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Go Ara
Go Ara.jpg
Born(1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 24)
Jinju, South Korea
EducationBachelor's degree in Theater
Alma materChungAng University
OccupationActress and Model
Years active2003–present
AgentSM Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Management (Japan)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo A-ra
McCune–ReischauerKo A-ra
Korean website
Japanese website
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Go Ara
Go Ara.jpg
Born(1990-02-11) February 11, 1990 (age 24)
Jinju, South Korea
EducationBachelor's degree in Theater
Alma materChungAng University
OccupationActress and Model
Years active2003–present
AgentSM Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Management (Japan)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
ReligionRoman Catholic
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo A-ra
McCune–ReischauerKo A-ra
Korean website
Japanese website

Go Ara (Hangul: 고아라; hanja: 高雅羅; born February 11, 1990), often performing under the mononym Ara, is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Korean television drama Sharp #1.

Early life[edit]

Go Ara was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang, South Korea. At a young age, she constantly moved around Korea because her father was a soldier. When she was in junior high, she was recommended by a friend to audition for the talent agency SM Entertainment. In 2003, she became the winner of the SM Entertainment Teen Model Contest. After joining SM Entertainment, she began to train with the other trainees under the same company in areas of acting, singing, and dancing.



Go was chosen to be play the female lead, Lee Ok-rim, in the 2003 KBS teen drama Sharp #1, acting alongside Lee Eun-sung, Kim Shi-hoo, and Yoo Ah-in. She reprised her role in the 2005 sequel Sharp #2, this time starring alongside Super Junior members Kim Kibum and Kim Heechul, both her labelmates, as well as Lee Eun-sung.

Go's breakthrough performance was in the 2006 SBS drama, Snow Flower, where she starred alongside Kim Kibum, Kim Hee-ae, and Lee Jae-ryong. Go's character, Yoo Da-mi, was a rebellious and ambitious daughter, winning her acting recognition in award ceremonies the following year.

Two years later, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? where she acted alongside with Yoon Kye-sang. Despite low ratings in Korea, the body swap dramedy drew in international fans, increasing her Korean wave profile. This led to an appearance in the Japanese television drama Karei naru Spy.[1] In 2009, she was cast in MBC's Heading to the Ground opposite idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK. Director Park Sung-soo later said he had wanted her for the role of Kang Hae-bin more than any other actress.

In 2013, Go's popularity further rose through the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994. In order to portray Sung Na-jung, she cut her hair, and gained 18 lbs.[2][3] While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, audiences praised Go's performance by series' end.

She next starred as the sole female rookie detective in the 2014 police drama You're All Surrounded, alongside Lee Seung-gi.[4][5]


Go's first film was the big-budget Japanese movie Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea, which was released in Japan in March 2007, and Hong Kong in April 2007. She played Khulan, the mistress of Genghis Khan, after being picked from more than 40,000 auditions. The film was screened at many film festivals. including the Cannes Film Market, the Moscow International Film Festival, the 2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and the 5th World Film Festival of Bangkok. Her next film, Dance, Subaru! was a co-production between Japan, China, and Korea, and hit cinemas in 2009.

In 2011, Go made her domestic film debut in Pacemaker, and her co-stars were acclaimed veteran actors Kim Myung-min and Ahn Sung-ki.[6] She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film Papa, with Park Yong-woo. Go received Best New Actress nominations at the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Grand Bell Awards, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards for the two performances.


Since she entered the entertainment scene, Go has been a popular commercial model. Among the products she's endorsed are SK Telecom, Elite Uniforms, and more recently, cosmetics. Go was the youngest model for Etude House in 2006, and filmed the brand commercial with actor Jang Keun-suk in 2008. In 2011, Go and was chosen as the new muse of Lirikos .[7]



2007Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and SeaMistress Khulan
2009Dance, Subaru!Liz Park
2011PacemakerYo Ji-won

Television drama[edit]

2003Sharp #1 (반올림1)Lee Ok-rimKBS2
2005Sharp #2 (반올림2)Lee Ok-rimKBS2
2006Snow Flower (눈꽃)Yoo Da-miSBS
2008Who Are You? (누구세요?)Son Young-inMBC
2009Karei naru Spy (華麗なるスパイ)Shin Yoon-ahNTV
Heading to the Ground (맨땅에 헤딩)Kang Hae-binMBC
2013Reply 1994 (응답하라 1994)Sung Na-jungtvN
2014You're All Surrounded (너희들은 포위됐다)Eo Soo-sunSBS

Variety show[edit]

