Lady Gaga 'grateful, humbled' by Star is Born role

Lady Gaga, making her debut as a movie actress in A Star is Born, said on Sunday she was humbled by the role, calling herself "just a girl from New York who couldn't get an audition".

By TT Bureau in Toronto
  • Published 11.09.18
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Lady Gaga: 'Just a girl from New York who couldn't get an audition'

Toronto: Lady Gaga, making her debut as a movie actress in A Star is Born, said on Sunday she was humbled by the role, calling herself "just a girl from New York who couldn't get an audition".

Gaga, the Born This Way singer best known for her flamboyant stunts on stage, plays an aspiring singer in the third remake of the romance between an ageing star and a newcomer.

"I've always wanted to be an actress and this is more than I ever imagined," she told reporters on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday. "I am just so honoured and grateful and humbled."

Gaga insisted that all the songs in A Star is Born were performed live, including those by her co-star Bradley Cooper, a novice musician.

"Singing live, there really was no question," Cooper, who also directed the film, told a news conference earlier on Sunday.

"When we first met, Stefani was very adamant about it," said Cooper, referring to Lady Gaga by her real name, Stefani Germanotta.

A Star is Born tells the story of country music singer Jackson Maine (Cooper), who meets, nurtures and falls in love with aspiring musician Ally (Lady Gaga). As Jackson deals with addiction and tinnitus and his own star wanes, Ally's career takes off.

As well as marking Cooper's directorial debut, the film is also the first to showcase his voice, songwriting and musical abilities. The Silver Linings Playbook actor has said he took singing and music lessons for six months.

"Preparation was the hardest thing," he said. "Starting to sing and realising that I really couldn't; starting to learn guitar and piano and realising I couldn't."

Gaga made her television acting debut in American Horror Story: Hotel winning a Golden Globe in 2016. But taking the lead role in A Star is Born was a big leap.

"At the beginning of making this film, we shook hands literally, and he said to me, 'You're an actress'," Gaga said. "And I said to him, 'You're a musician'."

The movie's concert scenes were shot on the stages of some of the world's biggest music festivals, including Coachella in California and Glastonbury in England.

A Star is Born is the third remake of the original 1937 film. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand.

Cooper calls his film "a three-year journey" and both he and Gaga wanted it to look, sound and feel like a story that comes from the heart.

"I never thought, 'How do I make it original?' I just knew I had to make it authentic to tell the story I wanted to tell," Cooper says in the film's production notes. To make sure of that, he got involved in as many aspects of the production as he could. He not only directed and co-starred in the film, he also produced it, co-wrote the screenplay and some of the music.

The response to A Star Is Born has been intense. Critics have boasted of crying uncontrollably. Fans outside theatres have swooned for its star, Lady Gaga. Words like "glorious", "rapturous" and, of course, "gaga" are running rampant. Reuters

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