Sandara “Dara” Park (born November 12, 1984, is a South Korean singer, dancer, actress, model, and host. Born in Busan, South Korea, she later moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 where she rose to fame on ABS-CBN’s talent search Star Circle Quest. While there, she released a string of movies such as the 3 part film Bcuz Of U (2004), Can This Be Love (2005) and D’ Lucky Ones. The release of the self-titled extended play (EP) Sandara, which contained the hit-single ‘In Or Out’ describing her struggles and uncertainties while participating in the show, cemented her place as a star in 2004. The following EP’s, Walang Sabit and Ang Ganda Ko, were as equally successful.
After the completion of her activities, she returned to her birth home in 2007 and signed with South Korean entertainment company, YG Entertainment with the initial intention of continuing her career as an actress. Instead, she became a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 and debuted as the ‘soft vocal’ and visual of the quartet. The group is estimated to have sold more than 65 million digital singles worldwide and are the best-selling digital girl-group in South Korea. They are the only group to have won all Grand Prizes at the MAMA Awards and are tied with EXO for having the second most Daesang’s at the said award show. In 2009, she released her first digital single “Kiss” in South Korea and it was included as the 9th track in 2NE1’s first studio album To Anyone in 2010.
Following the hiatus of 2NE1 in late 2014, Park reentered the acting scene and took part in the growing trend of web-dramas, starring in back-to-back dramas Dr. Ian, We Broke Up, and Missing You all in 2015. She won a ‘Best Actress’ award at the K-wave festival for her portrayal as the shy Lee So Dam in Dr. Ian. She currently works as a fixed host on Sugar Man. Her younger brother, Park Sang-Hyun, better known as Cheondung, is a former member of boy band MBLAQ.