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The Charmed Ones

Keiko Agena as Lane Kim ...

Birthday: October 26
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

About the actress: Best known for her recurring role on the WB drama Felicity as Leila Foster, a college student who inspired Felicity (Keri Russell) to stage a demonstration at the student health center, Keiko Agena now makes her debut as a series regular in Gilmore Girls.

Agena was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she lived until she was 17. She made her acting debut at age 10 with a small part in the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and enjoyed the experience so much, she decided to continue performing. Her parents were very supportive, with her mother taking her to auditions and helping her memorize lines for roles in community theater productions.

After high school, Agena studied drama at Whitman College in Washington state. She came to Los Angeles during the summer break after her first year and never returned. Her first professional audition came before she had a chance to take head shots, so her agent improvised and took Polaroids of her. Fate intervened and she wound up getting the role nonetheless, a guest spot on the television series Renegade.

Since then, Agena has guest-starred as the mother of a deaf boy on ER, and a student reporter on Sister, Sister, as well as appearing on Beverly Hills, 90210.

Keiko also played the lead in the feature film Hundred Percent, an independent Asian-American drama featuring the interwoven stories of three couples.

Besides her TV work, Agena belongs to hereandnow, an Asian-American theater company that performs at colleges and festivals across the country. Performances consist of interwoven stories, many taken from the lives of the performers. In Generations, for example, the actors discuss their ancestors- where they were born and how they came to the United States.

About the character: Lane is Rory's best friend, an Asian American girl who just wants to be an average teenager. Unfortunately her parents have a more traditional picture of who she should be.
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