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...
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.
Does this photo make you excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or what?
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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.
Malala Yousufzai is fighting for her life in hospital after a masked gunman shot her in the head as she made her way home from school.
The 14-year-old student, who writes a diary about life under the Taliban for Britain's BBC, was targeted by members of the militant group for campaigning for girls' rights to education.
Stars including Fonda and actress Mia Farrow have taken to Twitter.com to praise Yousufzai's courage, urging followers to keep the teen in their thoughts.
The Easy Rider actor writes, "Keep Malala in your hearts 2day (sic). Make this young woman a hero in the whole world... Keep the fight for justice alive... Think fighting injustice! Keep Malala alive!" while Farrow tweets, "Prayers for child hero who dared to speak out for girls education. Now fighting for life after Taliban gunned her down."
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto writes, "Heartbreaking! Please take a moment to recognise Malala's bravery. Praying that she has a quick recovery," and Avatar star Rodriguez offers, "My heart goes out to Malala Yousafzai. It's a shame human evolution has yet to reach a point of gender equality world wide. It's 2012."
Madonna used her sold-out concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday (10Oct12) to show her support for the teen, writing 'Malala' on her back and dedicating her hit Human Nature to the youngster.
She told the crowd, "This made me cry. The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is?"
The Slumdog Millionaire star has signed up as a global ambassador for Plan International USA's Because I am a Girl initiative, which aims to set up sustainable projects in developing countries giving young females access to facilities such as clean water, food and education.
Pinto visited Sierra Leone last month (Jun12), and is determined to help bring about change after the trip.
She says, "I have always been a true believer in the power of every individual, especially every girl. Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Plan (sic) to Sierra Leone and see firsthand how investing in a girl transforms an entire community.
"The treacherous web of barriers girls face worldwide is endless. But if we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest potential, pulling themselves and their families out of poverty.
"I am truly inspired by the determination and courage of the girls I've met. I'm so excited to be working with Plan (sic) to bring about real change for these for girls and their families. When you invest in a girl, you really can change the world."
The Indian actress admits rape scenes in the dark film about a young, naive country girl conned by a lover, left her drained and emotional and she insisted on a long Italian holiday after the project wrapped.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "The physical nudity doesn't really matter; what happens is the emotional rape... is more difficult to cope with for an actor.
"When you're in that scene, we (as actors) kind of give it our heart and our soul and everything, our body as well in a way... It took me a holiday in Florence to get over the film."
"This is not the only life I lead. I have a life in pyjamas as well, reading scripts, going to see movies with friends. I still retain my old life. Maybe some of it has changed but I still retain the old me." Actress Freida Pinto is determined to maintain the lifestyle she followed before finding fame.
The Slumdog Millionaire star completed the project in the state of Rajasthan, rising every morning to eat hand-pounded bread with a spicy chutney, which helped kill the bacteria in the water, and shoot all day in a crowded shack, which housed most of the crew.
And Pinto, who plays the titular character, a poor woman scraping by on a meagre living, admits the drama was a struggle to get through, telling the New York Daily News, "Sometimes I feel that this film has drained everything out of me. I had nothing left."
But the Mumbai-born actress insists she welcomed the challenge as an actress, adding, "When I shot 'Slumdog Millionaire,' I felt like I was shooting in my backyard. But when I was shooting in rural India, it felt like a different world. I learned a lot, I learned to milk a cow!"
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