Freida Pinto discusses her new movie, The Immortals.
ISSUE: Fall 2011
DEPT: Plugged In
HED: Freida Pinto
STORY: Jimmy Lee
How about starting a new job by getting into bed with Superman? That was Freida Pinto’s predicament, when she began work on the new film Immortals: one of the first scenes shot was a love-making sequence with the soon-to-be Man of Steel, Henry Cavill.
“How can you feel bad for Henry?” said Tarsem Singh, the director of the highly stylized, eye-popping 3D epic, to a screaming crowd at last July’s Comic-Con. Truly, being in Pinto’s presence is a divine experience — especially fitting for a movie with a mythological backdrop. There is, of course, the beauty. But she also handles herself with grace and cunning, complimenting her co-stars while slyly addressing the criticisms coming from India about only making movies in the West.
“What’s amazing about the way my career’s been shaped is that there’s been an immense amount of growth,” said Pinto in July. “When people ask me, ‘Was it amazing working with all these handsome men?’ It is, certainly, and they’re also super-talented. Just sharing screen space with Stephen Dorff; having Mickey Rourke in your film. It’s just amazing to have that experience. It’s just really fast growth, which I wouldn’t have had if I was just sitting in [Mumbai].”
Granted, a swords-and-sandals action flick with Greek gods using Mt. Olympus- enhanced kung fu skills might not be the type of film you’d expect to see her in, but Pinto relished it. “It just gets boring if you stick to just one genre, just one kind of film-making,” said Pinto, who plays Phaedra, an oracle helping Cavill stop a power-mad Rourke from damning mankind. “You want to be challenged. And that’s the whole fun and joy of being an actor: to do everything that’s different.”
And being surrounded by male eye candy wasn’t so bad, either. “It’s very rare that you get to be part of a film where men have to bare it all and the women stay covered,” added Pinto. “It’s a damn good treat for me!”
Details In theaters November 11.
— Jimmy Lee
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