‘The Night Of’ is HBO’s new hit drama, and HollywoodLife.com talked EXCLUSIVELY to Amara Karan, who plays Chandra, about what’s next, why Chandra told Naz not to take the plea deal and more. Plus, does Chandra think Naz is innocent or guilty? Check out our Q&A now!
What is next for Chandra in the next couple of episodes?
Chandra is going to become an inextricably involved in the case way beyond what she could have imagined. She is going to get deeper and deeper involved in the case.
Why did Chandra tell Naz to take the plea deal knowing what it could mean?
I think a lot of different things are happening in that moment. I think there’s also some stuff happening with her and her boss. We’ve seen that scene with John Turturro’s character where he says, “Are you just a prop?” I think we then see Chandra be used as a prop because she’s sort of left out in that scene with the lawyers and she’s just watching them and feeling like, “Oh, I’m out. I’ve been left out of your discussions on this case. I was used to get the client and now you’re feeling out the rest of the lawyers on the case.” So what John Turturro’s character says about being used as a prop becomes very much a reality. I think she is probably knowing her power in the mechanics of the situation. Not only was she used and brought in because of her race, I think she’s used again, specifically in that moment, because Glenne Headly’s character, Alison, can see that Naz and Naz’s parents both like Chandra because she listens and talks to them like they’re real human beings, so Alison decides to use Chandra again as a prop when she needs something done.
Chandra is well aware of her own power in the scenario, knowing that she has that element of power over Naz and his parents. He’s listening to her in that moment. That wields her a lot power. But I think she also sees that case is really important. It is a racial issue. I think she sees the criminal justice system as being this system that’s a rigged procedure process where things aren’t right. We shouldn’t have one or two individuals in the system effect how a person is deemed guilty or not guilty in front a jury. We shouldn’t have an innocent man sitting in jail for months on end while he’s waiting to hear if he’s got bail or hearing to plead. So he’s sitting in jail with hardened criminals for months on end and I think in that moment there’s that rebellious thing where it’s like, “No, a lot of sh*t has to change around here.” She has nothing to lose and I guess she feels like she and Naz do have everything to gain.
Any reservations about Naz being innocent?
I don’t think she sees this guy as a murderer. It seems a little far fetched. Having said that, she knows she can’t ultimately know. Even if he is guilty, I think morally that he deserves a fair trial to present the facts to the court. I don’t she really believes he’s guilty at all, but I would say, you can never know.
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