Taika Waititi on those Rita & Tessa photos: ‘I was doing nothing wrong, it’s fine’

New Couple Alert! Kiwi director Taika Waititi and British singer Rita Ora make their first public appearance as a couple

For months and months, Taika Waititi was directing Thor: Love and Thunder in Australia. They worked on the film in Sydney, and from all the local reporting on the production, everyone had a f–king blast. It was one big party with Taika, Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and more. Taika also began seeing Rita Ora, and then there were those photos of Taika, Rita and Tessa Thompson partying together and looking like they were about to have a drug-infused threesome. Those photos reportedly got Taika a stern reprimand by Disney/Marvel, and soon after, the film wrapped with little additional controversy. This week, Taika gave an interview to the Sydney Morning Herald about wrapping on Love and Thunder, his next projects and those photos. Here are the important quotes:

Filming in Sydney: “I just got very welcomed and everyone was really beautiful. At a time when I couldn’t see my kids for almost seven months because there was no bubble, it was really nice to be surrounded by people who made me feel at home.”

Whether the gossip & photos of himself & Rita Ora bothered him: “Not really. I think in the world of the internet, everything goes away pretty quick. And also, ‘is it that big a deal?’ No, not really. I was doing nothing wrong. It’s fine.”

[From SMH]

I didn’t realize that he didn’t see his kids for seven months! Jeez. Someone recently described Taika’s post-divorce energy as his F-ckboi Era and I kind of agree. I mean, work is work and I understand that the pandemic meant that he couldn’t fly to see his kids at all. But his sacrifice was that he spent seven months partying with cast and crew, banging a famewhore like Rita Ora and having threesomes? Sure. It’s his life and I wouldn’t say no either, but lord. I hope this era gets phased out at some point.

New Couple Alert! Kiwi director Taika Waititi and British singer Rita Ora make their first public appearance as a couple

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  1. Destiny says:

    If I were post divorce, I would celebrate too

    • anna says:

      he’s right. and good for him.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        Exactly good for him, less good for his ex who has to be the default parent to their kids and keep that family life running smoothly.

        Also one of those women was still his employee, that changes things somewhat.

    • Silver Charm says:

      Breaking quarantine thru lockdown, ghosting his kids (again), philandering with an employee (again) but You Go Girl!!

    • teecee says:

      Why parent your kids when you can party? Anyway that’s what ex-wives are for, right?

  2. ReginaGeorge says:

    Wasnt the photo with Tessa strategically cropped as Tessa was with her own guy/date sitting on the other side of them who she was papped with the next day as well? It really wasn’t what the media made it out to be.

  3. Lola says:

    I’m sad, I had a crush on him before he reached Marvel levels of fame, now with this fuckboy thing I really, really don’t.

  4. tealily says:

    I don’t genuinely think they were having a threesome. I do think they were wasted off their faces.

  5. TIFFANY says:

    Yeah, if you weren’t Tessa’s boss.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Exactly! And even if she had no problem with it, that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable or that other co-workers didn’t feel there was inappropriate favoritism.

    • tealily says:


  6. Jules says:

    Lol reminds me of the scene in The Naked Gun where Leslie Nielsen is standing there with a huge megaphone, screaming “Nothing to see here”, in front of a massive car pile-up.

  7. Evenstar says:

    Speaking as an introvert, Taika’s energy has always made me super anxious and I don’t really know why 😂

  8. SusanRagain says:

    Consenting adults.
    I have zero interest in TW or his private life.
    I did enjoy Thor Ragnarok the movie tho.

    • ADS says:

      This is my feeling too. A lot more people than would care to admit it (because of judgement from others) have had a threesome (+++). I wish there wasn’t so much pressure to be hypocritical about sex.

  9. grabbyhands says:

    I don’t judge him for possibly being involved in a polyamory relationship – he is a consenting adult and there’s nothing wrong with it.

    I DO side eye him choosing Rita Ora as one of his paramours, however. She broke quarantine multiple times and lied about it and she is a massive self promoting famewhore – I would have hoped he would choose smarter. Still, I guess it’s a midlife crisis stereotype for a reason.

  10. Miranda says:

    You know what? I’ve been hearing the name for ages now, but I still have no idea WTF a “Rita Ora” is.

  11. Lila says:

    His personal life looks messy from the outside, which if that’s what he wants, then that’s his call…but he needs to keep the mess contained. I don’t love the tone set of ‘this is one big party.’ I like Marvel movies. I don’t want this one to be subpar because cast and director were unfocused.

  12. Peaches says:

    Why don’t people like Rita Ora? I barely hear about her. Feel like I missed something.

    • pamspam says:

      I’m not sure why she’s disliked – I guess I’m neutral. Didn’t she date Rob Kardashian? Which reminds me…WTF ever happened to that guy??

    • Silver Charm says:

      Extremely problematic. Blackfishing. Inserting herself into the Beyonce/Jay Z cheating rumors for clout. Incessant cheating rumors. She’s burned nearly every bridge. Calls paps on herself. Continually broke quarantine to party and tried paying people to keep it quiet.

      He’s his own mess too. Cheating with personal asst. Ghosted his kids on the last Thor as well. Broke quarantine to party. Told BLM protesters they’re doing it wrong. And on and on.

  13. mmm says:

    Whatever makes you feel better about your midlife crisis, bro.

  14. teecee says:

    I always knew he was a f*ckboi. His douchebag Hollywood timeline is so cliche it’s almost embarrassing.

    I also get predator vibes from him but it’s clear people are not ready to see that yet.

    Anyway, predicting a me-too scandal within five years with a rehab stint just after.

  15. Belinda says:

    I really didn’t see this very quick descend into Hollywood stereotype from quirky indy director to blockbuster director/fxckboi coming and personally I have to say, I feel a bit let down, because I was really routing for him.

    There are two things that really do not sit well with me: That he just abandoned his kids (again!) … and then strategically posts photos of them (I follow him on Insta). And the whole situation with Tessa who I love. He is her boss! Even if this was a kind of farewell party (where the photos of the threesome smooching and cuddling were taken) … what are the other cast members supposed to feel when they see those photos? Did they get Taika cuddle time too?
    Would you feel confident that your screentime is maybe not cut so that there is more screentime for Tessa? Of course there is no way of knowing … which makes all of this extremely problematic! And then there is Tessa … I hope she really was into this and not just kind of slipped into this “closeness” with her boss because he is her boss! I lived through a similar situation and of course the mess blew up in my face not his, although he was the one initiating it.

    I’m just really surprised about this article about Taika. I really thought the next news about him would be a rehab trip, but here we go …

    • md says:

      It’s interesting how people keep mentioning rehab for him. Look at the video (it’s on YT) from comic con’s Marvel panel, where the phase 4 of the MCU was revealed.

      Taika was clearly coked out of his mind. Like, it was really obvious he’d had SOMETHING and was bouncing off the walls and the rest of the cast and Kevin Feige were like wtf man.

      It’s embarrassing. I was sort of rooting for him, but I can’t wait to see him go away now tbh. There are a lot of Marvel/Disney people I’d love to never see again.