Janina Zione Gavankar, born November 29, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois, is an American actress who plays the role of Luna Garza on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut on the episode "She's Not There", at the beginning of the series' fourth season, Janina plays the role of a shapeshifter. A skinwalker introduced as a new love interest for the already established Sam Merlotte, Janina plays a recurring role through the series' fourth, and fifth seasons, and meets an untimely demise on the episode "Who Are You, Really?" at the beginning of the series' sixth season.
Janina Zione Gavankar is an American actress and musician of mixed Indian and Dutch descent. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theater Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gavankar's is known for her more notable roles as Papi, a promiscuous lesbian in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on "The Gates", and Ms. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user's searches. Gavankar has appeared in theater, commercials, short films, independent films, as well as Barbershop and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business.
Gavankar has returned to music with a rethinking of Kanye West's Love Lockdown. She used to be in Endera, a group signed to Universal Records. She also collaborated on a project for a song called "Tell Me What" in India. She has had songs licensed to movies and television, and has played marimba on film scores.