Keiko Agena Would Swap Roles With A Surprising Character on ‘Gilmore Girls’

Gilmore Girls was a series that allowed fans to become truly invested in the lives of the characters. The amazing thing about the show was that fans weren’t just invested in the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. They fell in love with the side characters, too. Keiko Agena’s character, Lane Kim, became a fan favorite. However, Agena admits there is one side character that she would have loved to swap places with.

Keiko Agena’s Lane Kim story arc disappointed fans

Agena’s character, Lane, was established early as a rulebreaker and a rebel. She shirked every single one of her mother’s rules and blazed an independent trail for herself. That all ended, though, when she married Zach Van Gerbig. Shortly after her wedding, Lane found out she was pregnant, and her music career ended abruptly 

Keiko Agena standing with her 'Gilmore Girls' cast mates.
Yanic Truesdale, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena and Scott Patterson | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

When fans reconnected with Lane in the 2016 revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, they were incredibly disappointed in her lack of a story arc. She was still in Stars Hollow, still married to Zach, and hadn’t progressed much. Fans thought Lane deserved more.

Keiko Agena admits she would have loved to swap parts with Sean Gunn

Agena might have been perfect in the role of Lane, but if given a chance, she would have happily swapped places with Sean Gunn. Gunn spent six seasons portraying Kirk Gleason in the series. Kirk was one of the many townspeople highlighted in Gilmore Girls, but he holds a special place in the hearts of Gilmore Girls fans and Agena’s heart, too.

Liza Well, Danny Strong, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Tanc Sade, Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Matt Czuchry and Keiko Agena attend the premiere of 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
The cast of ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

In a Reddit AMA, Agena said, “I have a love affair with Kirk’s character. I adore him, Sean, so much, but his story on Gilmore Girls is one of my favorites, because he started as a one-time character, and he built that into being a series regular, and one of my favorite things that I ever saw him do was play Jesus in one of the later episodes. I just thought as a character, he had a wonderful, funny story arc.”

Kirk ended up being a series favorite

Agena isn’t alone in her love of Gunn’s character. Kirk became a favorite of Gilmore Girls fans, partially for his goofy persona and partly because of the mystery surrounding him. Kirk, in a lot of ways, was the most interesting Gilmore Girls character because there was a lot of story left to tell about him.

Sean Gunn attends the premiere of 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' at Regency Bruin Theatre
Sean Gunn | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

‘Gilmore Girls’: Fans Absolutely Despise Lane Kim’s Final Storyline

Kirk was written into the show when Gunn wowed with his guest spot in the show’s first season. As the series progressed, fans learned a little bit more about the super eccentric townie each season. By the end, they were rooting for him, but he still had enough mystery to feed a ton of fan theories.