Janina Gavankar

Full Name: Janina Zione Gavankar

Conference: The BLESSED Conference, 6th seed

Status: Eliminated by Deborah Ann Woll in Round 1!


Birthday: Nov. 29, 1980 (age 32) | Height: 5’7″

Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA

Twitter: @Janina | Facebook page | Youtube Channel

More: IMDB Page | Wikipedia Page | Website

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!

Janina Gavankar as Det. McKenna Hall in the CW’s Arrow.