Cover Girl: Freida Pinto for InStyle UK
Freida Pinto featured in the September 2011 issue of InStyle UK
Photographed by Alan Gelati.
On her role in Rise of The Planet of the Apes: “One of the most beautiful scripts I read in 2010”, as she calls it. She hadn’t seen any previous Planet of the Apes movies. I didn’t watch the Tim Burton film,” she says, “and as for the older Charlton Heston film – I walked into the living room once when my mum was watching it, I just laughed and walked out! I was little and didn’t understand it.”
On being one of the world’s most famous Indian actresses: “I don’t know if I can call myself a pioneer. But I think for me, the opportunity was so big that I’d be stupid to just waste it and walk away from it. Because acting is something I’ve always wanted to do. I never knew it was going to happen the way it happened. But if I’m going to be presented with an opportunity, it would be silly not to lap it up. And that opportunity was given to me by Slumdog.”
On her relationship with Chanel: “I tell you why I like Chanel so much: when I started off, no one wanted to give me clothes to wear. Absolutely no one! All the labels said, ‘Who is she?’ But Chanel believed in me from the very beginning. For the very first red carpet I did at the Toronto Film Festival , they dressed me up in their very current season collection. It’s a massive brand: why would they invest in someone who is nobody?”
Read that answer to the Chanel question again. That is exactly why designers frantically throw free dresses at starlets. You get a star that committed to your label and just pray she gets nominated for an Oscar or a Grammy at some point. That’s a million bucks worth of advertising and branding.
Anyway, gorgeous picture and dress, no? That pseudo-Victorian collar is not easy to pull off – and maybe it’s only working because her hair is covering most of it – but this dress looks amazing on her.