2012Strong HeartGuestEpisode 111-112SBS
Happy TogetherGuestEpisode 230KBS2
Running ManGuestEpisode 80SBS
2013Running ManGuestEpisode 139SBS

Music video[edit]

YearTitleSingerFrom the AlbumRef.
2008"Innocent Blue"Mink[9]
2011"Before U Go"TVXQKeep Your Head Down[10]
"Juliette"SHINeeJuliette (Japanese version)[11]


YearTitleFrom the AlbumRef.
2012"Now"Papa OST[12]
"Little Girl Dreams"[13]
2013"Start"Reply 1994 OST[14]

Fashion show[edit]

2005André Kim Fashion Showwith Lee Wan
2008André Kim Fashion Showwith Chu Sung-hoon
Jill StuartMain model
2009Lanvin F/W Collection


2004Special T[15][16]
Fresh Korea[17]
2004-2005Cocktail Ice Cream Bar[18]
2005SK Tingwith Jang Keun-suk[19]
Speed 011010with Rain[20]
HUM Clothing
2005-2006Oddugi Ramenwith Super Junior's Kim Ki-bum and Kim Heechul[21]
2006Miero Fiber Drink[22]
2006-2007Elite Uniformswith SS501[23]
Aillack Drink[24]
Samsung Anycallwith Jung Il-woo, Lee Hyori and Jun Ji-hyun[25][26]
2006-2008Etude Housewith Im Joo-hwan and Jang Keun-suk[27][28]
2008-2009Clride Clothingwith Jung Il-woo[29]
Lover's Teawith TRAX's J[30]
2009G-Market Clothing
2009-2010Spris Clothingwith Kim Bum[31][32]
2010-2012Bausch and Lomb[33][34]
2011Maxim Coffee[35]
2011-2012Canon IXUS Camerawith Kim Soo-hyun[36][37][38]
2011-2014Lirikos Cosmetics[39][40][41][42]
2012Milletwith Uhm Tae-woong[43][44]
Shilla Duty Freewith TVXQ[45]
2013-2014LG U+with Jung Woo[46]
WeMakePricewith Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Sung-kyun, Min Do-hee[47]
2014Aiglewith Lee Dong-wook[48][49]
Korea Post - Postal Saving & Insurance[50][51]
Vivienne Westwood Eyewear[52][53]
Lotte Chilsung dr&doctor[54][55][56][57]
Domino's Pizzawith Kim Woo-bin[58][59][60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2003SM Entertainment's 5th Anniversary Teen Model ContestN/AN/AWon
2004KBS Drama AwardsBest Young ActressSharp #1Won
2006SBS Drama AwardsNew Star AwardSnow FlowerWon
200743rd Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actress (TV)Won
Mnet 20's Choice AwardsBarbie GirlN/AWon
André Kim Best Star AwardsNew Star AwardN/AWon
2008Model of the YearN/AWon
201046th Baeksang Arts AwardsMost Popular Actress (TV)Heading to the GroundNominated
201248th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actress (Film)PapaNominated
49th Grand Bell AwardsBest New ActressPacemakerNominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film AwardsBest New ActressPapaNominated
201450th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest Actress (TV)Reply 1994Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV)Nominated


