From Claws To Fangs – True Blood’s Janina Gavankar Is Headed To “The Vampire Diaries”

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Janina Gavankar is trading in her shape-shifting claws for sharp incisors on The Vampire Diaries…

In true supernatural fashion, Janina Gavankar is not going to let her True Blood character’s death keep her down – as the stunning actress is trading her claws for fangs in a potential recurring role on The Vampire Diaries. TV Line reports that Gavankar will play “Tessa,” a “beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.”

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Viewers can expect to see their first glimpse of Gavankar in episode 5.03, which is also a flashback episode. Logic would suggest that Tessa had relations with one of our resident vampires, which could also mean she is a fellow blood-sucker… but then you can never be sure when it comes to Mystic Falls. Who do you think she’s coming back for?

Most recently, Gavankar played “Luna” on HBO series True Blood, though her character bit the dust in the Season 6 premiere. She has acted across multiple platforms, with guest appearances in Funny or Die shorts, TV series including Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Stargate Atlantis and The League. She landed the lead spot in ABC’s supernatural drama The Gates, but unfortunately the show was cancelled. Gavankar also appears on The CW’s Arrow as one of Oliver’s former flames.


The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, October 3 at 8|7c on THE CW