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'I auditioned like everyone else' - Rita Ora didn't get special treatment to bag (30 second long) 50 Shades role

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Rita Ora as Mia in Fifty Shades of Grey

Rita Ora as Mia in Fifty Shades of Grey

Rita Ora as Mia in Fifty Shades of Grey

Rita Ora has responded to criticism of her appearance in hit erotic drama movie Fifth Shades of Grey.

Speaking to InStyle magazine, she said she didn't receive any preferential treatment due to profile when it came to bagging the role.

Ora had limited acting experience, but revealed she was up against several other actresses for the role of Mia Grey, and went through the usual audition process.

“I said I'd love to be involved as I was such a fan of the book. And then Sam [Taylor-Johnson, director] 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?'”

She added, "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.

"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?"

Unfortunately Rita's appearance in the film barely stretches to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 60 seconds on screen and she has just three lines of dialogue.

The 23-year-old Hot Right Now singer admitted last July that she had those three  lines fed to her through an earpiece because she was so nervous on set.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, she said: "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 had learnt."

She also described the experience as a "learning curve".

"She studies in France, speaks French, and it was a good learning curve for me," she told MTV News.

"I prepped for the role by learning some French first of all, by learning an American accent and by really just not being me. I had a brown wig on and I was being the smart girl that came from French school to see her family, so it was just a lot of dedication, it was like going back to school."

Ora's casting and look for the film (she wears a short, dark wig) did not sit well with fans who took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

Despite her difficulties,  however, Ora has signed up for the two sequels, which have already been given the green light.

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