Rita Ora may soon be enjoying a successful career as a movie star, and it’s all thanks to her role in Fifty Shades of Grey.
Speaking to OK! magazine, Ora said the huge controversy and interest surrounding the film has been nothing but good for her acting ambitions. “Everyone is going to have their own opinions,” she said, adding: “[b]ut for me, this was such a great cameo to be involved in. And even though I’m only in it for a little bit, it’s opened the door to a lot of movie things that I haven’t actually announced yet.”
Ora will play Mia, the adopted sister of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), in the highly anticipated adaptation of EL James’ worldwide best-seller.
Ora, who is a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, said her role on Fifty Shades made her want to act more. “I have the bug, for real. Fifty Shades was a moment of cameo and a really good wake-up call. … It was nice to be a part of it, and it opened a lot of doors.”
Her role in Fifty Shades won’t be the first time she has appeared on the big screen. Previously she starred in the little seen British gangster flick Spivs from 2004 as well as a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in last year’s Fast 6, which was predominantly shot in Ora’s native London.
Fifty Shades, though, is a whole new level of notoriety. “Fifty Shades is going to make a lot of waves, I’ll tell you that much. It’s going to be awesome.”
This article was originally published in THR.com.