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Janina Gavankar Biography
- Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1980) 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. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user's searches, Shiva, the namesake of the sought after trophy on The League, and, most recently, shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO's True Blood.
Janina Gavankar Filmography
- (2014) The Light as Herself
- (2014) Think Like a Man Too as Vanessa
- (2013) Bizarre Bracket Behavior as
- (2013) The Goodwin Games as Hannah
- (2013) Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? as Katia
- (2012) 2012 New Now Next Awards as Herself
- (2012) Arrow as Detective McKenna Hall
- (2012) G4 Presents Comic Con 2012 Live as Herself - Floor Reporter
- (2012) Satellite of Love as Michelle
- (2012) Self Rehearsal as
- (2012) The Q Side as Herself
- (2012) The Tournament Challenge Challenged as Actress
- (2012) Top 100 Video Games of All Time as
- (2011) ACME Hollywood Dream Role as
- (2011) God Reschedules Rapture as
- (2011) Method Shapeshifting as Herself
- (2011) The Custom Mary as Ms. Rime
- (2011) The Exes as Kerry
- (2011) Touring as
- (2011) Traffic Light as Alexa
- (2011) Traffic Light as Alexa (as Janina Gavanka)
- (2011) Victory or Death as Selah
- (2010) Choke.Kick.Girl: The Series as Katie
- (2010) Men, Interrupted as Cece Twain
- (2010) Mixed Signals as Alexa
- (2010) Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey as Niki (voice)
- (2010) The Gates as Leigh Turner
- (2010) The Gates as Leigh Turner (credit only)
- (2009) ACME Saturday Night as Guest host
- (2009) Dollhouse as Lynn
- (2009) FilmSnobbery Live! as Herself
- (2009) Indian Gangster as Geeta
- (2009) The League as Shiva
- (2009) Three Rivers as Ada Rahimi
- (2008) 2008 Asian Excellence Awards as Nominee
- (2008) Factory as Laura (2008)
- (2008) Shattered! as Maria
- (2008) The Cleaner as Usha Patel
- (2008) True Blood as Luna Garza
- (2008) True Blood as Luna Garza (credit only)
- (2007) 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards as Herself
- (2007) Dash 4 Cash as
- (2007) Pulse: The Desi Beat as Herself
- (2006) BBQ Bill as The Fiance
- (2006) My Boys as Terri
- (2005) Cup of My Blood as Iona
- (2005) Grey's Anatomy as Intern Lisa
- (2005) Just Speak as Melody
- (2004) Barbershop 2: Back in Business as Field Reporter
- (2004) Stargate: Atlantis as Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
- (2004) The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch as Herself
- (2004) The L Word as Papi
- (2003) Dark as Kaya
- (2003) NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service as Angela Lopez
- (2002) Barbershop as Fine Woman
- (2001) Why Is God... as Mina
- (2000) Girlfriends as Waitress
- (2000) Strong Medicine as Nurse Juni
- (1998) Showbiz India as Herself
Janina Gavankar Trivia and Facts
- Grandniece of Mangesh Desai .
Janina Gavankar Photoshoots
- "Maxim" (USA), July 2012, Vol. 16, Iss. 7, pg. 72-75, by: Brooke Nipar, "Blood Lust"
- "Celebrity Skin" (USA), 2012, Iss. 12, pg. 30, by: editor, "The Girls of True Blood: Janina Gavankar"
- "Curve Magazine" (USA), 1 March 2007, Vol. 17, Iss. 2, pg. 5, 6, 56, 58, 60, by: Diane Anderson-Minshall, "Who's Your Daddy?"
Janina Gavankar Other Works
- Is Ms. Dewey in the interactive search engine MsDewey.com
- Starred in music video for Darunam's "All That's Beautiful Must Die".
- Starred in music video for Recliner's "Float Away".
- Randomly performs with sketch comedy group OPM (Opening People's Minds).
- Was the celebrity host for Acme Comedy's first live online feed of "Acme Saturday Night"
- Her song "Tell Me What", a collaboration with Pratichee, Navraaz, and producer Deep, ran on music video channels throughout 2008 and 2009.