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Live from Cannes: Freida Pinto on New Female Media Company Called We Do It Together
At the Cannes Film Festival, Freida Pinto discusses the newly announced film from We Do It Together, a non-profit dedicated to female-driven content.
Founded in 2015 by Italian filmmaker Chiara Tilesi, We Do It Together, a non-profit film finance and production company dedicated to female-driven content, announced its first feature film this week at the Cannes Film Festival. Titled Together Now, the film is a series of seven shorts pairing a female director with an actress to tell an inspiring story. Freida Pinto, the 31-year-old actress who broke out in 2008′s Slumdog Millionaire, has been paired with director Katia Lund (City of God), and both women touched down in Cannes to promote the initiative.
Turns out, the duo, who have been friends for five years, were trying to make a film together even before this opportunity arose. “The project started with us, we were there before it was born,” begins Lund. “Freida and I were trying to make a film together, but we needed a financing model, so I went to Chiara who I had collaborated with before and told her we wanted to make a film. That same week, two other women had asked her the same question, so she went to a lawyer and got the model for this nonprofit,” she explains, as to how the project came to life.
Lund will accompany Pinto on a trip to Bombay later this week, where Pinto is starring in a new feature film produced by Tabrez Noorani (Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire), who they hope to work with for their segment of Together Now. “It’s a luxury that Katia will be able to spend time on set with me because we’ve never really seen how the other one works, so it will be really helpful in a way,” Pinto explains. While they are unsure as to how the plot will unfold, they want it to take place in either Brazil or Bombay. “The beauty of a project like this is that you have creative freedom,” Lund explains. “So who knows, maybe we’ll film in both!”
Met Gala 2016: When Tory Burch Dressed Freida Pinto. Behind the scenes of Freida Pinto’s final fitting for her computerized, Tory Burch-designed gown for the Costume Institute’s annual gala. There was a lot going on at Tory Burch‘s normally composed Flatiron showroom on Saturday morning.
It was the third and final fitting for the gown the actress Freida Pinto would wear to today’s Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and there was still a lot to get done. The three members of Burch’s design team tugged at the dress’s hem, waist, and shoulders. Pinto, meanwhile, pored over jewelry options spread out across a glass table. Burch herself, lips pursed, quietly took in the scene and offered feedback. Elsewhere, Pinto’s glam squad caucused over inspiration images on a cell phone screen. And, perhaps for the first time during a Met Gala fitting, an engineer was on call for the occasion…read more
“Slumdog Millionaire” star Freida Pinto, who has also featured in films like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Immortals”, says working in a short film is “fascinating” as it allows you to tell a story in less time.
“Short films are very fascinating because we don’t get the comfort of like two hours feature to tell the whole story and develop it. So you pretty much have to be very spot on in a short film to tell the whole story,” Freida, who starred in the short film “Black Knight Decoded” as part of the Pepsi Challenge, told IANS.
“Black Knight Decoded”, released in November last year, imagines a rich narrative around the Black Knight satellite.
“I was actually headed back into the sci-fi world. In America, there are many people who believe in the Black Knight theory and they believe in the extraterrestrial world. It’s very, very big in America. In a way for me to find comfort in it and understand this other world which I didn’t know was very fascinating,” Freida said. “As actors, we always like to do things that we haven’t done before. It’s a great way for us to learn the material and understand a world which we are not very familiar with,” she added.
Directed by Jabbar Raisani, “Black Knight Decoded” follows the journey of a father (David Oyelowo) and daughter (Layla Crawford) on their quest to decode the radio signals transmitted from the Black Knight satellite.
With the help of their friend Ahna (Freida), they seek to unite the world in anticipation of the Black Knight’s (voiced by Usher) revelation on Earth.
Freida, who earlier worked with Oyelowo in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, says it was interesting to work with the “Selma” actor again.
“The other interesting thing for me was getting back to the film set with David Oyelowo. He is such a phenomenal actor. Also Jabbar Raisani is a fantastic young director who is one to watch out for. The way he has put this film together is beyond phenomenal,” she said.
Freida’s upcoming projects include “Jungle Book: Origins” and “Yamasong: March of the Hollows”.
DigitalSpy.com — Freida Pinto has said that she has no intention of starring opposite her boyfriend Dev Patel in a film again.
The couple met and fell in love while shooting Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and have been in a relationship for three years. According to Bollywood.com, the actress said: “I think we created all the magic that was needed for one film. We’re leaving the rest of the magic for our personal lives.”
Revealing aspects of their personal life, the Desert Dancer star said they enjoy cooking together. “I don’t want to say we like cooking because we’re both not good. We argue through the food prep, but it’s fun. I wish I could cook Indian food because I could start a restaurant and have an alternative career. There aren’t any good Indian places in LA,” she said.
The 26-year-old described her romance with Patel as “an amazing journey”.
Yesterday, Freida Pinto delivered a speech on rights and issues concerning girls and women, at the world’s first-ever summit for girls in Londo.
The summit, jointly organised by the government of United Kingdom and Unicef, is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within this generation.
Freida delivered the closing speech along with the Deputy Prime Minister of UK.
FinancialExpress.com — “Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential, but some are being prevented from doing so by harmful practices such as FGM and CEFM, which are illegal in the UK. Girls affected by child marriage and FGM are among the most vulnerable in the world,” Freida said in a statement here. Freida said that she looks forward to discussing how ending child marriage and FGM can preserve a girl’s childhood, promote her education, and reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, thus allowing her to make choices about her own future and fulfill her potential in life.
“More than 125 million girls and women alive today have suffered some form of FGM in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. UNICEF estimates that globally, around one in three young women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18. Around 23 million girls entered into marriage before they reached 15,” the 26-year-old actress said. Freida said that she was concerned about the incidents of FGM and CEFM in India as well.
“It maybe a small community of people that practise it but no matter how small the number is its a violation of human rights and those girls are significant and important to us. We are aware that child marriage is a common practise in some communities but we also need to be aware of the full extent of its damage caused to these young lives physical and psychological,” Freida said.
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.
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.’
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!
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?
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!
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!