Sandara Park, more popularly known as Dara, was a member of the now-disbanded girl group 2NE1, which recorded hits such as “Ugly” and “I Am the Best,” topping the charts in South Korea and overseas. Besides singing, Dara, who was born on Nov. 12, 1984, also pursues a career as an actress. She earned a Best Actress award at the K-web festival for her role in Dr. Ian. Her beauty landed her a role as a TV host on a program called Get It Beauty and she has also expanded her career outside Korea, especially in the Philippines, as a judge on the Pinoy Boyband Superstar talent show. The Jakarta Post’s Nurul Fitri Ramadhani got the chance to talk to the singer-actress at her agency, YG Entertainment, in Seoul.
Question: What is it like being an idol in Korea?
Answer: It’s fun to be an idol in Korea because nowadays, K-pop is really big all over the world, so it’s really nice to have fans all over the world and to travel to different countries. But I also miss being in the Philippines. But it’s okay, because I keep going back and forth to the Philippines.
Why did you want to become a celebrity and join the entertainment industry?
Actually at first I just wanted to be famous. That’s what I said during the audition. I said I wanted to be famous and I wanted to have many fans. That’s it. And I think I was 8 years old when I first wanted to be a star. I saw someone on TV who was dancing and singing and it was YG [Yang Hyun-suk], our boss. I said ‘Wow! I also want to be just like him,’ and now here I am so it’s like a dream come true for me.
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Do you know that K-pop and Korean dramas are very popular not only in Korea but also in the Philippines, Indonesia and over the world?
I don’t know, I really want to know. As a Korean, I’m really happy. Maybe it’s because the training system in Korea is really great, so when we’re on stage, we’re really ready, we know what to do. So, I think that’s the reason but I don’t know why exactly. I really want to know and I am very happy and hopefully fans keep supporting K-pop and K-drama forever.
What’s the hardest part about the entertainment industry? And how do you survive it?