“A Star Is Born’s” Bradley Cooper Gets Real On Emotions, Music and Love For Gaga

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ve likely heard of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s new movie, A Star Is Born— and rightfully so.

After a year of guitar and vocal lessons, Bradley Cooper stars in the film as a country-rock superstar, a radically new role for the actor. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we see three-time Grammy Award winner Lady Gaga pull out what is arguably her best acting feature yet as a waitress-turned-singer, waiting for her big break.

Together, they created what many are calling one of the best movies of the year— and the box offices are already showing it. In an interview with One Country’s own Kelly Sutton, Bradley Cooper opened up about the uniqueness of the film and what he thinks set it up for success.

“It was the perfect combination timing-wise,” Cooper said of the decision to give the movie a third remake.

“I wanted to tell a story that investigated trauma as a child, what it means to become somebody— what your identity is going to be when you grow up…what happens to somebody if someone tells them they don’t have anything to say and they’re not worthy— and also, what happens to two people who are actually madly in love with each other and how hard it is even with that love.”

As far as working with Lady Gaga, Cooper said he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“I wouldn’t have worked so hard if I didn’t think she was the one and that she could do it,” he said. “It pushed me because I just knew how great she is and knew everything else needed to be completely authentic because she’s the real deal.”

Gaga’s talent aside, Cooper said it was her as a person that drew him in.

“When I met her and saw how present she was in her eyes and her face— I thought as long as I can capture her truth, we’re going to be okay.”

A Star Is Born is in theaters now.