Full Name: Janina Zione Gavankar
Conference: The BLESSED Conference, 6th seed
Birthday: Nov. 29, 1980 (age 32) | Height: 5’7″
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA
Janina Gavankar currently plays a shape-shifter on HBO’s True Blood and a detective on the CW’s Arrow. Interestingly enough, prior to these roles she played a paranormal creature/detective on The Gates. She also makes regular appearances on The League where she plays the namesake of “The Shiva Bowl” – Shivakamini Somakandarkram. But her big breakout role was as Papi in The L Word.
Janina is a Chicago native who majored in theater at the UIC. Wait – she went there at the same time I was attending there. How did I miss her? Anyway, she is dog lover and a bit of a geek – claiming to be the first actress on Twitter, and she made her own Bat-phone. Currently, the multi-talented Janina is launching a singing career, having released an amazing remake of Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” and an original single, “Waiting for Godot.”
Check out her interview on Pulse!