Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena Bio, Age, Wiki, Family, Husband, Height, Salary and Net Worth.

Keiko Agena is an American actress. She is 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.

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Keiko Agena is an American actress. She is 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.

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena Biography

She attended Mid-Pacific Institute preparatory school in O‘ahu and Whitman College for one year as a drama major.

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 vie this role despite being considerably older than her character, the World Health Organization was sixteen at the beginning of the series once Agena was twenty-seven. Agena has also played the role of Mearing’s Aide, Mearing being played by Frances McDormand, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Agena additionally appeared in 3 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 additionally appeared personal|privately|in camera} Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous aboard Jessica Simpson as a military private. In 2010 she appeared onstage in No-No Boy in Santa Monica, California. She later appeared in an associated episode of House as Dr. Cheng.

While in Austin, Texas for the Gilmore Girls reunion panel at the 2015 ATX Television Festival, she also participated in two live tapings of the podcast Gilmore Guys, as well as a live performance by Lane Kim’s band, informed Alien.

In Sep 2015, Agena launched Drunk Monk Podcast with fellow improv comedian can S. Choi, wherein they watch every episode of the television series, Monk, while consuming alcohol. Agena plays a high school teacher in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

Keiko Agena Age

Agena was born on the 3rd of October, 1973.

Keiko Agena Family

Keiko Agena (born Christine Keiko Agena) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. The American native began acting at the age of 10. Her parents, Claire Agena and her husband whose name is unknown, are Japanese. She is of Japanese ethnicity.

Keiko Agena Husband

Speaking of her love life, Agena is a married woman. She is married to her longtime boyfriend Shin Kawasaki, who proposed and took their relationship to the next level. The duo married on 19 December 2005. The ceremony took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The couple has been together for more than 12 years now and they are living a happy life together.

Keiko Agena Kids

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Keiko Agena Height

She stands at a height of 5 feet 1 inch tall.

Keiko Agena Salary

Keiko’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.

Keiko Agena Net Worth

Her net worth is estimated to be around $250k.

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Keiko Agena Filmography





1998 Hundred Percent Casey
2002 Tomato and Eggs Maria
2003 Cats and Mice Sue
2003 Red Thread Matilda Wong
2003 Western Avenue Miya
2004 The Perfect Party Kiko
2004 Hair Show Jun Ni
2006 Chances Are Heather
2008 Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous Hailey Hamamori
2009 Labor Pains Pregnant Bookstore Woman
2010 Road Rage Connie
2011 I Hate L.A.


2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Charlotte Mearing’s Aide
2012 Lil Tokyo Reporter Mrs. Sato
2013 Family Gathering Charlotte
2014 Me + Her Lead Puppeteer
2015 Unfriended Computer
2015 The Night Is Young Cara





1993 Renegade Mitsuko
1995 Sister, Sister Student Interviewer
1998, 2009 ER Mrs. Shimahara
Mrs. Vasquez
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 The Competitor
2000 Felicity Leila Foster
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Lane Kim
2001 The Nightmare Room Janet Bingham
2001 Strong Medicine An-Soo “Alison” Kim
2003–2007 Kim Possible Yori (voice)
2006 Without a Trace Kimiko
2007 Private Practice Sister Amy
2010 Castle Kelly
2010 House Dr. Cheng
2011 The Homes Nami
2012 Scandal White House Press Secretary Britta Kagan
2013–14 Twisted April Tanaka
2013 Shameless Brittany Sturgess
2016 Grimm Madoka Akagi
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lane Kim
2017 Colony Betsy
2017 Sweet/Vicious Title IX Officer
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Tara
2017–18 13 Reasons Why Pam Bradley
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Tamamara
2018 This Close Dorinda
2018 Here and Now Sonni Little
2018 Better Call Saul Viola Goto
2018 The First Aiko Hakari

Video games

List of voice performances in video gaming




2004 Law & Order: Justice Is Served Toki Yamamoto
2017 Prey Miyu Sato, Station Announcer

Keiko Agena Awards






2001 Teen Choice Award


TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2002 Young Artist Award


Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actress Gilmore Girls[6]
Teen Choice Award


TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2003 Teen Choice Award


TV Choice Sidekick Gilmore Girls
2013 Asians on Film Festival


Winter Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Lil Tokyo Reporter
2014 Asians on Film Festival


Short Film Lil Tokyo Reporter

Keiko Agena Net Worth

The American actress has a net worth of $300 thousand dollars.

