Janina Zione Gavankar
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
Janina attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to major in Theatre Performance.
- Father – Pete Gavankar (Indian engineer) (Died – January 2012)
- Mother – Shan-de-Mohra Gavankar
Vocals, marimba, piano, orchestral percussionist
Cash Money Records, Universal Records
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
59 kg or 130 pounds
Race / Ethnicity
She has Dutch and Indian ancestry on her mother’s side, while she is of Indian descent on her father’s side.
35-24-36 in or 89-61-91.5 cm
6 (US) or 38 (EU)
She has appeared in commercials about Herpacol DX Herpes, and Houston Chronicle.
Best Known For
Playing Papi in the TV series The L Word from 2007 to 2009, as Shiva in the TV series The League since 2009, as Luna in the HBO’s TV series True Blood from 2011 to 2013.
As a Singer
She has contributed to the song “Tell Me What” in India.
She released her single “Waiting for Godot” in August 2012.
She appeared in the 2001 film Why Is God for her role as Mina.
First TV Show
In 2007, she played the role as Melanie in the television series Dash 4 Cash.
She doesn’t diet like crazy. Janina likes to be strong and would never like to be skinny. She eats healthy food.
She takes help from the trainer, Ryan Naumann. She works out with him, whenever she is not working.
Janina Gavankar Favorite Things
- Food – freeze-dried apple crisps
Source – WetPaint.com
Janina Gavankar Facts
- Her mom relocated from India to USA (she is half-Dutch and half-Indian). Janina’s dad first went to USA for completing his master’s degree.
- Janina is the grandniece of Mangesh Desai.
- As an actress, Janina has acted in theatre, television, films, and even online.
- She has appeared in several web-based series such as “Just Face It” (2013), “The N&N Files” (2013), “Squad 85” (2012), “The Q Side” (2012) and many more.
- She was nominated for “Asian Excellence Award” in 2008.
- Janina was a member of “Endera”, an all-female singing group in the past.
- She is a gamer.
- Gavankar was featured in the music video of “Wish I Could” by Russian artist Ella Leya.