I really wanted to be like her — appreciated and a source of inspiration.
I think that’s what made me go into acting.” Fortunately, Pinto’s genetic gifts meant that having a career inspired by a beauty queen was a possibility.
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Freida explained: “The only two people who can understand what happened on Slumdog are the two of us.(Before her crossover success as Latika, the female lead in the 2008 hit “Slumdog Millionaire,” Pinto was a model and the host of a television travel show.) And although she is an eloquent interview subject, her responses occasionally sound like the platitudes you might hear from a contestant being grilled in a beauty pageant. After it is pointed out to her that she has a habit of answering in evening-wear-competition oratory, she checks herself a couple of times and allows, “There I go again, sounding like a Miss Universe contestant.” It’s a candor that is also evident when she is asked about her appearance in Woody Allen’s latest London-based ensemble film, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” to be released next month.In a case of art imitating life, Pinto’s character, Dia, a gorgeously exotic musicologist — is there any other kind? (In January 2009, Pinto called off her engagement to Rohan Antao and started dating her “Slumdog Millionaire” co-star Dev Patel.) “I feel what I did was right,” she says of her real-life breakup. But when I walked into Woody’s office and read the scene in the nursery, where Dia confesses for the first time that she has doubts about what she is getting into, I was like, Has someone been reading the gossip magazines to Woody?“The country was really proud of her, and I was like, One day, I want to do the same,” Pinto says in her clipped, slightly accented English, which betrays her middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Mumbai.“It wasn’t just the glamour of it all because I think at 11, I could hardly understand what glamour was.