Janina Gavankar is an actress and entertainer who is known for her work on several films and television shows including the hit LGBT show The L Word, the supernatural show True Blood and the comedy series – The League. She is also a professional pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist.
The actress has been in the entertainment industry since 2001 and has definitely made her mark. She gained attention for being the first actress to sign up on Twitter, using Richard Branson’s computer on his private island to create her account. Learn more about the actress below including whether she has a boyfriend, dating or is already married.
Biography, Age, Ethnicity
Janina Zione Gavankar was born on the 29th of November, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois. She is multiracial thanks to her mixed ethnicity; her father, Peter Ganesh Gavankar, is an Indian engineer from Mumbai who traveled to the United States for his masters, then met her mother – Shan-de-Mohra Gavankar, who is half Dutch and half Indian from Pune, Maharashtra and an immigrant from India. Janina has a sister named Sonya Gavankar who was former Miss District of Columbia in 1997 and is currently a famous journalist.
Before venturing into Hollywood, the young actress attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where she studied Theatre Performance. She finally made her debut in the industry in 2001 with the film Why Is God where she had a minor role as Mina.
Gavankar made her television debut in 2004 with the drama series Strong Medicine as Nurse Juni. Moving forward, she made more appearances in films and TV shows including Just Speak, My Boys, Stargate Atlantis, Grey’s Anatomy, Cup of My Blood, Arrow, Dollhouse, The Cleaner, The League, Think Like A Man Too, The Gates, Three Rivers, and The Vampire Diaries.
As Janina Gavankar’s career grew she appeared in several indie and blockbuster movies including Satellite of Love as Michelle and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf as Katia Amour. She also appeared in The Final Moments of Karl Brant as Detective Hostetler. Janina also had a cameo in the 2016 movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. She then played Gina in The Vanishing of Sidney Hall in 2017 and that same year, she appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The multiracial beauty was later cast as Diana Thomas in the supernatural drama series Sleepy Hollow after which she landed roles in Daddy Issues, Blindspotting, White Orchid, Cortex, and Torrance. As a voice actress, she has also voiced video game characters – Amita in Far Cry 4, Tatai in Horizon Zero Dawn, Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront II and Lola in Afterparty. Janina Gavankar also narrated the audiobook Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad in 2017.
Though Janina is mostly known for her acting prowess, she is equally a talented musician. Coming from a family of artists, her father, Peter, is known to be close friends with the famous Bollywood composer – Rahul Dev Burman. Her father and his sister – Nilu Gavankar, are said to have helped produce the Bollywood composer’s first international album.
As a recording artist, Janina was signed to Cash Money Records with her girl group – Endera. Her song, “Waiting For Godot” went on to win numerous film festival awards. Over the years, she has built an impressive music career, almost as impressive as her acting career. To excel in different types of artistry is not an easy feat but thankfully, Janina Gavankar is exceptional enough to handle it all.
Janina Gavankar: Dating, Husband or Boyfriend
The Illinois native was in a relationship with the CEO of DeviantArt, Angelo Sotira beginning in the year 2004. Sadly, after many years together, the couple ended their relationship in 2010.
In 2012, there were rumors that Janina was dating music mogul, Simon Cowell after the two posted a series of flirtatious tweets. Later, they were seen stepping out of Los Angeles’ famous Cecconi restaurant, however, this supposed relationship was never confirmed or denied.
In 2018, the actress was then rumored to be dating A-list actor, Ben Affleck; however, like most rumors, this fizzled out after a short while.
Height, Weight & Body Stats
Janina Gavankar’s height is listed at 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70m while her weight is recorded to be 59 kg (130 lbs). Her body stats are 35-24-36 in for her chest, waist and hips respectively. She wears a US dress size of 6, a size 32C bra and a 7.5 (US) shoe size.
The actress maintains her enviable physique with frequent visits to the gym combined with a healthy diet.