Wednesday, May 31, 2006

my friend from npr sent me this.

its not often that i actually write about the gilmore girls, because its hard for me to control my emotions. but i will just say for the record that i think lane kim is a dynamite character and an essential/vital part of the gilmore girls family. the show would be... let's say less ethnically diverse without her.

Keiko Agena: Gilmore Girl keeps finances simple

Keiko Agena is best known for her portrayal of Lane Kim on the WB hit TV show "Gilmore Girls." As Rory Gilmore's brainy and somewhat eccentric best friend, Keiko 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, Keiko began her acting career at the age of 10, mostly because she wasn't athletic enough to play sports. She continued at the performing arts school now known as Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts. Agena was able to meet President Bush, as one of only four actors nationwide chosen as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

She decided to continue as long as it was fun. That was more than a decade ago and Agena still considers acting fun. Before landing her role on "Gilmore Girls", Agena was no stranger to television. She had appeared in a recurring role on the WB's "Felicity" and guest-starred on "Beverly Hills 90210," "ER," "Sister, Sister" and "Renegade." Additionally, she appeared in the made-for-TV-movie "Terror in the Shadows" and the independent feature "Hundred Percent." Other roles include the romantic lead in "Red Thread," the challenging role of a young woman struggling with anorexia nervosa in Lifetime's "Strong Medicine," as well as guest star in Nickelodeon's "Nightmare Room."

Keiko has relocated to Los Angeles and has been working steadily in theater, television and film since her arrival.

When not working on her career, Keiko plays drums, renovates her home, does yoga and watches endless sitcom reruns. She also spends a great deal of time eating with friends, addictively playing the card game "pounce" and the computer game "Civilizations" and avoids updating her Web site.

Bankrate: Are you involved with any charities?

Keiko Agena: I am involved with KPCC, the Southern California radio station that's an NPR affiliate. Also, I give to World Vision.
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