In Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto plays a young woman from the slums of Mumbai, the very same city in India where she herself was born and raised.
Born October 18, 1984 to a high school principal and a bank manager, Frieda, who says she was five when she realized she wanted to be an actress, regularly appears in lists of beautiful and stylish women. After graduating from college in Mumbai, she spent four years modeling, doing runway shows and gracing magazine covers before enrolling in one of India’s most renowned acting studios.
It turned out to be a great career move. Doors started opening for her right away. First, a string of TV commercials and print ads (Wrigley’s Chewing Gum, Vodafone and DeBeers); then, after six months of auditions and a stint hosting an international travel show, a shot to star in 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.
This month she’s lighting up the silver screen opposite James Franco in the sci-fi reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which I enjoyed MUCH more than I thought I would. If you’re a fan of thought-provoking science fiction and/or Freida, James or Andy Serkis, the actor who played Gollum in the LOTR movies, I think you’ll like this, too. It takes place in and around San Francisco, which is also kinda cool.
As usual, Freida’s hair looks great in the film. She might not take as many risks with her look as, say, Rihanna, but hook or crook, I think she always looks good.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,