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
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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– )
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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
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August 11, 2014
One of Australia’s Biggest Conventions Gets Two True Blood Stars:
Supanova in Australia can be likened to San Diego’s Comic Con as far as convention events go in the Southern Hemisphere. Each year the event runs over several weekends across multiple states in Australia. The upcoming Supanova event has confirmed that there will be at least two True Blood stars in attendance: Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam) and Janina Gavankar (who played shapeshifter Luna Garza).
So far these stars have only been confirmed for the Brisbane and Adelaide events (which are being held in late November 2014), but there is always the possibility this will change closer to the event dates.
To book your tickets you can order online directly from the Supanova website by clicking here.
For information about who else will be attending Supanova this year, click here.
Source: Supanova – website
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July 12, 2013
5th Annual “Behind the Music With CW3PR” Gets Bloody:
With San Diego’s Comic Con fast approaching, excitement is brewing for fans of HBO’s True Blood with the announcement of Janina Gavakar joining the moderators crew for the 5th annual “Behind the Music With CW3PR” panel. This must-see event gives fans an insight into the musical score aspects of their favorite films, TV shows, and video games.
Janina (who played Luna Garza until recently in True Blood), will moderate alongside Matt Lanter (“90210” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”). Both will be able to bring a perspective of how music affects characters, especially their own, in popular mediums. But they won’t be alone. A panel of composers will be there to back them up:
- ROBERT DUNCAN (ABC’s “Castle”, “Last Resort” and “The Gates”)
- GEOFF ZANELLI (Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”)
- iZLER (ABC’s “Revenge” and Showtime’s “Shameless”)
- FM LE SIEUR (Syfy’s “Being Human”)
- CHRIS TILTON (Fox’s “Fringe” and “Almost Human”)
- KEVIN KINER (Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”)
- MICHAEL SUBY (The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”)
Besides being given a chance to hear these experts talk, there will be exclusive giveaways. Attendees will also get some exciting sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.
So, if you are planning to attend San Diego’s Comic Con, why not add this exciting event in your itinerary.
WHERE & WHEN: THURSDAY, JULY 18
Panel in the San Diego Convention Center Room 32AB from 6:00-7:00pm
Please let us know if you get the chance to attend this event by commenting below!
Source: Behind the Music Media Alert
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Behind the Music/Comic Con)
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
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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)
February 19, 2012
What do Luna, Sookie, and Jessica Have in Common?
They’re all hotties, of course! It’s obvious that HBO’s True Blood is one of the scariest and goriest horror shows on TV, but what makes it even better are the beauties we get to see on screen. Three of Bon Temps’ residents made it on the Complex Top 25 Hottest Women on Horror TV Shows list:
#2- Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby)
#7- Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza)
#15- Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse)
To see the other 22 women, check out the results! Sit tight Truebies, more True Blood is coming our way soon!
January 25, 2012
Season 5 Looks To Shake Things Up!
Recently, MTV got to speak to not one, but FOUR cast members from HBO’s True Blood! Ryan Kwanten, Janina Gavankar, Carrie Preston and Joe Manganiello were present, even though True Blood was overlooked for nominations this year. While there is a bit of a wait until Season 5 starts up, the stars were happy to drop a few snippets of information.
Ryan Kwanten hints at maturity developing in Jason Stackhouse, especially since Andy Bellefleur is not currently being the best Sheriff.
Janina Gavankar suggests nothing ever stays perfect in Bon Temps, so perhaps there will be more complications for the Luna/Sam Merlotte relationship? She hopes not:
“I will always have hope for Sam. They are meant to be. Nobody understands you like another shifter.”
Carrie Preston also suggests there will be trouble between Arlene Fowler and Terry Bellefleur — especially now that an old friend of Terry’s has arrived!
As for our fave werewolf, Alcide? Well, his is the quote of the clip:
“We’ve seen that he’s a sweet guy; we’ve seen that he’s the kind of guy that would be great in a relationship. I think that you’re going to be introduced to a side of him that’s going to slam you up against the wall and go for it.”
Really? I’d like to see that!
Make sure you check out the full video and let us know what you think will happen in Season 5.
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Source: MTV/Hollywood Crush – Joe Manganiello’s ‘True Blood’ Plans? ‘Slam You Up Against The Wall And Go For It’!
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