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.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)