This British pop star is excited about her new film role, her celebrity boyfriend, and her upcoming album.
The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ star bares all on the sexiest movie of the year
Two years ago, Rita Ora bursts into the pop scene singing, “I wanna party and bull****.” This Jay Z protégé
has made it clear from the start that she’s loud and she’s here to stay. In fact, it is such rambunctious personality that has made Rita what she is today – an unstoppable rising star. This year, Rita will not only be launching her sophomore album but she has also landed a role in one of the most anticipated movies this year – FiftyShadesofGrey. “I had to be involved, I love the books. I know everybody’s going to watch it, whether it’s in secret or confidence, but everyone’s going to watch it,” says Rita. “The movie is amazing, it’s such a great passionate movie. It’s going to be fun. I look really different and it was a good experience” adds the 23-year-old singer and actress. Here, the wild-at-heart bombshell talks about working with cast members Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, her relationship with the hunky DJ Calvin Harris, her tendency to run around naked and why she doesn’t mind fashion mistakes.
So what can you tell us about playing Christian Grey’s sister, Mia, in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie?
Well, we’ve just finished filming. We’ve been shooting the last few months in Canada. It’s been so much fun – literally the best thing ever.
Will the film be as racy as the book?
Yeah, it’s sexual but very romantic too, I think. It’s about a girl falling in love with a guy. But you need to watch the movie because I can’t give too much away. I’ve been sworn to secrecy. What I can say is that it’s definitely a good movie.
How was working with Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and the rest of the cast?
It was such a good energy and so woman-dominated. The writer is an English lady as was our director. It really felt great. There was no pressure, no arguments, or anything like that.
Were you nervous?
I was nervous at the start and then I put a wig on and it made me feel like a different person.
Can you at least tell us about your character?
Only that I play Mia who is Christian Grey’s sister. She’s smart, unlike me, and speaks loads of languages, which I don’t (Laughs).
You’ve been showing quite a lot of yourself in photo shoots recently too. Do you get nervous doing those things?
I do get nervous but it’s all controlled. It’s all part of someone’s artist vision. For me the way it looks and the way it’s shot is what really matters.
You also admitted recently that you like to run around naked. Care to explain?
I like running around naked at home with the heater on full blast. Not being cold at home is just my favourite thing ( Laughs).
You’ve just bought a new house haven’t you?
I have but there’s nothing in it apart from a chair. I’m
The two of us together is like starting a fire in
Cover Story actually staying with my sister at the moment and living in her garage until my new house is done.
Are you more of a homebody than a party girl?
I do like going out but I don’t just go out and get completely wasted. I discipline myself because I work every single day and I have amazing songs to perform. I don’t go crazy but I do go out once in a while. I’m 23!
Are you still best buddies with Cara Delevingne?
Yeah, she’s a sweetheart. I’ve known her for so many years. The two of us together is like starting a fire in a forest. She’s just like me – carefree and lives every day as if it’s her last. She just enjoys life and has a great time.
What do you think makes Cara a style icon?
I think what is so cool about Cara is that she is just really non-intimidating. She is very relatable when it comes to young girls and older girls and you can literally go up to her and speak to her, which is really nice, it is really nice to be
approachable. I think that is what she is and she is nice and friendly and you can tell she just feels it.
How would you describe your own sense of style?
Basically, my style doesn’t really have any boundaries. I like to just wake up and wear what I wear. Sometimes I wear done-up shirts, with maybe a T-shirt that I have cut up and done as a bow. I usually look at old-school pictures. Bianca Jagger is one of my biggest influences and so is Daphne Guinness. She is like a muse and has got a great collection of clothes.
What are your personal style tips?
Be glamorous. Think glamour with the hair and with the lips, but then being sporty and boyish is always a bit sexy for me. Like a nice baggy boyfriend fit jean with a nice boot, like a really cool wedge boot or something. I don’t really follow trends, I don’t look at things like that, I just pick out what I like really.
Have you ever had any fashion disasters?
Oh yeah, I’ve had loads. The thing about fashion disasters is like, I do it myself and so I can only blame myself. But yeah, I remember I wore this Lycra piece once at a festival last year and I nearly fainted because it was Lycra and it was 100 degrees, and it was tassel-y all over and I didn’t realise that you could see the sweat through the Lycra. I just looked like a patchy Lycra ball of not-goodness.
Your new single “Never Let You Down” is produced by your boyfriend Calvin Harris. When did you know that you were more than just friends and fellow artists?
That’s a good question. Obviously I’m not going to reveal the exact moment but I can say that it happened at the same time for us both. It was a mutual feeling.
Were you nervous about working together?
We never asked each other because we were both like, “No, we can’t do it. It’s cheesy” But it actually turned out really great. It all came about so quickly so we thought rather than try and avoid it, let’s just do it. So we did and in the end I felt more shy than weird. But I’m so proud of the song. I love what it’s about. I love what it stands for and I love it’s a love song you can dance to. It feels good to me.
You’ve been very open about your relationship with Calvin. Why is that?
I just thought I would be honest – my album is honest so there is no point of me pretending anymore.
You’re now working with Jay Z on your album. How is that?
Amazing. He’s very involved even though he’s a dad now and on tour and Beyoncé is on tour. It’s a lot of phone conversations but he always knows what’s going on with me and the team at Roc Nation.
How will this album differ from the last?
This album has so much more honesty in it. Everything I have been through and now what I’m living through has definitely changed my whole view on how to make music. It’s made it less stressful and more real. I love the place I’m in at the moment and I hope people get to feel that when they hear the album.
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