True Blood Shapeshifter Actress Shares Her Musical Creativity

November 26, 2012

Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:

janina-gavankar-billboard magActress 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:

Source: Billboard.com

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True Blood’s Janina Gavankar to Star in CW Show “Arrow”

November 25, 2012

Check out what Sam’s lady love, Luna, will be up to in the near future:

janina-gavankar tv fanatic comSince 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

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Video: HBO Keeps True Blood Fans Eager For Season 5 with Teaser Clips

May 29, 2012

Waiting Sucks and HBO Keeps Fans Wanting More:

Season 5 poster RomanEarly in the life of its series True Blood, HBO hit upon the simple but clever tag line of ‘Waiting Sucks’. Now, as anticipation over the June 10th premiere of Season 5 grows, fans find that they ‘Crave More’. HBO has fueled the excitement with titillating teaser videos; some provide glimpses behind the scenes, while others are simply humorous promotion.

Two recently released teasers provide peeks into two separate story lines. Both videos give hints as to what to expect from characters and plot, while still managing to raise additional questions that make fans eager to tune in to the show.

One of these two recent videos features Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Sitting on a sofa, Luna cries while Sam tries to lend comfort. The dialog tells fans that someone has died mysteriously. An unexpected, unidentified sound captures their attention just as the scene ends on a menacing note. Who died? How did they die? Are Sam and Luna in danger, too? What was that sound?

What do you think?

Another recent teaser video has Terry (Todd Lowe) and Patrick (Scott Foley) being held at gunpoint and handcuffed. They know this person, but fans don’t – yet. The scene ends with the unknown character asking if anything had followed them there. Who is the new character? Why is he cuffing Patrick and Terry? What is it that might have followed them?

Any guesses?

HBO also uses humor in its teaser videos. ‘Don’t Cry, It’s Back’ uses bloody tears and scenes of character anguish to promote Season 5. The video is a montage of True Blood characters crying. The clips are assembled in a way that makes it seem they are sad over the lack of new True Blood episodes.

Which one is your favorite?

Sources: HBO.com  and YouTube

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True Blood’s Leading Ladies in Top 25 Hottest Women on Horror TV Shows

February 19, 2012

What do Luna, Sookie, and Jessica Have in Common?

The 25 Hottest Women On Horror TV Shows by Complex (Jessica Hamby)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!

Source: Complex

 

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Video: Interview with the Multi-talented Janina Gavankar

November 2, 2011

The Music/Info-geek and Tech-nerd Talks About Her Career:

Janina Gavankar as LunaThe multi-talented and very beautiful Janina Gavankar (Luna Garza) was recently interviewed by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s National Director Zino Macaluso about her True Blood role and social media/technology.

The tech-mogul / actress / musician was classically trained in music before falling in love with acting in high school.  In college Gavankar majored in Theater Performance and minored in Music Psychology.  She loves to continue using music as a performance medium and was involved in Kanye West’s “Love Lock Down.”  Her first paying gig was in a bank commercial for Mellon Bank and from there, her resume is lengthy.  Before True Blood, she played a major role in Showtime’s The L-Word (starting in the 4th season, like True Blood) as Papi and in the unfortunately short-lived show, The Gates.

She said the most exciting thing, or the thing she loves the most about True Blood are the amazing writers and table-reads.  She gets pumped about the awesome writing.  When everyone sits down to read an episode together, she compares the excitement to an audience watching the episode for the first time.  She also said that because she’s spent so much time in Shreveport, Louisiana she was able to create a rather lengthy mental back story for her TB character Luna.

Outside of her major work, she’s done a lot of social media work.  She has launched a new website for new actors, she maintains a fan page on Facebook and JaninaGavankar.com and is constantly tweeting from @janina.  She also claims to have been the first actor on Twitter, joining back in 2006 when “everyone still hated the word tweeting.”  Her advice to everyone in the social media world is to “be authentic… The YouTube generation can tell when you’re faking it.”  Also, this writer’s personal favorite Internet clip of Gavankar and mentioned in the interview, comes from Funny or Die called “Method Shapeshifting with Marshall Allman.”  Check it out, it’s hilarious.

Below is the full interview, so if you want to watch a full hour of her bubbly self, feel free. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: SAGFoundation.org

Photo: HBO

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Video: True Blood’s Janina Gavankar With Season 5 Scoop

September 19, 2011

Sam’s New Love Dishes on Hook-Ups:

Janina Gavankar as Luna GarzaThe cast and crew of HBO’s True Blood will return to work in November when Season 5 begins production. Janina Gavankar, who plays Sam’s new shifter love Luna Garza, insists that there are many secrets of what is going to happen in season five.

On season five, Gavankar said:

“If you like blood and sex… you’re going to love it even more next year because it’s gonna get bloodier and sexier.”

When Gavankar was asked who she would hook up with that she hasn’t hooked up with, she said she was pretty happy with what she’s got.

On Sam Merlotte, Gavankar said:

Sam Merlotte is a beautiful man to be in love with right now. The soulfulness that you see in his eyes is completely real. He’s a lovely human. I love working him. I’m very lucky. It’s a good gig.”

Watch the video, and remember Truebies, if you have any True Blood related news, we’d love to hear it!

Thanks for the scoop, Annie!

Source: PopSugar TV – True Blood’s Janina Gavankar Talks Hot Onscreen Hookups

Photo Credit: HBO

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Video: Janina Gavankar Talks to G4 About True Blood and Video Games

August 26, 2011

Who Would Guess Janina is a Were-Geek?

Janina Gavankar who plays shapeshifter Luna, on HBO's True BloodGaming fans of HBO’s True Blood are in for a treat with this video of Janina Gavankar talking to G4! While we may know her as Luna, the shapeshifting girlfriend of Sam Merlotte, this talented actress has many other fascinating sides to her.

Not only does Janina act, but she is an avid gamer who not only confesses to being OCD when it comes to completing video games, but she is close to finishing Portal 2 and Assasin’s Creed.

But wait, it gets better. She is also an accomplished musician, being trained in classical piano and orchestral percussion, as well as singing. Can this girl do everything?

Make sure you check out the full video interview of Janina in all her glorious geekdom!

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Source: G4 TV – Janina Gavankar Talks True Blood, Video Games & More

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Video: Janina Gavankar’s Shapeshifting Fantasies

July 20, 2011

Fantasy Talk:

Janina Gavankar for Complex Magazine credit Jeaneen LundIn an interview with Complex magazine, Janina Gavankar (shifter Luna Garza on HBO’s True Blood) shares some of her deepest desires.  Well, sort of.  Want to find out whether she’d prefer necrophilia or bestiality?  Can you guess who she’d rather be friends with — Sookie or Snooki? Come on Truebies, that one’s no contest. Read the scoop here, and don’t forget to check out the video.

Source: complex.com – Video: Sexy “True Blood” Star Janina Gavankar’s Shapeshifting Fantasies

(Photo credit: Jeaneen Lund/Complex Magazine)

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