Freida Pinto's tough role

Freida Pinto worked so hard training for her role in 'Desert Dancer', she had back problems and even fainted on one occasion

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Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto fainted because she pushed herself so hard in preparing for her role in 'Desert Dancer'.

The 29-year-old actress was left in constant agony training to portray Afshin Ghaffarian in the movie, which follows her attempts to be a dancer in Iran, but was thrilled her hard work paid off when it came to shooting the scenes.

She said: "I trained and trained. I had to put in eight hours every day for one year.

"I got blisters and cuts and bruises and back problems. I was fainting and I was like, 'Oh my God, I can't do this.'

"But in the end it all worked out, and the day I was actually performing, the day we were shooting the scenes, I had this energy from somewhere that I don't even know where it came from. It was the spirit of all these various dancers that kind of just empowered me to do this."

Despite her stunning looks, Freida admitted she hates being complimented on her beauty and would prefer people to just focus on her acting skills.

She told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "I don't like that, to be honest. Every time someone tells me, 'Oh you look so beautiful in the film', I don't care.

"Just tell me the performance was good."

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