Quote: "In many parts of the world, it's always the girls who are the most marginalised - they're denied education or have been taken out of school because they've been married at age 18. If you think about the injustice towards women, even in our very developed world, it exists, so you can't even imagine the extent of it in parts of the world where people aren't even aware of their rights. Getting involved came from a very human part of me." Freida Pinto explains why she took on her new role as ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education.
Fact: Indian beauty Freida Pinto made her red carpet debut with her boyfriend, professional polo player Ronnie Bacardi, at Sunday's (28Feb16) Vanity Fair Oscar Party. The couple was first linked in October (15), and the actress picked Hollywood's big night to make their romance official as the stylish pair posed together for photographers. She split from her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel in 2014, after a six-year romance.
Fact: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE beauty Freida Pinto has been unveiled as the new brand ambassador for luxury Swiss watchmakers Audemars Piguet.
Quote: "I'm not a heroin junkie and I'm glad I do not have to take recourse to that in order to feel free... In order to understand them (junkies), in order to understand what makes them tick... I wanted to really make this a true background research (sic), and so the director and I took a couple of Na meetings in London. We sat at the back of the room and listened to everybody talk." Actress Freida Pinto researched her new role as a real-life drug addict in Desert Dancer by attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Fact: Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto refused to shave her hair off for her role in new movie Desert Dancer, because it would have cost her her contract with cosmetics company L'Oreal.
Quote: "I wish I could cook Indian food because I could start a restaurant and have an alternative career. There aren't any good Indian places in L.A.!" Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto regrets not being able to cook a good Indian meal.
Fact: Bruno Mars recruited actress Freida Pinto for the music video of his latest single, Gorilla. The Slumdog Millionaire star plays a stripper who later engages in a hot and heavy session with Mars' club singer character in the back of his car.
Quote: "This is not the only life I lead. I have a life in pyjamas as well, reading scripts, going to see movies with friends. I still retain my old life. Maybe some of it has changed but I still retain the old me." Actress Freida Pinto is determined to maintain the lifestyle she followed before finding fame.
Quote: "I was entertaining at kiddy parties, but I was always trying to run away from dressing up. I didn't want to get in a dirty costume. You sweat in it!" Indian actress Freida Pinto on the pre-fame job she hated.
Quote: "I studied it back in college and I got really frustrated reading about a female character that just wasn't doing anything." Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto on Thomas Hardy's literary heroine Tess of the d'Urbervilles. The actress is playing the character in a new Indian adaptation, called Trishna.
Fact: Indian actress Freida Pinto took a guard to the Golden Globes as her date - he was hired by Chopard to look after the star's rented jewels.
Quote: "These kinds of things are always uncomfortable whenever you do it. There is never a good time for these scenes that deal with intimacy. Honestly I don't mentally prepare myself. I just go in and do what I need to do. It's my job and I try to separate that from reality." Actress Freida Pinto hates movie love scenes.
Quote: "I think even the most beautiful person looks stupid on Skype." Indian actress Freida Pinto feels self-conscious when she uses the video link-up software.
Quote: "We use it a lot - and we hate it as well. It's like a tease. I also feel it's this pressure: 'Oh my god, he's seeing me after two weeks, I hope my hair is OK.' It's just hideous. I think even the most beautiful person looks stupid on Skype." Freida Pinto is forced to chat online with her actor boyfriend Dev Patel when they're apart.
Quote: "I am able to choose my projects now. Before, I was struggling and almost gave up acting to become a wedding planner! I'm good at organising and a bit obsessive-compulsive with it." The success of Slumdog Millionaire saved Indian actress Freida Pinto from giving up on her Hollywood dreams.
Quote: "Dev's one of my best friends. He's sweet, hilarious and smart. He understands me so well that if I say five words to Dev, he understands the 50 words that follow. He makes it easy and less tiring." Actress Freida Pinto's romance with her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel is still going strong.
Quote: "When it comes to shoes, it's got to the point that I need to find family or friends to share them with - I have 70 pairs. But it's hard to find anyone here with size 41 feet." Freida Pinto struggles to share her footwear with friends in her native Mumbai, India.
Quote: "Saris are beautiful, but I don't wear them. There's a certain grace and elegance you need to carry it off - and sometimes I'm very clumsy." Indian actress Freida Pinto isn't graceful enough for the country's national dress.
Quote: "I was worried people might dismiss me as someone who had 20 minutes in a film and now considers herself a big star. But it's like, my god, I never asked for this." Actress Freida Pinto on facing critics when she catapulted to fame after the huge success of her first movie, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
Quote: "I have the best of both worlds because back in India, I am not recognised and I can walk down my street without make-up on." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto loves returning to her home country from Hollywood.
Quote: "Working with DEV was the best thing that coul have happened to me. We were both in the same situation. We would give and take and help each other out. When I'd get stuck, he'd help me. When he'd get stuck, I'd help him." Freida Pinto loved working with her SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE co-star Dev Patel.
Quote: "I feel like Alice in Wonderland. It is even more special because I've struggled to get where I am. I have collected some souvenirs, the silliest things - like a little sign saying, 'Reserved for Freida Pinto' that was on the table at the Golden Globes." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star FREIDA PINTO on her red carpet experiences.
Quote: "I'm still the same sensitive and simple girl who always dreamed about becoming an actress. The only thing that's changed is that the girl walking around in jeans and tees has now taken to wearing designer dresses." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto on her new-found fame.
Quote: "My favourite performance is Charlize Theron in MONSTER. She's gorgeous, and you can't tell it's her up there." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto on her favourite Oscar-winning performance.
Quote: She told me after our first audition that she felt like a bit of a paedophile because we had to do this love scene and she was like 23 and I was 17 at the time. So it was pretty weird for her. Dev Patel's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE co-star Freida Pinto was wary of the pair's on-screen romance.
Quote: "Mickey Rourke was sitting next to me. He looked at me and said, 'What are you doing here? Isn't it past your bedtime?' He knows I like an early night." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto on her BAFTA Awards experience in London.
Quote: "Kate is my biggest supporter in this industry because every time I meet her she is always there for me. She's looking at me saying, 'See it through.' So it feels really good that she's there for me and looking after me." Indian actress Freida Pinto, 24, credits new mentor Kate Winslet, 33, with calming her nerves during the whirlwind success of new movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
Quote: "I have this scrapbook at home... It has his pictures and all his cuttings from magazines." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto reveals her celebrity crush on Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio.