Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn
June 27, 1989
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn (born June 27, 1989) is an American actress and Broadway performer known for portraying Brook Soso in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received three ensemble Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also starred as Dawn Pinkett in the Broadway musical Waitress and has provided the voices of Ezor in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Lena Sabrewing in DuckTales, Peni Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Stefani Stilton in BoJack Horseman, and Bridgette Yoshida in Close Enough.
Early life and education
Glenn was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, with her sister, Amanda. Her mother, Sumiko, is Japanese, and her father, Mark, is of Scottish, Irish, and German descent. Glenn began acting at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix and several other local theaters when she was in fifth grade. She attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and the Interlochen Arts Academy boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan. She attended the Boston Conservatory for a year as a musical theatre major, but dropped out when she was cast in the touring company of Spring Awakening.
During her freshman year of college, in 2008, Glenn was cast as Thea in the first U.S. national tour of Steven Sater's and Duncan Sheik's rock musical Spring Awakening. In 2013, she booked her breakthrough role as Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Brook Soso in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Glenn played the supporting role of Liv Kurosawa in the drama-thriller film Nerve (2016), directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and based on the young adult novel of the same name. In 2016, she was cast as Dawn Pinkett in the Broadway transfer production of Sara Bareilles's and Jessie Nelson's musical Waitress. Preview performances began on March 25, 2016, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and the show officially opened on April 24.
In 2018, Glenn began starring as Harlow in the comedy Web television series Liza on Demand, with Travis Coles and creator Liza Koshy. In 2019, she was a guest presenter with Nev Schulman on the MTV show Catfish.
|Galaxy Comics||Tina||Short film|
|Hair Brained||Perky Girl|
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||Peni Parker||Voice|
|2019||Can You Keep a Secret?||Gemma|
|2020||Over the Moon||Auntie Mei||Voice|
|2013||Holding Patterns||Daisy Berger||Unsold NBC pilot|
|2014||Submissions Only||Katie Summers||Episode: "Reason to Stay"|
|Law and Order: Special Victims Unit||Lily Deng||Episode: "Thought Criminal"|
|Seriously Distracted||Katie||Episode: "Nightmare Client"|
|2014–19||Orange Is the New Black||Brook Soso||45 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2014–2016)
|Broad City||Cashier||Episode: "Kirk Steele"|
|2016–19||BoJack Horseman||Stefani Stilton (voice)||8 episodes|
|2016||We Bare Bears||Samantha (voice)||Episode: "Fashion Bears"|
|High Maintenance||Kimiko||Episode: "Selfie"|
|2017||Sofia the First||Cinder (voice)||Episode: "The Royal Dragon"|
|2017–2021||DuckTales||Lena Sabrewing (voice)||Recurring role|
|2017–18||Voltron: Legendary Defender||General Ezor (voice)||Recurring role|
|2018||Drunk History||Maya Lin||Episode: "Underdogs"|
|2018-present||Summer Camp Island||Margot (voice)||8 episodes|
|2018–20||Elena of Avalor||Tomiko (voice)||2 episodes|
|2018||The Guest Book||Nikki||Series regular (season 2)|
|2019||Welcome to the Wayne||Katherine-Alice (voice)||2 episodes|
|Carmen Sandiego||Paperstar (voice)||Recurring role|
|Catfish: The TV Show||Herself||Episode: "Matthew & Chance"|
|The Lion Guard||Chuluun (voice), Lumba-Lumba (Singing voice)||6 episodes, Episode: "Dragon Island"|
|Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas||Kara||TV movie|
|2020||Close Enough||Bridgette Yoshida (voice)||Series regular|
|2020||Baby Shark's Big Show!||Baby Shark (voice)||English dub, main role|
|2014||"I Wanna Get Better"||Bleachers|
|2008–2010||Spring Awakening||Thea||Various (national tour)|
|2010–2011||Freckleface Strawberry||Emily||New World Stages|
|2012||Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots||Yoshimi Yasukawa||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2013||Love's Labour's Lost||Lady Maria||Delacorte Theater|
|2016||Waitress||Dawn Pinkett||Brooks Atkinson Theatre|
|2018–present||Liza on Demand||Harlow||Main role|
- Stern, Marlow (June 18, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn on Hippie Brook Soso and Chapel Sex with Natasha Lyonne". The Daily Beast.
- Langel, Kerry (June 19, 2014). "Arizona actor Kimiko Glenn in 'Orange Is the New Black'". The Arizona Republic.
- Gales, Arselia (April 11, 2012). "Ahwatukee native kicks off premiere of Valley Youth Theatre musical". Ahwatukee Foothills News.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2013). "'Sleepy Hollow', 'We Are Men', 'Tomorrow People' & 'Orange' Add Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
- Hope, Clover (June 13, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn Talks Brook Soso". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
- Pedersen, Erik; N'Duka, Amanda (April 17, 2015). "'Married's Kimiko Glenn Joins 'Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires 'Gueros'". Deadline Hollywood.
- Cox, Gordon (January 12, 2016). "'Waitress' Musical Adds Kimiko Glenn of 'Orange is the New Black'". Variety.
- Meskhi, Megi (September 19, 2019). "Who Is Harlow On 'Liza On Demand'? Kimiko Glenn's Character Is Perfection". Elite Daily. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
- Debler, Lance (July 24, 2019). "Matthew's Catfish May Have Been The Most 'Sophisticated, Convincing' Con Yet". MTV News. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
- "OITNB returns: Attitude meets Laura Prepon & Kimiko Glenn". Attitude. June 15, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
- Wei, Christine (October 7, 2014). "Litchfield Lessons: OITNB's Kimiko Glenn On What She's Learned From Brook Soso". Mochi. Retrieved November 30, 2019.