Janina Gavankar Age Height Weight Body Measurements Net Worth

Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar
Photo: Sthanlee B. Mirador / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Birth Date

November 29, 1980


40 years old


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color

Dark Brown


5 ft 7 in | 170 cm tall

Net Worth

$1 Million

Body Measurements

35-24-36 in | 89-61-91.5 cm


59 kg | 130 pounds

Bra Size


Shoe size

7.5 US | 38 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

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).

Best Movies

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

Best TV Shows

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).

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