2018 Actors Panel

Join Rebecca Dealy from Chrystie Street Casting for an in-depth conversation about working in today’s TV industry. Panelists include Italia Ricci (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR), Eka Darville (JESSICA JONES), and Janina Gavankar (TRUE BLOOD) at the Greenport Theatre. Entry is included with VIP Festival Pass, and individual tickets tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, July 18. Entry is included with VIP Festival Pass, or tickets will be available in July.

Saturday 9/8 1:30 pM

Featured Actors:

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Italia Ricci (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, SUPERGIRL)

Italia can most recently be seen in the hit ABC series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR playing ‘Emily Rhodes’ opposite Kiefer Sutherland. Prior to this, Italia recurred as the ‘Silver Banshee’ in SUPERGIRL for CBS. Italia is best known for starring in the ABC Family series, CHASING LIFE, as ‘April Carver,’ an aspiring journalist trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper while trying to balance her family and the devastating revelation that she has cancer. She was also seen in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON opposite himself, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore as well as in the indie feature THE REMAINING.


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EKA DARVILLE (JESSICA JONES, THE ORIGINALS)

Eka can currently be seen on the critically acclaimed Marvel/Netflix series JESSICA JONES.  He plays the series regular role of “Malcolm”, a neighbor of the lead character “Jessica Jones”, whose own journey intertwines with her quest in a surprising way.  Eka recently completed shooting the indie film HER SMELL opposite Elisabeth Moss who stars as a drug addicted rock star forced to face a career decline in addition to her crumbling personal life.  He plays “Ya-Ema”, a shaman and spiritual guru of Moss’s character.  Previous television credits include recurring roles on the hit FOX series EMPIRE and The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff THE ORIGINALS.  Previous film credits include The Weinstein Company’s THE SAPPHIRES, the title role of Andrew Adamson’s MR. PIP opposite Hugh Laurie and the Fox/Walden film NIM’S ISLAND with Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin.  


JANina gavankar (SLEEpy Hollow, True blood)

Indian/Dutch Actress, musician, producer, and geek, Janina Gavankar is a modern-day renaissance woman, transitioning effortlessly between film, television shows, and video games. Gavankar shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously forging her path in the tech and music with tremendous success. Most recently, Gavankar starred as Imperial solider Iden Versio in “Star Wars: Battlefront II – Hero,” which was released November 14, 2017. In television, Gavankar most recently starred as Diana Thomas, female lead of FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW. Gavankar is known for playing diverse characters, most prominently as Luna, the shapeshifter on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD; Shiva, the namesake of the sought after trophy on FX’s THE LEAGUE, Papi, the swashbuckling Latina lotharia on Lifetime’s THE L WORD and Meredith, the whip cracking NY cop in NBC’s MYSTERIES OF LAURA. Additional roles include a series regular role on ABC’s THE GATES, and recurring roles on CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and ARROW, as well as FOX’s TRAFFIC LIGHT and THE GOODWIN GAMES. She will next star opposite Erin Foster and Don Johnson in FOX’s untitled comedy pilot (fka DADDY ISSUES) from actress-writer Foster, NEW GIRL creator Liz Meriwether, 20th Century Fox TV, and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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Moderated by:

REBECCA DEALY (Casting Director, Chrystie Street Casting)

Film Credits:  PATTI CAKE$,  A KID LIKE JAKE, MOTHER!, HEREDITARY, IN LIKE FLYNN, ASSASSINATION NATION, AN ACTOR PREPARES, SLICE, ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS, AS YOU ARE (Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival) JACKIE (Artios Nomination), JOY, THE BOOK OF HENRY, PIMP, THE WANNABE, DRAFT DAY.

TV: TAKEN (NBC),PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS), MADOFF (ABC Miniseries), WILL (TNT), CIVIL (PILOT), and BELIEVE (NBC).