La­dy Gaga:

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La­dy Gaga has been get­ting rave re­views for her per­for­mance in « A Star is Born » , which pre­mie­red at the Ve­nice Film Fes­ti­val 2018. The mu­sic su­per­star ar­ri­ved in the Ita­lian ci­ty by wa­ter boat for the event, and oo­zed Hol­ly­wood gla­mour wea­ring a string of stun­ning out­fits for the launch of the film. The mo­vie is a re­make of the 1937 film of the same name and marks the di­rec­to­rial de­but of Brad­ley Coo­per, who al­so stars in it. Coo­per’s ver­sion is the third re­make of the ori­gi­nal film, it was adap­ted in­to a mu­si­cal in 1954 star­ring Ju­dy Gar­land and James Ma­son, then re­made as a rock mu­si­cal in 1976 with Bar­ba­ra Strei­sand and Kris Kris­tof­fer­son. In « A Star is Born » , sea­so­ned mu­si­cian Jack­son Maine ( Coo­per) dis­co­vers - and falls in love with- strug­gling ar­tist Al­ly ( La­dy Gaga). She has just about gi­ven up on her dream to make it big as a sin­ger un­til Jack­son co­axes her in­to the spot­light. But even as Al­ly’s ca­reer takes off, the per­so­nal side of their re­la­tion­ship is brea­king down, as Jack­son fights an on­going bat­tle with his own in­ter­nal de­mons. In Ve­nice, La­dy Gaga spoke about ta­king on the role of Al­ly and how she re­la­ted to her cha­rac­ter. She al­so tal­ked about what it was like to star in her first mo­vie, wor­king with Brad­ley Coo­per, her Ita­lian roots and more...

« What I lo­ved so much about wor­king with Brad­ley is that there was a true ex­change. »

La­dy Gaga, what was the chal­lenge for you in playing

Al­ly? When I star­ted out in the mu­sic in­dus­try, when I was about 19 years old, drag­ging my pia­no from dive bar to dive bar, trying to get a job so that I could sing and per­form for people; I real­ly be­lie­ved in my­self. Al­ly does not be­lieve in her­self at the be­gin­ning of this film. It is her re­la­tion­ship with Jack and their love to­ge­ther and how much he be­lieves in her that real­ly brings her to life. The truth is that the chal­lenges I had to face with this cha­rac­ter was being com­ple­te­ly vul­ne­rable and com­ple­te­ly bare. For most of the film I have no ma­keup on my face. This is so­me­thing that was ve­ry im­por­tant to Brad­ley, but he made me feel so com­for­table. What makes him so in­cre­dible as a di­rec­tor is that he’s la­ser fo­cu­sed, like a nin­ja. The image and the vi­sion is com­ple­te­ly in frame. But at the same time, there is spon­ta­nei­ty. He was able to pull a vul­ne­ra­bi­li­ty out of me, that I might not have been able to pull- out by my­self. I was ve­ry afraid to ap­proach this role, but I had my friend and my com­pa­nion by my side to help me through it. I think it’s true in any­thing, you al­ways want to work with people that are bet­ter than you. He’s bet­ter than me and I love that. I lear­ned so much from him. I lear­ned eve­ry single day. I wat­ched him when he was wor­king, when I was wai­ting for my scenes, I was wat­ching him work in bet­ween set up changes, I was wat­ching him move the ca­me­ras, change the ligh­ting, change the set up on the fly. He’s just in­cre­dible at what he does. So yes, I was afraid. But then when you get in­to the wa­ter with so­me­bo­dy that is real­ly good at trea­ding wa­ter, and in fact is swim­ming at light speed, then it’s OK.

Have you ever felt the pres­sure of ha­ving to change your look or your ap­pea­rance at the be­gin­ning of your ca­reer, as your cha­rac­ter does in the film? I have al­ways lo­ved to trans­form. I’ve al­ways lo­ved to shape shift and to be­come dif­ferent cha­rac­ters. It’s part of my art work. It’s part of my mu­sic. In the mo­vie there is a ve­ry tou­ching scene, when Al­ly for the first time plays her own mu­sic for the pu­blic. This is a ve­ry un­for­get­table mo­ment for eve­ry mu­si­cian and song­wri­ter. What did you feel, ac­ting this part of the mo­vie? I have to say that we were so en­tren­ched in the cha­rac­ters that this mo­ment when we were fil­ming felt so real, so alive. We had a live au­dience wat­ching us. We sang live. Be­cause I had ne­ver done a film be­fore as an ac­tress, it was ve­ry ea­sy for me to go to a place where I was saying to my­self, « I’ve ne­ver done this be­fore... » And get in­to that cir­cum­stance and then go out to play... Al­ly has that lit­tle bit of li­quid cou­rage, she knocks down the shot glass and she goes out there and she gives it her all. I re­mem­ber ve­ry well, du­ring the last take of the per­for­mance, Brad­ley came over to me and said, « now on this one, I want you just to have fun. » And I per­for­med and I’ll ne­ver for­get it. It real­ly did feel like I was per­for­ming my song for the first time. It was ve­ry spe­cial.

