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Slumdog Millionaire Covers Entertainment Weekly

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

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 @ 02/26/2009 at 7:59 pm

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.

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.

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.

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.

Awesome observation *lol*

I LOVED THAT LITTLE JAMAL, HE WAS ADORABLE, BRILLIANT ACTOR, CUTE, I LOVED HIM, WISH THEY WOULD SHOW HIM TOO

BOTH OF THEM ARE GREAT, SO HUMBLE, SO REFRESHING FROM HOLLYWOOD EGOMANIACS

LOVED SLUMDOG

#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! ♥ ♥

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.

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

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