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Keiko Agena Height

5ft 1 inch
54 kg
Hair Colour
Dark Brown/ Black
Eye Colour
Bodu Shape
Bra Size
Shoe Size
6 US
Dress Size
2-4 (US)

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Keiko Agena on life after ‘Gilmore Girls,’ her new book and how she copes with anxiety

For the seven-year run of “Gilmore Girls”, and then again during its Netflix revival in 2016, Keiko Agena played Rory Gilmore’s best friend, Lane Kim. Many of the millennials who grew up with the show thought of her as our best friend, too, particularly children of immigrants, who saw our mother-child dynamics reflected less in Rory and Lorelai’s relationship than in Lane and Mrs. Kim’s, which despite its sternness and secrecy we also recognized as loving.

Nearly two years after our last on-screen glimpse of the Kims, Agena is back in the best friend role with her new book, “No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists,” out Tuesday.

For anxious artists held back by perfectionism, “No Mistakes” provides 150 pages’ worth of interactive pep talks inspired by Agena’s experience doing improv, where there’s no such thing as a mistake, only creative choices for team members to build on collaboratively.

The book includes prompts for writing, drawing, list-making, page-destruction, and breathing exercises, interspersed with inspirational quotes and Agena’s abstract line drawings. Silly prompts (draw the items you’d take with you in a zombie apocalypse) sit beside painfully deep ones (list the negative things you think about yourself).

Since “Gilmore Girls,” Agena has guest-starred on shows like “House,” “Scandal,” and “13 Reasons Why.” She and actor Will Choi also co-host the Los Angeles performances of Asian AF, an Asian American variety show based at Upright Citizens Brigade that has featured Margaret Cho, Kelly Marie Tran, Randall Park, and many other Asian American stars. You might know Asian AF for its T-shirts, which read, “Scarlett & Emma & Tilda & Matt,” calling out some of the most visible instances of Hollywood whitewashing of Asian characters in the past few years.

The show’s main purpose, Agena says, is to give a platform to talented people who happen to be Asian. “Some of the content is about being Asian, some of it’s not, because it’s really about the performers and writers getting a chance.”

I met Agena at Los Amigos Bar and Grill in Burbank, Calif., where we discussed her work, but also her love of the personality typing system enneagram (she’s a type 6). She talked about her struggle with anxiety and how she copes with it: the strategies in her book, therapy, non-attachment meditation, and yoga, plus watching romantic comedies (recently “Ibiza” and “Set It Up”) and going out with her husband, musician Shin Kawasaki, every morning for coffee.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

The Lily: How did you develop the activities in “No Mistakes”?

Keiko Agena: The funny thing about writing something like this is that any time I would get stuck, it was the exact opportunity to figure out why I was stuck and what were my tools for getting unstuck. Then, each tool itself could become a prompt or a page or a question. So, it kind of propelled itself as I sat with my own insecurity and thought, “Well, what do I need at this moment to heal myself or make myself feel better or distract myself at this moment?” The answer was often right there in front of me. Sometimes it’s just setting things aside for a minute, or sometimes it’s challenging yourself, but it feels like it’s different all the time.

TL: How did you get into drawing? Is it something you’ve always done?

KA: No, not really, although my dad is an artist, not professionally, he always drew. The initial impetus was about three years ago when I started a Tumblr page, and I had nothing to put on it. I was like, well, I’ve been repetitively drawing these little hearts. That’s something, I’ll just put them on Tumblr.

I think the thing that drew me to draw was that there’s an end to it. I mean, it’s never done because you can always redo it and rework it, but to post it on social media was an end, and as an actress, you’re not necessarily in control of your creative life. You’re always dependent on other people. So in this small way, I could be creative and I could have an end product, even if it was a simple little post, and then move onto something else. I found it kind of therapeutic actually, and then I just got obsessed with it. I think that is really a nice aspect of social media, that it’s not an art show. It doesn’t have to be perfect in that way.

TL: Did that sense of freedom and confidence you felt about posting your art spread to your acting and other parts of your life, too?

KA: This is something that is growing over time. Writing the book and drawing, also like my relationship and my friendships, all of these places where I feel like I have a healthier creative attitude — I really want that to influence my career life because that’s where I’m hardest on myself, is when it comes to acting. But I don’t need to be. It doesn’t help to be so stringent and unforgiving in that way. So the influence hasn’t spread 100 percent, but it’s definitely moving in that direction.

TL: When you were first starting out, what did you want your career to be like, and then once you were on “Gilmore Girls” and the show was so successful, did that change your idea of what was enough for you in your career?

