As a young girl, Freida Pinto wanted to be part of films that would be watched the world over. But, when Slumdog Millionaire (2009) came her way and her Hollywood career took off subsequently, the actor was “surprised”.
Elated to have been part of various international projects over the past seven years, Freida now says, “I’m blessed for the kind of directors I’ve worked with, the people I’ve interacted with, the friends I’ve made and the kind of learnings I’ve had. Everybody has an idea of how they want their career to be, but I had no idea.”
Besides acting in diverse films, the actor has been part of various prestigious events across the world. She credits her hard work for that. “I was fortunate that I got to work with the right kind of people. It’s been a phenomenal blessing. When I look at my career, I feel glad to have got these kinds of opportunities,” says Freida.
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Her next, Knight Of Cups, which is directed by Terrence Malick, also stars Christian Bale. “He is a humble and down-to-earth actor. Everybody knows him as a star, as Batman, but none of that matters (to him) when he gets on the sets. That’s the thing about a great person. No matter how successful you are, you are remembered for how nice you are to people,” says Freida, adding that working on the film was a challenge for her.
She is quick to say that since it was directed by Malick, she gave her nod without hesitation. “I grew up watching his films. He has done such amazing work. His idea of storytelling is unconventional. It’s unusual, fluid and free-flowing. It’s challenging and daunting to be part of a project like that,” says the actor.