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Happy birthday, Freida!
We want to wish our favorite girl Freida Pinto a very happy birthday, as today marks her 28th! It’s been a great year for Freida as she joined Plan’s inspiring Because I Am a Girl project as well as joined exciting movies such as Desert Dancer (which she just started filming!) and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups! We hope you have the best day and a great coming year. Be sure to leave your birthday wishes to her official Twitter-account @BecauseImFreida!
Updated: Freida Helps Dev Patel Move
Earlier today, Freida Pinto and boyfriend Dev Patel was spotted moving in to a rental home in Santa Monica, California. The house is reportedly worth about $1.5 million and is located in the LA suburbs. The pair looked super happy and was all-smiles as they (well, mostly Dev) carried their boxes into the house.
Updated: Freida’s publicist says she was just helping him set up at the apartment his production team put him up in while he films his HBO mini series (Aaron Sorkin’s More as the Story Develops). Freida simply happened to be in the same city, promoting her upcoming film Immortals and shooting for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “She only helped Dev with his stuff for the tenure of his shoot. Dev and Freida have not moved in together. Dev’s base is still very much London, like Freida’s is Mumbai. They both travel based on their work requirements, and do not have homes, rented or owned anywhere else other than their original base. Anything contrary to this, is completely untrue and incorrect.” And there we have it!
I have included a photo of Freida and Dev (Freidev?) below, simply click here to view more pictures, as well as a photo of the house. Aren’t they the cutest couple?
Freida to Sign Fashion Endorsement Deal?
According to several Indian news sites, Freida Pinto has inked a two-year endorsement deal with a high fashion apparel brand worth $7 million.
She is expected to get $3.5 million a year, and “since it is a two year deal, it makes it a $7 million deal. In Indian rupees, it comes out to be approximately Rs.35 crore. It is higher than what any Indian female celebrity has ever been paid,” said a source close to the 27-year-old Indian model-turned-actress.
When contacted, Anirban Das Blah, managing director of KWAN (the agency that handles Freida’s endorsements in India), told IANS: “It’s a policy never to comment on brand deals. We’ve witnessed Freida’s phenomenal growth in such a short span, and that too on a global platform. Brand Freida stands for very rare, unique and irreplaceable values and imagery, making her the ideal choice for a brand with a global appeal and an Indian focus.”
Although it’s still unknown what fashion brand she’s signed for (if the rumors are to be believed), she has been seen with Calvin Klein Collection‘s Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa (and wearing Calvin Klein) lately. Maybe there’s a hint there? When facts about this turn up, I’ll post it here. Stay tuned!
Elle Honors Freida for Her Personal Style
The winners of the Elle Personal Style Awards were announced yesterday, and Freida Pinto was one of them! She was named ‘Miss Congeniality’ by the fashion magazine. Among the other winners are Mila Kunis (‘The Hottie Next Door’), Blake Lively (‘Self-Made’ reputation for not employing a stylist for herself), Rooney Mara (‘New Romantic’), and British singer Florence Welch (‘Renaissance Woman’).
Elle recognised a total of 29 celebrities and designers for their impeccable taste and daring statements. Congrats to Freida for being one of them!
Freida Pinto is one of India’s “Game Changers”
Freida Pinto has been named as one of India’s “Game Changers” by India Today! She’s currently on the cover with some of the other Indian celebrities on the list, seen to the right. Here’s what they had to say about Miss Pinto:
Freida Pinto, 26, Actor
As a Rajasthani peasant girl seduced by a wealthy hotel heir in Trishna, Freida Pinto may shock Indian audiences with her graphic sexuality, but the role in the Michael Winterbottom film is her most substantial to date. Pinto may have finally stepped out of Latika’s shoes and shaken off the Slumdog Millionaire tag. In a startlingly short span she has starred in a multi-Oscar winning film and worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood-from Danny Boyle to Woody Allen, Julian Schnabel to Winterbottom-something even seasoned actors would give a sculpted arm and a toned leg for. With Trishna, which premiered at the Toronto film festival this month, Pinto has made critics sit up and take note, especially since she’s been dismissed as a gorgeous accessory for her bit roles so far, such as the one in the monster hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
She has come a long way from being a small-time model from Malad in Mumbai to the cover of international glossies and the front row of couture shows.
“She is an interesting combination of being an Indian at heart with an international professionalism and that’s what people find so charming about her.”
Anupam Kher, Actor
Congratulations to this honor, Freida!
Anil Kapoor Wishes Freida “All the Very Best”
Actor Anil Kapoor, who superbly bonded with the cast of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, has nothing but good wishes and expectations from Freida Pinto’s much acclaimed Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The actor, who won the admiration of his Hollywood team and led the forefront at Slumdog‘s Oscar success in Hollywood, is reportedly still very good friends with Freida Pinto and is keen to see her in the recently released Planet of the Apes reboot, which also stars James Franco. When talking about Freida Pinto, Kapoor said:
“I’m so happy to see Freida’s career go from strength to strength. She has worked with some of Hollywood’s best directors in roles that were truly challenging. In doing so she has effortlessly and gracefully made her mark in Hollywood. There has been a lot of anticipation from her film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I wish her all the very best and look forward to watching the film!”