Happy birthday Dara! It’s the 2NE1 superstar’s 31st birthday today – can you believe it! We thought we’d celebrate by taking a look back at Sandara Park’s illustrious career which began in the Philippines; her family moved there when she was 10.
Sandara Park (as she was known then) auditioned on a talent show Star Circle Quest in the Philippines, check out her early acting attempts – she’s already got skills! (eng subs)
She eventually finished in second place.
Here is Dara explaining how she grew up in an interview on Star Circle Quest. Hard to believe she had no friends at one point!
She went on to star her first feature film “Bcuz of U” in 2004.
After starring is numerous other movies and TV series, Dara released her first album: a self-titled six-track release which featured this dance hit “In or Out”.
Korean broadcaster KBS made a documentary in 2004 on Dara titled “My Name is Sandara Park” that caught the attention on YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk who offered her workshop classes in Korea. She eventually signed with YG in 2007.
Check out a clip from the KBS documentary “My Name is Sandara Park”.
2NE1 first debuted with the addition of Dara to the group in 2009 with a single release “Lollipop”. The song was actually a commercial for LG (so it couldn’t officially chart) with BIGBANG, but it topped a number of online charts at the time.
AND how could we forget 2NE1’s official debut single “Fire”. Look at Dara here – what a pro!
Recently,Dara's been starring in the drama "Missing Korea."
We have to say, with each passing year, Dara looks more and more like a beauty queen.
Happy Birthday Dara! We hope you have a great one and we know the girls will throw you an awesome bash ;)
Hours before her b-day, Dara uploaded a picture of herself from gifts from fans, and thanked them.