‘I will always love J.Lo!’: Rita Ora duets with Jennifer Lopez in ‘spontaneous’ session as she gushes over the star’s ‘inspirational’ documentary Halftime
The singer, 31, took to Instagram on Wednesday night to post a clip showing her singing with JLo, 52, in a ‘spontaneous’ and ‘unrehearsed’ session.
In the footage, the pair can be heard showing off their impressive vocal ranges as they belted out a Spanish song in front of a piano.
Fun times: Rita Ora has shared a video of herself duetting with Jennifer Lopez as she praised the star for her ‘inspirational’ new documentary Halftime
Rita flaunted her sensational physique in a clinging black jumpsuit which she teamed with a pair of heeled sandals.
She swept her golden locks back into a tight up-do as she sang alongside the Jenny From The Block hitmaker, who has also recorded many songs in Spanish.
Jennifer looked effortlessly chic in a sweeping rainbow maxi-dress as she stood on the opposite side of the piano to Rita while a man played the piano between them.
She flaunted her fresh-faced beauty with a light dusting of make-up and fixed her brunette locks into a slicked-back bun.
Amazing: In the footage, the pair can be heard showing off their impressive vocal ranges as they belted out a Spanish song in front of a piano
In a lengthy caption alongside the clip, Rita praised Jennifer’s Netflix documentary Halftime, whose title is a nod to her entering her 50s and to her Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira.
Rita gushed that she continues to be inspired by Jennifer’s ‘resilience’, ‘hard work’ and ‘generosity’ and said that she ‘inspires’ women to achieve their dreams.
She penned: ‘I’ve just watched your documentary: Halftime on Netflix, and I continue to be inspired by your hard work, your resilience and endless generosity. You have taught all of us girls to not have limits.
‘You have shown us that we can do it all and for that I will forever be grateful. In times of doubt, I have always looked to you and your achievements for guidance and just if I need that extra push that day.
Gushing: In a lengthy caption alongside the footage, Rita praised Jennifer’s Netflix documentary Halftime, whose title is a nod to her Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira
‘I will always love J.Lo’: Rita gushed that she continues to be inspired by Jennifer’s ‘resilience’, ‘hard work’ and ‘generosity’ and said that she ‘inspires’ women to achieve their dreams
‘You’re a constant reminder of why I love this job so much. If you have not seen @jlo’s documentary, do so right now. Be inspired.
‘J.Lo and I have always connected on both being hard working women with multifaceted careers. This video was unplanned and unrehearsed.
‘A spontaneous and fun little jam at the piano, and one of the many reasons I will always love J.Lo!’
Halftime delves into Jennifer’s personal life, including her bond with her 14-year-old twins Max and Emme – who she shares with Marc Anthony, as well as her work life.
The feature is directed by Amanda Micheli, whose previous work includes Vegas Baby, which followed contestants in a YouTube competition where the prize was an IVF round at a Las Vegas clinic free of charge.
In the documentary, Jennifer revealed she was disappointed she didn’t earn an Oscar nominated for her supporting role in Hustlers (2019) despite earning the best reviews of her career.
‘I got my hopes up,’ Jennifer admits in the film.
Following a string of critically derided movies that were intended as crowd pleasers, she won over a bevy of critics with her role in Hustlers.
The movie was inspired by the New York Magazine article The Hustlers at Scores, and it followed a group of strippers with wealthy clients who began drugging the men before running up exorbitant tabs on their credit cards.
New show: Halftime delves into Jennifer’s personal life, including her bond with her 14-year-old twins Max and Emme – who she shares with Marc Anthony, as well as her work life
Jennifer played the ringleader of the group, though she appeared in a supporting role to Constance Wu’s lead.
Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times raved that ‘Lopez gives her most electrifying screen performance since Out Of Sight, slipping the movie into her nonexistent pocket from the moment she strides out onto a neon-lighted stage in a rhinestone bodysuit’.
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the actress was ‘dining out on her best role in years,’ while the New York Times’ A. O. Scott, who otherwise panned the film, singled her out for praise for ‘channeling her exuberant physicality and her quick-witted self-assurance into a performance that is finely calibrated in its realism and brazen in its theatrics.’
In Halftime, Lopez is seen crying tears of joy in bed as she reads a positive line in published by Glamour: ‘Frankly, it’s thrilling to see a criminally underrated performer get her due from prestige film outlets.’
She admits in Halftime that she kept telling herself, ‘It’s gonna happen, we’re gonna be good,’ and she could barely sleep from excitement the night before the Oscar nominations were to be announced.
Gutted: In the documentary, Jennifer said she was disappointed she didn’t earn an Oscar nominated for her supporting role in Hustlers despite earning the best reviews of her career
‘I dreamt that it happened,’ she said of her fitful night before the announcement.
But she slept through the early morning nominees reveal, and it was only after a friend texted her that she learned the disappoint news.
‘I was like, “Oh, s***,”‘ she recalled.
‘The truth is, I really started to think I was gonna get nominated,’ she said later via voiceover. ‘I got my hopes up because so many people were telling me I would be. And then it didn’t happen.’
The nominees ended up being Laura Dern, who ultimately won for playing a divorce attorney in Marriage Story, along with Kathy Bates for Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, Florence Pugh for Little Women and Margot Robbie for Bombshell.
Well received: Following a string of critically derided movies that were intended as crowd pleasers, she won over a bevy of critics with her role in Hustlers
After the disappointment, Jennifer tried to remind herself that awards aren’t her prime motivation for the roles she takes on, nor the music that she records.
‘I had to ask myself, “What does that mean?” I do this not for an award or do my hits up there and seem like I’m the best performer in the world,’ she said.
‘No, I do this to tell stories and to effect change and to connect with people and make them feel things because I wanna feel something. That’s why I do it. Because I actually want to make the world a better place in my own little way.’
She added that her biggest fans weren’t concerned with awards either.
‘At the end of the day, when somebody meets you they don’t go, “Oh my God, you have 12 Grammys!” They don’t say that. They go, “Oh my God, that song you wrote made me feel and got me through. When I saw you onstage, I realized I could be there too.”‘
Elsewhere in the documentary, Jennifer rages about another perceived lack of respect when she was forced to share the stage at her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira.
‘This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,’ she says angrily of the arrangement.
‘Typically, you have one headliner at a Super Bowl. That headliner constructs a show, and, should they choose to have other guests, that’s their choice,’ says her manager Benny Medina.
‘It was an insult to say you needed two Latinas to do the job that one artist historically has done.’
The two women eventually found a way to work together for the acclaimed performance.
Annoyed: Elsewhere, Jennifer raged about another perceived lack of respect when she was forced to share the stage at her 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira