Janina Zione Gavankar is an American actress and musician from Joliet, Illinois.
She is of Indian and 1/4 Dutch heritage. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Gavankar's roles include Papi, a lesbian lothario in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on The Gates, Ms. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user's searches, Shiva, the namesake of the sought after trophy on The League, shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO's True Blood, McKenna Hall on The CW's Arrow, and currently as Meredith Bose on NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.