  1. ^ "Go Ara makes Japanese drama appearance | Stareastasia". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ Go Ara Gained Near 18 Pounds for Her Role in “Reply 1994” Soompi.com. 6 January 2014
  3. ^ '응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)(Korean)"'응사' 고아라 "성나정 역할 위해 몸무게 7kg 늘렸다" (인터뷰②)". 6 January 2014
  4. ^ Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won, Go Ara Confirm New Drama Tenasia.com. 26 February 2014
  5. ^ 차승원-이승기-고아라, '너희들은 포위됐다' 출연 확정(Korean)"news.sbs.co.kr". 26 February 2014
  6. ^ Go Ara casted as a female lead in her first Korean film "dramabeans.com". 23 February 2011
  7. ^ 고아라, 리리코스 새로운 뮤즈로 발탁(Korean) "Hankyung.com". 07 September 2011
  8. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - HUG(포옹)
  9. ^ Mink - Innocent Blue(地果て海尽きる)
  10. ^ TVXQ!(동방신기) - Before U Go(이것만은 알고 가)
  11. ^ SHINee - JULIETTE(Japanese ver.)"youtube.com"
  12. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Now! (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
  13. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - Little Girl Dreams (Papa OST)"youtube.com"
  14. ^ Go Ara(고아라) - 시작 (Start) (Reply 1994 OST)"youtube.com"
  15. ^ Go Ara - Special T CF1"youtube.com"
  16. ^ Go Ara - Special T CF2"youtube.com"
  17. ^ 고아라 고아라 우리농산물 CF (Korean)"youtube.com"
  18. ^ Go Ara - Cocktail Bar CF"youtube.com"
  19. ^ Go Ara - SK Ting CF"youtube.com"
  20. ^ Go Ara & Rain - Speed CF"youtube.com"
  21. ^ Go Ah Ra, Kim Ki Bum & Kim Hee Chul - Otuggi CF"youtube.com"
  22. ^ Go Ara - Miero Fiber CF "youtube.com"
  23. ^ SS501 with ARA Elite CF"youtube.com"
  24. ^ Go Ara - Aillack Drink CF"youtube.com"
  25. ^ Anycall 30" CF Jung il woo and Go ah ra"youtube.com"
  26. ^ CF Anycall Talk Play Love - Jeon Ji Hyun, Go Ara Jung Il Woo"youtube.com"
  27. ^ Go Ara - Etude House's Cinderella CF"youtube.com"
  28. ^ Jang Keun Suk & Go Ara - Etude House 2008 CF"youtube.com"
  29. ^ Go Ara and Jung Il Woo- Clride Clothing Making"youtube.com"
  30. ^ Go Ara & J - Lover Tea CF"youtube.com"
  31. ^ Go Ara & Kim Bum - Spris Clothing F/W 2009"youtube.com"
  32. ^ Go Ara & Kim Bum - Spris Clothing"youtube.com"
  33. ^ Go Ara - Bausch and Lomb CF"youtube.com"
  34. ^ Go Ara - Bausch and Lomb CF"youtube.com"
  35. ^ Go Ara - Maxim Coffee"youtube.com"
  36. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  37. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  38. ^ Go Ara & Kim Soo Hyun - Canon Camera CF"youtube.com"
  39. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF"youtube.com"
  40. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF
  41. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos CF"youtube.com"
  42. ^ Go Ara - Lirikos S/S2014 CF"youtube.com"
  43. ^ Go Ara & Uhm, Tae-woong - Millet F/W 2012 CF"youtube.com"
  44. ^ Go Ara & Uhm, Tae-woong - Millet S/S 2012"youtube.com"
  45. ^ TVXQ & Go Ara - Shilla Duty Free CF"youtube.com"
  46. ^ Go Ara & Jung Woo - LG Uplus CF"youtube.com"
  47. ^ 위메프 새 광고 ‘응사 커플전’…고아라·유연석vs도희·김성균(Korean)"eto.co.kr". 20 December 2013
  48. ^ 고아라, 이동욱 아웃도어 에이글의 새로운 얼굴(Korean)"sportsseoul.com". 20 February 2014
  49. ^ Korea Aigle S/S 2014 Collection"youtube.com"
  50. ^ 입은 나정이’…고아라, 우체국 직원 변신 ‘CF 현장 포착’ (Korean)"sports.chosun.com". 23 January 2014
  51. ^ Postal Saving & Insurance CF"youtube.com"
  52. ^ 팔색조 매력 ‘섹시·큐티·러블리 다 돼!’ (Korean)"sports.donga.com". 21 March 2014
  53. ^ ‘섹시함과 발랄함의 공존’ 고아라, 비비안 웨스트우드 아이웨어 화보 공개 (Korean)"seoul.co.kr". 21 March 2014
  54. ^ 롯데칠성, 배우 고아라 모델로 ‘닥터&닥터’ 광고 선봬(Korean)"thinkfood.co.kr". 14 May 2014
  55. ^ 배우 고아라, 롯데칠성음료 닥터&닥터 광고모델로 선보여(Korean)"consumertimes.kr". 14 May 2014
  56. ^ [닥터앤닥터] 더 건강해 질 수 있다고 믿고 마실 것! 고아라의 새로운 닥터앤닥터 TV CF영상! (음료 편) (Korean)
  57. ^ [닥터앤닥터] 더 건강해 질 수 있다고 믿고 마실 것! 고아라의 새로운 닥터앤닥터 TV CF영상! (건강기능식품 편) (Korean)
  58. ^ 도미노피자, 김우빈.고아라 모델 선정(Korean)"foodtoday.or.kr". 08 June 2014
  59. ^ 배우 김우빈·고아라, 도미노피자 새 얼굴(Korean)"moneyweek.co.kr". 08 June 2014
  60. ^ Kim Woo Bin and Go Ara Chosen as New CF Models for Domino’s Pizza "soompi.com". 07 June 2014

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