Kimiko Glenn

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Kimiko Glenn
Born
Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn

(1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 (age 31)
EducationBoston Conservatory
OccupationActress
Years active2008–present

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[edit]

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.[1] Glenn began acting at the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix and several other local theaters when she was in fifth grade.[2] She attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and the Interlochen Arts Academy boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan.[3] 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.[2]

Career[edit]

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,[4] for which she received Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2014, she appeared in the Lena Dunham-directed music video "I Wanna Get Better" for Jack Antonoff's solo project Bleachers.[5]

Glenn played the supporting role of Liv Kurosawa in the drama-thriller film Nerve (2016), directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman[6] 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.[7]

In 2018, Glenn began starring as Harlow in the comedy Web television series Liza on Demand, with Travis Coles and creator Liza Koshy.[8] In 2019, she was a guest presenter with Nev Schulman on the MTV show Catfish.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Glenn is a pescatarian.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nous York Saleswoman
Galaxy Comics Tina Short film
Hair Brained Perky Girl
2015 Construction Erin
2016 Nerve Liv Kurosawa
2018 Like Father Geena
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Peni Parker Voice
2019 Can You Keep a Secret? Gemma
2020 Over the Moon Auntie Mei Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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)
2015 Married Miranda 4 episodes
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"
Herself 1 episode
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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 "I Wanna Get Better" Bleachers

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Location(s)
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

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018–present Liza on Demand Harlow Main role

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b Langel, Kerry (June 19, 2014). "Arizona actor Kimiko Glenn in 'Orange Is the New Black'". The Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ Gales, Arselia (April 11, 2012). "Ahwatukee native kicks off premiere of Valley Youth Theatre musical". Ahwatukee Foothills News.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 21, 2013). "'Sleepy Hollow', 'We Are Men', 'Tomorrow People' & 'Orange' Add Recurring". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Hope, Clover (June 13, 2014). "Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn Talks Brook Soso". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik; N'Duka, Amanda (April 17, 2015). "'Married's Kimiko Glenn Joins 'Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires 'Gueros'". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Cox, Gordon (January 12, 2016). "'Waitress' Musical Adds Kimiko Glenn of 'Orange is the New Black'". Variety.
  8. ^ Meskhi, Megi (September 19, 2019). "Who Is Harlow On 'Liza On Demand'? Kimiko Glenn's Character Is Perfection". Elite Daily. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Debler, Lance (July 24, 2019). "Matthew's Catfish May Have Been The Most 'Sophisticated, Convincing' Con Yet". MTV News. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "OITNB returns: Attitude meets Laura Prepon & Kimiko Glenn". Attitude. June 15, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Wei, Christine (October 7, 2014). "Litchfield Lessons: OITNB's Kimiko Glenn On What She's Learned From Brook Soso". Mochi. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

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