The lovely Freida Pinto began her rise to fame after starring in Danny Boyle‘s rags-to-riches film Slumdog Millionaire. Since then she’s tackled several diverse roles that range from being James Franco‘s love interest in Rise of the Planet of the Apes to playing an immortal goddess attempting to save mankind in Immortals. And while it’s clear Pinto is unafraid to step out of her comfort zone, she’s apparently received a lot of negative feedback from wanting to play different roles.
The subject was broached during an interview for the April 2012 issue of Nylon magazine and the actress was unafraid to speak her mind. “Sometimes I get attacked for wanting to not just be an ‘Indian Actress,'” she said. “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?”
As for Pinto’s upcoming projects, she’s slated to star in Trishna, a retelling of Tess of the Durbervilles set in rural India. And although the star may share the same ethnicity as her character, their personalities could not be more different. “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,” Pinto remarked. “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.”
But it turns out Pinto was a performer long before she hit the silver screen. In fact, her first role was 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,” she recalls. And just like that, a star was born.