Freida Pinto is almost unrecognizable both on the cover and for her editorial in Interview magazine’s August 2011 issue.

She was captured by Mert & Marcus oozes sexiness wearing Stella McCartney, Versace and Christopher Kane.

The Indian beauty talks about her career, what she takes away from a film, her family, and falling for her ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ co-star, Dev Patel.

You can read the whole interview with Tim Blanks at InterviewMagazine.com.

Here are some extracts:

On having to audition a lot before Slumdog Millionaire: “Yes, I did. And I was rejected at almost every one of them. [laughs] One person said, ‘She doesn’t look too Indian.’”

On calling it Bombay and not Mumbai like everybody else: “God, I get that all the time. I’m just so used to calling it Bombay. I know everything has changed. It’s India’s way of trying to brush off colonialism and make it what it originally was, but unfortunately for me I called it Bombay for 16 years, and I think that’s a long time in a 26-year-old’s life to automatically start calling it Mumbai. It’s very confusing for a lot of people. My agent thought Bombay and Mumbai were two different places. And I was like, “No, it’s the same thing.””

On falling for Dev Patel: “I just think it was both of us sitting in the same boat. For both Dev and me, Slumdog was our first film, and it became so massive that you had to preserve and protect what you had before, that innocence, without getting sucked in. And who better to do it with than someone who knows what you’re thinking? Dev had never done a talk show before—his first was [Late Show With] David Letterman – and he said to me, ‘You have to come with me and give me moral support.’ So it was very much a case of being there for my friend. Nothing we did was planned. We were making a lot of mistakes, but we were together, and most of the time our mistakes were looked on as, ‘Oh my god, that’s so cute.’”