Rita Ora shared a video of herself in a duet with Jennifer Lopez as she praised the star for her “inspirational” new documentary Halftime.
The singer, 31, took to Instagram on Wednesday night to post a clip showing her singing with JLo, 52, in an “impromptu” and “unrehearsed” session.
In the footage, the couple can be heard showing off their impressive vocal range while belting out a Spanish song in front of a piano.
Fun times: Rita Ora shared a video of herself in a duet with Jennifer Lopez as she praised the star for her “inspirational” new documentary Halftime
Rita showed off her sensational physique in a snug black jumpsuit paired with a pair of heeled sandals.
She swept her golden locks back into a tight updo as she sang alongside hitmaker Jenny From The Block, who has also recorded many songs in Spanish.
Jennifer looked effortlessly chic in a flowy rainbow maxi dress as she stood on the other side of the piano from Rita while a man played the piano between them.
She flaunted her fresh beauty with a light dusting of makeup and fixed her brunette tresses in a slicked-back bun.
Amazing: In the footage, the couple can be heard showing off their impressive vocal ranges as they belt out a Spanish song in front of a piano
In a long caption accompanying the clip, Rita praised Jennifer’s Netflix documentary Halftime, whose title is a nod to her entering the ’50s and 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 she “inspires” women to pursue their dreams.
She wrote: “I just watched your documentary Halftime on Netflix and continue to be inspired by your hard work, resilience and endless generosity. You taught us all girls to have no boundaries.
“You showed us that we can do anything and I will forever be grateful to you for that. In times of doubt, I have always looked to you and your accomplishments, and precisely when I need that extra boost that day.
Gushing: In a long 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 about continuing to be inspired by Jennifer’s “resilience,” “hard work,” and “generosity,” and said she “inspires” women to pursue their dreams
“You keep reminding me why I love this job so much. If you haven’t seen @jlo’s documentary yet, do so now. Be inspired.
“J.Lo and I have always felt connected as hard-working women with diverse careers. This video was unplanned and unrehearsed.
“An impromptu and fun little jam at the piano and one of the many reasons I will always love J.Lo!”
Halftime looks at Jennifer’s personal life, including her bond with her 14-year-old twins, Max and Emme, whom she shares with Marc Anthony, as well as her work life.
The film is directed by Amanda Micheli, whose previous work includes Vegas Baby, which followed contestants in a YouTube contest where the prize was a free round of IVF at a Las Vegas clinic.
In the documentary, Jennifer revealed that she was disappointed she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Hustlers (2019), despite receiving the best reviews of her career.
“I had high hopes,” Jennifer admits in the film.
After a string of critically ridiculed films intended as a crowd pleaser, her role in Hustlers won her a throng of critics.
Inspired by the New York Magazine article The Hustlers at Scores, the film followed a group of strippers with wealthy clients who began drugging the men before incurring exorbitant debt 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, whom she shares with Marc Anthony, as well as her work life
Jennifer played the group’s ringleader, although she appeared in a supporting role of Constance Wu’s lead.
Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times gushed that “Lopez delivers her most electrifying screen performance since Out Of Sight, and from the moment she steps onto a neon-lit stage in a rhinestone bodysuit, she’s putting the film in her non-existent bag.” .
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the actress “goes out in her best role in years,” while The New York Times’ AO Scott, who otherwise panned the film, praised her for “channelling her exuberant physicality and quick-witted poise.” to a performance finely calibrated in its realism and bold in its theatricality.’
At halftime, Lopez is seen crying tears of joy in bed as she reads a positive line in Glamour: “Honestly, it’s exciting to see a grossly underrated performer get her from prestigious film channels.”
She admits at halftime that she kept telling herself, “It’s going to happen, we’re going to be good,” and she could hardly sleep with excitement the night before the Oscar nominations were announced.
Gutted: In the documentary, Jennifer said she was disappointed that she didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Hustlers, despite receiving the best reviews of her career
“I dreamed it happened,” she said of her troubled night before the announcement.
But she slept through the nominees’ early-morning reveal, and it was only after a friend texted her that she found out the disappointing news.
“I was like, ‘Oh shit,'” she recalled.
“The truth is, I really started to think I was going to be nominated,” she later said via voiceover. “I got my hopes up because so many people told me it would be me. And then it didn’t happen.’
The nominees were Laura Dern, who ultimately won as 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: After a string of critically ridiculed movies meant to be a crowd pleaser, her role in Hustlers won her a throng of critics
After the disappointment, Jennifer tried to remind herself that awards aren’t her main motivation for the roles she takes on, nor the music she records.
“I had to ask myself, ‘What does that mean? I’m not doing this for an award or doing my hits up there and acting like I’m the best performer in the world,” she said.
“No, I do this to tell stories and create change and connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something. That’s why I do it. Because I want to make the world a better place in my own way.”
She added that her biggest fans didn’t care about awards either.
“At the end of the day, when someone meets you, they don’t say, ‘Oh my God, you have 12 Grammys!’ They don’t say that. They say, “Oh my god, that song you wrote made me feel and got me through it. When I saw you on stage, I realized I could be there too.”
Elsewhere in the documentary, Jennifer fumes about another perceived lack of respect when she was forced to share the stage with Shakira at their halftime performance at Super Bowl 2020.
“This is the worst idea in the world, having two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” she says furiously at the arrangement.
“Usually you have a headliner at a Super Bowl. This headliner builds a show, and if they decide to have other guests, that’s their choice,” says their manager, Benny Medina.
“It was an insult to say that it took two Latinas to do the job that historically did one artist.”
The two women eventually found a way to work together for the acclaimed performance.
Upset: Elsewhere, Jennifer fumed at yet another perceived lack of respect when she was forced to share the stage with Shakira at their 2020 Super Bowl halftime appearance