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Freida Selena Pinto (born 18 October 1984) is an Indian actress and model best known for her portrayal of Latika in the 2008 Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. After the success of the film she went on to star in the films such as You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Miral—in which she played the title character—and the box-office hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Early lifePinto was born into a Mangalorean Catholic family in Mumbai. Her surname is of Portuguese origin as the result of her ancestors' conversion to Catholicism by missionaries. Her mother, Sylvia, is the principal of St. John's Universal High School (Goregaon), and her father, Frederick, is a senior branch manager at the Bank of Baroda. Her elder sister, Sharon, who is an associate producer for the NDTV news channel. Pinto dreamed of becoming an actress since she was five years old. When Freida was ten, Sushmita Sen won Miss Universe 1994, which turned out to be a defining point in Freida's life. She studied at Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad, Mumbai and completed a degree in arts with a major in English Literature, and minors in Psychology and Economics, from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She had also acted in plays and amateur theatre while attending St. Xavier's. She later joined Elite Model Management and modelled for two and a half years.


5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Biography

Freida Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai [represented by Elite Model Management India] for two years before gaining her big break when director Danny Boyle picked her out in the audition process to play the female lead, Latika, for his project Slumdog, milioner z ulicy (2008). In a promo interview, Boyle likened spotting her to his discovery of Kelly Macdonald for Trainspotting.

Surprisingly, Freida, who studied at Mumbai's St. Xaviers College, only began taking acting classes [she has done amateur theatre before] after completing her debut film - when she attended a three-month workshop by Barry John, the veteran theatre guru.

Between 2006-07, she anchored 'Full Circle', a travel show which was telecast on Zee International Asia Pacific. She went on assignments to Afghanistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Fiji among other countries.


Freida's parents are from Mangalore, a coastal town in southern India. Her father is a banker, while her mother is the principal of a High School. Her sister, Sharon, is a producer with the Indian news channel, NDTV.

Trained in some forms of Indian classical dance as well as Salsa.

Was engaged to her fiancé Rohan Antao from 2007 until January 2009. They had been in a relationship since 2003.

Auditioned for the part of Bond Girl Camille in 007 Quantum of Solace (2008), but lost out the role to Olga Kurylenko.

The surname "Pinto", is a Portuguese surname meaning "Chick" (little bird). The Portuguese were the first European colonizers and settlers of India, arriving in 1497.

She studied at Carmel of St. Joseph School in Malad and completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

Is in a relationship with Dev Patel, having met on the set of Slumdog, milioner z ulicy (2008) (February 2009).

Was considered to replace Emma Stone in Sucker Punch (2011), but lost out to Jamie Chung.

Her favorite actors are Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp and her favorite actresses are Marilyn Monroe and Nicole Kidman.

Acting career

Pinto at the 2010 International Film Festival of India.Before starring in Slumdog Millionaire, Pinto anchored the international travel show, Full Circle, on Zee International Asia Pacific in English between 2006–08. Pinto was also featured in several television and print advertisements for products such as Wrigley's Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, and DeBeers. Pinto modelled for four years and appeared in runway shows and magazine covers. She learned acting from The Barry John's Acting Studio in Andheri and was trained by theatre director Barry John. After six months of auditions, she received a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto auditioned for Danny Boyle and was short-listed and finally selected to star in Slumdog Millionaire.

Pinto made her feature film debut in 2008 in Slumdog Millionaire playing the role of Latika, the girl with whom Jamal (Dev Patel) is in love. At the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the movie won the Cadillac People's Choice Award. At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, the movie won four awards. Pinto herself was nominated for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" at the 2009 BAFTA Awards, She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture alongside other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire.

In 2009 Pinto was featured in People magazine's "Most Beautiful People List", and "List of World's Best Dressed Women". That same year, the Daily Telegraph reported that she was the highest paid Indian actress (she is not considered a Bollywood star as she never appeared in a Bollywood film). She was also included in Vogue's 2009 list of the top ten most stylish women. On 13 May 2009, Pinto became a new spokesmodel for L'Oréal. People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.

In 2010 she was featured in the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" poll conducted by Askmen.com in 2010.

Pinto co-starred in Woody Allen's comedy-drama film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, with Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Anupam Kher and Naomi Watts, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Pinto appeared in the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, opposite James Franco. She played Caroline, a primatologist, in the film. She also appeared in the 2011 fantasy-action-drama film, Immortals, in which she played the oracle priestess Phaedra. Also in 2011, she played Princess Lailah in the 1930s set Black Gold.


