December 2, 2014
From Shapeshifter to Far Cry 4:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood will remember Janina Gavankar as Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) shapeshifting girlfriend, Luna Garza. Since she left the show at the start of Season 6, she has appeared on TV shows such as The League and The Vampire Diaries. More recently she has taken on the role of Meredith Bose in the new series, The Mysteries of Laura.
Besides her passion for acting, Janina is an avid gamer. As a result, she is currently working on the video game, Far Cry 4. it is a game which she is very excited to be involved with:
I play Amita in the game and I cannot believe that this happened to me. It is an incredible video game; it’s badass. If you have a gamer friend on your Christmas list this is the game for him/her. I think I would say that even if I weren’t in the game.
And – because her life isn’t hectic enough as it is – she is also launching a new website for the older generation geeks. The website is called AltFound.com and Janina had this to say about it:
You can sign up now to be one of the first people to know about it. It is basically a website for grown geeks who are not childish or nostalgic, we all have grown and have diverse interests.
Recently Janina got to sit down with Chelsea Lewis from The Celebrity Cafe and chat about all things geeky in her life. If you want to find out more about what she had to say about Far Cry 4, AltFound.com and what it was like working on a show such as True Blood, then please click here.
Source: The Celebrity Cafe – Janina Gavankar opens up about video games, acting and co-stars
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
September 19, 2014
The True Blood Actor Shapeshifts Into a Homicide Detective:
Up until recently, Janina Gavankar starred as shapeshifter Luna Garza in HBO’s True Blood. Howver, she has now joined the cast of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura which premiered on September 17th 2014. The Mysteries of Laura follows the life of homicide detective Laura Diamond (played by Debra Messing). Janina plays fellow detective, Meredith Bose, a character who is not only is envious of Laura, but also finds her husband, Jake (Josh Lucas), attractive:
We’re going to see why Meredith is like that. … I just know that Meredith has hero worship and hatred at the same time. [Laura’s] just so good, but d***it, Meredith just wants her shine. It sucks to be in the shadow of somebody… Meredith is a very classy lady and would never do anything to be disrespectful in the workplace, but I think she thinks Jake is real cute. [However] a lot of things can happen [on the show] and we don’t know what those are yet.
It seems Meredith may cause complications between Laura and her husband – even though the pair are in the midst of a divorce!
According to IMDb.com, the series synopsis is as follows:
A single mom NYPD homicide detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys and locking horns with her less than helpful police detective ex-husband.
Let us know if you watched – or are planning to watch – The Mysteries of Laura by commenting below!
Source: Zap2It – ‘Mysteries of Laura’: Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar play potential romantic foils
IMDb.com – The Mysteries of Laura (2014– )
(Photo Credit: NBC)
August 16, 2014
Janina Gavankar and Riley Smith Accept the Challenge!
VGU and Children’s National Health System are teaming up today (Saturday 16th August 2014) for the Celebrity Gaming Challenge. Among the celebrities participating in Washington DC today are a couple of True Blood stars: Janina Gavankar and Riley Smith! Janina, you will remember, played shapeshifter Luna Garza in several seasons of HBO’s True Blood and is a huge gamer off screen. Riley, however is a relative newcomer to the vampire series, having made his debut in Season 7 as James.
In the Celebrity Gaming Challenge, fans will be able to compete in games such as Madden and Call of Duty in order to raise money for Children’s National.
You can find out more information about this event by clicking here.
Let us know if you are attending this event by commenting below!
Source: VGU – Celebrity Gaming Challenge
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)
June 18, 2014
True Blood Cast – Past and Present – Walk the Red Carpet:
With only a few days to go until the premiere on HBO of True Blood Season 7, fans are in for a much needed treat: the red carpet premiere event! Trubies around the globe are lamenting the fact this will be the VERY LAST red carpet premiere event. But, with this sadness, there is still excitement. While most fans couldn’t attend the event – even from the sidelines – let TrueBloodNet fill you in on what went down!