KA: The main thing has always been to be able to make a living as an actress. I can’t believe I’ve done that for as long as I have. It’s the gold standard to me. It’s like the only thing I actually want. The hard thing when “Gilmore Girls” came out was that I had gone from basically having a day job to being on a show, so I hadn’t had that period of time of being a working actress with smaller gigs before I had this very big gig that went on for so long, for seven years.

I think part of the nervousness was, I didn’t know how to live without the show, so when the show was gone, I didn’t have confidence that I would be able to do the working actress side of it, and then I would be a receptionist at a temp agency, which was what I was doing before. I thought, in my imagination, people would come into the reception room and say, “Weren’t you Lane Kim on ‘Gilmore Girls’?” That would just be so difficult. Now it’s a little easier because I have experienced what it’s like to be a working actress and not reliant on one single show.

TL: You mention in your book being an anxious person for many years. Can you tell me more about that?

KA: My anxiety exhibits itself in self-talk. There’s another page in the book called “Nobody actually said that.” I will play these scenarios out in my head that are so detailed, because I have a good imagination, of people I admire just talking about me, and it’s terrible, and all my friends are just saying how terrible I am. I have to remind myself, “Wait, stop, hold, just pause. No one has actually said this to you. Maybe ease off.”

Another one of my coping mechanisms, and this I find very useful no matter what the situation, is if I’m having a difficult time I’ll say, “I promise you, there will be a time when what you’re feeling right now, it will not feel this hard.” I know that that’s true, and sometimes when you’re in a really tough place, just repeating that over and over again can kind of lessen the intensity of what you’re feeling.

Sometimes I will know that I need to just really do a big brain dump, where I just sit at my computer, or I’ll write out on paper and I’ll just write the terrible-est, most nasty, f—– up shit, and I’ll just write it all on paper, and I’ll scratch it out and look like a psycho killer. But you just write it all down, and you’re just mad, and you’re tearing up the paper. You just keep going until there’s a turn, even if it takes a long time.

Also, I want to mention — because I think that especially in the Asian American community, there’s a stigma about mental health and going to therapy and things like that, so I want to fully put that out there that I have gone to therapy. I think therapy is great. It’s different than talking to a friend. It’s very useful.

TL: A lot of this book deals with confidence, and there’s one exercise in particular about how to talk about your strengths without sounding apologetic or like a jerk. I definitely struggle with that, and I see it a lot among my Asian American women friends, this hesitance to talk about our accomplishments. Have you found a way to do it that feels authentic to you?

KA: That is one that I still work on. I do think that being a woman seems to make it more difficult. We’re so used to cutting ourselves down, laughing it off, deflecting attention, that it becomes second nature to downplay everything that we do. I think that one is a lot about practicing and simplifying because the more comfortable we become with what we do, the less noise there needs to be. I find that for myself if I can speak simply about what it is that I do and that I’m proud of, it can become more of a placing down without an expectation of how the other person is going to respond.

TL: Do you have a favorite exercise in the book?

KA: I think the first one that’s in there is “Draw a janky piece of kid art.” I like that. I think I just like the word “janky.” And then, oh, I know there’s a scary one in there, but for me, it really did work, the one that’s about a time limit, where it says, “If I’m not blank in five years then I’ll walk away.” Even though that’s a scary page, I actually did that. I mean, right around 1999, I was at East West Players in one of their programs, and there was a guest speaker that came in, and he basically said that sometimes you just need to put a time limit on something and move on so that you’re not bitter. That really hit me. I was like, “Oh, I don’t want to be old and bitter and hate myself and hate this craft.” So I did, I put myself on that time limit. I was like, “Well, I’ll do the best that I can for the next five years, and if I’m not where I want to be, then I’ll just do something else.” That was right before “Gilmore Girls” came around.

TL: So you’re safe right now, you’re not on a time limit for yourself?

KA: I’m not on a time limit now. But I’m sure there could be a time when I would do that again, because the thing is, sometimes it’s fine to switch gears. We’re talented at a lot of things, you know? And maybe there’s something else that deserves your full heart and your full attention and your full power, and you don’t know it yet because you’re focused on this one thing.

TL: What is it like being married to someone who has a Japanese background but is from Japan while you’re American, so you have cultural similarities and differences? Does that come up a lot?

KA: You know what’s interesting? Shin, my husband, we say this a lot, that in some ways, we are more similar to each other than we are to Asian Americans that have grown up in California because, in Hawaii, Asian Americans are the majority. And obviously in Japan, Japanese are the majority. There were a lot of things that I was very clueless about when I first moved to California, and Shin, too.

