Slumdog Millionaire banger Freida Pinto covers the latest issue of Glamour Magazine. Inside the issue the actress makes the surprising claim that Hollyweird is getting better for people of color:
GLAMOUR: You’ve played women of several different ethnicities. Do you identify as an actress first, an Indian woman first, or neither?
FREIDA PINTO: I think people are starting to become more color-blind in the industry. Of course, my Indian-ness cannot be ignored. At the same time, if I am being considered for a romantic comedy, I would like if [the script] didn’t try to inject as much ethnicity into the story as possible.
Pinto plays a Palestinian woman who is orphaned in the upcoming film Miral and the part was shot in the Middle East, which meant a pretty scary shoot for the Indian actress:
GLAMOUR: You were filming in Tunisia when the uprising happened there. What was that like?
FREIDA PINTO: Terrifying. There was a civil war going on. People were burning down shops and malls; there was killing and bloodshed. I was stuck in this massive hotel with 354 rooms and only six guests. The lights kept shutting down, and there was a 5:00 P.M. curfew. But I wasn’t there by myself: Dev [Patel, her Slumdog costar and current boyfriend] came down to see me. I was so glad I had company.
We’re glad Freida is still with Dev, he seems like a good guy… Interestingly enough she doesn’t seem gung ho on Hollyweird relationships:
GLAMOUR: Why do you think relationships so often fail in Hollywood?
FREIDA PINTO: When a doctor is performing an operation, his mind cannot be somewhere else. And it’s the same with actors. You have to commit yourself mind, body and soul to a project in order to do justice to it. And temptations are rife in this industry, which is why I think it’s important to know yourself before you try to deal with a relationship.
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