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Rita Ora Says She Struggled to Master an American Accent for Her ‘Fifty Shades’ Role

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Image: Sean Thorton/

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is rolling out with plenty of buzz — so much so that its trailer, which just debuted last week, has already become the most watched trailer on YouTube this year. Needless to say, the movie is poised to be a giant hit. But while folks debate on whether or not Jamie Dornan looks better with or without a beard (Team Scruff, stand up), there are other things in the movie to consider. Perhaps the most pressing: How does Rita Ora do in her minor role as Christian Grey’s sister? 

Access Hollywood sat down with the British pop singer to discuss her first movie role, which according to Rita, was no easy task. The actress dished to Billy Bush that she was put through eight callbacks, only to go on set having barely mastered an American accent. Rita says it was “incredibly difficult” to get down.

“I’m not going to do it for you now because it took me…I had to have someone in my ear on set telling me what to say before I said it because I was honestly like, so nervous, I forgot everything that I learned.”

While we suspect that Rita’s involvement in the movie was purely for publicity purposes, given the fact that the film already has a built-in fan base thanks to the best-selling novel it’s based on, perhaps the casting directors could have chosen, I don’t know, someone who actually can do an American accent and doesn’t need to be fed lines? We’re sure Rita is great in her role, and obviously as an overseas pop star and fashion darling, her presence in the movie is good PR. But perhaps someone who could do the job without that much prompting might have been more fit?

Anyway, we’re curious to see her performance, but mostly, we’re pumped for the kinky scenes between Jamie and Dakota Johnson.

Watch Rita talk about her role below:

[via Access Hollywood]