'Gilmore Girls' Star Keiko Agena Says She Wishes She 'Had More of a Friendship' With Alexis Bledel

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Though Lane Kim and Rory Gilmore were besties on screen, the relationship on Gilmore Girls didn't exactly translate into real life. Keiko Agena, who played the music-obsessed Stars Hollow resident, opened up about her relationship with Alexis Bledel, who played the studious youngest Gilmore. 

"I wish we had more of a friendship," 47-year-old Agena admitted of her relationship with 39-year-old Bledel on Scott Patterson's Gilmore-themed podcast, I Am All In. "That was probably a lot to do with me not making as much of an effort as I should have." 

She noted that Bledel and Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) had such busy schedules that she wanted to be respectful of their time. 

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

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Despite not being close friends in real life, Agena praised her on-screen pal, saying, "Alexis is such a wonderful person, and I do think that as soon as I met her as a person you just recognize that she's an intelligent, special individual. And I think that there's part of me that felt protective of her right away as a fellow actor and someone that recognizes how unique of a person she is."

She added, "I think some of that 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 off the bat."

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As the pal who got to meet all of Rory's three main men -- Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), and Logan (Matt Czuchry) -- Agena has some clear thoughts on who Rory should have ended up with. 

"I am Team Jess," she said. "I say that because I always felt that the main problem with Jess is that he needed to mature and find some vulnerability. I thought that was his only flaw -- and it's a big flaw -- but that was something that would happen over time. I thought that their chemistry together and the way that they matched intellectually, he really did, their love for each other seemed genuine. And I didn't think that once he grew up that he would ever cheat on Rory or that sort of thing, whereas I always questioned Logan. That's the downside of Logan, and Dean was never the right match for her." 

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