When I came to college [at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington], that was the first time I realized that I couldn’t just play any part because I was Asian. I didn’t even realize I was Asian, really. Also, I was very egotistical because I was very good at acting like a kid, so I’d be like, “I don’t get it. Why am I not getting these parts?” In my egotism, I didn’t think, “Oh, because it’s a British woman in the 1800s. Maybe that’s going to be a little weird.” I really didn’t see that, because, in Hawaii, you just played everything. It was like a cold shower.


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Why Keiko Agena Thinks Asian Representation in Hollywood Has Reached a New Frontier (Exclusive)

Keiko Agena has been doing the Hollywood thing for a while, but this year marked the first time she was taken aback by the surge of Asian success in mainstream pop culture.

“I’ve always been asked the question of, ‘Do you feel like it’s getting better over the years for Asian representation in Hollywood?’ and I have always said, ‘Well, it’s better than it has been, but we have a long way to go,’” Agena tells ET. “I swear to God, this month was the first time where I was so surprised.”

The 44-year-old actress, best known for playing the quirky Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls, earned her first acting credit in 1993, the year the groundbreaking The Joy Luck Club was released in theaters. Two decades later and with dozens of credits to her name, Agena is still reaching new frontiers.

“My mind was blown as far as my own personal thinking of how I had sort of put gates around how big I thought Asians could be in the media,” she says of her reaction to the success of films like Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. “I was surprised by how well Crazy Rich Asians did, and I’m still absorbing what it could mean for the future because there isn’t necessarily a feeling for what roles we could play. So I’m looking forward to it as much as everyone else is, as far as what the next two years could bring.”

For now, the Hawaii-born actress is focused on her new role in Hulu’s The First, in which she stars as Aiko Hakari, an astronaut attempting a dangerous mission to be one of the first people to colonize Mars.

It’s one of Agena’s first series regular roles since Gilmore Girls ended in 2007 (though she reprised her role as Lane in the 2016 Netflix revival). The actress filled her time with numerous guest spots — and wrote her own book, No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists — but says her time away from a series regular role wasn’t necessarily intentional.

“That’s probably too much credit,” she admits with a laugh. “I did appreciate getting to do a book in the time that I wasn’t a series regular on a show, but maybe I’m not averse to trying to do everything at once.”

“I’ll try to write another book during this show,” she cracked. “Nothing will stop me!”

Agena has that strong will in common with her character, which was just one of the things that attracted her to The First. “It was such a whirlwind when I first heard about it… and definitely once I got the script, and dove into the light sci-fi aspect to it, I was completely hooked,” she recalls. “I mean, [creator] Beau Willimon, just meeting him was fantastic, and I fell in love with the project right away.”

“The idea that I could get to work on another show as a series regular, and such a quality show, I felt was such a gift,” she continues. “And one of the things that are so exciting to me is how many women are leads in the show, and how much science is a part of the show. They’re strong, smart, scientific women in this, and that really gets me fired up.”

Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, and LisaGay Hamilton are just a few of the actors that comprise the ensemble cast of The First, which doesn’t shy away from bold women — or broken ones. While the show is about a space mission, the astronauts’ races, genders, sexual orientations, and familial relationships are just as big a part of the series. “A lot of the things that I gravitated to were the personal aspect,” Agena reveals. “We all have challenging family relationships, and trying to balance that between our dreams and what we feel compelled to do is, I think, a challenge that’s easily relatable.”

“I get goosebumps when I see it,” she says. “I do get a little disheartened when you hear about how many girls get discouraged to not pursue a career in the sciences, and I feel like seeing women that are portrayed in this way, and beyond that, just three dimensional, complicated women, those are always going to be the stories that I gravitate to most.”

According to Agena, that dynamic was developed in the show writers’ room. “I think the reason why you’re going to get these great portrayals of women is that the writing staff itself is so diverse, ethnically and with gender balance,” she notes, praising Willimon for his inclusion behind the camera. “There’s a lot of women and a lot of diversity there.”

As for whether the ambitious project — a co-production between Hulu and U.K. network Channel 4 — could continue pushing boundaries with a second season, Agena is hopeful.

“I hope there’s a season two. I really want to see where this story goes,” she says. “I think there’s a lot of stories to tell… So hopefully everyone will binge-watch it like crazy and we’ll definitely get to do at least one more season.”

All eight episodes of The First are now streaming on Hulu.


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