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?).
Goo Ha-ra was born on January 13, 1991, 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.
She attended Sungshin Women’s University.
Hara joined the girl group Kara in 2008, following the departure of former member Kim Sung-hee.
In October 2009, she became a cast member of the KBS’ reality show Invincible Youth.
In 2011, she made her acting debut in SBS City Hunter. She starred as Choi Da-hye, the daughter of South Korea’s president. In November 2011, she and Nicole Jung became the new MCs for SBS Inkigayo. 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. 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.
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. In June 2015, she released a beauty book titled Nail HARA.
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. In October 2015, Hara joined the variety show Shaolin Clenched Fists.
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. In December 2016, she featured in Thunder’s single, “Sign”.
In August 2017, Hara starred in a web movie titled Sound of a Footstep. In November 2017, it was announced that Hara would join the variety show Seoul Mate.
In January 2018, she released a soundtrack for the drama Jugglers, titled “On A Good Day”. In April, it was announced that she will host JTBC’s beauty show My Mad Beauty Diary. In July, she was named honorary ambassador for the 6th Animal Film Festival.
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.
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, as she apparently was not fully aware of the lawsuit’s details.
In 2018, Hara filed a lawsuit against her former boyfriend Choi Jong-bum for uploading a nude without her consent.