Keiko Agena

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Keiko Agena

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Keiko Agena
Born Christine Keiko Agena
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 43)
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 in O‘ahu, and Whitman College for one year as a drama major.

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


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 15 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,[2] as well as a live performance by Lane Kim’s band Hep Alien.[3]

In September 2015, Agena launched Drunk Monk Podcast with fellow improv comedian Will S. Choi, wherein they watch every episode of the television series, Monk, while consuming alcohol.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Hundred Percent Casey
2002 Tomato and Eggs Maria Short film
2003 Cats and Mice Sue Short film
2003 Red Thread Matilda Wong Short film
2003 Western Avenue Miya Short film
2004 The Perfect Party Kiko
2004 Hair Show Jun Ni
2006 Chances Are Heather Short film
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Hailey Hamamori
2009 Labor Pains Pregnant Bookstore Woman
2010 Road Rage Connie Short film
2011 I Hate L.A. N/A Segment: “Downtown”
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Charlotte Mearing’s Aide
2012 Lil Tokyo Reporter Mrs. Sato Short film
2013 Family Gathering Charlotte Short film
2014 Me + Her Lead Puppeteer Short film
2015 Unfriended Computer Voice role
Short film
2015 The Night Is Young Cara
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”
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”
2013–2014 Twisted April Tanaka Minor Role
2013 Shameless[5] Brittany Sturgess 3 episodes
2016 Grimm Madoka Akagi “Inugami”
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lane Kim Main role (Limited series)
2017 Colony Betsy 3 episodes
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Tara “Getaway”
2017 13 Reasons Why Mrs. Bradley Recurring; 7 episodes
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Tamamara “Chelsea Leight-Leigh Lately”

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video gaming
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order: Justice Is Served Toki Yamamoto
2017 Prey Miyu Sato, Station Announcer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Work
2001 Teen Choice Award Nominated TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2002 Young Artist Award Won Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actress Gilmore Girls[6]
2002 Teen Choice Award Nominated TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2003 Teen Choice Award Nominated TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2013 Asians on Film Festival Won Winter Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Lil Tokyo Reporter
2014 Asians on Film Festival Nominated Short Film Lil Tokyo Reporter

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