Undeniably one the most gifted and multi-talented artists her generation, Lady Gaga proceeds to show the world new facets her talent with every passing project. In her new cover story with Vogue, the pop star was open and candid up about her first major film role in A Star Is Born, her instant connection with co-star Bradley Cooper, her new Las Vegas residency and much more.
Gaga's only acting experience came from her appearance in a few episodes American Horror Story and a couple cameos in Robert Rodriguez films before A Star Is Born. In the movie, Gaga plays Ally, a struggling artist who has just about given up on her dream to make it big, until Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers her, guiding her to the spotlight before they fall deeply in love. For the "Born This Way" singer, the biggest challenge was creating a musical character that was not like the Gaga audiences already know.
“I wanted the audience to be immersed in something completely different,” she said. “And it’s almost hard to speak about, because I just sort became Ally.”
Here are a few takeaways from one the singer's most revealing interviews yet.
1. Cooper and Gaga shared an almost instant connection the day they met.
Gaga first met Cooper at Saturday Night Live about five years ago. Having signed on to make A Star Is Born and focused on finding the other half for his romantic lead, Cooper went to a cancer benefit in Sean Parker’s backyard in L.A. where he encountered Gaga -- and realized he found his leading lady.
“She had her hair slicked back,” Cooper shared, “and she sang ‘La Vie en Rose,’ and I was just... levitating. It shot like a diamond through my brain. I loved the way she moved, the sound her voice.” Cooper immediately called her agent and the next day he drove to Malibu to meet her. “The second that I saw him,” Gaga recalled, “I was like, Have I known you my whole life? It was an instant connection, instant understanding one another.” Cooper later added that once they started discussing the project, everything clicked and he fered her the part on the spot.
2. Barbara Streissand showed on-set support to Gaga during A Star Is Born.
Though Cooper's film is technically the fourth iteration A Star Is Born, Gaga thinks it less as a remake and more a “traveling legacy.” When Barbara Streisand -- who played the ingenue in the 1976 film -- came to the set, Gaga felt extremely inspired and thankful. “It was a magical moment," she gushed. "She really made me feel like she passed the torch. That made me feel good, that we approached making this film the right way.”
3. Several the film's musical performances were filmed at music festivals.
Cooper shared with Vogue that at Gaga’s insistence, all the musical scenes were shot live. “All the music is as real as you can get it,” he said. They shot some the concert scenes at the Stagecoach country-music festival in Indio, C.A, and more at the Glastonbury Festival in England. “At Stagecoach, four minutes before Willie Nelson went on, we hopped onstage,” says Cooper. “That was real. At Glastonbury, I got onstage in front 80,000 people. It was nuts. But Lady Gaga is so good that if the world I’d created wasn't authentic, it would stand out in a second. Everything had to be raised to her level.”
4. Lady Gaga played a huge part in boosting Cooper's confidence when it came to his singing.
“I printed out the sheet music, and he had the lyrics on his phone, and I sat down at the piano and started to play, and then Bradley started to sing and I stopped," she said. "‘Oh, my God, Bradley, you have a tremendous voice. Has anyone ever heard you sing before?' 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 people in Hollywood who can. That was the moment I knew this film could be something truly special."
5. Gaga addressed her sexual assault and her "relationship with that kind trauma."
When touching on the #MeToo movement and her own personal experience with sexual assault, she shared, "I feel like I’ve been an advocate but also a shocked audience member, watching #MeToo happen." She later added, "I’m still in disbelief. And I’ve never come forward and said who molested me, but I think every person has their own relationship with that kind trauma. It took years. No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”
6. Her two-year Las Vegas residency, Lady Gaga Enigma, will beginin December.
Gaga recently signed a $100 million contract with MGM Resorts International to do a Las Vegas residency at a 5,300-seat theater. The show will begin on Dec. 28 and will be called the Lady Gaga Enigma -- a two-year run with 74 shows so she can take better care herself and make more movies in the future. “I’ve always hated the stigma around Las Vegas -- that it’s where you go when you’re on the last leg your career,” she shared. “Being a Las Vegas girl is an absolute dream for me. It’s really what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Read Lady Gaga's full Vogue cover story here and check out the trailer for a Star Is Born below.