Mia Kirshner

Kenya is the beautiful spitfire who runs the NeedWant, the town’s bar and brothel. Self-assured and dauntless, she has an unwavering devotion to the town that has inexorably woven her into many of its complicated affairs.

Raised by her more responsible sibling, Kenya rebelled by making trouble and embracing her sexuality. When Kenya arrived in Defiance, she took up residence at the NeedWant, eventually becoming its proprietor. She has a keen insight into the needs of others, but a blind spot when it comes to her own emotions.

About Mia Kirshner

Born in Toronto, Canada, Mia Kirshner studied Russian literature at McGill University in Montreal while pursuing an acting career in the early 1990s.

Kirshner portrayed a young, clairvoyant dominatrix in Deny Arcand's Love and Human Remains before her memorable turn in Atom Egoyan's Exotica. In 1995, Kirshner had supporting roles in the Southern coming-of-age tale, The Grass Harp, starring Sissy Spacek and Walter Matthau. She then played the lead opposite Vincent Perez in The Crow: City of Angels and revealed her lighter side with a featured role in the spoof comedy Not Another Teen Movie. In 2001, she appeared as a professional assassin in the action-filled drama 24 alongside Kiefer Sutherland.

The talented actress was then cast in the critically acclaimed series The L Word, and followed that with a turn in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia.