Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sizzle together in the critically acclaimed 2018 remake of the Hollywood classic, A Star Is Born. The pair star as Ally and Jackson respectively –musicians and star-crossed lovers at vastly different stages in their careers. In the film. Cooper’s Jackson is a massive name in the industry who is struggling with some personal demons. Ally, in contrast, is a waitress, and struggling musician who just happens to be performing in the drag club Jackson stumbles into one evening.
Throughout awards season and during their press stops for A Star is Born, it’s clear that Lady Gaga and The Hangover actor have fantastic chemistry and they are super close in their personal lives. So how did the Hollywood A-listers meet? Take an inside look into their relationship and how they made A Star is Born.
How did Lady Gaga meet Bradley Cooper?
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper met one fateful day in 2016, and their first encounter was almost identical to how Jackson and Ally met in A Star is Born. Cooper was attending a cancer fundraiser where Gaga was performing — Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” It’s the same song that Ally sings when Jackson spots her in a drag bar. The Silver Linings Playbook actor told The New York Times, “My mind was blown.”
Gaga remembered that first encounter similarly. She told Stephen Colbert,
I sang the night before I met him at an event for cancer thrown by Sean Parker, and I was singing ‘La Vie en Rose’ — I was doing a jazz set that evening,” she said. “Bradley just happened to be in the audience, and I got a phone call that he wanted to meet me the next day, and he came to my house. I was like, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on.’ He came into the home, and I looked into his eyes, and I just felt an instant connection with him. He made me feel so comfortable. 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.
Can Bradly Cooper really sing?
Bradley Cooper knew that he found the right woman to play Ally in his movie. The pair hit it off after Gaga convinced Cooper who also directed A Star Is Born to sing. She told The Sydney Morning Herald, “I dislike it when I’m watching a movie and you can tell they’re lip-syncing,”
Cooper told Vogue, “She said, ‘Has anyone ever heard you sing before?’ and I said “no.” He went on to recall the moment when he started singing. Lady Gaga gushed “Oh, my God, Bradley. You have a tremendous voice.” She explained, “He sings from his gut, from the nectar! I knew instantly: This guy could play a rock star. And I don’t think there are a lot of people in Hollywood who can. That was the moment I knew this film could be something truly special.”
Is A Star Is Born based on Lady Gaga’s real life?
Cooper’s A Star is Born is the third remake of the 1937 original, so it’s not based on Lady Gaga’s real life. However, Cooper did weave in elements of The Fame songstresses’ experience. Cooper explained to Vogue, “We talked a lot about where she started on the Lower East Side, and she told me about this drag bar where she used to hang, and I thought, Oh, this is just ripe for the story.”
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