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HBO True Blood Star Janina Gavankar Releases New Single [Exclusive Interview]

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The best way for Janina Gavankar to unwind after a busy day on a movie set is to head right to the recording studio to work on her music. The actress and singer, who is currently starring on HBO's True Blood as shape-shifter Luna Garza, tells me in an interview that making music helps to fuel her creative spirit. "I've always felt that the better I become as a musician, the better I become as an actor," she explains. "If I take a day and I do a four hour piano practice, the next day I show up on set and I'm immediately better. It is all emotional muscle work."

She adds, "In music I deal with every single issue and thought in my brain and it's my chance to be completely honest. Music and acting satisfy the same artistic spirit. One informs the other. There are many similarities to creating a song and creating a character, but the performance aspect is very different. In acting you hardly have any control. The only thing you do is show up and play your role. Music is my chance to be a control freak."

Following the True Blood season finale on Sunday, Gavankar will release her new single, entitled "Waiting For Godot" on Tuesday. Named after Samuel Beckett's legendary play, the song is a striking electro-pop tune that combines experimental production stylings with Ganvankar's mesmerizing vocals that will instantly appeal to fans of artists like Imogen Heap and Ellie Goulding. "Waiting For Godot" is taken from her forthcoming new EP that she expects to release in the fall. "It's a very personal EP. I'm a bit terrified," Gavankar confides. "I've built a career on turning into different people, so doing music is the exact opposite of that."

One of the people she collaborated with on her new EP is Cherrytree/Interscope artist Matthew Koma. "He's a great friend and we wrote a beautiful song together," she says. "It's called 'Die Young.'"

Gavankar, who is from Indian and Dutch descent, is fortunate enough that she can release the music on her own schedule. "Because I'm also an actor I don't have to make music according to anybody's plan. I can make it when I can when I want to. so I'm taking my time and only release music that at I absolutely love," she explains. "I don't have anybody tell me who to work with and I do a lot of work myself. I care so deeply. I'm a perfectionist."

After her leading roles on The L Word and ABC's The Gates, Gavankar love being part of True Blood and not in the least because it is important for the show to pay tribute to great music. "I love the music on True Blood. That opening scene is the coolest scene ever," Gavankar smiles. "It's so unsettling in just the right way. One of the things that I love about the show is that we name our title of each episode after the title of the song we close the episode with it. It's a way for the show to honor music."

No word yet if Gavankar will resume her role of Luna on the next season of True Blood, but regardless of her future acting gigs she will give fans plenty of exciting new music to entertain us with. (Click here to download Janina Gavankar "Waiting For Godot" on iTunes when it's released on Tuesday.)

August 25, 2012 | Permalink