With her worldly poise, international acclaim, and really
cute smile, Freida Pinto is set to illuminate Hollywood this year - especially with her recent turn as Phaedra in The Immortals
and her upcoming lead role in Trishna
, a retelling of Tess of the Durbervilles
set in rural India. Ellen Carpenter met the 27-year-old actress in Venice Beach, California to discuss her new projects.
On filming Trishna
: Freida and Trishna are very, very different people, and that's why the character was even more intriguing for me to take on, because it's so opposite me...I didn't relate to her. I am not a silent sufferer like she is. She just would take on whatever pain that was given to her... I know people find it so hard to believe that women like this would exist in the 21st century but the truth of the matter is, they actually do!
On her first acting roles - dancing in front of her family's kitchen table.
I'd be like, "Time to present!" I'd sing, I'd dance - I'd just put on a solo show like a schizo, playing all the characters.
On her goal of playing a range of ethnicities on film.
Sometimes I get attacked for wanting to not just be an "Indian Actress." It's funny because I think a British actor can play an American or an Australian or French. But when I try and play roles where I could physically fit into that character, but maybe I'm not from that country, people are like, "Wait, why is an Indian actress playing that?" But why not, you know?
Plus: See Freida on NYLON TV!