Freida Pinto Talks Race, Relationships, and Why She’s Tired of Playing the Pretty Girl

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.”

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Freida Pinto isn’t Afraid to Speak Her Mind – Even if it Gets Her into Trouble

Freida PintoFreida 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!

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Freida Pinto on the Life-Changing Magic of Saying “No”

Can someone in Hollywood please find a funny role for Freida Pinto? Her sister, Sharon, is begging you.

When the 32-year-old actress told her sibling she’d signed on to make Showtime’s ’70s underground activist drama Guerrilla, Sharon had some concerns: “Do you get raped? Do you get killed? What happens?”

Understandable. Since Pinto hip-swiveled and thumka’d off the screen of 2009’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and into fashion magazine pages everywhere, she’s appeared in a host of serious-issue films. Movies like Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel, about a Palestinian girl caught in the Arab-Israeli conflict; Desert Dancer, about a young Iranian who risks his life to work for his art; and the upcoming Love Sonia, a drug-trafficking drama in which Pinto stars as the owner of a brothel.

Now, in Guerrilla, written and produced by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and co-starring Idris Elba, Pinto plays a nurse radicalized by an underground cell in London in the early 1970s. Pinto describes the six-episode series as “my dream television gig”—i.e., “six heavy, intense, juicy, entertaining episodes of something that will get people talking.

But Pinto is also ready for an upbeat turn, and she promises she’s not as dark as some of her roles suggest. “I’m very bright on life in general,” she says, sipping a turmeric latte with almond milk, no sweetener, at Bardonna, a coffee-house in Larchmont, near her Los Angeles home. “But in performances, I like getting out of myself.” Plus Guerrilla, she says, has at least a few moments of lightness and levity. (Sharon apparently responded to this by saying Pinto had “a very f—ed-up sense of ‘light.’ ”)

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Freida Pinto in British Vogue’s May Issue

Freida Pinto is featured in the May issue of the British edition of Vogue magazine to promote her new mini-series Guerrilla. She’s included in the “television portfolio” among other actresses such as Michelle Dockery, Kate Bosworth, Jenna Coleman and more. See a stunning picture of Freida in this post, and read a quote from her interview below. Magazine scans will be added as soon as we can get our hands on a copy. Check back later for that!

“I have to admit, I think the Brits had it right way before the Americans when it came to TV,” Freida Pinto said about filming Guerrilla – her first ever television role – in London. “I grew up in India watching British television and it was always intelligent and always entertaining. It felt like coming home.”

Freida Pinto Shows Her Passionate Side and Causes a Stir in Showtime’s “Guerrilla”

In the midst of the bleakness and despair that flavored much of 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” Freida Pinto stood out.

The film, which won several Oscars, including best picture, marked Pinto’s breakthrough, and the lingering shot of her character Latika smiling radiantly from a train platform at her childhood friend and love of her life Jamal (Dev Patel) was one of the drama’s most memorable images.

But smiles do not come easily for Jas Mitra, the radical activist portrayed by the Indian actress in Showtime’s new limited series “Guerrilla,” which premieres Sunday. In the fictional drama, which takes place in 1971 London against the backdrop of the British urban guerrilla movement, Jas is fueled by a fierceness that has little tolerance for those who do not share her all-consuming quest for justice.

Accompanied by her less impulsive black boyfriend Marcus Hill (Babou Ceesay), Jas becomes even more uncompromising — and violent — as the couple head down a dangerous path.

“I’ve never been able to play somebody like this — I’ve never been given the chance,” Pinto said recently in a Pasadena hotel during a promotional stop for the six-episode drama created by Oscar winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”).

“This is the kind of role that actors live for,” she added. “You can play characters that are good but don’t always show your range. I’ve always known that if you give me the chance, I’ll show you what I can do. I am so blessed that John saw in me the passion and the drive I have.”

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Freida Pinto in the May Issue of In Style

Freida Pinto is currently gracing the pages of In Style magazine’s May issue (with Amy Schumer on the cover) talking about her career and new show Guerrilla. Pinto describes how voluntarily taking time away from the spotlight actually benefit her in the long run. “Staying silent work-wise for about two and a half years instead of taking every project that was going to objectify me or put me further into the box that I was already being put into was a big risk that I had to take, and it was a very frustrating risk.”

“It was years of anxiety, but it has paid off because it has made me realize that you only do what you’re passionate about, and things that really drive you, because everything else you will not put 100 percent into it.”

