After a dream debut performance in the much-felicitated, much-hyped Slumdog Millionaire, the small-town Latika has been rubbing famous shoulders the world over. Maxim gives you a sneak peek at Freida Pinto, the girl who launched a thousand award nights.
When did you realise acting was the thing you wanted to do?
I think it's natural to want to become an actress after living in the city of stars and watching films all your life. After graduating from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, I modeled for two years. After six months of giving auditions for films, I got a call to audition for Slumdog Millionaire. I thought this would be just another audition. But to my surprise, I was short-listed and finally selected.
Do you think you might have some Latin blood in your veins?
Maybe from ages and ages ago. I think so because I think the Hispanic look is quite prominent in India as such. A lot of Indians are confused as Hispanics even when they travel abroad. So I think there is some kind of connection between Hispanics and Indians in terms of the way that they look or the mannerisms. There's some kind of connection. I am not totally sure, but I think that Italians and Hispanics and Indians, I think they all have in common this habit of using their hands when they are expressing themselves. It can be quite graceful when you look at it.
Courtsey: Maxim magazine