Freida Pinto wants you to drink more scotch
Indian actress Freida Pinto bowled us all over when she played Latika in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, a rags-to-riches story that swept the Academy Awards in 2009. It's a shot we remember clearly, Latika looking up in her yellow dress, smiling from a crowded train station. Pinto is lending her name once more, this time as the new brand ambassador for #LoveScotch, a month-long global festival celebrating the world's favorite drink. We caught up with her at 20:20 in Poblacion, Makati City.
"A part of me did it because scotch is something I drink. It's a fairly new thing in my culture, but Black Label is loved in India as well. My dad loves his Johnnie Walker Black Label," says Pinto, the thought of home never too far away. "There are so many different ways now of mixing it and making beautiful cocktails."
Johnnie Walker Black Label, The Singleton 12, and Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Indeed, the world's favorite whiskey suffers from the cliché of being nursed by folks wearing suits and puffing on pipes, usually after dinner. In her trip to Manila, the Hollywood starling wants to dispel the notion that scotch is a manly but boring drink, to be consumed by scholars in dusty private libraries.
"It's not just my dad's drink or every father's drink. It's something that I have always loved. My sister loves it as well. So when they said that the whole idea behind #LoveScotch is to break myths and stereotypes that go with scotch, where people think it's only an old person's drink and it's a boring drink. I was like, hell no! It's everyone's drink," she adds.
Before flying to Mumbai for another endorsement, Pinto kicked it back with a glass of scotch alongside Raymond Gutierrez, Martine Cajucom, Jess Connelly, and Nico Bolzico.
TV host Raymond Gutierrez, Hollywood actress Freida Pinto, Creative Director Martine Cajucom, Singer-songwriter Jess Connelly, and entrepreneur Nico Bolzico leading the #LoveScotch movement in the Philippines