Agena, Keiko 1973–

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Agena, Keiko 1973–


Name is pronounced Kay-ko A-gain-a; full name, Christine Keiko Agena; born October 3, 1973, in Honolulu, HI; mother's name, Claire; grandmother's name, Hazel; married Shin Kawasaki, December 19, 2005. Education: Attended Whitman College; trained at the Mid-Pacific School of the Arts. Avocational Interests: Playing the drums, playing card and computer games, yoga, home renovation, watching television, writing.

Addresses: Agent—Barry McPherson, Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069; (commercials) Cunningham Escott Dipene, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 130, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Manager—Fenton Kritzer Entertainment, 8840 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actress. Former member of hereandnow (Asian-American theatre company). Appeared at awards ceremonies. Worked as a secretary.

Awards, Honors: Teen Choice Award nominations, choice television sidekick, 2001, 2002, and 2003, Young Artist Award, best performance by a supporting young actress in a television drama series, Young Artist Foundation, 2002, and Ammy Award, best actress in a television program, aMedia, Inc., c. 2005, all for Gilmore Girls.


Television Appearances; Series:

Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls (also known as Gilmore Girls: Beginnings and The Gilmore Way), The WB, 2000–2006, The CW, 2006–.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, The 100 Scariest Movie Moments, Bravo, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Student aide, Terror in the Shadows, NBC, 1995.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Gilmore Girls Backstage Special, ABC Family Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, 2006 Asian Excellence Awards, AZN Television, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Mitsuko, "Samurai," Renegade, USA Network and syndicated, 1993.

Student interviewer, "Kid in Play," Sister, Sister, ABC, 1995.

Mrs. Shimahara, "Good Luck, Ruth Johnson," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1998.

The competitor, "Agony," Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 1999.

Leila Foster, "Party Lines," Felicity, The WB, 2000.

Leila Foster, "Revolutions," Felicity, The WB, 2000.

Leila Foster, "Running Mates," Felicity, The WB, 2000.

An-Soo "Alison" Kim, "Control Group," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2001.

Janet Bingham, "Full Moon Halloween," The Nightmare Room, The WB, 2001.

Janet Bingham, "School Spirit," The Nightmare Room, The WB, 2001.

Voice of Yori, "Exchange," Kim Possible (animated; also known as Disney's "Kim Possible"), Disney Channel, 2003.

Voice of Yori, "Gorilla Fist," Kim Possible (animated; also known as Disney's "Kim Possible"), Disney Channel, 2005.

Kimiko, "Odds or Evens," Without a Trace (also known as Vanished), CBS, 2006.

Appeared in episodes of other series.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls (also known as Gilmore Girls: Beginnings and The Gilmore Way), The WB, 2000, series later broadcast on The CW.

Film Appearances:

Casey, Hundred Percent, I Can Make It Myself, 1998.

Maria, Tomato and Eggs (short film), 2002.

Matilda Wong, Red Thread (short film), 2003.

Miya, Western Avenue (short film), American Film Institute, 2003.

Sue, Cats and Mice, Nosmas Pictures, 2003.

Jun Ni, Hair Show, Innovation Film Group/Urbanworks, 2004.

Kiko, The Perfect Party, 2004.

Film Work:

Wardrobe assistant, Man Who Invented the Moon (short film), Normandie County, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, c. 1983.

Appeared in other productions. Played the drums as part of the Tuesday Night Cafe, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.


Video Games:

Voice of Toki Yamamato, Law & Order: Justice Is Served, Legacy Interactive/Vivendi, 2004.


Lisa Yee, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Listening Library, 2003.



aMagazine, December, 2001, 2002, p. 73.

Audrey, May/June, 2003.

KoreAm, April, 2001, p. 10.

Parade, December 1, 2002, p. 30.


Keiko Agena,, April 18, 2006.