From being the bubbly Ah Ro in the period drama Hwarang, Hallyu star Go Ara is set to captivate our hearts once more with her portrayal of a fearful yet determined young woman named Sarah (or Kang Ha Ram) who can predict the death of the people around her in the fantasy-thriller Black.
Her name and face may not be as familiar as other popular Korean actresses, but she’s been in the industry for 14 years now. She started off as a model at age 13 after emerging as the winner in a modeling competition staged by her former talent agency SM Entertainment.
Aside from modeling, the 27 year-old actress trained to become a multifaceted performer which became her ticket to nab her acting debut in 2003 through the teen drama Sharp wherein she portrayed the female lead and which catapulted her to stardom. Since then, she starred in various television programs and movies, including some acting gigs in Japan.
But it was only until 2013 that she finally had her breakthrough via the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 as it unveiled the different side of her. Ara willingly shattered her pristine image by exchanging her long locks to a frizzy bob and adding 18lbs to her weight in order to play the character of the gutsy high school girl Sung Na-jung.
Her impressive portrayal garnered praises from the critics and viewers and brought her Best Actress nominations from various local award-giving bodies and slew of acting projects, such as You’re All Surrounded (which was shown in ABS-CBN’s Cinemo in 2016) and the concluding Primetime Bida Asianovela Hwarang.
Despite her stellar 14-year showbiz journey, the Black lead actress confessed in an interview with a Korean publication that she’s still not satisfied with her performances and will never be.
As a part of taking her career to a different level, she signed up to a new agency last year and voluntarily enrolled herself in acting workshops again.
“I think it’s important to keep conversing with people in the acting profession -- teachers, fellow actors. The veteran actors at our company have given me so much advice,” she said in a media interview.
She also considers all her experiences as part of the lessons she have to learn in honing her craft. She cited her enthusiasm to acquire more knowledge and openness to different kinds of people as the attitudes that help her adjust in every project she does.
“I think meeting people has to be like reading scripts. You have to be open to all ideas and emotions and try to understand them all,” she stated.
Catch the premiere of Black on Monday, January 8 after The Good Son on Primetime Bida.