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

Janina 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?

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