'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5: 'True Blood' alum Janina Gavankar joins cast

janina-gavankar-vampire-diaries-season-5-gi.jpg Janina Gavankar is trading in Bon Temps for Mystic Falls.

The former "True Blood" shape-shifter (RIP, Luna!) has booked a potentially recurring role on Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries," TV Line reports. Gavankar will play Tessa, a "beautiful, exotic and self-assured" woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.

Gavankar will first appear in the hit CW series' third episode of the season, which is also a flashback hour. Her other TV credits include "Arrow," "The League" and "The Gates."

Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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