|Janina Gavankar Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||November 29, 1980|
Janina Gavankar is an American actor, voice actor, director, producer, and musician. She is known for her roles like Luna Garza in the fantasy horror drama series True Blood, Leigh Turner in the supernatural crime drama series The Gates, Eva ‘Papi’ Torres in the drama show The L Word, Detective McKenna Hall in The CW superhero series Arrow, Diana Thomas in the supernatural drama series Sleepy Hollow, Meredith Bose in the NBC police procedural comedy-drama series The Mysteries of Laura, Kensington (voice) in the animated series The Mighty Ones, Qetsiyah/Tessa in the supernatural teen drama series The Vampire Diaries, Alexa in the sitcom Traffic Light, and Shivakamini Somakandarkram in the sitcom The League. She was honored with the Gravity Summit Award for “Excellence in Social Media” in 2012. Moreover, Janina Gavankar was the personification of Microsoft’s interactive search engine Ms. Dewey.
Janina Zione Gavankar
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Janina attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to major in Theatre Performance. Additionally, she has also been trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist.
Actor, Voice Actor, Director, Producer, Musician
- Father – Pete Gavankar (Indian engineer) (Died – January 2012)
- Mother – Shan-de-Mohra Gavankar
- Others – Ganesh Gavankar (Paternal Grandfather), Susheela Desai (Paternal Grandmother), Shivaji Wasudeo Shahane (Maternal Grandfather), Zione Rukmini Kroes (Maternal Grandmother)
Janina Gavankar has been signed with Agency for the Performing Arts, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Vocals, marimba, piano, orchestral percussionist
Cash Money Records, Universal Records
Her net worth had been $500 Thousand according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
59 kg or 130 pounds
Boyfriend / Spouse
Janina Gavankar has dated –
- Angelo Sotira (20004-2010) – In the year 2004, she started going out with entrepreneur and producer Angelo Sotira but they separated in 2010.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Asain and White)
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)
7.5 (US) or 5 (UK) 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 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 of 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 the USA (she is half-Dutch and half-Indian). Janina’s dad first went to the USA for completing his master’s degree.
- Janina is the grandniece of Mangesh Desai.
- As an actor, 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 the “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.
- She has done voiceover work for video games like Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Afterparty, Far Cry 4, and Star Wars Battlefront II.
- In 2021, she started playing Ren in the crime drama series Big Sky, based on The Highway series of books by C. J. Box.