Freida Pinto: ‘Bond Girl Rumors are Just a Hollywood Initiation!’


Freida Pinto has dubbed being linked to a Bond girl role a Hollywood “initiation ceremony”.

The 32-year-old actress first made a name for herself in Hollywood in 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire. Shortly after the Oscar-winning movie was released, it was claimed that Freida had been offered the role of a Bond girl in an upcoming 007 movie, but had turned it down.

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During an appearance on U.K. breakfast program Lorraine on Monday (10Apr17), Freida set the record straight about the showbiz gossip.

“Actually, that’s a rumor. It’s not true at all,” she said when host Lorraine Kelly addressed the report.

“I’m putting that to rest – it’s a total rumor! I think what happens is, I’d just come onto the scene with Slumdog Millionaire and what I hear is that any actress, or any actor, who just gets their first bit of fame, the Bond rumor is almost like an initiation ceremony… ‘This rumor must happen!'”

Since Slumdog shot her to worldwide fame, Freida has starred in movies such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and TV shows including the upcoming drama Guerrilla, alongside Babou Ceesay and Idris Elba.

The versatile roles she has taken on over recent years have meant Freida is well aware of how she wants her career trajectory to progress, and whether or not she might take on the part of a 007 love interest in the future.

“It happened and it was really flattering but to be really honest, I was 24 years old when Slumdog came out – I would have felt totally out of my depth playing a Bond girl,” she continued. “Now I’m a lot more aware of what I want to do in film and what I don’t want to do, and I would not want to play a Bond girl if she didn’t have her own voice.”

When Lorraine suggested she could perhaps take on the role of the actual spy, Freida answered: “Or yes, (I could) just play Bond!”