Janina Gavankar is an American actress and musician of Indian and Dutch descent. She has had roles on three supernatural series: True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and The Gates. In addition to her TV roles Gavankar has also appeared in a number of music videos.
Janina's first major acting part was in the short film Why Is God....
Janina spent three days recording over 600 clips, for her "Ms. Dewey" character.
Janina attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Janina lives in Los Angeles.
Janina has been in a relationship with Angelo Sotira since 2004.
Janina was in the music video for "Float Away" by Recliner.
Janina worked on the song "Tell Me What" with Pratichee Mohapatr.
Janina's group Endera released an album, put out by Universal Records.
Janina is a classically trained vocalist, orchestral percussionist, and pianist,
Janina is of Indian and Dutch descent.
Janina is also "Ms. Dewey" for Windows Live Search, where she helps you with your search and she comments on what you're looking for.
Janina was on the cover of OutSmart Magazine, in January of 2007.
Janina was on the cover of Curve Magazine, in March of 2007.
Janina wrote the song "Jump", that appeared in the movie Rebound.
Janina appeared in both Barbershop films, but played a different character in each of them.
Janina's nickname is Nina.
Janina is 5' 3" (1.60 m).
Janina is a member of the pop group Endera.
She studied in Chicago where she majored in Theatre Performance.
Janina Gavankar: (On her character Papi from The L Word) Even when it comes to her playerdom, if you will, it's sort of a love/hate thing with that side of herself. At times she loves being known as the ultimate player and lover. Other times, when she really falls for someone, she is sort of ashamed of it and wants to sweep it under the rug. It's sort of push and pull when it comes to her identity as a player. She's a girl with a really, really big heart who truly loves women and has a lot of love for everybody.
Janina Gavankar: (On playing a gay character) To me it's a non-issue. There is no difference in playing a gay character or a straight one.
Janina Gavankar: (On what it was like kissing Pam Grier) Awesome! Not many people can say they made out with Pam Grier! What an honor it was to work with her because she really was a role model for me and mentor while on the set. And yes... she really is that cool!
Janina Gavankar: (On her character from The L Word) I am not like this character at all, so I basically took sexy bits from strong women and men I know in my life. I picked up on their beauty and went with it. Papi is a character that connects with all women and loves each one individually.