While many of the cast members including Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Sam Trammell (Sam), Joe Manganiello (Alcide), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), and Chris Bauer (Andy) turned up at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, a notable exception was – once again – Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman). However, this was to be expected. This is not because HBO are keeping him under tight wraps until his story line is resolved (involving that full frontal suntanning incident in True Blood Season 6), but because his is currently in London for the movie, Tarzan.
ExtraTV was on hand during the premiere event and you can watch their video interviews below:
What I found the most interesting with these videos is something Anna Paquin said: while the story line for True Blood Season 7 has been written, scenes are still being shot – so does this mean that things may change still? Only time will tell!
Something else interesting that popped up during the red carpet event was the appearance of Janina Gavankar and Michael MacMillian. Janina’s character, Luna Garza, died in Season 6, so why was she at the Season 7 event? Perhaps Luna will be one of the characters promised to return this season? Michael’s character, Steve Newlin was another character who didn’t survive Season 6, and with his wife, Sarah Newlin (played by Anna Camp), still alive and kicking could there be more to his story line as well?
As well as posing for pictures, many of the cast posed with a placard displaying the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd – do you think True Blood Season 7 will remain true to the end? Let us know in the comments below!
Finally, you can view all the Twitter and Instagram shots taken during the event by the stars themselves in the photo gallery below.
Sources: ExtraTV – ‘True Blood’ Cast Spills Details on Final Season at L.A. Premiere
(Photo Credits: Twitter (see links above)/Instagram (see links above))
August 29, 2013
Find Out Which Shows and Movies Will Contain True Blood Regulars:
Why, check out the True Blood cast in other movies and TV shows, of course! There are plenty to pick from. We have included a list below, but we are sure we have missed some since the True Blood actors are such a talented bunch and in such high demand. If you know of any others, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list.
- Kristen Bauer van Straten (Pam in True Blood), has been cast alongside Cary Elwes in the offbeat comedy Teen Lust. This has been acquired by Entertainment One and production started in mid-August in Canada
- Janina Gavankar (Luna Garcia) has a couple of roles coming up in TV shows. Firstly, you can watch her in The Vampire Diaries, which premieres it’s fifth season on October 5th 2013. Gavankar stars as Tessa, a woman returning to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old romance. Her stint on this show starts in Episode 3. Secondly, you can see Janina in CW’s web series Husbands. She will star in the show as a trophy wife of sorts – and has possibly killed someone to that position! This certainly sounds intriguing.
- Stephen Moyer has a couple of things going on also. If you like The Sound of Music, then you’d better get excited now, since Moyer will be reprising the role of Capt. George Von Trapp in NBC’s version of this classic movie. Carrie Underwood will play Maria; the role Julie Andrews made famous. If DVDs or BlyRays are your thing, then why not pick up a copy of the newly released movie Evidence? It stars Moyer, Radha Mitchell, and another True Blood star, Dale Dickey (Martha).
- Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) has been cast to play Shailene Woodley’s father in Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars. In fact, Sam has been very busy of late with several other movies, so you will also need to track down: Crazy Kind of Love, The Aftermath, Things People Do and Me.
- Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) has some movies due for release also. Meet Me in Montenegro is the first movie and Woll stars alongside Homeland‘s Rupert Friend. The second movie will be a real treat as it also co-stars Luke Grimes (who played Jessica’s romantic vampire interest, James, in True Blood Season 6. Both of these movies are in post-production.
- Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) is currently starring in The Butler as Martin Luther King Jr.
- Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) has just signed up for Magic Mike’s sequel. He also just finished filming alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming movie Sabotage.
- Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) will also be starring alongside another True Blood cast member, Pruitt Taylor Vince, in 13 Sins. Pruitt Taylor Vince played Dr Finn, a therapist at Vamp Camp in True Blood Season 6
- Sad to see Steve Newlin die in Season 6? Well, don’t fear, you can see Michael McMillian in the upcoming movie The Banshee Chapter. This is a supernatural thriller that follows a journalist investigating the disappearance of a friend.
