|Born||Christine Keiko Agena
October 3, 1973
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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.
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.
While in Austin, Texas for the Gilmore Girls reunion panel at the 2015 ATX Festival, she also participated in two live tapings of the podcast Gilmore Guys, as well as a live perfomance by Lane Kim's band Hep Alien.
|1995||Sister, Sister||Student Interviewer||"Kid in Play"|
|1998, 2009||ER||Mrs. Shimahara
|"Good Luck, Ruth Johnson"
|1999||Beverly Hills, 90210||The Competitor||"Agony"|
|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)||Brittany Sturgess||3 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- 2002 - Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actress for Gilmore Girls
- 2001 - Teen Choice Award: TV Choice Sidekick for Gilmore Girls
- 2002 - Teen Choice Award: TV Choice Sidekick for Gilmore Girls
- 2003 - Teen Choice Award: TV Choice Sidekick for Gilmore Girls
- Official website
- Keiko Agena at the Internet Movie Database
- Keiko Agena's biography on filmbug
- PopGurls Interview: Keiko Agena