten contestants.[8] Her Korean ethnicity resulted in some trouble with the daily exercises set by the panel of Filipino judges. During the last elimination round (in which only five people advanced), Park received approximately half a million text votes. She eventually finished in second place behind Hero Angeles.[9]

Park joined ABS-CBN's entertainment stable called Star Magic in the wake of her success in the show, with her projects ranging from commercial endorsements to television appearances. She starred in her first movie Bcuz Of U (2004), a three-story movie.[10][11] She acted alongside Hero Angeles, Kristine Hermosa and Heart Evangelista. Park won "Best New Actress", her first acting award, in the 21st Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards.[12] Park and Angeles launched their first solo movie, Can This Be Love (2005) which reportedly grossed almost 100 million pesos.[12][13] Park was also nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)" at the 2006 Golden Screen Awards.[14] Her third movie in the country was D' Lucky Ones (2006) wherein she was paired with co-SCQ alumnus, Joseph Bitangcol due to Angeles' decision to retire from show business.[12][15] In the same year, her fourth and last movie Super Noypi was shown in Christmas 2006 and was an official entry into the 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival.[16] The success of Park in the Philippines lead her to star in a drama series. One was Krystala, a fantasy series with Judy Ann Santos.[17] She also acted in various series Crazy For You (2006) and Abt Ur Luv (2006) and television specials My Name is Sandara Park (2004) and SCQ Reload: OK Ako! (2004).

Park also embarked on a musical career that led to the release of her self-titled six-track album that contained the novelty dance hit "In or Out", a song that parodied her experiences on Star Circle Quest.[18]

In December 2004, YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun Suk offered Park workshop classes in South Korea after seeing the KBS Documentary My Name Is Sandara Park.[19] In March 2005, Park went ahead with the workshops, putting her career in the Philippines on hold. After six months, she resumed work in the Philippines, starring in several movies. She left the Philippines show business industry permanently and returned to South Korea with her family on August 1, 2007.[20] YG Entertainment announced the following day that Park had signed a contract with them.[21]


Main article: 2NE1

The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", which "NE" is the abbreviation of "New Evolution". Sandara was placed in 2NE1, alongside Bom, Minzy and CL.[22]

The group collaborated with label-mate senior Big Bang for the song "Lollipop". 2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed their digital single "Fire" produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. With the release of their self-titled mini-album, the group started the promotions of their title track "I Don’t Care". Their mini album hit the no. 3 spot at the Hanteo's "Best-selling Album of 2009" with over 100,000 copies sold.

After a short hiatus, the group released a surprise single "Follow Me"[23] that took number one for the week of February 13.[24] The single was used as a theme song for Samsung Corby Folder.[25]

In October of the same year, 2NE1 returned with their first full-length debut studio album To Anyone,[26] which was released on September 9, 2010. Promotions started with the simultaneous showcase of the three title tracks of the album, "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody". Following those promotions, another song "It Hurts (Slow)"[27][28] was released on October 31 for Halloween. The album garnered huge success and 2NE1 won an overall 11 times on various music shows from their promotions.[29] The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies.

Solo activities: 2009 - present[edit]

Before her debut, she was featured in a TV drama The Return of Iljimae as Rie, and she also appeared as the lead actress in Gummy's music video for "I'm Sorry", together with labelmate T.O.P, one of the members of Big Bang.

In August 2009, Park was featured on G-Dragon's solo album Heartbreaker, with their song entitled "Hello". They performed together a couple of times on music events, shows, and also during G-Dragon's two-day solo concert entitled Shine A Light in December 2009.

On September 7, 2009, Park was the first among the members of 2NE1 to release a digital single. Entitled "Kiss", the song was produced by Teddy Park and was featured in Park's first commercial for Oriental Brewery's Cass Beer series alongside K-Drama actor Lee Min Ho. The song also featured fellow member CL as a rapper and peaked at #5 on the Gaon Chart.[citation needed]

In July 2010, Park was featured as the female lead in Taeyang's "I Need A Girl" music video. Two versions were made for the music video.

In April 18, 2011, Park announced that she has been officially promoted to the Communications Director of 2NE1. In order to officialize her promotion, YG Entertainment gave Park her own Certificate of Appointment.[2]

On June 27, 2012, Park's Philippine Movies were shown in Korea. The films "Bcuz of U", "The Lucky Ones", and "Can This Be Love" were shown on the said date on Korea's Home Choice and SK Broadband.

On May 14, 2014, Sandara Park entered the Big Brother house as a celebrity houseguest during the live episode of Pinoy Big Brother: All In Über.

In the last episode of the highly rated Korean drama "My Love from the Star", Sandara made a surprised cameo appearance [30] playing a Top Actress.

On November 12, 2014, BeFunny Studios released a 3-part mini web series starring The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and Sandara Park titled "What's eating Steven Yeun".[31] Sandara played the role of Steven Yeun's girlfriend in this hilarious comedy sketch about the popular Korean internet craze called "Mokbang". Mokbang broadcasts are online broadcasts where people who are usually attractive eat in front of a webcam and get paid for it.

