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'Gilmore Girls' Star Keiko Agena On Alexis Bledel: 'I Wish We Had More Of A Friendship'
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'Gilmore Girls' Star Keiko Agena On Alexis Bledel: 'I Wish We Had More Of A Friendship'


Keiko Agena and Alexis Bledel's off-screen friendship on "Gilmore Girls" appears to have been a little, well, hollow.

While the two actors played longtime best friends Lane Kim and Rory Gilmore on the hit show, they didn't appear to form the same bond behind the scenes.

When a fan inquired about the two actors' real-life relationship on “I Am All In,” “Gilmore Girls” co-star Scott Patterson's podcast earlier this week, Agena stated that she and Bledel didn't spend much time together after the cameras stopped rolling.

“I wish we had more of a friendship,” Agena admitted, “which was probably due to me not putting in as much effort as I should have.”

She stated that she tried to give her co-stars some breathing room, given how busy the schedules of both Bledel and fellow series lead Lauren Graham were at the time.

“I also think I was so — worried is the wrong word — but, you know, they worked so many hours that I thought their off-set time was so precious to them and I didn’t want to insert myself into that time of their lives,” Agena explained.

Despite this, Agena, who is nearly ten years her senior, said that they were able to work together to make their characters' close relationship convincing, and she praised her co-star as "such a wonderful person."

“I do think that as soon as I met her as a person, you just recognize that she’s an intelligent, special individual,” Agena said, “and I think there’s a part of me that felt protective of her right away as a fellow actor and someone who recognizes how unique of a person she is.”

“Some of it is just instinctual, and I think that probably shows in how our characters related to each other, that we like and respect each other right away,” she added.

Patterson recalled that Bledel, who made her television debut on "Gilmore Girls" at the age of 19, was "so young" and "seemed very vulnerable" during the show's early seasons as it rose to instant acclaim.

Fans will be pleased to know that Agena has maintained contact with Emily Kuroda, who played her tough-as-nails mother Mrs. Kim on “Gilmore Girls.”

While she remembers her role fondly, Agena admits to having "a lot of frustration" with Lane's storylines, which included the character becoming pregnant with twins after their first sexual encounter.

“You have all of this build up in that character, and I don’t think she ever got to fly,” Agena admitted. “You put so much pressure on this character, which is fun and necessary in comedy, but I wish she had had more moments of fulfillment.”

Fans are still hoping for a follow-up to Netflix revival "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" to see if Agena will ever be able to fully flesh out her alter-ego.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show's creator, appears to have put the series on hold for the time being as she launches the new season of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which stars "Gilmore" stars Milo Ventimiglia and Kelly Bishop.

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