“Success tests relationships,” she says in the interview with Elle Magazine. “It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom. I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use.”
In the same interview, the actress and music star also reflected on how some of the scenes in the Oscar-worthy movie actually brought up memories of her own life.
“For me, in music and in acting, I’m always pulling from my past experiences, family dynamics, relationships, pain, happiness, joy, the roller coaster ride of my life and how that has kind of created this beautiful disco ball that’s somehow refracted and fractured,” says Lady Gaga, who plays Ally in the film alongside Bradley Cooper.
“The opening moment, where you see him pop some pills, down some booze, hop onstage and just electrify the audience until the last bass note hits, and the limousine door shuts as the cameras are flashing, and it goes to total silence—this is how I feel as a performer. That’s what it feels like when you go onstage, and there are 20,000 people screaming, and you’re singing, and dancing, and performing, and then the show is over, and there is no sound. It’s emotional.”
“A Star is Born” is in theaters now.