I’m Keiko Elizabeth and truthfully, I came to acting much later in life than most. Though I’ve been fortunate in my time here in Los Angeles to work on such diverse television shows as Hawaii Five-0 and Hot in Cleveland, I didn’t grow up wanting to perform.
I grew up wanting to change the world: at 8 I wanted to be the first female president of the United States (still technically possible). I aspired to work as a doctor with Doctors Without Borders while pre-med at Stanford, and then as a teacher at inner-city schools in the Bay Area. I worked with middle school kids transitioning out of juvenile hall in San Francisco and helped found a K-8 in Oakland’s culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood. Both of these schools were arts-based, and it was in these performance-rich educational environments that I saw first-hand the power of storytelling to connect communities and individuals.
Aimee Musilcasting assoc.
“When I first met Keiko, I wondered why, based on her obvious talent and great look, she wasn’t already a television star. I quickly learned the reason–in addition to being a skilled actress, after an accomplished and admirable ‘past life’ as a teacher working with troubled teenagers in San Francisco, she only recently made the decision to follow her dream of acting professionally.”
My first experience as an actor was as a grown woman running around in a green wig in a local production of The Wizard of Oz, and I instantly became obsessed with the craft and process of an actor. A few more productions led to acceptance into an MFA program at CSU Fullerton, where I recently graduated with my MFA in acting.
I’ve always checked multiple boxes (Shout out to my fellow hapas), and that includes work: I love working in both comedy and drama, and I’ve had the fortune of working with titans of both genres, from JK Simmons to Wendy Malick to Rashida Jones.
Beyond acting, I’m passionate about supporting mothers and children and volunteer for the organization Carry the Future. I’m also in development on several projects: a documentary about my dad’s journey from the internment camps in World War 2 to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, and two series (you guessed it) a drama and a comedy.
I am endlessly curious about people and their passions. What are you passionate about doing and changing in the world? Hit me up, I’d love to hear about it.