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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
Occasionally, you find yourself in the presence of someone who’s a very particular breed of how-do-you-actually-exist beautiful. We know you’ve been there, because we have too: we’re talking the kind of aesthetically-pleasing face that forces you to abandon all hope of acting cool and instead interrupt them to ask how the hell they got their eyelashes to do that. Basically, all hope of behaving your damn self goes out the window.
Need an example? Take, for instance, when we recently found ourselves lunching in Montreal for L’Oréal Paris’s Hydra Total 5 launch (sorry stateside shoppers—this one’s exclusive to our home & native land), seated juuuust adjacent to Freida Pinto. Again, because we’ve been there before, we know from personal experience that the potential for awkward silences here is high. But luckily for us, it’s not so when you’re with the likes of Freida. As it turns out, Pinto comes armed with razor sharp jokey retorts and unfiltered commentary on just about everything (in the very best way possible). Here’s everything we learned (or more accurately, gleaned from bombarding her with the same line of questioning we mentioned up there) from the actress; from the best DIY face mask, her biggest beauty misstep and for once and for all, how she gets her eyelashes to do that….read more