Janina Gavankar
American actor
Janina Gavankar
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.
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'True Blood' star Janina Gavankar: Making music is sexy
Fox News - almost 2 years
While most young celebs are consumed with taking selfies “True Blood” star Janina Gavankar is all about bringing attention to arts education in America. 
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Ode to The Vampire Diaries' Silas: Why We Want Him to Stay
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
When Silas (Paul Wesley) was first introduced in his true form, a doppelganger of Stefan (also Wesley), we were both nervous about the bleak future for the Salvatore brother, but excited to see Wesley take on a darker role. After seeing what he was capable of when he played "The Ripper," there was no doubt that Wesley relished playing a evil counterpart to his usually sensitive, swoon-worthy Stefan. On Thursday's episode, the jokes kept coming from Silas' declaration of excitement toward his mortality to his knock-knock joke mocking that he killed the mayor, which turned into one of the funniest car scenes on the show yet. The actor made it known that he loved playing the vicious "Ripper" in Season 3 and was more than thrilled to be playing this season's Big Bad. Silas has so much pain and anger, but it's masked by a level of light energy and humor. Throw Silas' psycho ex Quetisyah (Janina Gavankar) into the mix along with Damon and Stefan's past lover Katherine, and it's even ...
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Joan Sweeny: Paul Reubens Returns To The Screen
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I just worked on a short Sci-fi film The Final Moments of Karl Brant from writer/director M.F. Wilson who wrote the cult graphic novel "Fluorescent Black". The film stars Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and Janina Gavankar (True Blood). The story is set in the near future where experimental technology enables a neurologist and two detectives to digitally resurrect a murder victim in order to question him about his final moments. One of the reasons I got involved was because I was taken by the script and Wilson's exploration of the subject matter. Digital immortality and downloadable consciousness is endlessly fascinating to me and I thought it would make a great movie and stimulate a really interesting debate. In Wilson's words: I was influenced by the theories of Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity and digital immortality and curious to see how the law will deal with the situations that arise from it. I'm excited about the idea of copying memories into code. Imagin ...
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Goodbye 'True Blood,' Hello 'Vampire Diaries'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Someone's got a vampire obsession: Janina Gavankar is headed to "The Vampire Diaries." The "True Blood" actress has booked a (possibly) recurring role on the CW series as Tessa, a "beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame." When reached for comment, The CW confirmed her role to The Huffington Post. In addition to her role on "True Blood," Gavankar has also appeared on "The League," "The Goodwin Games," "The Exes" and more. Gavankar joins other newcomers Olga Fonda, Kendrick Sampson and more. "The Vampire Diaries" returns to the CW on Thurs., October 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
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‘True Blood’ Recap: Sookie Meets Ben, Sparks Fly
Hollywood Life - over 3 years
Plus, bad news from Bill: Are all vampires destined for the true death? The June 23 episode of True Blood began with Warlow entering Bon Temps through some kind of crazy portal, but by the end of the hour, that was the last thing on viewers’ minds. Let’s just say Bill (Stephen Moyer) was given a sneak peek at the future of all vampires — courtesy of his divine new powers — and it’s basically the end of their world as we know it. After a mind-f**k of a trance, in which Lillith helped Bill come to terms with his new abilities, the Southern gentle-vamp was plagued by a nightmare-ish vision: Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and the rest of the town’s fanged favorites were being burnt alive at what appeared to be a vampire concentration camp! Of course, things in the present aren’t looking too good, either. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) ordered some trick to come feed Bill, and things escalated quickly: broken bones, blood draining — and he didn’t even have to lay a fang on her. (WILD THEORY ...
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Inside 'Arrow's' Riskiest Episode Yet
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As the Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, Geoff Johns is a busy man. In addition to shepherding DC's various non-comics properties into development and writing the relaunched "Justice League" (and its "Shazam" backup feature) every month, the prolific writer has contributed two episodes to The CW's "Arrow" thus far -- "Muse of Fire," which introduced The Huntress (Jessica de Gouw), and tonight's "Dead to Rights" (Wed., Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. EST), which sees the return of China White (Kelly Hu) and Deadshot (Michael Rowe). The Huffington Post spoke with Johns to find out what "Dead to Rights" has in store for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his hooded alter-ego, and why this episode is the show's riskiest installment yet. What can you preview about this week's episode without giving too much away? One of the key words for this episode is probably "risk." There are a lot of risks taken by the characters and by this story in this episode and the amount of reveals and the ...
