Lady Gaga has officially made her big-screen debut with “A Star Is Born!” The pop star shared the spotlight with actor/director Bradley Cooper, and in the October cover story of Vogue Magazine, Gaga shares some behind-the-scenes info on the hit film. Here are five things we learned from her Vogue cover story:
1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper first met at “Saturday Night Live” five years ago but it wasn’t until he witnessed her perform in 2016 that he knew she had to play the role of Ally.
During a cancer benefit in L.A. while hearing her perform “La Vie en Rose,” Bradley knew he found his acting partner. He called her agent and they met at Gaga’s home the next day.
“The second that I saw him,” says Gaga, “I was like, ‘Have I known you my whole life?’ It was an instant connection, instant understanding of one another. Before I knew it, I was making him lunch and we were talking. And then he said, ‘I want to see if we can sing this song together.’”
He then filmed them singing folk song “Midnight Special” together and it became the song that got Warner Bros. to green-light the movie.
2. Clint Eastwood was originally going to direct the film.
At the time, Bradley was 38 and admits that he didn’t feel seasoned enough to do the film when he was offered the part of Jackson. It was also supposed to star Beyoncé! After roles in “American Sniper” and “The Elephant Man” for a year on Broadway, the now 43-year-old says he was finally old enough for the film.
3. All the music in the film is shot live.
“All the music is as real as you can get it,” Bradley explains. Some of the concert scenes were actually shot at Stagecoach in Indio, Calif., and during Glasonbury Festival in England.
“At Stagecoach, four minutes before Willie Nelson went on, we hopped onstage,” Bradley recalls. “That was real. At Glastonbury, I got onstage in front of 80,000 people. It was nuts. But Lady Gaga is so good that if the world I’d created wasn’t authentic, it would stand out in a second. Everything had to be raised to her level.”
4. You may forget it’s actually Lady Gaga starring in the movie.
“I wanted the audience to be immersed in something completely different,” she says. “And it’s almost hard to speak about, because I just sort of became Ally.”
5. Gaga got some tips from Barbara Streisand.
Gaga is well versed in each of the three previous versions of “A Star Is Born.” The first film was released in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, followed by Judy Garland and James Mason’s 1954 version and finally Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson’s take in 1976.
“It was a magical moment,” Gaga says of Barbara’s visit to the set. “She really made me feel like she passed the torch. The singing is beyond, but what is even more beyond is how involved she was in everything she did. She was a part of creating that film. That made me feel good, too, that we approached making this film the right way.”