Janina Gavankar


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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's roles include Papi, a lesbian lothario in The L Word; Leigh Turner, a police officer on The Gates; ... See full bio »

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The Way Back Angela
(2020)
The Morning Show Alison Namazi
(2019-2020)
(2017)
True Blood Luna Garza
(2011-2013)

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  Echo (TV Movie) (pre-production)
 2019-2020 The Morning Show (TV Series)
Alison Namazi
- Episode #2.1 (2020) ... Alison Namazi
- The Interview (2019) ... Alison Namazi
- Lonely at the Top (2019) ... Alison Namazi
- Open Waters (2019) ... Alison Namazi
- The Pendulum Swings (2019) ... Alison Namazi
 2020 Punching and Stealing
Katie
 2020 Space Force (TV Series)
Hannah Howard
- Edison Jaymes (2020) ... Hannah Howard
 2020 The Way Back
Angela
 2019 Afterparty (Video Game)
Lola (voice)
 2019 Stucco (Short)
J
 2019 Better Things (TV Series)
Nikki
- Monsters in the Moonlight (2019) ... Nikki
- Holding (2019) ... Nikki
 2019 Relics and Rarities (TV Series)
Mumée
- The Mystery of King Senna's Tomb (2019) ... Mumée
 2019 You're the Worst (TV Series)
Rachel
- Zero Eggplants (2019) ... Rachel
 2018 Daddy Issues (TV Movie)
 2018 White Orchid
Tina
 2018 Blindspotting
Val
 2017 Star Wars: Battlefront II (Video Game)
Iden Versio (voice)
 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (Video Game)
Tatai (voice)
 2017 Norman Pinski Come Home (Short)
Reporter
 2017 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series)
Diana Thomas
- Freedom (2017) ... Diana Thomas
- Tomorrow (2017) ... Diana Thomas
- The Way of the Gun (2017) ... Diana Thomas
- Insatiable (2017) ... Diana Thomas
- Child's Play (2017) ... Diana Thomas
 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn (Video Game)
Tatai (voice)
 2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday
Party Guest
 2014-2016 The Mysteries of Laura (TV Series)
Meredith Bose
- The Mystery of the End of Watch (2016) ... Meredith Bose
- The Mystery of the Unknown Caller (2016) ... Meredith Bose
- The Mystery of the Political Operation (2016) ... Meredith Bose
- The Mystery of the Dark Heart (2016) ... Meredith Bose
- The Mystery of the Morning Jog (2016) ... Meredith Bose
 2015 The History of Us (TV Movie)
Sabrina
 2009-2015 The League (TV Series)
Shiva
- The Great Night of Shiva (2015) ... Shiva
- The Automatic Faucet (2013) ... Shiva
- The Curse of Shiva (2012) ... Shiva
- A Krampus Carol (2012) ... Shiva
- The Hoodie (2012) ... Shiva
 2014 Far Cry 4 (Video Game)
Amita (voice)
 2014 Garfunkel and Oates (TV Series)
Dr. Sharma
- Third Member (2014) ... Dr. Sharma
 2014 Think Like a Man Too
Vanessa
 2014 Code Academy (Short)
Madame Counselor
 2014 Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files (TV Series)
Lea Sadina
- Episode #1.6 (2014) ... Lea Sadina
- Episode #1.7 (2014) ... Lea Sadina
- Episode #1.2 (2014) ... Lea Sadina
- Episode #1.5 (2014) ... Lea Sadina
 2013 Love Is Dead (TV Short)
Marisol Rajagopal
 2013 The Vampire Diaries (TV Series)
Tessa
- Death and the Maiden (2013) ... Tessa
- Handle with Care (2013) ... Tessa
- Monster's Ball (2013) ... Tessa
- Original Sin (2013) ... Tessa
 2013 Husbands (TV Series)
Kajal
- I Dream of Cleaning (2013) ... Kajal
 2013 The Final Moments of Karl Brant (Short)
Detective Hostetler
 2013 Just Face It (TV Mini-Series)
Ava
 2013 Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?
Katia Amour / The Stud
 2013 The Goodwin Games (TV Series)
Hannah
- The Birds of Granby (2013) ... Hannah
 2011-2013 True Blood (TV Series)
Luna Garza
- Who Are You, Really? (2013) ... Luna Garza
- Save Yourself (2012) ... Luna Garza
