Freida Pinto: Glamour Goddess


You know her from

Slumdog Millionaire

Look for her next in

Rise Of The Apes

GLAMOUR: How is it possible for you to maintain your privacy in India?

FREIDA PINTO: Here you have to do Bollywood films to be recognized, so I’m lucky. In the morning, I jog around the park with my sister in our building’s complex. She keeps making fun of me because I wear big sunglasses: “Oh, it’s the celebrity Freida Pinto with her big sunglasses on.” And I say, “I’m doing it to protect my eyes from the sun!”

GLAMOUR: You’ve played women of several different ethnicities. Do you identify as an actress first, an Indian woman first, or neither?

FREIDA PINTO: I think people are starting to become more color-blind in the industry. Of course, my Indian-ness cannot be ignored. At the same time, if I am being considered for a romantic comedy, I would like if [the script] didn’t try to inject as much ethnicity into the story as possible.

GLAMOUR: In Miral, you play a Palestinian woman who’s orphaned. What drew you to this material?

FREIDA PINTO: The moment I read the script, I fell in love with the story, because it wasn’t just a story about four women; it was a story of the people of Israel and Palestine. I felt if there were any way I could be part of this peacemaking process by lending a human touch to the character, I wanted to be involved. I wish people would [remember]that there are children and soldiers dying on both sides. You can’t ignore the politics, but hopefully that won’t become the focus of the film.

GLAMOUR: You were filming in Tunisia when the uprising happened there. What was that like?

FREIDA PINTO: Terrifying. There was a civil war going on. People were burning down shops and malls; there was killing and bloodshed. I was stuck in this massive hotel with 354 rooms and only six guests. The lights kept shutting down, and there was a 5:00 P.M. curfew. But I wasn’t there by myself: Dev [Patel, her Slumdog costar and current boyfriend] came down to see me. I was so glad I had company.

GLAMOUR: Just as your career was taking off, you went through a breakup [with her previous boyfriend]. The Indian tabloids had a field day, accusing you of having been secretly married. How did you handle that?

FREIDA PINTO: I wouldn’t have been able to if it weren’t for my two heroes, my mom and my dad. Their understanding was all I needed. I’ve learned to develop a thick skin, but you’re bound to be affected when you read something bad about yourself in the paper and it’s rubbed in your face over and over. Once, I was at a Tube station in London, and some Indian-Asian guy came up to me and said, “Oh, it’s the ‘dump-dog’ millionaire.” These things happen in life. Forget about celebrities; [breakups] happen to college students, to people who’ve been in relationships for 20 years.

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Freida Pinto: Glamour Goddess | Freida Pinto, Magazine : Just Jared.

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