‘Big Sky’ Star Janina Gavankar Talks Having a ‘Little Perspective’ on Career

by Allison Hambrick
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Big Sky actress Janina Gavankar explained how perspective can triumph over negativity when your career finds you in a rough spot. In an interview with Collider, the actress opened up about why you can’t let others slow you down.

“There are so many options,” Gavankar said. “The first thing you have to remember is that everything is temporary, so even the longest-lasting production is going to be a decade of your life and then you’re done. If you’re making it to a decade, you’re making so much money… Shut up and go cry in your mansion! So that’s one: have a little perspective.”

“Number two, if it’s somebody that’s like not really down to play…” the Big Sky star said. “You know, you still have to do your job.” To Gavankar, a costar with a bad attitude is no reason to give up.

“My favorite theater teacher is this Bulgarian actor named Jason Paenkov,” she continued. “He’s like part of the Steppenwolf company. I got to watch him in shows when I was in theater school. One of the things he said in class was ‘Some days you feel it, sometimes you don’t–still gotta do your job.”

However, there is one thing that Gavankar will not ignore. The Big Sky actress will always stand up for the crew. Because “it takes a hundred people to get through the day,” it is unfair to discount their contributions to the production. Gavankar said that “we’re in an era where you can’t get away with it forever,” so she wants to “be a part of that change.”

Gavankar Talks Landing Big Sky Role

In the ABC thriller Big Sky, Gavankar plays Ren. Her character is part of a crime family that involved in a case that protagonists Jenny and Cassie, played by Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury. She also discussed how this role came about in the same interview.

“This was an offer, and Elwood, the showrunner, wanted to get on Zoom and chat. It was happening pretty quickly, so I sat here in the same place I am right now with you on this same exact laptop, and her talked to me about her. Funny thing: he was like ‘I know you’re going to ask me like who is she, like you’re gonna ask me about the character. But the truth is, I don’t really know. My process is that I like to find actors and I like to collaborate with them and I like to write for them.’ And I was like ‘you are speaking my language, sir.'”

The showrunner told her the basics. Her character came from a crime family, and she was extremely excited to share the screen with actors who she considered friends. Sometimes, these opportunities present themselves, if you’re open to them.

The Big Sky star’s top advice is simple: “If you are lucky enough to sustain a career and you’re just a nice person. you’ll end up working with a lot of the same people again.”