Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar

Highest Rated: 94% Blindspotting (2018)

Lowest Rated: 11% Sidney Hall (2017)

Birthday: Nov 29, 1980

Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA

Actress and musician Janina Gavankar parlayed her exotic appearance into a regular series of appearances and regular roles on television series like "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14) and "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC, 2014-16). Born Janina Zione Gavankar in Joliet, Illinois on November 29, 1980, she was the daughter of an Indian father, engineer Peter Gavankar, and a half-Indian, half-Dutch mother, Mohra. She developed a dual interest in acting and music in high school, but decided to focus on the former after being accepted to the Yale School of Drama's summer program. Gavankar began appearing in features and on television in the early 2000s, making minor appearances in films like "Barbershop" (2002) before enjoying her first widespread exposure as Ms. Dewey, the personification of an interactive search engine launched by Microsoft in 2006. The following year, she was cast as Papi, a sexually voracious recurring character on "The L Word," which led to higher profile guest stars on series like "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and recurring turns on "NCIS" (CBS, 2003-) and "The League" (FX, 2009-2015), the latter of which cast her as the namesake of a trophy coveted by the series' fantasy football league members. While working on these and other projects, Gavankar also found time to play shapeshifting schoolteacher Luna Garza on "True Blood" and release several pop music tracks, most notably the title track and accompanying music video from an EP, Waiting for Godot, in 2012. More guest starring roles on high-profile television series followed, including "Arrow" (The CW, 2012- ) and "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, 2009-17), as well as vocal performances in video games like "Far Cry 4" (Ubisoft, 2014). The following year proved to be one of Gavankar's busiest: she was the voice of FERO, one of the main characters in "Hunt the Truth" (Tumblr, 2015), an animated online marketing campaign to promote "Halo 5: Guardians" (Microsoft, 2015) while also pulling double duty as a series regular on "The Mysteries of Laura" and a guest star on an untitled comedy for CBS from "Modern Family" (NBC, 2009- ) producer Dan O'Shannon. Gavankar also released a music video for her take on the Martin Garrix/Usher single "Don't Look Down," which featured her singing and performing marimba with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, that same year.

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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Punching and Stealing Katie (Character) - 2020
83% 84% The Way Back Angela (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stucco J (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 2019
No Score Yet 40% The White Orchid Tina (Character) - 2018
94% 87% Blindspotting Val (Character) $4.3M 2018
11% 79% Sidney Hall Gina (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 86% Janoskians: Untold and Untrue Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 33% Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? Katia (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 60% Satellite of Love Michelle (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Custom Mary Ms. Rime (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 30% Cup of My Blood Iona (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Kaya (Character) - 2003

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2020 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
76% 76% Sleepy Hollow Diana Thomas (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
24% 78% The Mysteries of Laura Meredith Bose (Character) 2014-2016
81% 81% The League Shiva (Guest Star) 2015 2009-2013
100% 92% Garfunkel and Oates Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
86% 85% The Vampire Diaries Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
38% 40% The Goodwin Games Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
70% 72% True Blood Luna Garza (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2011-2013
86% 63% Arrow Detective McKenna Hall (Guest Star) 2013
67% No Score Yet Traffic Light Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
67% No Score Yet The Gates Leigh Turner (Character) 2010
31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 86% Navy NCIS Angela Lopez (Guest Star) 2009
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Boys Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: True Blood HD Luna (Character)

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