From lying to get a job to sleeping at the Oscars to a public threesome – like Rita Ora’s man, Taika Waititi, is as wild as she is

OH is the Hollywood bigwig in charge of the next Star Wars movie, but as Kristen Bell Tattoos reported yesterday, Taika Waititi’s next big role will be marrying Rita Ora.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Kiwi, 46, is about to tie the knot with Rita, 31, after they both asked a question almost at the same time.

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Taika Waititi’s next big role will be her wedding to Rita Ora.1 credit
The couple caused a stir last year when photos surfaced of them enjoying a triple kiss and hug with Thor actress Tessa Thompson, 38, on a balcony.

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The couple caused a stir last year when photos surfaced of them enjoying a triple kiss and hug with Thor actress Tessa Thompson, 38, on a balcony.1 credit
Anyone who thinks that the wedding marks the beginning of a calmer and more balanced chapter in the life of an energetic singer is mistaken.

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Anyone who thinks that the wedding marks the beginning of a calmer and more balanced chapter in the life of an energetic singer is mistaken.Credit: Rita Ora Instagram

They started dating just over a year ago after meeting in Sydney, where Rita was filming the Australian version of The Voice and Taika was filming the upcoming superhero film Thor: Love and Thunder.

For the couple’s friends, the news has long been on the cards.

One said, “They are besotted with each other. It wasn’t a shock.”

But anyone who thinks this signals the start of a calmer and more level-headed chapter in the life of the energetic singer, whose dating exploits have at times overshadowed her music, is wrong.

Rita Ora to marry boyfriend after 'simultaneous' marriage proposals
Rita Ora looks incredible in a black bikini, smearing mud all over her face.

Although Taika is 15 years older than her, he has the same mischievous heart as his fiancée and made headlines due to his outlandish behavior.

The couple caused a stir last year when photos surfaced of them enjoying a triple kiss and hug with Thora actress Tessa Thompson, 38, on the balcony after a night out at Tyka’s house in the Sydney suburb of Bondi.

“The Strangest Relationship”

He just finished filming the upcoming Thor sequel and was reportedly reprimanded by Marvel bosses for the photos, prompting fans to wonder if he and Rita were in an open relationship.

Taika is known to love partying as much as Rita, who famously broke self-isolation rules when she threw a party at a London restaurant to celebrate her 30th birthday.

But an insider said the photos “crossed a line,” adding that it “isn’t quite the image that (Marvel) wanted to project in regards to one of their biggest franchises.”

It’s perhaps unfair that the incident was seen as business as usual for the glib Rita, whose exes include singer Bruno Mars, DJ Calvin Harris and actor Andrew Garfield.

Apart from these photos, it seems that she tends to keep her relationship with Taika under the radar in order to “protect it”. She hasn’t revealed much about their romance, simply commenting earlier this year, “I didn’t expect to find love in Australia and I didn’t look for it.”

This will be the second time for Taika, a father of two who is believed to have split from New Zealand film producer Chelsea Winstanley in 2018 after six years of marriage.

Rita will be stepmother to their two daughters Te Hinekahu, nine, and Matev Kiritapu, six, when they wed in a modest ceremony later this year.

The couple have more in common than you think. Both come from humble families, but have achieved great success through hard work.

Rita spent most of her childhood in poverty as a refugee in London after her family was forced to flee what is now Kosovo in the war-torn former Yugoslavia.

Taika candidly said that she grew up in poverty.

He was born Taika David Cohen in New Zealand’s North Island to a Jewish mother and a Maori father. His parents never married and he originally used his mother’s last name for work.

His mother, Robin, was a school teacher, and his father, also named Taika, was an artist and farmer. Waititi called the relationship “the strangest relationship ever”. He was five when they broke up.

He mostly lived in the capital, Wellington, with “a single mom who worked three jobs at the same time,” he recalled.

Saying they were “very poor,” he said, “Our big dream was to have a microwave oven.”

Taika said his father, who died seven years ago, was one of the founders of a notorious biker gang called the Slaves of Satan.

When his 2019 war satire Jojo Rabbit, in which Taika plays a cartoon version of Adolf Hitler, won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Taika thanked his mom for giving him the book on which the film is based, Heaven in cage” Christine Leunens.

He said, “This movie wouldn’t exist without you.” Making history as the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar, Taika dedicated his win to Indigenous children around the world who aspire to make art.

He said: “We are the original storytellers – and we can do it here too.”

This is a far cry from the 2005 ceremony when Taika was nominated for an award for his short film Two Cars, One Night and pretended to be asleep when his name was announced.

Taika prefers to live away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood in Australia, but is hoping for further mainstream success with the 2017 sequel Thor: Ragnarok.

He wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Disney’s Moana, but abandoned the project to direct the horror-comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

He later said: “It had nothing to do with the process, I just got bored. Like always, I just wanted to go back to my own business and make a vampire movie instead.”

The pseudo-documentary, set in New Zealand, has gained a cult following and spawned a TV spin-off.

With his background in indie comedies, Taika seemed like the left choice to helm Marvel’s Thor franchise. His only real experience with CGI was creating ads for the candy brand Sour Patch Kids.

His quirky comedy-dramas The Boy and The Wild Man Hunt, also set in his native New Zealand, did well at the box office.

But his biggest accomplishment in the US to that point was writing and directing episodes of the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords with his college friend and longtime writing partner Jemaine Clement, 48.

Even Taika couldn’t quite believe that he got Thor’s job.

“Need to pretend”

While filming the £145 million blockbuster, he jokingly admitted: “Every morning I get in my car and I’m like, ‘Man, they still don’t know that I don’t know what I’m doing.’ They still haven’t caught on!”

The unconventional director admitted to sending in a demo reel made up of clips he downloaded illegally and even lied to studio bosses to get the job. In an interview earlier this year on The Late Late Show With James Corden, he gave this funny advice: “Say yes to everything. “Absolutely, I can do it. I will not let you down. Do you know? If you want to get a job, you have to lie. You have to pretend.”

That false confidence paid off, and Takia’s characteristic offbeat humor helped breathe new life into the franchise.

Thor: Ragnarok earned nearly £700 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film in the trilogy, which stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder.

And Taika will be directing the still-untitled new Star Wars film due out next year.

The coming months will be busy for the couple. In addition to acting roles in Fifty Shades of Gray and Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Rita will next appear in the action film Tin Soldier, where she will appear alongside Jamie Foxx, Scott Eastwood and Robert De Niro.

And she’ll have one of Hollywood’s hottest directors to rehearse her lines.

Taika poses with her Oscar for writing Jojo Rabbit.

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Taika poses with her Oscar for writing Jojo Rabbit.1 credit
Thor: Ragnarok grossed almost £700 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film in the trilogy, which stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder.

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Thor: Ragnarok grossed almost £700 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing film in the trilogy, which stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder.Credit: Rex Shutterstock

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