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Slumdog Millionaire Covers Entertainment Weekly

Slumdog Millionaire on-screen lovers Dev Patel (in Burberry) and Frieda Pinto (in Roberto Cavalli) pose with their eight Oscar statues on the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Here’s how they got started in the biz: Dev, now 18, was recommended by Danny Boyle‘s daughter who saw him on the naughty British drama Skins. Freida was a 24-year-old model and TV host who had never scored an acting role before Slumdog. Anil, 49, was already a megastar in India before he was persuaded to play Slumdog‘s villainous game-show host by his son. (I also met him at GBK’s 2009 Oscar Gifting Lounge at the SLS Hotel during Oscars weekend in Beverly Hills — pictured below.)

Anil: “I have been in films as a leading man for the last 25 years. I’d done over 100 films as a hero. My son said, ‘Dad, enough of playing a good man – you have to do this.’ I started shooting, and I changed as a human being. I am from a very simple background, almost like from the slums. Now, what a special time. It’s magic.”

Dev: “I was a 17-year-old kid. I didn’t really know where I was going to end up,” he says. “And this film sort of fell in my lap. It feels like destiny in a way. Even now, the film winning the Oscar is very surreal. The character’s given me so much, not only as an actor but as a person. I remember when production began, I was a ball of nerves, didn’t really know how to work in front of a camera or how to express myself. I was a lot more introverted. And Danny Boyle came along – and this incredible city, which taught me about being an optimist. I feel I can hold my head up high now. I feel like I matured five years in the space of five months. I’m 18 and I was at the Oscars yesterday!”

Freida: “I was struggling. I was presenting this travel show. I was coming to the end of it and had enjoyed the nine months of traveling. I was like, Oh, now my life’s over. I’m not going to have anything interesting to do. I was frustrated that I hadn’t found the right project. But now I think that the fruit of the struggle ends up being the sweetest taste possible. I mean, this is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, bananas – the sweetest fruits in the world put together. It changed my life. It made me grow. It’s made me equipped to brave challenges in the future. You can’t predict the future, but I do have this optimism and this hope that if I just continue dreaming and continue working the same way, then I’ll be unstoppable.”

Looks like we just might be seeing these two on more and more magazine covers. Get ready!!!

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  • dundies

    love these two!

  • si

    Way better than “Bejamin… bla”…


  • mike

    love freida she is so beautiful!!!

  • #vv#

    they’re so cute,even if they’re not dating or anything!! just cute together!

  • Ben

    Who photographed the cover?

  • athena


  • Jen1

    What a lovely cover!

  • Willa

    They are both so adorable, LOVE THEM!

  • Joanne

    I LOVED THAT MOVIE! i;m so happy they won they deserve it

  • ayj6m6l

    that drees looks good on her.why didn’t she wear that in oscars???? and the hair .it’s cute

  • Kol

    Funny thing is Freida gets more “photos” coverage than Dev and he’s been seen throughout the movie. Sadly, the media is all about chasing the “pretty” ones.

    I’m hoping to see Dev more. After all he appeared in Skins. What gives?

  • British LAtin American

    Slumdog was wonderful. Everyone was so good in it. I hope to see more of them.

  • jaime

    they make a cute couple!

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    ..`I cant wait till this movie and these actors are forgotten all about.

  • Anonymous2






    Hahaaaa, Brangelina = absolute Loser!

  • nyob

    They look cute together. One of those brother/sister couples, assuming they are a couple.

  • cassidy

    nice but I don’t get the fuss over these young stars. Especially Frieda Pinto. She wasn’t even in the movie that much. I think hollywood are just obessed with her now because she’s so gorgeous. Really the best actress and actor winners should be on the cover. They usually are. Where’s Kate Winslet?

  • gerard Vandenberg

    The women of america have always overentousiastic behaviour concerning the free gifts, folks!!
    (this is strictly californian though)

  • forgodssake

    Frieda Pinto really has done nothing to get the amount of media coverage that she’s been getting. She came for a total of less than 20 minutes max and the whole time I kept wondering why she was even in the movie as her character was really an unwanted bore for me. She didn’t even give a noticable performance, whereas the little kids are really who made the film what it is today, yet these two are really getting most of the hype and advantages. Hollywood is really superficial, I don’t understand how she’s considered gorgeous at all, as there are girls far prettier than her, even without the slap of make up that she tends to have.

  • test

    Uh, Anil Kapoor most certainly did not come from a simple background. Nice try though.

  • Jane

    That picture is adorable! They look lovely!

  • Dudu


  • lise

    awesome cover :)

  • Akaihana

    They really look like a couple in that photo (it’d be awesome if they were dating!). I would love to see more Dev & Freida…they bring in a much needed breath of fresh air to Hollywood and its spin cycle. I can’t wait to see Dev grow into more film roles. He’s got amazing potential and a nice set of looks. Definitely going to be a major hottie.

  • Creativeb

    Hollywood’s new power couple alert ;-)

  • Willa

    Are you joking “test”? Anil lived in a freaking chawl! That’s one step up from shack.

  • jilli

    Love, love, love, love, love them…Dev’s cute : ))

    Why does everyone keep thinking their a couple? I don’t get it. They’ve definitely said their just friends, and she says he’s pretty young for her(he’s only 18 and she’s 24)

  • aalamaram

    I hope they get hollywood chances. They both are so sweet. I wonder if they are in love. I saw them so passionate in the movie. That can not be just acting. does it really an issue Dev is younger? I also like the young ‘Latika’ and ‘Jamal’. Those kids were also very good.

  • ogal

    Great cover, they look cute in it! I don’t think their age difference is a big deal, they would make an adorable couple, although i think they’re just friends.

  • Jackie

    That picture is amazing. They both look beautiful and like they’re having the time of their lives! Good luck to them in the future.

  • lol

    It’s funny that they get to pose holding the Oscars, whereas they individually did not win for their performances. But i guess no one would buy a magazine with Danny Boyle and the producer-guy draped across each other on the cover.

  • dudette

    Awesome observation *lol*

  • whome




  • p!nk

    #35- I love that little Jamal too ♥ he stole my ♥ !!!! He is the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!!!! especially when he dove down the pooper to see his fav. actor! LMAO! ♥ ♥

  • pup

    LOL. the director’s daughter seen him on SKINS, and he’s usually always naked half the time! LOL. SKINS= BEST SHOW EVVVER!!!!!


    Benjamin Button definetly should have one more.

  • Karen

    They are so insanely eloquent. Freida especially. I mean they are more eloquent than a lot of American stars lol