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The CW’s Arrow: Janina Gavankar Joins Vice to Combat Vertigo
Boom Tron - over 4 years
If I were Janina Gavankar, I would be over the moon at finding a gig that doesn’t involve me walking around buck ass nude as she is usually found doing on True Blood. I mean, I’m glad she does it, but that can’t be very rewarding for an actress. If it were me, I’d breath a sigh of relief to be cast in the CW’s Arrow, a show where you might be sexualized, but at least you’re wearing clothes. Did I mention Gavankar was cast on Arrow? She totally was and she’s about to find herself with armfuls of plot to deal with. This won’t be a naked walk in the park. Arrow gladly accepts Gavankar’s fully covered form as McKenna Hall, according to TVLine. McKenna shares a history with Oliver from long before he disappeared and started fighting crime. What’s interesting for the character is now that they’ve come across each others’ paths again, McKenna is a vice cop. She might have been the entire time, I’m not sure, but it seems cooler in my head to imagine them as both winding up fighting crime ...
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True Blood “Let’s Boot and Rally” Teaser
Boom Tron - over 4 years
You probably caught the latest episode, the fourth of the season 5, of True Blood last night on the HBO so it’s time to forget about the old stuff (though if you want to linger on Eric and Pam for a little while longer, I guess that’s allowable). Below is a brief tv teaser for next week’s ”Let’s Boot and Rally”. Looks like more looking for Russell, with Sookie and Alcide added to the mix, Tara getting some vamp advice, a hostage situation, bad dreams, demon magic and Jesus. In other words, a typical day in Bon Temps, and throw in Vampire Authority ultimatums for fun. “Let’s Boot and Rally” airs Sunday, July 8 at 9 P.M. ET on HBO. True Blood “Let’s Boot and Rally” Episode Summary (5.05) - With time running short, Bill and Eric enlist Sookie to probe for clues on Russell’s hiding place. Unable to deal with the demon magic inside him, Lafayette calls out to Jesus’ spirit for help. Patrick Devins (Scott Foley) and Terry are held hostage in the bunker of their Iraq War buddy Brian Ell ...
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True Blood Recap: Season 5 Episode 2 ‘Authority Always Wins’ 6/17/12
Beleb Dirty Laundry - over 4 years
“True Blood” is back tonight with its second episode in season five, titled “Authority Always Wins”. In case you’ve missed last week’s episode, you can read our fully detailed recap here. Last week, for a favor, Pam turned Tara into a vampire for Sookie and Lafayette. We also learned that Bill, Eric and Nora were nabbed by the Authority after the bromantic duo killed off Nan Flanagan. Episode synopsis: At the Vampire Authority headquarters in New Orleans, Bill and Eric meet Salome (Valentina Cervi) and become acquainted with the Authority’s interrogation techniques. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) recalls her human life as the madam of the Comstock Brothel in San Francisco, and her first encounter with Eric. Werewolves J.D. (Louis Herthum) and Rikki (Kelly Overton) pay tribute to Marcus, but Alcide refuses to participate or take his rightful place as the new packmaster. Martha Bozeman (Dale Dickey) shows up wanting to see her granddaughter, causing conflict for Sam and Lun ...
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Stephen Moyer Is "Such a Proud Father"
US Magazine - almost 5 years
Although his wife of two years, Anna Paquin, is expecting their first child together, Stephen Moyer has already proven his parenting skills. Opening up to Us Weekly at the L.A. premiere of Marley Monday night, the actor's True Blood costar, Janina Gavankar, gushed about what a great father Moyer, 42, is to his two children from previous relationships: son Billy (born in 2000) and daughter Lilac (born in 2002). PHOTOS: Before they were on True Blood! Unlike his "brooding" character Billy, "Stephen…is such a proud father, and so light-hearted and shiny," Gavankar, 31, told Us. After mentioning that Moyer's son Billy recently spent some time on set, the actress added that, thanks to his father's influence, the tween is "such a sweetheart." PHOTOS: Adorable celeb babies In 2010, Paquin, 29, had previously talked about wanting to put off having children with her husband until "the time's right." Two years later, the actress and her love now seem ready to start a family of the ...
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Janina Gavankar unleashes her inner animal post VMA's - Accidental Sexiness
Google News - over 5 years
Janina Gavankar, who plays the shape-shifting Luna on the supernatural hit drama, attended the Cash Money Records' Lil Wayne album release party for “Tha Carter IV” held at Boulevard3 on Sunday, August 28th, 2011 in Los Angeles, California
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CAPE raises the ante at 1st Annual Celebrity Tournament Fundraiser Subhead: In ... - Asianjournal.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Janina Gavankar (TRUE BLOOD), Joy Osmanski (FIRED UP!), Kelly Hu (THE SCORPION KING), Leonardo Nam (THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS), Lou Diamond Phillips (NUMB3RS), Manish Dayal (THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE), poker Ace Mario Ho and more!
