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Go Ara

Go Ara, often performing under the mononym Ara, is a South Korean actress who gained fame when she debut in the 2003 Korean television drama "Sharp #1."

Her breakthrough performance was in the 2006 SBS drama "Snow Flower," where she starred alongside Kim Kibum, Kim Hee-ae, and Lee Jae-ryong. Two years later, she was casted 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 thereby increasing her Korean wave profile. This led to an appearance in the Japanese television drama "Karei naru Spy."

In 2009, she was casted in MBC's "Heading to the Ground" opposite idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK. In 2013, her popularity grew in the nostalgic campus drama "Reply 1994." In order to portray Sung Na-jung, she cut her hair and gained 18 pounds. While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, audiences praised Ms. 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.

Ms. Go ventured into cinema with 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. In 2011, she made her domestic film debut in "Pacemaker" starring alongside acclaimed veteran actors Kim Myung-min and Ahn Sung-ki. She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film "Papa" with Park Yong-woo. She went on to receive Best New Actress nominations at the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Grand Bell Awards, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards for the two performances.

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