Five Favorite Films with Freida Pinto
The star of Immortals also chats about working with Tarsem Singh and the challenges of acting in her first big-budget production.
In just a few short years -- following her luminous debut in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire -- Freida Pinto has gone from a virtual unknown to one of movies' most feted young actresses. Her handful of feature credits already boasts performances for such acclaimed directors as Woody Allen and Julian Schnabel, while she starred in the summer's surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes and will soon headline iconoclastic filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's literary riff, Trishna. This week, Pinto lends her talents to Immortals, Tarsem Singh's visually stylish, violent and sometimes quite surreal imagining of ancient Greek mythology in which the actress portrays the oracle (and future lover of Henry Cavill's Theseus) Phaedra. We sat down with Pinto recently where she discussed her admiration for the director and the experience of working on her first big-budget film, and how it affects her performance. She also took a moment to recall her five favorite films.
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980; 88% Tomatometer)
The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994; 90% Tomatometer)
Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood; 1939; 95% Tomatometer)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011; 92% Tomatometer)
Ratatouille (Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, 2007; 96% Tomatometer)
Next, Pinto discusses working with director Tarsem Singh on Immortals, the challenges of acting in big-budget films and how performances differ across projects.