Keiko Agena

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Keiko Agena
BornChristine Keiko Agena
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Shin Kawasaki
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Keiko Agena
BornChristine Keiko Agena
(1973-10-03) October 3, 1973 (age 41)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Years active1993–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.


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.


1995Sister, SisterStudent Interviewer"Kid in Play"
1998–2009ERMrs. Shimahara
Mrs. Vasquez
"Good Luck, Ruth Johnson"
"Dream Runner"
1999Beverly Hills, 90210The Competitor"Agony"
2000FelicityLeila Foster"Revolutions"
"Party Lines"
"Running Mates"
2000–2007Gilmore GirlsLane KimMain Cast
2001The Nightmare RoomJanet Bingham"School Spirit"
"Full Moon Halloween"
2001Strong MedicineAn-Soo "Alison" Kim"Control Group"
2003–2007Kim PossibleYori4 episodes
2006Without a TraceKimiko"Odds or Evens"
2007Private PracticeSister Amy"In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm"
2009Private Valentine: Blonde & DangerousPrivate Hailey HamamoriMain role
2010CastleKelly"The Mistress Always Spanks Twice"
2010HouseDr. Cheng"Unplanned Parenthood"
2011The HomesNamiUnknown role
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonAssistant of Charlotte MearingMain role
2012ScandalWhite House Press Secretary Britta Kagan"Happy Birthday, Mr President"
2013-PresentTwistedApril TanakaMinor Role
2013Shameless (US)[2]Brittany Sturgess3 episodes

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