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'True Blood' 4.10 sneak peeks, Amnesia Eric, and freezing nude scenes - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Wet Paint also had the latest from Alexander Skarsgard and Janina Gavankar on their characters this season. Check out the sneak peeks here. The sneak peeks for this week focus on Andy and Jason. In the sneak peek with Andy, he is finally caught with V
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Janina Gavankar on Freezing Cold Nude Scenes and Embarrassing On-Set Moments ... - Wetpaint
Google News - over 5 years
Janina Gavankar at tje SyFy/E! Comic-Con Party at Hotel Solamar on July 23, 2011 in San Diego, California. When Wetpaint Entertainment spoke with Janina in an exclusive interview, she talked candidly about filming nude scenes in freezing weather,
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TRUE BLOOD 4.09 'Let's Get Out of Here' - Crave Online
Google News - over 5 years
Elsewhere, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) reconciled with Luna (Janina Gavankar) and her daughter before being threatened by ex-husband, Marcus Bozeman (Dan Buran) — the leader of the Shreveport werewolves. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) also found
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True Blood, "Spellbound": which Antonia? - TV Geek Army
Google News - over 5 years
Unlike his past “relationships” this thing with Luna (Janina Gavankar) actually has potential. The hard part, of course, will be getting past the fact that his skin walker brother had his way with her and her werewolf ex. No relationship is perfect,
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5 Ways to Fix The Change-Up - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I'd cast Charlie Day as Dave and replace Olivia Wilde with Janina Gavankar. Why Janina? Two reasons: She's beautiful and she can do comedy. Despite my love for Olivia Wilde, she could potentially be bad luck. She's been in the following movies: Cowboys
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"True Blood's' Janina Gavankar Tells LGBT Teens 'It Gets Better!' VIDEO - SheWired
Google News - over 5 years
True Blood's Janina Gavankar, who played Papi on season 4 of The L Word has released one of the most succinct, adorable “It Gets Better” videos out there. The 27-year-old actress, who played a lesbian lothario who challenged Shane's reign as the
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Lavender Tube - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Janina Gavankar who played Papi, the sexiest lesbian character ever on the tube, late of The L Word (not to be confused with the dreadful The Real L Word, which could be used in reparative therapy for lesbians), is now Luna, the shape-shifter/teacher,
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TV Review: True Blood - "I Wish I Was the Moon" - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Tommy (Marshall Allman), after accidentally shifting into Sam (Sam Trammell), sleeps with Sam's love interest, Luna (Janina Gavankar). Pam (Kristin Bauer) angrily catches up with Tara (Rutina Wesley), fangs bared, ready to kill
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janina Gavankar
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 34
    On May 20, 2015, Gavankar performed a percussion duet at Carnegie Hall with Questlove for the Best Buddies charity benefit.
    More Details Hide Details Gavankar was the first actor to use Twitter, signing up on Richard Branson's computer on Necker Island in 2006. Gavankar was the personification of Microsoft's interactive search engine Ms. Dewey. In 2011 she created a free template for actors and artists to help them control their online presence and in 2012, spoke at the Suits and Spooks Conference about how she discovered a solution for data challenges faced by actors through the use of open source tools. In 2008, Gavankar was nominated for an Asian Excellence Award. In 2012, Gavankar received the Gravity Summit Award for Excellence in Social Media.
    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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  • 2014
    Age 33
    She also played Detective Meredith Bose on The Mysteries of Laura from 2014 to 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Gavankar returned to music with a cover of Kanye West's "Love Lockdown". Gavankar's former all female singing group, Endera, was signed to Cash Money Records Universal Records. She collaborated on a project for a song called "Tell Me What" in India with Pratichee Mohapatra of Viva, Deep, and Navraaz. She has had songs licensed to movies and television, and has sung and played marimba on film scores. Gavankar was featured in Russian artist Ella Leya's music video for "Wish I Could", in the music video by San Francisco-based band Recliner for their single "Float Away", as well as the music video for Manu Narayan's band Darunam. In August 2012, she released the single for her upcoming EP, entitled Waiting for Godot, and in November, Billboard premiered the official music video. It went on to win numerous film festival awards.
    In 2014, she starred as Amita in the video game, Far Cry 4.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    On August 3, 2013, Gavankar landed a role as a witch named Tessa in the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries.
    More Details Hide Details She guest starred in the third season of Husbands.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    On December 20, 2012, Gavankar was the last person interviewed for the now cancelled Attack of the Show! which aired on G4 TV.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gavankar played the voice of Nikki in Quantum Quest. She landed a lead role in The Gates, since cancelled, on ABC. She appears on CW's Arrow as a former flame to Oliver Queen. Gavankar is an admitted gamer and has appeared on, as well as co-hosted, G4 TV's Attack of the Show! Epileptic Gaming's Up All Night, where she helped review Rock Band, Burnout Paradise, and Army of Two.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    In 2008, Gavankar appeared in TV series Stargate Atlantis, Grey's Anatomy and NCIS, My Boys, and Factory.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    In 2007, she landed a lead in CW pilot Dash 4 Cash.
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006 she joined the cast of The L Word as a series regular, and shot all of the clips used for Ms. Dewey.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on November 29, 1980.
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