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      Janina Gavankar

      Janina Gavankar

      Highest Rated: 94% Blindspotting (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 11% The Vanishing of 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Blindspotting The Way Back Encounter The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

      Photos

      Janina Gavankar Janina Gavankar at arrivals for 34th Film Independent Spirit Award Ceremony - Arrivals 1, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 23, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for TRUE BLOOD Season Premiere, Cinerama Dome at The Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA June 11, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for BLINDSPOTTING Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2018, Eccles Theater, Park City, UT January 18, 2018. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for JANOSKIANS: UNTOLD AND UNTRUE Premiere, Regency Bruin Theatre, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for JANOSKIANS: UNTOLD AND UNTRUE Premiere, Regency Bruin Theatre, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2015. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for Entertainment Weekly and People Upfronts Party, The High Line Hotel, New York, NY May 11, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for NBC Network Upfronts 2015 - Part 2, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY May 11, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for BOARDWALK EMPIRE Fifth Season Premiere, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY September 3, 2014. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for TRUE BLOOD Season 5 Premiere, Cinerama Dome at The Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA May 30, 2012. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Janina Gavankar at arrivals for TRUE BLOOD Season 5 Premiere, Cinerama Dome at The Arclight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA May 30, 2012. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection The League, from left: Stephen Rannazzisi, Katie Aselton, Janina Gavankar, Nick Kroll, Jon Lajoie, Mark Duplass, Paul Scheer, Leslie Bibb, 'The Great Night of Shiva', Season 7, Ep. #13, 12/09/2015, ©FXX The Mysteries of Laura, Nimo Gandhi (L), Janina Gavankar (R), 'The Mystery of The Red Runway', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/22/2014, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Josh Lucas (C), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Jojo Gonzalez (L), Janina Gavankar (R), 'The Mystery of the Cure for Loneliness', Season 2, Ep. #2, 09/30/2015, ©NBC True Blood, Janina Gavankar (L), Sam Trammell (R), 'In the Beginning', Season 5, Ep. #7, 07/22/2012, ©HBO The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Josh Lucas (C), Max Jenkins (R), 'The Mystery of The Red Runway', Season 1, Ep. #6, 10/22/2014, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Josh Lucas (L), Laz Alonso (C), Janina Gavankar (R), 'The Mystery of the Dead Heat', Season 2, Ep. #6, 10/28/2015, ©NBC The Mysteries of Laura, Janina Gavankar (L), Laz Alonso (R), 'The Mystery Of The Convict Mentor', Season 2, Ep. #4, 10/14/2015, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Borderlands Knoxx (Character) - 2024
      56% 69% Encounter Piya Kahn (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Punching and Stealing Katie (Character) - 2020
      84% 84% The Way Back Angela (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stucco J (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2019
      No Score Yet 45% The White Orchid Tina (Character) - 2018
      94% 87% Blindspotting Val (Character) $4.3M 2018
      11% 77% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Gina (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 86% Janoskians: Untold and Untrue Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 31% 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 32% Cup of My Blood Iona (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Kaya (Character) - 2003

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 47% Big Sky Ren Bhullar (Character) 2021-2023
      100% 93% Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Pav-ti (Voice) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mighty Ones Kensington (Voice) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
      74% 74% 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% 82% The League Shiva (Guest Star) 2009-2013 2015
      100% 90% Garfunkel and Oates Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      86% 72% The Vampire Diaries Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      38% 40% The Goodwin Games Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      68% 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
      50% No Score Yet The Gates Leigh Turner (Character) 2010
      31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Angela Lopez (Guest Star) 2009
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 88% Stargate Atlantis Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra (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