5 Reasons We Love Singer and ‘Fifty Shades’ Star Rita Ora
Rita Ora didn’t get a ton of screen time in the Fifty Shades franchise, but she was still one of the best parts of all three movies. She was particularly good in the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, which put her character, Mia, right in the center of the action. (Well, the action outside of the red room, anyway.) Below, check out five reasons we love the multi-talented singer-songwriter-actress-TV host.
When Ora took on the role of Mia in 2015’s, she was known mostly for her music and TV appearances. Three years and three Fifty Shades films later, the “For You” singer has proved she can hold her own with seasoned actors like Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and Eric Johnson.
The third movie was an especially big one for her (and her character). Toward the end of Fifty Shades Freed — spoilers ahead! — Mia gets caught up in the drama with Jack and Christian and Ana, the latter of whom has to rescue her from a hostage situation. “I’ve always wanted — well, not wanted to get kidnapped — but I’ve always found it really fun to play such a kind of distressed character,” Ora told us at the Fifty Shades Freed press junket in France. “So I loved it. I had a great time.”
2. She appreciates a good snack. Ora has a lot of memories from the set of Fifty Shades, but what stands out most in her mind is the cast and crew’s obsession with snacks. “[It] was like a real thing. There were snacks going on all around. … I’m a foodie, so, like, all the time, we were fighting over snacks,” she joked, adding that it’s “vital” to get the “right snack.”
Naturally, we had to know what the right snack is. “[I] never have anything too heavy because I always fall asleep,” she shared. “So for me it’s anything from chips to nuts to sugary drinks that keep my energy going.”
3. She also appreciates a good party. At the premiere of the final movie in Paris this year, Ora and her costars went all out to celebrate the end of the franchise. “The whole cast was there. … Everybody, I think, definitely let loose. Because it was such a long way to go to come to that point, that we really all just celebrated,” she recalled. “And, um, I don’t really remember the rest.”
4. She’s all about self-care. “Every day, I’m really grateful of my job,” she told us of what gives her confidence. “I love singing, I love performing, I love getting into the world of acting. I definitely count my blessings and I wake up and I meditate for like 10 minutes and I eat a healthy breakfast and I kind of work out a bit. I definitely just try and control what I can in my day. And obviously looking good, for me, helps me a lot. I like putting on makeup and getting dressed up — it makes me feel good, like I’m ready to take over the day.”
5. She has an unexpected hidden talent. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s a fun one. Watch the video below to find out what it is, and to hear more about her favorite Fifty Shades memories.
Fifty Shades Freed is available now on digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and on demand.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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