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True Blood: Janina Gavankar talks season 4 premiere, Luna Garza role

June 26, 2011    

by Bill Palmer

With tonight’s season four premiere of HBO series True Blood, Janina Gavankar finds herself stepping into a starring role as the “new girl” in season four of a popular television show. Tonight she becomes Luna, the shape shifting school teacher in True Blood’s Bon Temps. Years ago, she arrived partway through the successful run of The L Word in the form of Papi. But while that particular character was a night and day difference from the real Janina, it turns out True Blood’s Luna isn’t quite so far off.

“She’s a nice girl,” Gavankar says of Luna. “She meets Sam at a sort of gathering of shape shifters. He’s been going to anger management meetings, and he meets me at one of them.”

As for the ways in which Luna isn’t quite as radical of a departure as Papi had been, “It’s definitely closer for a few reasons” she says. “I don’t have a Luna walk and a Luna voice. She’s not from the south. She’s not from Bon Temps, so she doesn’t have the Bon Temps twang.”

But she adds, “My thoughts are totally different, of course. The things that trouble me are completely different. She had a big old back story of stuff (laughs), and she’s just trying to keep it together.”

As for tonight’s True Blood season premiere, “I’m just going to say that there are a lot of surprises. There are a lot of surprises.” Even by True Blood standards? “Yeah. People are going to be like, whoa. And mark my words, this season will not disappoint.”

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Bill Palmer is Editor in Chief of Beatweek Magazine. His editorial contributions include interviews with musicians and iPhone industry coverage.