Rita Ora Talks Rejection, Being a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Fan and Coaching on ‘The Voice UK’

Rita Ora Opens Up
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Rita Ora has had a mountain of success in the entertainment industry over the last year, in the UK and the US.

Aside from working on her second album, Ora is a judge on the hit show The Voice UK and she had a part in what was perhaps the most sensational erotic flick as of late, Fifty Shades of Grey, as Christian Grey’s sister Mia.

Not to mention she’s worked with a diverse range of fashion labels, most recently collaborating with Adidas Originals, and was even nominated for an Oscar this year for her song “Grateful” (which she performed at the ceremony).

However, all of her career achievements in the entertainment and fashion industries didn’t just happen overnight. As the magazine’s April 2015 cover star, Ora confessed to InStyle UK that she’s heard a lot of “no”.

“I’ve been told ‘no’ so many times in my career. It doesn’t mean it’s over… I can remember every single ‘no’ I’ve been told in my life. They do not leave my brain. But they build you up.”

On her role in Fifty Shades, Ora said she was a fan of the book, and that at first she was interested in working on the soundtrack.

I heard about the audition and I approached [director] Sam Taylor-Johnson with ideas for the soundtrack. I said I’d love to involved as I was such a fan of the book. And then Sam said, “Well, why don’t you audition?” And I said, “Sure…I’ve got a few song ideas, I could send them over…” and she said, “No, why don’t you audition for the movie?” And I was like, “What?” I’ve done a bit of acting, but honestly didn’t expect to be put into that role. I thought, what have I got to lose? I auditioned like everybody else – there were a lot of other people in the frame. I didn’t get any special treatment. I perfected my American accent, one thing led to another, and I got it.

Lastly, there has been a flurry of speculation as of late that Ora’s first season as judge on The Voice UK will also be her last. On being a coach, she commented,

I said no straightaway. I love the show, but I wanted to focus on my second album. And then I spoke to Will [fellow judge Will.i.am], and he said “Listen, if you don’t do it, I won’t do it.” It’s actually the best decision I’ve made. It’s so fun. I love it. I’m learning a lot about myself, being a coach. I’m starting to trust my instincts. When you’re sitting in that chair, you can’t ask what anyone thinks, you just have to do it.

Watch Rita Ora on The Voice UK on BBC, and check out her new Adidas collection!