- Speaking of Newlin’s – Anna Camp (who plays Steve’s ex-wife, Sarah Newlin) has a couple of TV shows coming up. Camp will play the ex-girlfriend of main character Brody in TBS’ new sitcom Ground Floor. She will also appear in Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother, playing the part of a troublesome wedding guest.
- Jurnee Smollett-Bell has just been cast in Season 5 of Parenthood. She will play the role of Heather Hall, who is the campaign manager for cast regular Kristina (Monica Potter). Parenthood will return to our screens on Thursday, September 26 2013.
- Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) is currently soaking up the sun in Rio, but prior to that he has been very busy and has several movies in various stages of completion. Make sure you keep a look out for: Reach Me, The Right Kind of Wrong, 7500 and Knights of Badassdom.
- Tara Buck (Ginger the Screamer) also has several movies coming up: The Night Visitor, Home, My Mother is Not a Fish and Medeas. And, of course, if you’re in Australia, you can catch Tara Buck in the flesh at Club Fangtasia in November.
- Finally, remember Luna’s daughter, Emma? She was played by the adorable little actress Chloe Noelle. Recently, Noelle confirmed on Twitter that she had just signed up for a new TV show. She hasn’t said which one yet, but make sure you follow her on Twitter to find out.
Sources: Variety.com – ‘Teen Lust’ Lures Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jesse Carere
TV Line – Vampire Diaries Exclusive: True Blood’s Janina Gavankar Relocates to Mystic Falls
TV Guide – Exclusive: CW’s Web Series Husbands Adds Cast Members from True Blood, CollegeHumor
BroadwayWorld.com – EVIDENCE, Stephen Moyer Coming to Blu-ray/DVD 8/20
TV Guide – True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Joins NBC’s The Sound of Music
Global Post – ‘True Blood’s’ Sam Trammell Joins Shailene Woodley in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (Exclusive)
FrontiersLA.com – Here’s How to Keep Up with the ‘True Blood’ Cast
TV Line – Exclusive: It’s a Pitch Perfect Reunion as Anna Camp Guest Stars on TBS’ Ground Floor
Screen Crush – ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Final Season: ‘Office’s Ellie Kemper Out, ‘True Blood’s Anna Camp in
Huffington Post – Jurnee Smollett-Bell Joins ‘Parenthood’ Season 5
IMDb – Ryan Kwanten
IMDb – Tara Buck
Twitter – Chloe Noelle status
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)
June 19, 2013
[WARNING: Major Season Six Spoiler Ahead]:
The Unhappily Ever After End For Sam & Luna:
In true, True Blood style the Season 6 premiere of HBO’s True Blood on June 16 opened with the death of Luna(Janina Gavankar) girlfriend to the beloved Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell).
Though when we realized that Luna was going to die it was a sad moment to watch like many of the deaths on True Blood, most viewers were probably not shocked by the death of Luna. The Season 5 finale, left the viewers thinking that Luna would likely die, after all, we know how the story ended for Sam’s brother (Marshall Allman)when he went skinwalking…Nevertheless, it is always terrible to watch a character die, especially one that is a mother to a young child!
For Janina she is happy and feels fortunate that her character lasted as long as she did, “I really thought I was going to die in the beginning” she told TVGuide.com, “I was so thankful that they would even want me around for two years. It’s been an awesome experience.”
In the world of True Blood Janina said:
“No one really dies in True Blood land,” recalling a conversation with True Blood director Scott Winant, who noted that he had killed off Godric (Allan Hyde) twice on the series. “There’s always a chance, but even if it doesn’t happen, it’s been a dream. I took risks with this show that I’ve never taken on any other one. When you’re a woman in this business, you’re asked to do a lot of things. You have to decide if and when you’re ever going to do it, and I’m so proud to have been able to take the risks I have with this group of people around me. It’s been a blessing.”
