Speaking to The Cannes Gazette, the 27-year-old star said she would never forget where she came from.
"I think it's important to be extremely proud of one's origins, especially when you are a foreign actress with ethnic features.
"At the same time we must forget about stereotypes. I am first and foremost an actress of Indian origin. I'll never forget where I'm from. It's essential to remain humble and evolving."
The Slumdog Millionaire star is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival as an ambassador of L'Oreal.
"I'm here representing L'Oreal Paris. I'm proud of the brand because they support many charities. I'm thrilled to be able to make a contribution," she said.
Set in Iran, the film "tells the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer in a country where dance is illegal".
Describing her experience of working with directors Danny Boyle, Jean-Jacques Annaud, and Sean Penn, Pinto said: "They are very different people, each with a totally different approach to cinema. I can't compare them.
"Having worked with one does not prepare you to work with the other. You always have to adapt to each director and his vision. That's what keeps this job interesting."
The actress has previously said she wants to challenge herself by taking on different roles.
Earlier in the week Pinto graced the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals alongside L'Oreal ambassadors Jane Fonda and Ines De La Fressagne.
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