Meet Keiko Agena
Birthday - October 3
Keiko (pronounced Kay-ko) Agena stars in
"Gilmore Girls" as Rory's (Alexis Bledel) brainy and somewhat
eccentric best friend, Lane Kim. For her performance in "Gilmore
Girls," Agena recently garnered the Ammy Award for Best Female
Actor in a Television Production. The Ammy Awards honor Asians
and Asian-American achievement in film and television.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Agena
began her acting career in the theatre there and continued at
the performing arts school now known as Mid-Pacific School of
the Arts. As a student, she was one of only four actors
nationwide chosen as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was
able to meet President Bush.
Offscreen, she was a member of the Meisner-based
ITC ensemble, the TPA ensemble and "hereandnow," an
Asian-American acting company that tours all over the country
with a show comprised entirely of original pieces.
She continues to study improv with former "hereandnow"
member Jason Fong.
When not working on her career, Agena relishes
her newfound love of drumming, which she began for her role on
"Gilmore Girls." She also enjoys renovating her home, practicing
yoga and riding her motorcycle. She spends a great deal of time
eating with friends, and addictively plays the card game
"Pounce" and the computer came "Civilizations."
She currently resides in Los Angeles,
California with her two cats, Seth and Ben.