Freida Pinto covers Esquire UK in her underwear: tacky or sexy?

Frieda Pinto is the cover girl for the April issue of Esquire UK. Esquire UK has been doing a bang-up job lately – they’ve gotten some really great (dude) cover subjects and the interviews are FAR superior to the stuff Esquire US is putting out. But, every dude mag falters a bit in the presence of a hot girl, and they go into their “default” mode and think “Let’s just get her to take off her clothes and talk about being naked.” I really dislike when they do this, specifically when it’s being done to Freida Pinto. She’s too beautiful to do photo shoots in her underwear. It feels gross. Sure, the photos are “sexy”. But Freida is sexy in anything. Anyway, here are some highlights from the cover interview:

Frieda loves London: “Even though it’s so dreadful in the winter, I still think it’s beautiful. So much culture and history. Like Bombay!”

She feels she needs to take ambassadorial role for India: “It’s almost a duty,” she says. “People are very curious about India and I always try to represent my country in a non-stereotypical light.”

Her new film is an Indian reworking of Tess of the Durbevilles directed by Michael Winterbottom: “Even if it does [get censored in India], the people who want to see it will find a way to get an uncensored copy.”

Doing a nude scene in the film: “It was hard but it was a small crew, and they were good at not making their presence felt. They didn’t go, “Quick! She’s nearly naked! Get your camera out!”‘

She’ll only take off her clothes if it’s important for the story: “If you’re just doing a nude scene in order for everyone to, like, w*** off or something, then that’s not my thing at all.”

Living with Dev Patel, who hand-picked her as his Slumdog costar: Pinto is now living with her English boyfriend Dev Patel, 21, who handpicked her to be his love interest in Slumdog Millionaire. She recalled: “They asked him, ‘Out of the girls, who would you take on a date?’ And apparently he said me.”

Learning the tricks: “Now I’ve learned all these tricks. Always smile, and look slowly from left to the right. But in 2009, I was new to all of it. It was the Alice in Wonderland effect. Angelina Jolie would walk past and I was, like, ‘Seriously?’”

[From The Mail & Esquire UK]

I recently watched part of that Woody Allen film she did, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. The movie was kind of awful, but she was cute in it, and honestly, I admire her hustle. She’s an Indian actress who speaks with an accent – there aren’t going to be a million parts for her in Hollywood or in European productions. I think her career is going very well, though – she’s been taking smaller parts in big movies and big parts in small films. Plus, she supplements her income with beauty product endorsements. All in all, I expect big things from her. And please, Freida – don’t agree to “the wet look” for any more photo shoots. You’re better than that.

Photos courtesy of Esquire UK.

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  1. Agnes says:

    this looks uncomfortable, like creepy american apparel ads.

  2. Bite me says:


  3. k says:

    Frieda is Beautiful…end of. I guess the real taboo here is, she’s living with Dev? Isn’t that a no no in Indian Culture? Dev is young, he’s not ready for marriage..where’s this relationship?

    • Searching4grace says:

      I always tell everyone to try the shoe on before you buy it. Walk around in it a little bit. Play with the laces. Who on earth wants to get married BEFORE you’ve lived with them? I agree. It’s 2012, not 201. My husband and I lived together for 2 years before getting married, and that piece of paper still changed things. saying all that…Frieda is absolutely gorgeous.

  4. momoftwo says:

    I agree. Maybe it’s cuz I’m Indian too and knowing how uptight our parents and culture are about sex and nudity, this just feels all kinds of wrong.

    I keep thinking “what do her parents think of this”.

    I guess my parents brainwashing worked :)

  5. Ailine says:

    Don’t guys like wacking off to these types of photos? Is it better when you are wearing a bra and panties?

  6. Chrissiepoo says:

    It does feel a bit cheap to photograph her in this way. She has a natural elegance about her; these just feel forced and awkward. Sex sells but grace is more valuable!

  7. brin says:

    It’s one of my favorites as well; an Indian re-working of a British classic will be interesting.

  8. Ann says:

    Pretty tacky and 70s porno.

  9. bea says:

    She is stunningly beautiful, but I hate these underwear photo shoots. She doesn’t need to do this kind of spread – she’s not Jennifer A. nor is she Megan Fox – if she wants to be a serious actress she should avoid this. I’m not a prude – these photos don’t “ring true” to me. She seems uncomfortable and the pics don’t really do her beauty justice.

    I’ll that magazine when they ask Zac Effron (sp?)(or whoever the hot young guy of the moment is) to get on the cover to lift his t-shirt up so we can see his nether regions.

  10. lucy2 says:

    She doesn’t need to do this sort of stuff. I know probably all young actresses are pressured to do so, but it doesn’t seem right for her.
    If she’s comfortable with it and is happy with the photos, then more power to her, but this just seems like an odd choice for her.

  11. skipper says:

    That last picture… I don’t understand why they photoshop the natural curve of the inner thigh. It leaves her with an almost bulge in the crotch.

    Maybe she wanted to try something sexy and different. At any rate, it’s not working.

  12. ladybert62 says:

    She is pretty but not beautiful; those pictures are tacky.

  13. angie says:

    Yes, it doesn’t feel right to see her like that. This shoot is so… megan fox! This photoshoot reminds me of Mila Kunis for GQ. I didn’t like it, Mila is sooo pretty, cool and funny but the shoot was just cheap and pointless.
    I don’t want young actresses like emma stone or watson, natalie portman, jessica chastain or anne hathaway in budget photoshoot.

  14. marie says:

    This would be considered sexy in India.

  15. Delta Juliet says:

    I am tired of the underwear shots, as well as the “wet” shots. Do guys really think we have nothing else to offer than this? It’s old and starting to be a little insulting.

  16. Molly says:

    What made me sad was that she felt the need to put on a British accent after she got famous? Really? Come on! She’s so pathetic I can’t even begin to try to figure this sad, sad girl out.

  17. Kim says:

    Shell only take her clothes off if important to the story soooooo the Esquire story about her she found REALLY important? TACKY!

  18. Orange Cone says:

    No no no- why, Frieda?!

  19. alex says:

    She looks good…I just forget the reason why we make actors do this sort of thing?

  20. Dev is actually Kenyan of Indian descent. I remember an interview where the interviewer asked him how he felt getting in touch with his roots and he said his parents are actually Kenyans.

    She looks pretty but I think in order for her to get to where she wants to be, taking her clothes off ALL THE TIME isn’t that great really but whatever rocks her boat.

    On the issue of living with her boyfriend or not, I say…..some of us are apples and some shoes meaning you don’t have to eat an apple before you buy it. You just buy it while shoes, you try them out before you buy them. So, I think she knows what she is and loves it.
    No need for opinion projections.

  21. Twitch says:

    Shes sexy and she knows it….. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…

  22. drak says:

    Sorry but she is average looking. And talentless. How the hell is she sexy? She lacks curves and a proper body.

  23. Yolker Falcon says:

    LOL ! She is far from pretty. Aishwarya Rai and Bips are the hottest indian actresses,not this chick who got famous for a 15 minute role that anyone could have played.Geez don’t get this huge fuss over her. She can’t act, She isn’t that pretty and she fakes an accent so badly. She must not be getting much work thats why is she is doing this