Photos from the editorial and magazine scans will be added when we can get our hands on them. Until then, enjoy!

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia – June 2014

Freida Pinto is featured in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia for their June issue! In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she shares her love for Chanel, talks of protecting herself from the public eye, her obsession with shoes and other things. In the magazine, she models several Chanel looks from its Paris-Dallas Métier d’Art collection in a spread that was shot in Dubai during the Chanel Cruise show earlier this month. Added to our gallery is 1 scan and 4 outakes, all shot by Mathieus Cesar, courtesy to DailyMail.co.uk for the photos.

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On her affection for shoes:
They’re my biggest obsession but I don’t even know how many I have. It’s a bit obscene for me, but I’m sure there are people that have way more. It’s really weird though, because my love for shoes isn’t because I want to wear them all. I mean, there are only so many days in the year, so it’s impossible to wear all of them, but I have them because they’re so beautiful, like works of art, and I love looking at them.

On her outlasting love for Chanel:
It was amazing that the brand believed in me, and I felt very, very lucky. If you wear Chanel to a premiere, you feel like you’ve kinda made it.

On her practices for yoga:
No matter where I am, once a day I bring myself to the mat. But I don’t practice a very calm style of yoga. If I’m working on something big, then my mind is absolutely mental, running wild, with a million different things going on, so the cardio really helps to calm me down.

Dailymail.co.uk — Freida admitted to not always feeling beautiful: ‘I was at an event with Karlie Kloss last year and it was horrible standing next to her. She’s a beautiful lady and I felt like a little ant!’

Shoes are not the only vice the Mumbai-born actress admitted to. ‘Bread. I love it,’ she said. ‘Not just bread, but bread as pizza or rolls – I want, want, want,’.

One thing you won’t find this beauty doing is cooking. She told the magazine she considers it a ‘waste of time’ and that she eats out when in Los Angeles and has someone cook for her while in India.

The actress insists that her family and friends keep her grounded. ‘I’ve never been brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth, and have been taught to work hard for things I want and not expect anything,’ she said. ‘Everyone around me would tell me if I did something arrogant or I got too big for my boots.’

Elle India (March) – Magazine Scans

Freida Pinto was featured in Elle India’s March 2014 Issue. I’ve added 7 beautiful medium quality scans from her section which you can view below.

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‘Vogue India’ October Cover

Hi everyone! Freida Pinto covers the October issue of Vogue India Magazine! She’s hot and perfect on the photoshoot that she make for this issue. Here you read her interview, and you can see the cover and the first unofficial pictures of the photoshoot.

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VogueCover“What is the estimated time of arrival for the cats?” the production manager asks anxiously into her cell phone. Two hawks and a horse are already in the studio. The clothes racks are weighed down by all manner of dark ensembles — a Roberto Cavalli dress, a Chanel jacket, a Gareth Pugh coat, amongst others. Amidst the neighing and the screeching, and a good 15 minutes ahead of her call time, arrives Freida Pinto.

You wouldn’t guess she’s flown into Mumbai from Los Angeles earlier that morning if you heard her. Photographer Bharat Sikka wants her to get on the horse? She can do it. Her nails need to be painted black? She knows just the right matte shade; a baffled nail artist is told the name and number.
Four and a half years ago, Vogue put on its cover a 24-year-old Pinto, freshly-minted from the success of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. She was a shiny debutante overwhelmed by the paparazzi stalking her every move; awed by things like “getting handbags from Tod’s, Bulgari and Dior — all in one day.”

But Pinto is an ingénue no more. Her public appearances no longer involve dancing to ‘Jai ho‘ on TV, which she did good-naturedly for the better part of 2009. “After one year of doing [it] on every live television show, you go ‘Screw you! I’m not doing it one more time’,” she laughs.
She has appeared in six movies since her debut, and another two are in post-production. During this time, she has worked with an all-star roster of directors, travelled to Sierra Leone and Ethiopia as global ambassador for Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, had an audience with the UN secretary general, filmed under trying circumstances at the West Bank, made it to the front rows of New York, Paris and London fashion weeks and kissed Superman (Henry Cavill to mortals). Read full article.

Grazia India 5th Anniversary Cover Shoot

I’ve uploaded new pictures of Freida, for her new Cover Shoot for the 5th Anniversary of her career. She’s perfect on that pictures!! You can see the scans below. You can also watch the behind the scene video! Pictures have been taken by photographer Tarun Vishwa. Enjoy!

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