More Keiko Agena Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Best known for her recurring role last spring 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.
Agena also played the lead in the upcoming feature film Hundred Percent, an independent Asian-American drama featuring the interwoven stories of three couples.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2002)