Rita Ora
Singer Rita Ora Reuters

When Rita Ora was officially cast as Mia Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L James’ best-selling triology “Fifty Shades of Grey,” many fans were conflicted about whether she was a good choice for the role. Even if others don’t seem to think the British singer is the proper actress to portray Christian’s adopted sister, the 23-year-old seems to be pretty thrilled about the experience.

During an interview with MTV News on Thursday, she dished on how she prepared for the character and what it was like to work with none other than Dakota Johnson, the film’s female lead. Though she shared it was hard for her to keep focused, it didn’t have to do with kinky sex scenes. It was all about erudition.

“Working with Dakota was extremely fun she’s just so gorgeous so it kind of distracts you a little bit, but I mean she’s a really great great … she’s an amazing actress, so I’m like learning things from her,” Ora said. “Offset there’s always shenanigans going on, always someone getting picked on, but it’s always having a good time, you don’t want to work under a pressured environment especially when you’re making something creative, but it was an incredible, I would do it all over again.”

Ora originally approached the “Fifty Shades” production team because she wanted to be on the film’s soundtrack, but the team saw much more than just a voice when they looked at Ora: they saw Mia. She said the role has been hard work, especially because she had to master two different languages.

“I prepped for the role by learning some French first of all, by learning an American accent and by really just not being me,” Ora shared. “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.”

The flick finished filming at the end of February after three months of production. The movie is slated to premiere in theaters nationwide February 2015.

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