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Mysteries of Laura Star Janina Gavankar’s Best On-Screen Kiss Is Unexpected

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Mysteries of Laura star Janina Gavankar tells Us Weekly who her best on-screen kiss came from, plus more about her NBC show.

Kissing and telling! The Mysteries of Laura star Janina Gavankar isn’t keeping mum about her on-screen lip-locks. The actress spoke to Us Weekly about new episodes of her NBC cop show, her potential return to the final season of FXX’s fantasy football comedy The League, and the mystery costar whom she’s crowned “best kisser.”

It’s been a busy few weeks for Gavankar, who recently released the music video for a new mix of her song “Don’t Look Down” – watch it here – featuring the Drum Corps International’s Jersey Surf, which returned her to her percussion roots. Then, hot off the wrap of Mysteries, she recently joined a new CBS comedy pilot written by executive producer Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren and starring Adam Brody.

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First, the kissing: Gavankar, 34, has been a working actress since 2001, and is no stranger to a racy love scene after appearing in The L Word and True Blood. But the best kisser title actually belongs to Paul Scheer, her ex-TV boyfriend on The League. “Paul Scheer is the best kisser out of everyone that I’ve kissed in my career. He’s got really full lips,” she dished.

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Janina Gavankar “would feel sad about it” if she couldn’t return for the finale season of FXX’s The League.

The series is ending after its seventh season later in 2015, and Gavankar hopes to be able to return as Shiva, the patron saint of the series’ fantasy league. “I would feel sad about it [if I couldn’t come back],” she shared.

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Although NBC picked up a full 22-episode first season of Mysteries of Laura, the show isn’t guaranteed a second season. The occasional Arrow and The Vampire Diaries guest star said she is enjoying the new family she and her costars (including Debra Messing and Josh Lucas) have made in the New York City studio where they film.

Mysteries of Laura
Janina Gavankar said she is enjoying the new family she and her Mysteries of Laura costars (including Debra Messing and Josh Lucas) have made in the New York City studio where they film.

“My happiest days are when we are at the sound stage in Silvercup Studios where we film the precinct scenes,” she revealed. “We have this little bullpen area where we all have our rooms and a little coffee hangout. The other day was the day that everyone brought their kids. Roman, Debra’s son, who’s such a rockstar. He’s got a firm handshake. Noah, who is Josh’s alien smart child. Everybody had their dogs there.”

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The procedural, about Messing’s titular character juggling her jobs as a police detective and a mom of unruly boys, airs its final four episodes of season 1 beginning Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. ET, and the stakes are high, Gavankar teased. “I know what happens at the end of the season, something big does go down. Anybody can die at any point, and someone could this year.”

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