Arrow Scores True Blood's Janina Gavankar

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Laurel Lance, meet your competition.

True Blood shapeshifter Janina Gavankar will recur on The CW’s Arrow as a vice cop and face from Oliver’s past, Zap2it reports.

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Gavankar’s tough, sexy and formidable officer, McKenna Hall, enters the picture when a sketchy new drug called Vertigo becomes all the rage in Starling City — which also marks the introduction of Seth Gabel’s villainous foe.

Complicating matters, McKenna and Ollie share some history from the days before he disappeared.

Gavankar’s TV credits include The League, The Gates and The L Word. She also has a recurring role on Fox’s upcoming new comedy The Goodwin Games.



Comments (29)

  • the last name Hall could be ominous.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – November 16, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :) All she needs now is Carter Hall

    Comment by ChuckieChk – November 16, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oliver and Hawkman don’t get along, so that would be cool to see.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – November 16, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think Laurel needs a dinner date, named Carter!

        Comment by ChuckieChk – November 16, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • could happen yeah, specially being the CW. in the comics it’s their politics and other issues that put them at odds. here it would be who they date, heh.

          Comment by Michael Sacal – November 16, 2012 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • This show just gets better and better!!!

            Comment by ChuckieChk – November 16, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  
  • Janina is insanely hot in that picture

    Comment by gary – November 16, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what sort of first name is mckenna, seriously thats a last name. anyway the hall last name is probably going to come to nothing but i can hope for an introduction of the hawks. anyway this seems to confirm that not-vertigo will be a major player coming into the end of season 1 because normally if they needed a cop they would just use quentin, so they have to have something planned here right?

    Comment by Alan – November 16, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What’s wrong with the name mckenna. I happen to know a mckenna and it’s starting to become a popular name like all those other last names as first names are becoming popular(chase, reed, logan, hunter, etc.)

      Comment by michelle – November 18, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shiva!!!

    Comment by JC – November 16, 2012 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shivakamini Somakandarkram!!!

    Comment by April – November 16, 2012 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hoping her shirt stays on…

    Comment by Barbie Furtado – November 16, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s been cast in a few things lately…I wonder if that’s the end of Luna!

    Comment by Sammy – November 16, 2012 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Considering when True Blood airs, they can probably accommodate her shooting schedule. Carrie Preston (Arlene) has what I think is a recurring role on The Good Wife.

      Comment by aleksa – November 17, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • good pickup – Janina is hot!!!

    Comment by sladewilson – November 16, 2012 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for Janina. She has multiple story arcs on multiple series. I wish her well.

    Comment by tvdiva – November 17, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully she’ll have more chemistry with Oliver than Laurel does.

    Comment by rikes – November 17, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL

      it not happen. Wish another million years.

      Oliver/Laurel have more chemistry and will be more popular.

      Comment by rocco – November 17, 2012 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They have no chemistry.

        Comment by rikes – November 17, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oliver and Laurel have ZERO chemistry. Maybe it’s the actress, but that whole relationship just feels forced. I know they want us to see them as soul mates ripped apart by circumstances, both longing to be together again some day, but I don’t buy it one bit.

        Comment by B – November 18, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • whatever haters, they have a following that love their massive chemistry.

          So you are DEAD WRONG. Your opinion is BS. Keep on feeling green suckers.

          Comment by rocco – November 18, 2012 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grrrr,yet another female character on the show to sex up Oliver.

    Give us some SEXY & HOT BLOODED MALES dannit. Emphasis on Hot & sexy. Besides Oliver all the other guys on the show are not eye candy.

    Comment by Jazz – November 17, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone else get an ick factor during the scenes with Thea and Oliver? I fell like she has a major crush on him.

    Comment by Jam – November 17, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NO

      Only to people who are looking for incest in the most innocent of things: a tight and close bro-sis relationship.

      Comment by Foreverland – November 18, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That picture makes you realize why even “Jenny” fantasizes about “Shiva” when self pleasuring. Everyone needs to do a Shiva-blast!

    Comment by bhm1304 – November 18, 2012 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are you kidding me show?

    You better not have brought her to hurt my OTP. What kind of history is this, better not be another cheating story. I will be so done with this show.

    Comment by Triss – November 19, 2012 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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