Dara has always been my favorite 2NE1 member and it’s an honor to introduce her in this weeks Get To Know 2NE1!
Sandara Park, better known as Dara was born November 12, 1984 in Busan, South Korea. In 1992 due tough finances her family moved to the Philippines. In 1995 her family moved once again to Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines and began their new life.
Path to Stardom
In 2004 Dara met Pauleen Luna, a former talent of ABS-CBN Corporation Talent Center. Luna suggested Dara audition for Star Circle Quest, a talent search program like American Idol and K-pop Star. During the season Dara faced elimination several times but made it to the Top 10. During the last elimination round Dara received half a million text votes helping her secure second place on the show. Dara then joined the stations popular tv show, Star Magic, and received many commercial endorsements and television appearances. In 2004 she stared her first movie Bcuz of U, the film won her the “Best New Actress” award at the 21st Philippine Move Press Club Star Awards. In 2005 she stared in her second movie “Can This Be Love”. That year she was nominated for the “Best Performance by and Actress in a Leading Roll (Musical or Comedy)” at the Golden Screen Awards. In 2006 she did two more movies, D’Lucky Ones and Super Noypi. Super Noypi was Dara’s last movie. While in the Philippines, Dara also worked on music, she released a six-track album titled “Sandara”. On August 1, 2007 her family returned to South Korea.
In 2004, Yang Hyun-suk offered Dara workshop class in South Korea after watching her documentary “My Name Is Sandara”. In 2005 Dara put her career in the Philippines on hold and went to Korea to participate in the workshops. When her family moved back Korea on August Dara decided to sign with YG Entertainment. Before her debut in the group 2NE1 Dara played a minor role in the TV drama “The Return of Iljimae” as Rie (2008). She also appeared in Gummy’s music video as T.O. P’s love interest. On May 17, 2009 2NE1 made their officially debuted on SBS’s The Music Trend with their song "Fire".
Right of the back 2NE1 became Rookie Monsters releasing several hits. That same year Dara was featured on G-Dragon’s debut solo album Heartbreaker, on the song “Hello”. They performed on music shows and during G-Dragon’s solo concert “Shine A Light”. Dara also released her first digital single, “Kiss”, becoming the first 2NE1 member to do so. The song was used for an endorsement commercial for Cass Beer.
In 2010 Dara stared in Taeyang’s music video for “I Need a Girl”.
Due to her close relationship with the public fan often called Dara the groups PR manger, on April 18, 2011 YG promoted Dara from just an artist to Communications Director. She even received an Certificate of Appointment. On June 27, 2012 Dara’s Philippine movies were released in Korea.
In 2014 Dara returned to the Philippines as a guest on Pinoy Big Brother. Her arrival soon went viral and many fans welcomed her back “home” with open arms. She also appeared on All in Uber’s live episode along with Gandang Gabi, Vice! and many other popular Philippine shows. Back in Korea Dara become the new DJ for Let’s Crank Up the Volume, replacing Yoo Inna from May through June. Later in the year Dara made a cameo on the last episode of “My Love from the Star”. On November 12 BeFunny Studios began releasing a 3-part mini web series featuring Dara and Steven Yeun titled “What’s eating Steven Yeun”. In 2015 Dara took up acting once again staring in many web drama, she become the first actress to win the “Best Actress” award at the K-web festival. She also featured in Jinusean’s song “Tell Me” on You Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook and later joined the group again on Music Bank for their new song “Tell Me One More Time”. Dara then took up her second lead role in the web-drama “We Broke Up”. Due to the positive reaction the cast held a mini concert on August 17. In 2015 Dara joined the variety show Sugar Man, the episode was broadcasted eon October 20.
In 2016 Dara joined the judging panel on Pinoy Boyanf Superstar. The show premiered on September 10. This was also the year that the 2NE1 announced they would official be disbanding. On November 26, 2016 Dara wrote a letter to her fans. Dara did resign to YG Entertainment.
Dara is currently the host of Get It Beauty. She also stirred in the movie “One Step”. The film premiered in South Korea on April 6 and May 10 in the Philippines. Dara’s next big projects with be the film adaptation of Cheese in the Trap, 107th Year of Night, and Relationship Appeal. Dara also has a YouTube channel!
*Profile details come from Kprofiles.com *
Stage name: Dara
Birth name: Park Sandara (박산다라)
Nicknames: Sandy, Krung-krung
Position: Vocalist, Visual
Birth date: 11.12.1984
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
Blood type: Type A
Height: 162 cm ( 5 ft 3¾ in)
Weight: 47 kg (104 pounds)
Specialties: Dancing, Singing, Acting
Languages: Korean, English, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese
Twitter account: krungy21
– She released an album that became “Platinum” twice, selling more than 60,000 copies in 6 months.
– She moved to the Philippines in 1995 due to her father’s business.
– She entered YG in 2007.
– She joined the reality show “Star Circle Quest” (2004) in the Philippines and became famous.
– First to release a solo song from the group entitled “Kiss” ft. CL.
– December 2004, YG’s Yang Hyun Suk offered her workshop classes after seeing the KBS Documentary “My Name Is Sandara Park”.
– Thunder (ex-member of MBLAQ) is her younger brother.
– Likes to wear street clothes.
– Awesome in Math and Physics.
– She deletes numbers of people who don’t reply.
– Sandara Park has continued to focus on her acting career as part of YG Entertainment, seeing huge success in her online dramas.
– Dara has a youtube channel now: Dara TV
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