In a recent interview in Los Angeles, Bradley Cooper discussed working with Lady Gaga on A Star Is Born, but most importantly, he praised her to the heavens and BACK during this interview. Read below!
On what’s to love about Gaga:
Oh everything, she’s an incredible human being, completely open, highly intelligent, touched by God with her voice. Every day that she would sing on set, the whole crew, we were just sort of in awe. She’s such a better singer than I ever even realized. I really do believe she’s one of the great voices of many years. But she’s just so relatable. I just love her. We have a similar background, Italian and I don’t call her… her name’s Stefani Germanotta and I call her Stefani. And she’s just great. I just got lucky because you never know. We had an incredible chemistry. I think it’s the most chemistry I’ve ever had with an actress in a movie.
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On collaborating with Gaga for the movie:
She was incredible and was a big part of the writing process. We interviewed her and I took so much of her thoughts and ideas and then… all this original music and we wrote the music with other great writers and were able to produce it and arrange it. And so she really gave me the confidence to believe in myself as a musician and find Jackson’s voice as a singer. I don’t think she’s ever done a movie before and she really gave me all of herself. It’s nothing if it’s not believable and real, especially this story and what they go through these two people. So it was almost like a barter to some degree. I mean entrusting myself to her that I would be able to find my voice as a musician as Jackson Maine and her trusting me enough that she would give herself to me in the process and flower as an actress.
On how he wanted to film the movie:
But it’s really about energy, I knew what I wanted the movie to be and I knew that we shot this for a studio version for very low budget, it was almost like 38 million dollars in 42 days. So I knew it had to be agile and quick and my instinct was that, I watched this documentary on Mike Nichols before I started and they asked him, how do you approach directing? And he said, I approach directing the way I approach acting, I prepare and then I show up on the first day and throw it all away. And that gave me the confidence, because I felt that that was the type of storytelling on the set that I wanted it to be like, open. But when you are open and at the head of the ship, everybody has to then be as agile and dexterous as you want to be.
On working with Matthew Libatique for the movie:
A big part of that is just being on a set with Lady Gaga singing, you really feel like oh, I am exactly where I want to be right now. And she provided that kind of nourishment for us. And he was incredible. It was me and him and Steve Morrow the sound guy and we went to Glastonbury by ourselves and I had been going there, that’s a music festival in Glastonbury, and we had four minutes to shoot that scene. Then my buddy operated the second camera and by that time, we had already done the movie and it was the second to last day. We had jumped on stage coach for eight minutes, so there was a lot of trust involved and Scott Sakamoto I obviously have to talk about who was the camera operator who is just a genius, he won the Operating Award for ‘The Revenant’ two years ago and he is incredible.