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Pinto: I’m proud of my blisters

Freida Pinto has an “immense respect for dancers”.

The 30-year-old rose to fame after starring in 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. For her latest role she had to take intensive dance training for many months which left her with permanent reminders on her skin.

“So many, I've got scars from blisters. I'm so proud of them," she told People magazine. "Some of them I try to cover up with makeup just because they are very pronounced.”

The pain was to master the moves required for Desert Dancer, in which Freida plays an Iranian woman who joins an illegal dance troupe in a turbulent 2009 Tehran. As well as the physical element, the star was also able to gain a new appreciation for what a professional dancer has to give up to succeed in their field.

“I've always respected [dancers] even before I did this film, but … there are an immense amount of sacrifices for the sake of art that a lot of people still don't get," she continued. “For me, it's incredible – and all of this for the sake of expressing themselves. I do have an immense respect for dancers, for artists in general, but definitely for dancers."

Despite wrapping on the film, which had a screening in New York on Tuesday night, and having to cover her scars with makeup for the red carpet, Freida is in no rush to give up her new skill set.

“It's all good, I love it," she said. "I mean, none of it is complaining. It's all welcome and I'll take them on more and more."

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