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Freida Pinto rises up in new "Planet of the Apes"

Freida Pinto rises up in new "Planet of the Apes"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Indian actress Freida Pinto got her big break when director Danny Boyle cast the ex-model as the love interest in the 2008 Oscar-winning hit "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, she's hitting silver screens in her first big-budget, effects-driven Hollywood movie.

Since then, the 26-year-old has appeared on People magazine's "Most Beautiful People List," starred in smaller, art-house films for Woody Allen and Julian Schnabel, and is the current face of L'Oreal cosmetics.

In "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which hits theaters on Friday, Pinto plays an expert in primate behavior opposite James Franco and a bunch of genetically...