It seems that, just as quickly as she came, Janina Gavankar may be leaving The Vampire Diaries.
Janina’s set to play Stefan’s vampire ex-girlfriend, Tessa, in Season 5, Episode 3, but the actress has been cast in a new USA comedy. What show is she starring in, and what might it mean for TVD’s Tessa? Read on to find out!
Janina has been cast as Marisol Rajagopal in the new USA pilot, Love is Dead, which tells the story of “an agency that specializes in breaking up romantic relationships on behalf of those who are willing to pay to not be around when it happens,” according to Deadline. Janina’s character works for the agency.
It sounds like a great opportunity for Janina, whose role in TVD is a recurring one at best. From what we know about her TVD character, Tessa, she will show up in Mystic Falls after decades of looking for ex, Stefan, and his brother. Why the search? We’re not sure, but it doesn’t seem to be overly friendly, as she ends up stealing Damon’s daylight ring from him. We’re guessing he eventually gets it back given that it sounds like Tessa will be going up in flames.
Will Janina only be in one episode of TVD? We’re not sure. Characters have survived much worse than having their pants set on fire in Mystic Falls. A starring role on Love is Dead could keep Janina too busy to return to TVD, but so far the comedy’s pilot has just been greenlit, not an entire series.
And, even if the show does move forward, USA often has a slightly different filming and broadcast schedule than some of the bigger networks, which means Janina could probably swing appearances on both. We’ll have to wait and see if Love is Dead survives past its pilot and if Tessa survives past Season 5, Episode 3!
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