“Slumdog Millionaire” took home eight Oscars Sunday night, including Best Picture and Best Director, and when Access Hollywood caught up with stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto after the show, the magnitude of their big night was still sinking in.
“What just happened in there hasn’t really sunken in and it’s kind of just hit us,” Freida told Access’ Nancy O’Dell Sunday night at the Governor’s Ball. “I don’t think the reality has sunken in yet.”
Freida’s co-star was almost left speechless by the film’s big win.
“As you can see, I’m very silent,” Dev said. “I’ll be bouncing off the walls in a second.”
When “Slumdog” was announced as the Best Picture winner, Freida said she too was left speechless – almost literally.
“I’m losing my voice but I still found it somewhere to scream,” she laughed. “We were like, ‘We did it!’ But, the kids coming up on stage was the highlight of the moment. Ah, oh my God!”
Now that “Slumdog” is among the Oscar-winning elite, the stars of the movie got to rub elbows with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
“Brad and Angie did congratulate us,” Freida said. “And, I think all the kids were really happy that they got to meet them.”
As for Dev, he was able to meet one of acting idols.
“I met Will Smith today! Finally!” Dev said with a giant smile. “Which was a dream for me. So that was surreal. I just sank into my seat and go, ‘Oh my God!’”
In fact, Will even came looking for the young star.
“He came off stage and goes, ‘Where’s Dev? Where’s Dev Patel?’” Dev said of Will. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God! He’s looking for me!’”
“You’re equal with Will Smith,” Nancy pointed out.
“No, not equal. Don’t be silly,” Dev replied. “He’s just showing some appreciation, which is very nice for someone of his caliber.”