Janina Gavankar

Born Nov 29, 1980

Janina Zione Gavankar is an American actress and musician. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gavankar is known for her more notable roles as Papi, a promiscuous lesbian in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on "The Gates", Ms.… Read More

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  • 'true Blood' Star Janina Gavankar: Making Music Is Sexy
    Fox News - Apr 14, 2015
  • Ode To The Vampire Diaries' Silas: Why We Want Him To Stay
    Seattle Pi - Nov 08, 2013
  • Joan Sweeny: Paul Reubens Returns To The Screen
    Huffington Post - Aug 06, 2013
  • Goodbye 'true Blood,' Hello 'vampire Diaries'
    Huffington Post - Aug 03, 2013


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1980 Birth Born on November 29, 1980.


2006 25 Years Old In 2006 she joined the cast of The L Word as a series regular, and shot all of the clips used for Ms. Dewey.
2007 26 Years Old In 2007, she landed a lead in CW pilot Dash 4 Cash.
2008 27 Years Old In 2008, Gavankar appeared in TV series Stargate Atlantis, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS, My Boys, and Factory.
2009 28 Years Old In 2009, she appeared in the TV shows The Cleaner, Dollhouse, Three Rivers, and The League, as well as indie movies Men, Interrupted, Indian Gangster, and Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. … Read More


2011 30 Years Old In 2011 Gavankar became a series regular in HBO's True Blood as a public school teacher and shapeshifter, Luna Garza, who gets romantically involved with one of the main characters of the series.
2012 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Her indie movie, Satellite of Love, premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2012, and her 2012 indie I'm Afraid of Virginia Wolf is currently in post-production.
2013 32 Years Old On August 3, 2013, Gavankar landed a role as a witch named Tessa in the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries. … Read More
2014 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, she starred as Amita in the video game, Far Cry 4.
2015 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She went into the studios in New York with fifty members of Jersey Surf and recorded the music video "Don't Look Down- #JustAddDrumCorps Edition" that was released in April 2015.
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