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June has started with a bang – only one week in and already two events in our photo gallery! On June 3rd, Freida attended the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, and two days later she was back in Los Angeles for Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy Season Kick Off Party. Pictures from both appearances can be seen in our gallery. Does Freida look awesome in that oversized hat or what?!
Two nights ago, Freida Pinto attended “An Evening with Women”, hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She looked great in a black and white ensemble, while walking the red carpet at the event. Pictures can be found in our photo gallery, simply click on the previews below to see them all, as per usual.
The past two days, Freida Pinto attended two different events for Christian Dior’s 2018 Cruise Collection – the welcome dinner (on May 10) and runway show & after party (on May 11). She looked stunning in two different Dior (duuh) outfits during the outings, where she was photographed next to actresses such as Brie Larson, Demi Moore, Laura Dern and more. Click on the previews below to see all pictures in our photo gallery.
My first encounter with Freida Pinto isn’t quite what I expected. After Red’s shoot, during which she hugs everyone, nibbles on almonds and twirls in Erdem and Valentino, Pinto, her publicist and I hop in a taxi to her central London hotel, where our interview is scheduled to take place. I’m hopeful for a pre-interview natter. Instead, Pinto announces she’s going to nap. I wonder if this is a canny tactic to avoid talking to a journalist more than is absolutely necessary. Within seconds, despite the rush-hour traffic and a brake-happy cab driver, she’s asleep. The driver, her publicist and I sit in hushed silence, for fear of waking her, for the next 25 minutes.
Both Pinto and the situation perk up, however, when we arrive. “I needed that,” smiles the actress, 32. “I was up until 3am working.” She seems so grateful for the shut-eye, I instantly forgive her for not indulging me with small talk. Publicist gone, we ensconce ourselves in the squishy Chesterfield sofas of the hotel’s drawing room. Pinto orders the baked apples with cinnamon that the kitchen prepare especially for her (“I don’t eat sugar, but I love a treat in the evening”) and sips still water. She’s casual – indigo Mother jeans, a Madewell Breton top, and a grey Lavish Alice coatigan) but properly, effulgently beautiful, all cut-glass cheekbones and Colgate-ad teeth. For the next hour she talks animatedly.
After playing sweet, shy Latika in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, the 2009 film which propelled Pinto to stardom, I was expecting to meet a wallflower, but Pinto is anything but. Where some A-Listers might shy away from talking politics, we dive straight in. Her latest project is Guerrilla, a six-part thriller set in 1970s London about the real-life Black Power Desk, a secretive counter-intelligence unit of the police that was dedicated to crushing black activism. Pinto plays Jas, a political protester turned radical militant. She wastes no time in comparing the plot to today’s politics. “There’s Brexit, Black Lives Matter, Syria… The show feels very ‘of the moment’,” she says.
As is evident on her Instagram page, Pinto went on the Women’s March in LA in January, rallying with a friend atop her shoulders. “What’s happening right now isn’t just political, it’s inhumane,” she explains. “It’s divisive. I have friends in the Muslim nations aff ected by the travel ban. This is not the US I came to. I was accepted after arriving from India and being in one film.”
Freida Pinto is featured inside the pages of People magazine’s annual “World’s Most Beautiful” issue, as she talks about speaking your mind and acting in Guerrilla. Here’s a few excerpts from her interview:
Freida Pinto isn’t one to keep her opinions to herself. “I’m not afraid to speak my mind, and that can get me into trouble,” admits the actress — she stars as ’70s radical Jas in the Showtime miniseries Guerrilla — in the current issue of PEOPLE. “For me [social and political activism] is the only thing that matters.”
The role of Jas is one that Pinto jumped at the opportunity to play. “As a female actor it is a lot harder to come across roles that explore every aspect of the character, not just her beauty,” says the women’s rights advocate. “But Jas and I are similar in our passion.”
Pinto considers herself “really blessed” to have a career in Hollywood but is also “superaware of the fickleness of it all and how fleeting” stardom can be. And despite any ups and downs she’s had through her career, the 32-year-old says she wouldn’t go back and do anything differently.
“I’m just glad that I did everything I had to do in my 20s and got everything out of my system between 18 and 25,” she says. “Now I know what I don’t want. I wouldn’t change anything. If you don’t make mistakes, you never learn.”
For more with Freida Pinto, get the World’s Most Beautiful-issue of People magazine – on newsstands now!