Bradley Cooper Says He Was “Very Lucky” to Have Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born wouldn’t have succeeded without both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Cooper, 44, stopped by the Late Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, when the host showed a heartbreaking clip from the film. It’s the moment Gaga’s Ally goes to visit Cooper’s Jackson Maine in rehab, and the rocker breaks down from the weight of how he has hurt her.
But in a touching moment, Ally grabs his face and comforts him. Cooper told Stephen Colbert that the gesture wasn’t planned, but it showcases Gaga’s acting chops.
“I think that’s also probably why the audience felt it was so real, those tactile moments,” he said. “The way she touches his face with her finger. You pray that an actor is going to do something like that, and she did that in droves throughout the whole shooting process. I was very lucky.”
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Cooper and Gaga are both up for best acting awards at the Oscars, and the movie is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Song and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The nominations came almost four months after the movie hit theaters in early October 2018, and Cooper and Gaga have spent much of that time praising each other and the process of shooting his directorial debut together. The actors met before filming started when Cooper made a trip to Gaga’s home in Los Angeles, and the two immediately bonded.
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“We had instant chemistry when I met him,” Gaga said in an interview with Good Morning America. “As soon as I opened the door to my house and saw him, it was like, ‘You hungry?’ We’re both Italian and from the East Coast and before I knew it, I was heating up some leftovers for him and we were eating together.”
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The American Sniper actor also praised his costar in the interview, as her eyes welled up with tears.
“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,” Cooper said. “Because it’s really what you do with it, and she’s such a beautiful human being.”
The Oscars air live Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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