Freida Pinto on Playing Passive ‘Trishna,’ Her ‘Slumdog’ Break, and More

India’s first bona fide Hollywood star in ages keeps getting cast in depressing roles. Between laughs, she talks about never saying ‘no’ in Michael Winterbottom’s Tess remake Trishna, getting cast in Slumdog, and more.
The first thing you notice is the hair, jet black and straight, but not in the way American women iron it out until they look like a third-string publicist or someone in corporate marketing. Then there are the copper-colored eyes, painted with a touch of green and black eyeliner to give them a smoky effect. The lips are insane, the chin is perfect, and the near constant smile is big enough to send Julia Roberts running for cover.
So why is it that people keep casting Freida Pinto as women whose lives are so depressing they can hardly manage to get out of bed?
As a child growing up upper-middle class in Mumbai, Pinto saw a Miss Universe pageant and decided she wanted to be a beauty queen.
Instead she became an actress, the first bona fide Indian movie star in the United States since practically anyone could recall.
Those looks would make it impossible for nearly anyone else to play dramatic roles. How on earth do you empathize with someone so genetically blessed?
But so far she’s managed to do that and to do it just fine. First came Slumdog Millionaire, the 2009 Oscar-winning Danny Boyle film in which she starred as Latika, a young woman so beautiful she winds up a slave, first as a kind of concubine, and then as the wife of a horrible gangster who basically imprisons her.
Now she’s hitting theaters in Trishna, the new directorial effort from Michael Winterbottom and an adaptation of Hardy’s 19th-century novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles set in modern-day India. Pinto plays a poor woman who goes to work at a hotel, falls in love with the wrong man, and descends into despair as his heart grows cold and their relationship becomes more and more destructive.
She was dying to do it, she says, because she thought highly of Winterbottom, whose 2002 film about the Manchester music scene, 24 Hour Party People, is something of a classic among hipster film buffs. And she’d been a fan of Tess when she read it in college.
Still, it was a stretch, she says.
It was hard to get into character.
“Her being so passive was not easy for me to digest,” Pinto says. “Sometimes I needed someone to say, ‘No, you’re playing Trishna. She would not say this, this, this, and this. You’re not going to say ‘no’ to anything, you’re not going to refuse.’ I needed someone to remind me of that all the time.”

Freida Pinto in Trishna. (Marcel Zyskind / BAC Films)
Growing up, Pinto’s mother was a role model for having your cake and eating it too: the headmistress of a school and a woman intent on her daughter becoming more than just a beautiful plaything.
“All she does is teach boys and girls to stand up for themselves and be educated, even if it means saying ‘no’ to her,” Pinto says. “It’s a completely opposite thing my mom has given me. And my grandfather, who was my mom’s worst nightmare, said, ‘Always ask why.’ And can you imagine how many ‘whys’ I used to ask as a child? From my grandpa to my parents, it’s always been about questioning things.”
At 16, Pinto wanted to start making her own money, so she suggested to her mother a job idea she had. “I said, ‘There’s this thing girls do. They serve Bacardi shots at parties, and I’m going to go and do that.’ And she was like, ‘You are not going to go and do that.’”
Finally, mom allowed her to go ahead and become an entertainer at children’s parties. Then Pinto began modeling. She got a gig as the host of a travel show that sent her all around Southeast Asia. But what the girl really wanted to do was act.
The first real gig she got was Slumdog, but it was not an easy job to land. “I auditioned for six months before I got the role,” Pinto says. “It was not just me. They had to find the me, and the younger me, and the younger younger me,” she says. (The movie tracks three kids growing up in the slums from the time they’re tots until they’re in their early 20s).
But it turned into a massive worldwide hit, and during filming Pinto fell in love with her co-star Dev Patel, with whom she now lives in Los Angeles, where he is doing the new Aaron Sorkin HBO show The Newsroom.
“I said, ‘There’s this thing girls do. They serve Bacardi shots at parties, and I’m going to go and do that.’ And she was like, ‘You are not going to go and do that.’”
How did news of their involvement break in the press? “It was over here, courtesy of one of our other co-stars, who decided to say something on the red carpet to Ryan Seacrest. And who better than to reveal it to than Ryan Seacrest?” She bursts out laughing. “It was awkward.”
One thing about fame Pinto doesn’t mind is all the freebies that come with being a young starlet. “It’s a funny situation, when you can actually buy things, you get things for free. Ha ha ha. And it’s always nice. I’m happy to promote brands. I make sure I send the picture irrespective of whether they let me keep it. But it’s a strange situation. Finally it happens, I get my paycheck from Slumdog, and I start getting gifted.”
Where’s the bag from, I ask.
“Roger Vivier,” she says. “I love him.”

Author: Jacob Bernstein


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