Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar


Joliet, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Janina Zione Gavankar


  • Janina Gavankar on True Blood from Seaso...
  • Janina Gavankar as Leigh Turner on The G...
  • Janina Gavankar as Leigh Turner on The G...
  • Janina Gavankar as Leigh Turner on The G...
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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.


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    • 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.