A former model and television presenter, Freida Pinto made an impressive debut as the childhood sweetheart of a young Indian game show contestant in "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). Though her previous w...
Actor Dev Patel was left stunned after famed photographer Mario Testino confronted him about his relationship with Indian beauty Freida Pinto at the beginning of their romance. The Slumdog Millionaire star met Pinto on the set of their Oscar-winning film in 2008 and they began dating a year later, but there were some who weren't convinced the unlikely couple should be together.
In an interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, Patel recalls, "I remember going to this one Burberry show, and it was exciting. They've always been very kind to me and, even as a gangly guy, I felt I was rocking their suits.
"So when I was invited to one of the fashion shows in London, I went. Even though I had this preconceived notion - 'I'm not going to fit in with this crowd, it's going to be intimidating.' I was sitting there, and this fellow (Testino) says, 'Are you the one dating Freida Pinto?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, I guess.'
"And then he says: 'Why? How? Why is she dating you? She's so beautiful.' And I say, 'Yeah. She is!' And then he says: 'But you're so, ugh, so normal-looking.'"
Patel and Pinto split last year (14) but he insists rumours they forged a romantic relationship to promote their careers are untrue, adding, "That would be a really long game for a horny 17 year old to play. There's not even any point me trying to clarify or justify it, because then you give those silly headlines power. And they mean nothing. I never read gossip because it doesn't matter to me...
"We are incredibly close. She's just a really generous, patient human being who has been one of the most impactful people on my life. A lot of my motivation has come from her, from being with her and knowing her."
"I'm not a heroin junkie and I'm glad I do not have to take recourse to that in order to feel free... In order to understand them (junkies), in order to understand what makes them tick... I wanted to really make this a true background research (sic), and so the director and I took a couple of NA meetings in London. We sat at the back of the room and listened to everybody talk." Actress Freida Pinto researched her new role as a real-life drug addict in Desert Dancer by attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Slumdog Millionaire co-stars and real-life couple Freida Pinto and Dev Patel have split after almost six years together, according to multiple reports.
The actors met on the set of the Oscar-winning film in 2008 and started dating shortly afterwards, but they have since called time on their relationship.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "Dev and Freida have broken up. They have been done for a while."
Pinto, who celebrated her 30th birthday without Patel in October (14), was previously engaged to her former publicist Rohan Antao. They broke off the romance at the start of 2009.
Simon Pegg, Kate Bosworth and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have thrown their support behind embattled actress Emma Watson after hackers threatened to leak nude pictures of her just days after her hard-hitting pro-feminism speech. The Harry Potter star hit headlines after addressing United Nations (U.N.) delegates in New York on Saturday (20Sep14) in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote the organisation's HeForShe campaign.
Hackers targeted the actress a day after her gender equality speech and threatened to release nude pictures of her on Friday (26Sep14) as part of the ongoing leaks which have affected stars across Hollywood.
Watson has now received a wave of celebrity support with numerous stars throwing their weight behind the campaign.
Fellow actress Kate Bosworth sent Watson a message on Tuesday (23Sep14) calling her speech "powerful" while British star Pegg wrote, "Husband to a wife, father to a daughter, son to a mother. You bet I'm on board, @EmWatson! #heforshe."
James Van Der Beek writes, "Guys, @EmWatson really got it right. Gender equality isn't about taking a side, it's about human dignity for all. It's evolution #HeForShe (sic)."
She has also received support from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who praised her for tackling the subject of feminism, while country singer Jenifer Nettles wrote, "Way to go @EmWatson! It's not us against them'! We're all in this together! #feminismispositiveforall (sic)."
Sophia Bush, Carly Rae Jepsen, Camilla Belle, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding and Freida Pinto are among the other female stars who have also thrown their support behind Watson.
Indian actress Freida Pinto joined British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Tuesday (22Jul14) to campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). The Slumdog Millionaire star attended the Girl Summit, the first global conference dedicated to eradicating FGM and child marriage, two issues which plague African and Asian countries.
Pinto spoke to representatives from 50 nations in her role as ambassador for Plan International, a children's rights charity.
During the conference she said, "Every 10 seconds, one girl has been cut. No religion or culture can be used to help cushion or justify these acts. They need to go. I often think of the fear a girl faces when she is taken to the forest, pinned down and cut. I think of the fear a girl feels when she is told the man she is to marry is a little older than her father."
"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 L.A.!" Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto regrets not being able to cook a good Indian meal.
Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde AND Gerard Butler are among the big names who will host New York's free Global Citizen Festival on 28 September (13). They will be joined by will.i.am, Erin Heatherton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Karolina Kurkova and Freida Pinto. Alicia Keys and John Mayer will headline the event, which aims to help tackle poverty worldwide.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) has tweeted a new photo from the set of the movie due out May 23, 2014. And if this isn't a doozy to quicken the hearts of all true fans of the Apes franchise, I don't know what is. It's a shot of Reeves talking to Andy Serkis in his motion-capture suit (on the right) riding a horse! That means apes will be riding horses in the movie, just like in Charlton Heston's original 1968 classic, Planet of the Apes.
But what could be going on here? In 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Serkis' Caesar was last seen fleeing into Marin County's Muir Woods with his cognitively-enhanced simian companions after a battle on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. He had violently rejected humanity after a series of gross misunderstandings and bid farewell to his former master James Franco and female tag-along (can't really call her a character) Freida Pinto. The final moments of Rise saw the plague Franco had engineered strickening all of humanity, presumably leading to our near-extinction. That means the apes can now make their conquest! Paging Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban!
Except, if this photo is any indication, the apes still appear to be hiding out in the forest. Maybe they're just using Muir Woods — which movie fans will recognize immediately from Vertigo and Return of the Jedi — as their home base or staging area, because we do know that Gary Oldman has been cast as the leader of humanity's resistance to the ape threat. Oldman will be joined by Keri Russell (reuniting with her old Felicity exec producer Reeves), Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke.
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Screenwriter Rula Jebreal is heading down the aisle after becoming engaged to her boyfriend. The journalist, whose debut book Miral was adapted into a film starring Freida Pinto, has confirmed she is to marry investment entrepreneur Arthur Altschul, Jr. after he proposed last month (Apr13).
Altschul tells the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "We are engaged. We're very much in love, and look forward to being married."
Jebreal dated filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who directed Miral, for five years, but they split in 2011 and he is now expecting a child with his fiancee, former Victoria's Secret model May Andersen.
Hosted the travel series "Full Circle" for the Zee Channel International Asia Pacific network
Cast as Phaedra opposite Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke in "Immortals"
Made her film debut with a breakthrough role as Latika in Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire"
Cast in Woody Allen's ensemble film "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
Portrayed a Palestinian orphan in Julian Schnabel's biographical film "Miral," based on Rula Jebreal's novel
Co-starred with James Franco in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Modeled for four years, appearing in runway shows and on magazine covers
Featured in several television and print advertisements such as Airtel and DeBeers
A former model and television presenter, Freida Pinto made an impressive debut as the childhood sweetheart of a young Indian game show contestant in "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). Though her previous work had made her a household name in South Asian countries, the runaway success of "Millionaire" gave her unprecedented exposure to a global audience, which was near-universally charmed by her emotionally charged performance. The shower of accolades earned by the film during the 2008 award season seemed to indicate that Pinto would not have long to access the upper echelons of Hollywood and beyond.
Dated for five years and were engaged from 2007-09; No longer together