November 29, 1980
40 years old
5 ft 7 in | 170 cm tall
35-24-36 in | 89-61-91.5 cm
59 kg | 130 pounds
7.5 US | 38 EU
Janina Zione Gavankar was born in Joliet, Illinois, United States, on November 29, 1980, is an American actress.
Young Janina Gavankar began her professional acting career in 2001.
She made her big screen debut in comedy drama movie Barbershop (2002) in role as Fine Woman.
She got her television debut in Lifetime medical drama series Strong Medicine (2004) in episode "Omissions", in role as Nurse Juni.
Her breakthrough performance came as Eva 'Papi' Torres in Showtime drama series The L Word (2007-2009).
She directed, produced, wrote and starred in role as 'J' in short film Stucco (2019), for which won several awards including Cordillera International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Female Filmmaker and a SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Award for Midnight Short.
She voiced Niki in animated educational science fiction adventure film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010).
Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (2013) romantic comedy opposite Anna Margarita Albelo and Guinevere Turner
Think Like a Man Too (2014) romantic comedy with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall
Pee-Wee's Big Holiday (2016) adventure comedy opposite Paul Reubens and Joe Manganiello
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017) mystery drama with Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning and Michelle Monaghan
Blindspotting (2018) comedy drama opposite Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal
The Way Back (2020) sports drama with Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal and Michaela Watkins
Encounter (2021) science fiction thriller in role as Piya, with Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer and Rory Cochrane
Borderlands (2022) science fiction action comedy in role as Commander Knoxx, opposite Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart and Jack Black
She had recurring role as Eva 'Papi' Torres in Showtime drama series The L Word (2007-2009).
Factory (2008) Spike comedy series in role as Laura
She had recurring role as Shivakamini Somakandarkram in FX/FXX sitcom The League (2009-2015).
The Gates (2010) ABC supernatural crime drama series in role as Leigh Turner
Traffic Light (2011) Fox sitcom in role as Alexa
True Blood (2011-2013) HBO fantasy horror drama series in role as Luna Garza
Arrow (2013) The CW superhero series in role as Detective McKenna Hall
The Vampire Diaries (2013) The CW supernatural teen drama series in role as Qetsiyah / Tessa
The Mysteries of Laura (2014-2016) NBC police procedural comedy drama series in role as Meredith Bose
Sleepy Hollow (2017) Fox supernatural drama series in role as Diana Thomas
The Morning Show (2019) Apple TV+ drama series in role as Alison Namazi
The Mighty Ones (2020- ) Peacock / Hulu animated series in voice role as Kensington
She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She is also trained as a pianist, vocalist and orchestral percussionist.
Has Dutch and Indian ancestry.
She released her single "Waiting for Godot" in August 2012.
She was a member of all female singing group "Endera".
Featured in music video for Ella Leya "Wish I Could" (2009).
She was nominated for the Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in a Video Game in a Supporting Role for her voice role as Amita in video game Far Cry 4 (2014).
She voiced Iden Versio and motion capture in video game Star Wars Battlefront II (2017).
She voiced Tatai in video game Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (2017).
She voiced Lola in video game Afterparty (2019).
Received the Gravity Summit Award for Excellence in Social Media in 2012.
She dated American producer Angelo Sotira (2004-2010).