Like the lead character, we fell in love with Freida Pinto in 2008′s ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ So we were thrilled to see the Indian-born beauty in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’ In this summer’s hit, Freida plays a spunky primatologist … who stirs our animal instincts.

Freida radiates more class and poise than the average 26-year-old Hollywood star, making us dream of whisking her away to exotic locales. She has been named by ‘People’ magazine to their ‘Most Beautiful‘ and ‘Best Dressed‘ lists, and was dubbed among the ‘most desirable’ women by AskMen.com. It’s not hard to see why.

Freida grew up Catholic in India, where she attended schools run by nuns. So we’re guessing a wild streak may be simmering beneath her polished facade. In 2009, Freida called off a previous engagement to start dating her ‘Slumdog’ co-star Dev Patel. Thus, the young man’s fortunes improved on and off screen.

In her next two films, Freida will play an oracle and a princess. She’s already won our attentions.