Vampire Diaries Exclusive: True Blood's Janina Gavankar Relocates to Mystic Falls

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Cast  Janina GavankarJanina Gavankar is trading one blood-sucking drama for another.

The ex-True Blood shape-shifter has booked a potentially recurring gig on Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Gavankar will play Tessa, a beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.

She first appears in the CW series’ third episode, which is also a flashback hour, as executive producer Caroline Dries recently revealed to TVLine. Could Tessa have some serious history with a resident vamp?

Gavankar’s True Blood character met her demise in the Season 6 premiere. Her other TV credits include Arrow, The League and The Gates.

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8/7c.

TVD fans, hit the comments with your theories on the identity of Tessa’s ex! Are you betting on Stefan or Damon?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Shaun says:

    Such good news.Too bad she’s not topless anymore though XD

  2. Shaun says:

    Good news.Too bad she won’t wear her bday suit anymore :(

    • Alice says:


      • M3rc Nate says:

        lol if wanting to see a adult woman naked is a perversion…yikes..sorry but your husband/BF is a pervert, along with all straight men.

        I don’t think its classy to say what Shaun said, but lately a lot of women have been saying similar about men on shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood, hell at Nerd HQ the Joe Manganiello panel’s questions from the mainly female audience were >25% “will you be getting naked again on TB?” “will you take your shirt off right now?” “you were so hot in magic mike” etc…so its not a “just guys” thing. If anything, women seem to be getting bolder and bolder since shows like GOT and TB and movies like Magic Mike, and are asking questions that men wouldnt be allowed to ask actresses in a million years. In almost every interview men like The Rock and Jason Mamoa and Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum (etc) get asked if they can be touched “can i feel your pecks?” “feel your six pack?” and if they can take their shirt off by the hosts and audience…no way can a guy host ask to feel the actresses boobs or thighs or ask her to take her shirt off to show how hot she is.

  3. Joao Gordinho says:


  4. Cort says:

    Maybe an old flame of Damon’s. Isn’t someone else from Stefan’s past already coming to town?

  5. Josh says:

    Well it’s a female character, she obviously isn’t going to be anything but part of a male’s plot! This is TVD!

  6. danielle h says:


  7. Truefan says:

    Hope she’s given a better role than the perpetually angry Luna in True Blood.

  8. Theo says:

    I think she will be that chick that Silas was in love with. The one Bonnie tried contacting but she was MIA.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Interesting, that could make sense, especially with her first episode being a flashback episode “to a time we havent see shown yet”…which could mean Silas when he was alive and so he would be with that “love of my life” that was stolen from him or w/e….but honestly id prefer it was a Stefan ex, because i feel like the “who will Elena choose” is 100% over…so get Stefan a real GF, a great character/actress. Though obviously right now he cant have a GF…hes locked in a box.

  9. Nicole says:

    No. She’s Stefan’s ex girlfriend. It states that on other websites.

  10. Georgia Peach says:

    Thrilled with this casting! This is excellent news!

  11. IMHO says:

    I was so happy when she left True Blood…
    Now she’s going to be on TVD, bummer.

  12. ruby says:

    I loved her on arrow,I hope she’s stefan’s new GF after the whole silas/stefan thing finishes..stefan needs a new gal.was a stelena fan,now am over it.

  13. Jane says:

    She’s the chick that kills them all so they can end this over-hyped crap fest.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Lol this made me laugh. Like True Blood the show is getting way to out of touch with reality. In the beginning it was about a few humans, the main girl and a vampire that loved her, this his evil brother showed up…it felt grounded, now like TB theres like one human left and everyone is something…and the most powerful ____’s on earth are fighting the group…very un grounded.

  14. Anne says:

    Shiva Kamini Soma Kandarkram!!!

  15. Tracy says:

    She’s Stefans old flame.It’s been said on a few places already.

  16. ふゆあだ says:

    Can I simply say what a relief to find someone who truly knows what they’re talking about on the int

  17. pria says:

    I hope she’s a flame from Katherine’s past. There’s no way that in over 500 years Kat never swung the other way. It would be so awesome and hot.

  18. johnbusch47 says:

    Its gotta be the witch from the silas spell… She looks like kat graham… And we all know that silas’ girlfriend must have been the original petrova doppelganger and that is why Esther used tatyana to create the originals because the original doppelgangers blood was used to create silas the original immortal being