Keck's Exclusives: Numb3rs Vet Navi Rawat Gets Burned
Numb3rs vet Navi Rawat is jumping right back into troubled waters with a dark, sexy role as a mystery woman named Kendra who gets involved with Jeffrey Donovan's Michael Westen on USA Network's Burn Notice.
"My character starts out as the girl next door, but it turns out she's not at all what she appears to be," teases Navi, whose three-episode arc kicks off June 24. "Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) is investigating a case when she first meets my character who is involved in her neighborhood watch program. I appear to be a good, upstanding citizen, but it turns out she has ties to the underworld. She's a pretty explosive surprise."
Navi grew up in Miami where Burn Notice shoots and had come home for a friend's wedding when she was offered the role. "I was able to give the cast and producers a lot of restaurant tips," says the actress, 33. "Miami has a lot of hidden gems."
Navi says her character will turn out to be the polar opposite of her Numb3rs character, Amita, who never got the big splashy wedding to Charlie (David Krumholtz) that Navi had long hoped for.
"To be honest, I would have liked for them to have had a more proper wedding instead of that makeshift wedding," says the actress of the long-running CBS drama's series finale. "We were supposed to have a big wedding and Amita was supposed to get a nice promotion. It all got wrapped up too quickly. But that's what happens when a show gets cancelled. Was it the ideal ending? I don't think so, but in light of the fact that our episode order was reduced, I think they did the best they could. All that was really important was for the two of them to end up together. Rob Morrow said we were lucky we even had a month to pull a finale together."
So what's the chance of her Burn Notice character getting a splashy wedding to Michael Westen? Navi just laughs, turning coy. "We'll see," she says. "There's definitely sparks. I was very excited to work with Jeffrey and had a wonderful time with him and was made to feel very much at home."
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