You sug­ges­ted that Brad­ley sing in the film... He’s a great sin­ger, real­ly such a tre­men­dous sin­ger. From the mo­ment he ope­ned his mouth, we were sit­ting at my pia­no in the li­ving room and he star­ted to sing, and I stop­ped said, « Oh my gosh, Brad­ley. You have an in­cre­dible voice! » He sings from his gut, you know, from the nec­tar, from the soul. I think this comes across so strong in Jack­son’s cha­rac­ter and what I lo­ved so much about wor­king with Brad­ley is that there was a true ex­change. He ac­cep­ted me as an ac­tress and I ac­cept him ful­ly as a mu­si­cian. He spent so much time in the stu­dio and with mu­si­cians stu­dying mu­sic and stu­dying the be­hind the scenes and eve­ry­thing that goes on in the mu­sic in­dus­try. It was just an in­cre­dible thing to watch and to be a part of.

Can you talk about the pres­sure in the mu­sic in­dus­try when you are trying to make a name for your­self, es­pe­cial­ly as a

wo­man, and how you na­vi­ga­ted that? Ma­ny times in the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer I said « No. » I write my own mu­sic and I work with other wri­ters as well at times. But when I was first star­ting out, I was not the most beau­ti­ful girl in the room and there were lots of wo­men that were sin­gers, that did not write their own mu­sic, and ma­ny re­cord exe­cu­tives wan­ted to take my songs and give them to other wo­men to sing. I was hol­ding on to my mu­sic with my cold, dead fin­gers saying « You’re not going to take my songs from me. » Al­so, they made sug­ges­tions about how you should look... I wor­ked with dan­cers, be­cause I ac­tual­ly star­ted out as a pia­nist, but they wan­ted to see me dance and I had al­so dan­ced in school, so there was some na­vi­ga­tion that oc­cur­red. But I was al­ways ve­ry strong at the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, that I al­ways had to take a left turn a lit­tle bit. No mat­ter what they as­ked me to do, I al­ways had to make sure that it was done my way. I ne­ver wan­ted to be sexy like other wo­men. I ne­ver wan­ted to be vie­wed like other wo­men. I wan­ted to be my own ar­tist and have my own vi­sion. I think it’s the same thing for Al­ly in this film. She’s na­vi­ga­ting her ca­reer and she’s trying to find her place as she trans­forms.

How does it feel to be at Ve­nice pre­mie­ring your first mo­vie? I am so, so proud to be here. Some of my fa­mi­ly is from Ve­nice, so this is an ab­so­lute dream. I’ve al­ways wan­ted to be an ac­tress!

This is the third re­make of the ori­gi­nal film, why do you think this sto­ry has en­du­red for 80 years? I think it’s safe to say that this sto­ry has stood the test of time. It is such a beau­ti­ful sto­ry, that will touch people all over the world. It’s a sto­ry about love, it’s a sto­ry about what Brad­ley would re­fer to as the hu­man plight and ad­dic­tion. It’s a re­mar­kable ex­pe­rience for me and I am ve­ry much loo­king for­ward to eve­ry­bo­dy seeing it.

If you had to sum up your ex­pe­rience of ma­king « A Star is Born » ? Eve­ry­bo­dy on this team, eve­ry single per­son that is a part of this mo­vie is just so beau­ti­ful, so won­der­ful, so kind, and it made the ex­pe­rience just sen­sa­tio­nal.

La­dy Gaga in a Va­len­ti­no Haute Cou­ture dress and Cho­pard je­wel­ry at the Ve­nice Film Fes­ti­val 2018.

La­dy Gaga and Brad­ley Coo­per in « A Star is Born » .

La­dy Gaga and Brad­ley Coo­per in « A Star is Born » .

La­dy Gaga at the To­ron­to In­ter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val, wea­ring Cho­pard ear­rings.

La­dy Gaga at the To­ron­to In­ter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val, wea­ring Cho­pard ear­rings.

La­dy Gaga at the To­ron­to In­ter­na­tio­nal Film Fes­ti­val, wea­ring a Ralph & Rus­so gown.

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