In February 2009, Pinto appeared along with Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel on the cover of People magazine. She also graced the March 2009 cover of Vogue (India) and did photoshoots for Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, and Maxim in 2009.
Freida has been living with her sister Nikita in an apartment in New York City. (July 2009)
Aside from being trained in various forms of classical dance, Freida also knows how to dance the Salsa.
In 2009, she started dating Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel. Freida broke her engagement with Rohan Antao in late 2008.
Freida is 5' 6" (1.68 m) tall. She has black hair and dark brown eyes.
She collects boarding passes and shoes. Bally and Sergio Rossi are among those that she loves. She's also into bags, with Lady Dior and Chanel's Bandana as her favorites.
Her father is Frederick Pinto, a senior branch manager of Bank of Baroda, and her mother is Sylvia Pinto, a principal at St. John's St. John's High School in Goregaon, Mumbai. She has a sister, Sharon, who works as Associate Producer for NDTV.
Awards and Nominations:
• 2008 (N) - Best Ensemble, Black Reel Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire, shared with cast
• 2009 (N) - Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire
• 2009 (W) - Best Kiss, MTV Movie Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire, shared with Dev Patel
• 2009 (N) - Breakthrough Performance Female, MTV Movie Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire
• 2009 (W) - Breakthrough Performance Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival, for Slumdog Millionaire
• 2009 (W) - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire, shared with castmates
• 2009 (N) - Choice Movie Actress: Drama, Teen Choice Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire
• 2009 (N) - Choice Movie Fresh Face Female, Teen Choice Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire
• 2009 (N) - Choice Movie Liplock, Teen Choice Awards, for Slumdog Millionaire, shared with Dev Patel
List Appearances and Rankings:
• 2009 - listed, People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
• 2009 - No.10, FHM's Sexiest Women in the World
• 2009 - No.49, Maxim's Hot 100
• 2009 - No.07, Maxim (India)'s Hot 100
• 2009 - No.02, Premiere's 40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women
• 2009 - listed, People magazine's Top 10 Best-Dressed Women (Best Use of Color)
Aside from being an actress, Freida's other goals include putting up a school for street children with her mother, designing shoes, and writing a great script.
In 2009, she was featured as the love interest of Canadian-born Daljit Hothi in his music video, "I Promise You".
Freida and her family are Catholic.
Her favorite actors are: Charlize Theron, Irrfan Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman, Shabana Azmi, Kevin Bacon, Johnny Depp, Smita Patil. Freida's favorite daytime show is The Tyra Banks Show.
Freida: When I was younger, I'd act in front of the mirror, but it was important to finish my education before I pursued an acting career.
Freida: This industry is for fighters and those who do not give up. It is very important to believe in yourself. Even when a hundred people rejected me, I did not lose hope and finally one of the biggest directors of all times [Danny Boyle] believed in me. Also working in this film [Slumdog Millionaire] has taught me a lot, not just in terms of acting but also about myself, which is an integral part of being a good actor.
Freida: The fact that I have been born and brought up in Bombay- a city of dreams pretty much stood out as my guiding light. I have no role models as such. Yes there are many actors I respect and I am inspired by them but stepping into the world of Cinema was my childhood plan and I am proud to have finally hit my first goal.
Freida: With each film I want to grow as an actor. I want to do performance-driven roles. Slumdog Millionaire is a film about destiny. And destiny itself had a major part to play in me getting this role. I believe that things like a middle class girl debuting in a Danny Boyle film cannot be planned. Neither can winning an Oscar. If it's meant to be, it will. I've realized that the beauty of life is that it takes turns that are sometimes bigger than your wildest dreams.
Freida: (after the success of "Slumdog Millionaire") I feel thrilled and so grateful to all the forces at work that have led me to where I am right now. This whole experience has been simply magical. Every now and then I have to pinch myself to check if it's real. [This film] has been such an enriching experience. Right now, I'm just enjoying the reactions it is receiving and traveling to so many wonderful places, promoting the film.
Freida: (on her best asset) I think it's my smile more than anything else. When I smile, it comes from my heart and I can actually feel it. Sometimes I feel like I'm exposing too much gums, but I don't care because when I really smile with my heart, there's something that goes flutter within me.
Freida: (in a May 2009 interview) I don't have a fixed address as I'm making movies all over the world. I'm filming in Israel at the moment and who knows after that, so I'm not making plans to buy my own place yet. Ultimately, Mumbai will always be home. That's where my family is.
Freida: (on doing the dance number at the end of "Slumdog Millionaire") It was fun for me because I think dance is such a great from of expression and just going out there, letting loose and losing all your inhibitions was such a fun thing.
Freida: I'm embarrassed to be thought of as an icon. It's so far from what I am: a girl from suburban Mumbai who has been unusually blessed. I have not forgotten my days of struggling.
Freida: The beauty of life is that it takes turns that are sometimes bigger than your wildest dreams.
Freida: I think I look like the typical Indian girl. There are so many pretty girls back in India. The most beautiful thing is they're not even aware of it. That is the beauty of their beauty.
Freida: My parents always knew I wanted to become an actress, so they always supported me. My sister is from the media, so she supported me too.
Frieda: (talks about, what kind of movies he would you like to do) I like to try new things all the time. I like to do something different just for the experience. I am open to any kind of acting. Comedy is difficult and so I am working on that.