After years of being the "who's that hot girl?" girl with small roles on shows like Roswell, 24, and Angel, Navi Rawat has stepped to the fore on her hit crime show, Numb3rs. We caught up with her in between investigations.
First things first: How was life on The O.C.?
It was a sensation, so I was fortunate to get cast as Theresa. It wasn't easy being the only "lady of color" in the very pasty O.C. Everyone else was very wealthy. Theresa actually had to have a job.
For the uninitiated, what's the deal with Numb3rs?
It's about two brothers in the FBI: Don Eppes, who is "the normal agent," and Charlie who is a genius who uses math to solve crimes. I play Amita, one of Charlie's former students who is also in a relationship with him.
Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?
In college I had a crush on one of my professors. I used to bat my eyelashes and coo at him. He didn't respond at all, which made me like him even more.
Where did little Navi grow up?
Well, I did most of my schooling in Miami.
Did kids carry cocaine in their lunch boxes?
No cocaine in my lunch box, but kids are doing scary stuff these days.
Can you educate us about approaches that would absolutely not work on a beauty such as yourself?
I think it's a mistake to go after someone just based on looks. But I always respond to people who don't act that interested in me. Perhaps that's juvenile. But if they're overeager, you can just smell the desperation.
So ignore you - got it!
But don't be too dismissive. Like, if you have a nice conversation at a party, then the guy starts ignoring you, and then he calls a few days later...You were an asshole then-why would I want to go out with you now?
The sad thing is, that probably works for 90 percent of guys.
True. A lot of things can work to get a girl in the sack. But you have to think of the quality of girl you get with these lame moves.