Freida Pinto: Dev Patel is My Soul Mate

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When most celebrities are on the cover of magazines, it’s usually to talk about how they got their new rocking body, or to promote whatever upcoming project they are working on — but not so with Freida Pinto!

Interview Magazine’s August cover model is a breath of fresh air in her featured article. In a revealing interview, she opens up about her love with Dev Patel, saying they really are “soul mates.”

The actress also tells the magazine about her culture, career, and explains how she believes she is impacting change through her movie roles.  

“The best way to describe it is that there are people who are trying to make a difference in a very civil manner, not just by picking up a gun,” she says. “I felt that if I became part of this film (Miral) and I gave it my all, that’s exactly what I would be doing. I can’t join the army, I’m not a politician, but through my film I could talk about it. I knew the film was not going to be accepted too well, but I did it hoping that somewhere in the future it would be referred to as one of those films that started the conversation.”

Because Freida wants to leave impressions with her films, she admits she is choosey with her role selections.  

“I think the reason why I haven’t done a film in India so far is because I haven’t found a script that’s completely gotten my attention and made me passionate to get it made,” she explains. “I keep saying I’m not at all famous in my own country, because people do not think I have done anything for India. The reason why I’m doing these things outside my country, bit by bit, is to be able to come back to India equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to hopefully produce my own films one fine day.”

The Indian beauty wants to make her country proud, but admits she has faced numerous obstacles when it comes to her authenticity. Freida says she has been rejected for roles for not looking Indian enough – but the actress can get away with portraying different nationalities.

“I’m not saying I look Arab or I look Spanish or anything, but I could if I wanted to,” she says. 

Identifying with her own culture was easier when their was a shoulder to lean on. Luckily for Freida she found comfort with her co-star Dev, who has been in her boyfriend since their outbreak role in Slumdog Millionaire.

“I don’t think anybody – not even family or friends – can understand what the two of us have been through,” she says. “As beautiful as it is, there are parts of it that just become a bit tiring to deal with. The paparazzi, for example, and not having privacy. He made a statement unknowingly once and he said, ‘Oh, she is like my soul mate,’ and we were not dating or anything back then, and it became this big hoopla. Like, ‘Oh my god! How could he have said that? What does that mean?’ But I guess he was right in a way; we are soul mates.”

How adorable! Want to know more about their real-life relationship as a couple? Check out Interview Magazine’s full interview with Freida Pinto here to get all of the juicy details!