Janina Gavankar is an American-born actress and musician. She is perhaps most famous for her roles on on Showtime's The L Word, FX's fantasy football comedy The League, and HBO's True Blood.
Janina Zione Gavankar was born in Joliet, Illinois on November 29, 1980. Her mother, Shan-de-Mohra, is of Indian and Dutch descent, and her father, Pete, is Indo-Aryan. Growing up, Janina was trained as a as a vocalist, pianist and percussionist. She eventually attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Theatre Performance.
Janina got her start in acting with small television roles on such TV series as Girlfriends, My Boys, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as a small role in the 2002 comedy Barbershop, and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004. Strangely enough, she played different characters in both films. It wasn't until 2007 that she caught her first big break in acting, landing a recurring role on the popular lesbian Showtime series The L Word, where she played a sexy seductress named Papi.
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After gaining notoriety from even more guest appearances on series such as Dollhouse and The Cleaner, Janina finally landed her first starring role on the ABC supernatural drama The Gates in 2010, playing a cop named Leigh Turner. Unfortunately the show was cancelled after its first season. But it was just as well, as she was soon starring in recurring roles on FX's The League and the CW's Arrow. And just to spice things up, Janina is also a series regular on HBO's True Blood, playing a shapeshifter by the name of Luna Garza.
Along with acting, Janina is also a very talented musician. She formerly belonged to an all-girl group know as Endera prior to her career in television taking off. Since then, she still dips into the music scene from time to time. She's even sung and played marimba for a number of movie and television scores. Her song "Waiting for Godot" was released in August 2012, with a music video premiering on Billboard that November.
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