Freida Pinto thinks rejections shaped her career

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November 14th, 2010

Freida Pinto is happy she had so many rejections before becoming famous.

The Mumbai-born actress auditioned for hundreds of roles before achieving fame in the 2008 Oscar-winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' but insists her bad experiences made her the person she is today.

She said: "I'm glad things happened the way they happened. I needed to be rejected, and I needed to learn that it's part of the game. I said, 'It's okay. I can have 100 rejections, but I'm sure there's going to be one particular thing that is almost destined for me to have, and I am going to have it.'

As well as thinking her rejections led her down her current career path, Freida, 26, is relieved about some of the roles she missed out on because they would have left her filled with regret.

She told Interview magazine: "Some of those things I got rejected for, I look back and say, 'Oh, my god, I'm so happy that happened. There would be a lot of things I would have regretted.

"I used to go for these crazy auditions and they'd have the most stupid, silly scripts. My heart was never in it. I would go and try to do what I could, and then a short list would come out. Every day I was on the short list I would have a bad day-I'd be very moody and on edge. At the same time, I thought, 'What would happen if I made it to the final list? Maybe that would be my ticket.' But deep down in my heart I always had doubts, and I think when you have doubts, you just say no.