Freida Pinto reveals role instinct
Freida Pinto has said she has to be 100% sure a role is right for her before she agrees to take on a film.
The 26-year-old Indian actress and model made her acting debut in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and has worked with Woody Allen, filmed Planet Of The Apes prequel Rise Of The Apes and is set to film oil film Black Mist with Antonio Banderas in Tunisia later this year.
Freida revealed when choosing a film, she just knows instinctively if it is the right one for her.
She said: "I have a good agent, but I just feel that it's really up to me instinctively to know that this going to further my career and with every script that I've read I just knew that this was going to be my next project. And if I have ever I had a doubt, I just knew that this was not a project for me. I have to be 100% sure."
In her latest film Miral, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival this week, Freida plays the title character, who grows up in an orphanage in Jerusalem amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and goes on to teach in a refugee camp.
The film, directed by The Diving Bell And The Butterfly's Julian Schnabel, is based on Rula Jebreal's semi-autobiographical novel.
Freida said: "There was this huge pressure on my shoulders because I knew I had to do justice to [Rula]. Her story is not an easy one.
"But I love challenges and I knew I had it in me to bring it out and put it into my performance. All I needed was the right guidance and that I got from Rula and Julian, so there wasn't really an issue there."