- Sunset (2012) ... Luna Garza
- Gone, Gone, Gone (2012) ... Luna Garza
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2012) ... Luna Garza
 2013 Bizarre Bracket Behavior (Video short)
 2013 Arrow (TV Series)
Detective McKenna Hall
- The Huntress Returns (2013) ... Detective McKenna Hall
- Dead to Rights (2013) ... Detective McKenna Hall
- Dodger (2013) ... Detective McKenna Hall
- Vertigo (2013) ... Detective McKenna Hall
 2012 Satellite of Love
Michelle
 2012 Self Rehearsal (Short)
 2012 Choke.Kick.Girl: The Series (TV Series)
Katie
 2012 The Exes (TV Series)
Kerry
- My Dinner with Phil (2012) ... Kerry
 2011 Victory or Death (Short)
Selah
 2011 Touring (Short)
 2011 The Custom Mary
Ms. Rime
 2011 God Reschedules Rapture (Short)
 2011 Traffic Light (TV Series)
Alexa
- Best Man (2011) ... Alexa
- Breaking Bread (2011) ... Alexa (as Janina Gavanka)
- En Fuego (2011) ... Alexa
 2010 Men, Interrupted (Short)
Cece Twain
 2010 The Gates (TV Series)
Leigh Turner
- Moving Day (2010) ... Leigh Turner
- Bad Moon Rising (2010) ... Leigh Turner
- Surfacing (2010) ... Leigh Turner
- Little Girl Lost (2010) ... Leigh Turner
- Identity Crisis (2010) ... Leigh Turner
 2010 ACME Hollywood Dream Role (TV Series)
- Janina Gavankar (2010)
 2009 Indian Gangster (Short)
Geeta
 2009 Three Rivers (TV Series)
Ada Rahimi
- Place of Life (2009) ... Ada Rahimi
 2009 The Cleaner (TV Series)
Usha Patel
- Trick Candles (2009) ... Usha Patel
- The Projectionist (2009) ... Usha Patel
 2009 Dollhouse (TV Series)
Lynn
- Epitaph One (2009) ... Lynn
 2009 ACME Saturday Night (TV Series)
Guest host
- Janina Gavankar (2009) ... Guest host
 2007-2009 The L Word (TV Series)
Papi
- Long Night's Journey Into Day (2009) ... Papi
- Long Time Coming (2007) ... Papi
- Literary License to Kill (2007) ... Papi
- Little Boy Blue (2007) ... Papi
- Lacy Lilting Lyrics (2007) ... Papi
 2009 NCIS (TV Series)
Angela Lopez
- Caged (2009) ... Angela Lopez
 2008 Shattered!
Maria
 2008 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Intern Lisa
- Life During Wartime (2008) ... Intern Lisa
- There's No 'I' in Team (2008) ... Intern Lisa
 2008 Stargate: Atlantis (TV Series)
Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
- Whispers (2008) ... Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra
 2008 Factory (TV Series)
Laura (2008)
 2008 My Boys (TV Series)
Terri
- The Transitioning (2008) ... Terri
 2007 Dash 4 Cash (TV Movie)
 2006 BBQ Bill (Video short)
The Fiance
 2005 Cup of My Blood
Iona
 2005 Just Speak (Short)
Melody
 2004 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Nurse Juni
- Omissions (2004) ... Nurse Juni
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Field Reporter
 2003 Dark
Kaya
 2002 Barbershop
Fine Woman
 2001 Why Is God... (Short)
Mina
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Was the celebrity host for Acme Comedy's first live online feed of "Acme Saturday Night" See more »

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2 Interviews | 2 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Janina Gavanka

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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I grew up playing classical piano and percussion. See more »

Trivia:

In the early 2000s Janina traveled to India with her father and shot for the Bollywood film "Naam Mera Maria".(Aankhon Mein Sapne Liye) The film was directed by Nilu Gavankar who is Janina's paternal aunt. The film co starred Samraat Mukherjee, who is the cousin of Kajol. Samraat's father Ronu Mukherjee was best friends with Janina's father Pete Gavankar. the film was never released for unknown ... See more »

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