Life Goes On for Janina Gavankar:
Though Janina’s time with HBO’s True Blood may be temporarily, or forever over, Janina is keeping herself plenty busy on other projects! She currently plays the role of McKenna Hall on the CW’s The Arrow, as well as a role on FX’s The League. One way or another we have not seen the last of Janina Gavankar!
Please let us know what you think of the unfortunate demise of Luna Garza!
Source: TVguide.com– True Blood Postmortem: Season 6’s First Casualty Speaks!
(Photo Credit: Imbd.com Janina Gavankar and Sam Trammell)
June 12, 2013
The Arclight Cinerama Dome is Where the Vampires Hang Out:
While truebie fans have to wait until June 16th for their first bite into Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood, the stars of the show get their taste early!
The Arclight Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles was the place to be tonight as the stars walked the red carpet and soaked up all the Season 6 hype.
So far, there have been some excellent photos from the stars themselves showing up on Twitter. Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza), Stephen Moyer (Billith/Bill Compton) and his lovely wife, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) were among some of the True Blood stars to share their photos with HBO on Twitter and Instagram.
Make sure you follow the official True Blood Twitter account (@TrueBloodHBO) so you can watch as new photos get posted from all your favorite True Blood stars. But for now, here are some of the photos they posted earlier for you to enjoy!
Did any fans attend this event? Have you got any photos you’d like to share with us?
Source: HBO – Twitter Feed
(Photo Credits: Instagram/HBO Inc./Sam Trammell/Deborah Ann Woll)
May 22, 2013
Severe Consequences for Luna’s Actions to Come in Season 6:
After skin-walking on national television, what will happen to shifter Luna? With no hint of her fate from the few clips that have been released of True Blood‘s sixth season, one can only imagine what has happened until the show’s premiere on June 16.
Actress Janina Gavankar only fuels the mystery on her character, commenting that her character’s move will make a big impact on her character’s species as a whole:
“She just outed everyone in the shifter community, so now the world knows there’s more than one supernatural creature on this earth. Holy. F**k. Imagine being a human watching that. As it is, you have to deal with the idea of there being vampires. This is potentially bad for every shifter on the planet. You remember when [the vampires] ‘came out of the coffin? It’s like restarting the series all over again for that supernatural group.”
Not only does she hint that Luna will be facing lots of trouble, but she also says that scene involving Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) brought her to tears.
“I wasn’t even in the shot with him — I was off to the side, like 100 feet away — and the stuff I could hear him doing was making me lose my mind. I was in a warm up tent 100 feet away, and I was crying. True Blood is A-game all day long. I have nothing but major love for him. I go so lucky that I got paired up with him. He’s tremendous.”
What was the scene? We can’t wait to see!
Source: HollywoodLife.com – ‘True Blood’ Scoop: Janina Gavankar Previews Luna’s Season 6 Punishment
(Photo Credit HBO Inc.)
November 26, 2012
Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:
Actress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.
Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:
“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”
While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.
“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”
Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.
“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”
Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.
You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:
November 25, 2012
Check out what Sam’s lady love, Luna, will be up to in the near future:
Since HBO’s True Blood season 5 finale ended in multiple shocks, we still aren’t quite sure what will happen to Sam’s (Sam Trammell) love Luna, played by Janina Gavankar. Since she shifted into a human, usually a shapeshifter won’t live after. We saw this with Sam’s younger brother, Tommy (Marshall Allman).
What we do know is that it has been confirmed that Gavankar has secured a multi-arc role in the new CW show, Arrow. She will portray a vice cop described as “tough, sexy, and considerably formidable.”
What do you think, Truebies? Will we see Luna survive next season? Will you tune in to Arrow to see Gavankar? To find out more, check out the link below!
Credit: Zap2It – ‘Arrow’ casts ‘True Blood’s Janina Gavankar in Major Recurring Role
(Photo Credit: IMDb.com)