Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have spent the last several weeks promoting their highly anticipated film “A Star Is Born.”
Throughout their press tour, the duo consistently praised each other and spoke of their instant chemistry.
The chemistry was clear on-screen and the film even received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.
While you wait to watch the film yourself, take a look at all the best moments between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper while on the press tour for “A Star Is Born.”
Cooper said they bonded over their shared Italian roots.
During the movie’s press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Cooper and Gaga talked about how they bonded over the fact that they both grew up in Italian families.
Cooper said, “I remember when we first met, after 10 minutes we were eating homemade food that she cooked – I love to eat – and that was actually a huge bond that we both came from East Coast Italian-American families. So we had a real synchronicity on that level from our upbringing.”
Gaga said Cooper wanted her to wipe all of her makeup off before her audition.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gaga talked about how Cooper wanted her to be fresh-faced for her audition. He handed her a makeup wipe and said, “Completely open. No artifice.”
Gaga explained how it boosted her confidence, saying, “It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels – that was real. I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”
Cooper and Gaga revealed they had developed a sort of shorthand while working together on set.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Cooper used to whisper “Tony” at Gaga if he wanted to “evoke a feeling of warmth” because he knows that Gaga and Tony Bennett have such a close relationship. He also reportedly said things like “ninja” or “assassin” if he wanted her to focus.
Gaga said she “burst into tears” the first time Cooper showed her the movie.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gaga said that the first time she saw the completed film, she cried.
She said, “I just remember that from the very first frame, I just burst into tears. I literally cried watching the whole movie. I had to watch the film several times before I could watch it as an audience member if that makes any sense?”
Cooper revealed that Gaga gave him the confidence to sing in the film.
Cooper worked hard to be part of the musical aspect of the film.
According to Vogue, he learned how to play the guitar, worked with a vocal coach and a piano teacher for over a year, and wrote three of the songs. He attributed it all to Gaga.
“All because of Gaga. She really gave me the confidence,” he said.
The two talked about their instant connection.
In the same Vogue interview, Cooper and Gaga both went on about their instant chemistry.
Cooper said, “She had her hair slicked back and she sang ‘La Vie en Rose,’ and I was just… levitating. It shot like a diamond through my brain. I loved the way she moved, the sound of her voice.”
Gaga echoed his sentiment when she said, “The second that I saw him, I was like, ‘Have I known you my whole life?’ It was an instant connection, instant understanding of one another.”
Cooper added that he pretty much offered her the role the moment she auditioned.
He said, “She came down the stairs and we went out to her patio and I saw her eyes, and honestly, it clicked and I went, ‘Wow.'”
Cooper said it was “easy” to direct and star in his sex scene with Gaga.
As the director and one of the stars of the film, one would assume it was difficult for Cooper at times.
In an interview with MTV UK, though, the star said it was “easy” to direct and act in his sex scene with Gaga.
He explained, “I actually thought I had an advantage of being on the field while also orchestrating the shooting and the storytelling. I found it to be a real benefit and much easier, rather than being on the sidelines.”
Cooper talked about the first time he sang with Gaga and described it as “awkward” but also special.
Cooper and Gaga sing together many times throughout the movie, and in an interview with W magazine, he talked about the first time they sang together.
He said he went to her home in Malibu, where they ate spaghetti and meatballs before sitting at the piano together to sing “The Midnight Special.” Cooper took a video of them singing, which he described as “awkward.”
At one point, Gaga stopped singing and asked Cooper, “Has anyone heard you sing?” They started to harmonize the chorus and the rest is history.
Cooper told W magazine he “believed” in Gaga.
In almost every interview, Cooper and Gaga both speak of the endless support they have for each other.
In an interview with W magazine, Cooper said, “We were immediately comfortable with each other. We made a kind of deal: I believed in her as an actress, and she believed in me as a musician. I wanted there to be a meta aspect to the film and Stefani gave me that. Also, no actress can do musically what I needed Stefani to do in 42 days of shooting: I needed plutonium. And the plutonium in ‘A Star Is Born’ is Stefani’s voice.”
Cooper made Gaga cry on “Good Morning America.”
During an interview on “Good Morning America,” Cooper’s praise actually made Gaga tear up.
He said, “I’m just so glad God gave her the talent that she has and he chose her because that’s quite a vessel to go through. Because it’s really what you do with it, and she’s such a beautiful human being.”
Gaga said Cooper had “unveiled” her and spoke about her trust in him.
Gaga may look unrecognizable to some in the film because of her hair colour and lack of makeup. And according to Gaga, Cooper had a lot to do with that.
In an interview with E! News, Gaga said, “In a lot of ways I feel like Bradley unveiled me. It was his idea to strip away the makeup, to go back to my natural hair and for this to be Ally’s character.”
She said she was able to do it because she trusted him so much.
“The trust that I had in him every day on set just provided for a remarkable artistic experience. I feel honestly completely humbled and grateful to be here sitting next to him,” the singer said.
Gaga praised Cooper and called him a “ninja” at the premiere of the film.
Gaga spoke to HELLO! magazine about Cooper at the premiere of the film, and said, “You know, I knew I was going to be a part of something special from the moment I heard Bradley sing and when we met to talk about this movie. He is such an incredible visionary, and he’s so precise. Being on set with him every day, watching him work, he’s like a ninja. He works with such a precision and yet he’s so free as well and every single day was like a sanctuary for making art, and I love that so much and that really feeds my soul.”
Gaga talked about teaching Cooper about drag makeup.
When filming the drag bar scene, Gaga said she taught Cooper a lot about drag makeup.
She told Vulture, “It was so wonderful, Bradley’s curiosity about drag makeup. I remember having a whole conversation with him about soaping the brow, how you get the eyebrow to stay down. You pat it with powder and then you can’t see it. All of these little details.”
Cooper called Gaga a “revelation” after speaking about how much he relied on her.
Gaga said she got confidence from Cooper when it came to acting and Cooper said he got confidence from Gaga when it came to singing.
According to Billboard, Cooper said that she wanted all of the singing to be live.
He said, “She said right from the beginning that this was going to be a bargain. ‘I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me,’ because she’d never done a film before, ‘and I’m gonna make sure you that turn into a musician because we’re going to sing everything live.’ And I thought, wait, what? She said, ‘No, the only way this is going to work – I can’t stand when I watch movies when they have music and you can tell when it’s pre-recorded and people are lip-syncing.’ And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her.”
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