Keiko Agena

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Keiko Agena
Born Christine Keiko Agena
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Shin Kawasaki

Christine Keiko Agena (born October 3, 1973)[1] is an American actress known professionally as Keiko Agena.

Personal life[edit]

Keiko Agena, a Japanese-American, was born in Honolulu, and began acting at the age of 10. She attended Mid-Pacific Institute preparatory school on O‘ahu, and Whitman College for one year as a drama major. She enjoys riding her motorcycle around Los Angeles and participating in an Asian-American theatre company called Hereandnow.

Agena married Shin Kawasaki in a helicopter over Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2005.

Career[edit]

Agena is probably best known for her role in Gilmore Girls, where she played Lane Kim, a Korean-American teenager who is the best friend of Rory Gilmore, one of the lead characters. Agena played this role despite being significantly older than her character, who was 16 at the start of the series when Agena was 27. Agena has also played the role of Mearing's Aide, Mearing being played by Frances McDormand, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Agena also appeared in three episodes of Felicity as Leila Foster, a girl who comes to the lead character for assistance in acquiring the morning after pill and participates in a protest when denied said medication. She was a recipient of the Best Female Actor award in the Ammy Awards, which honor Asian and Asian-American achievement in film or television. She also provided the voice of Yori in the Disney cartoon series Kim Possible in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of the show. Also, Agena played Jun Ni in the movie Hair Show starring Mo'Nique. She guest-starred on Private Practice, Castle, and episode 12 of the final season of ER. She also appeared in Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous alongside Jessica Simpson as an army private. In 2010 she appeared onstage in No-No Boy in Santa Monica, California. She later appeared in an episode of "House" as Dr. Cheng.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Renegade Mitsuko "Samurai"
1995 Sister, Sister Student Interviewer "Kid in Play"
1998–2009 ER Mrs. Shimahara
Mrs. Vasquez
"Good Luck, Ruth Johnson"
"Dream Runner"
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 The Competitor "Agony"
2000 Felicity Leila Foster "Revolutions"
"Party Lines"
"Running Mates"
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Lane Kim Main Cast
2001 The Nightmare Room Janet Bingham "School Spirit"
"Full Moon Halloween"
2001 Strong Medicine An-Soo "Alison" Kim "Control Group"
2003–2007 Kim Possible Yori 4 episodes
2006 Without a Trace Kimiko "Odds or Evens"
2007 Private Practice Sister Amy "In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm"
2009 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Private Hailey Hamamori Main role
2010 Castle Kelly "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice"
2010 House Dr. Cheng "Unplanned Parenthood"
2011 The Homes Nami Unknown role
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Assistant of Charlotte Mearing Main role
2012 Scandal White House Press Secretary Britta Kagan "Happy Birthday, Mr President"
2013-Present Twisted April Tanaka Minor Role
2013 Shameless (US)[2] Brittany Sturgess 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

  • 2002 - Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress for Gilmore Girls[3]

Nominations

References[edit]

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