On January 21, 2015, it was revealed that Sandara was casted alongside rising star Kim Young-kwang as the leads in the web drama series tentatively titled "Dr. Mo Clinic"[32] It marked Sandara's re-entry to acting since debuting as a member of 2NE1 in 2009. The drama, changed to 'Dr. Ian', premiered on March 28, 2015 and consisted of 9 episodes.

On April 9, 2015, Sandara was cast in her second leading role of the year in another web drama based upon a web-toon of the same name, "We broke up".[33] She played the role of Noh Woori, a character described as an optimistic and bright female preparing to get a job. We Broke Up premiered on June 29.

Sandara, together with Kang Seungyoon, was revealed on May 17, 2015 to do a cameo appearance in the hit television series "The Producers". [34] She appeared as herself as part of the new members of the fictional 2 days and 1 night variety program in episodes 4, 5, and 12.

On July 24, 2015, Sandara was cast as the lead in the yet to be titled Korean film remake of Begin Again. She will be playing a convenience store part-timer who seeks out a mysterious melody she hears every night in her dreams, and meets the producer of an Internet broadcasting program who tries to help her find out the music.

On August 27, 2015, it was announced that Sandara Park joined Penshoppe as its newest ambassador through its Instagram account.

On September 15, 2015, Sandara was revealed to have been casted as the lead in what will be her first television-aired show, 'Missing Korea'. Set to air in October, Missing Korea is a romantic-comedy set in the fictional year of 2020, in which the North and South are working towards unification through non-governmental exchanges and economic cooperation, leading to the first-ever ′North-South Joint Miss Korea Pageant.′ Goong star Kim Jeong Hoon, is set to play opposite her as head of the pageant′s organizing committee.

On October 5, 2015, it was revealed that Sandara would be hosting the JTBC show 'Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man' alongside Yoo Jae Suk, Yoo Hee Yeol, and Kim Eana. The show aims to seek out once-popular singers, recreate their songs, and make it a hit once more in the present day. Having already aired its pilot episode in August, the first episode was officially broadcast on October 20. This is Sandara's first variety show hosting since debuting with 2NE1 in 2009.


For the discography of 2NE1, see 2NE1 discography.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title[citation needed] Label
2004 Sandara Star Records
Walang Sabit
2006 Ang Ganda Ko


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Philippines[citation needed]
2004 "In Or Out" 1 Sandara
2005 "Walang Sabit" 1 Sandara: Walang Sabit
2006 "Ang Ganda Ko" 1 Sandara: Ang Ganda Ko
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Kiss" (feat. CL) 5 To Anyone
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
2009 "Hello" (G-Dragon feat. Sandara Park) 144 Heartbreaker
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Film Production
2004 Volta Herself/Cameo Star Cinema
Bcuz of U April
2005 Can This Be Love Daisy
2006 D' Lucky Ones Lucky Girl/Anna
Super Noypi Michie Rapisora Regal Films
2009 Girlfriends Herself/Cameo with 2NE1 Next Entertainment World
2016 Echo (에코) TBA TBA


Year Title Role Network Notes
2004 Krystala Kim ABS-CBN Supporting Role
SCQ Reload: Ok Ako! Sandara Soh Main Cast
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Scrapbook Herself Lead Role
2006 Your Song: Everything You Do Herself Lead Role
Komiks Presents: Machete Mara Lead Role
Crazy for You Ara Supporting Role
2007 Dalawang Tisoy Kim Chee RPN Supporting Role
2009 The Return of Iljimae Rie MBC Supporting Role
Style Herself SBS Cameo with 2NE1 (Episode 6)
2014 My Love from the Star Herself/Top Actress Cameo (Episode 21)
What’s Eating Steven Yeun? Herself Be FUNNY Studios Lead Role
2015 Dr. Ian Lee So Dam Naver TV Cast/
Lead Role
Web Drama
We Broke Up Noh Woori CJ E&M Lead Role
Web Drama
The Producers Herself KBS2 Cameo (Episode 4, 5 & 12)
Missing Korea Lee Yeon Hwa KBS Lead Role
Web Drama

Variety show[edit]

Variety show
Year Title Role Network Notes
2009 Strong Heart Guest SBS Episode 2
Family Outing Guest SBS Episode 72 & 73
2010 Strong Heart Guest SBS Episode 49 & 50
2012 Strong Heart Guest SBS Episode 123 & 124
2013 Running Man Guest SBS Episode 156
2014 Running Man Guest SBS Episode 195
2015 Sugar Man MC JTBC Host

Lifestyle/Beauty show[edit]

Variety show
Year Title Role Network Notes
2014 Get It Beauty Guest OnStyle Episode 22
2015 Tasty Road Guest O'live TV Episode 25

MV appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nominations
Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2005 21st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best New Actress Bcuz Of U Won
PARI Double Platinum Award Sandara (Self-Titled Album) Won
Golden Screen TV Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Can This Be Love Nominated
2006 Best Actress N/A Nominated
2013 Arirang: Showbiz Korea No. 1 Most Beautiful Idol Girl Group Member N/A Won
2014 Arirang: Showbiz Korea No. 1 Stars Who Will Maintain Their Youthful Features N/A Won
2015 KWeb Festival Best Actress Dr. Ian Won


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