It’s less than a month before A Star Is Born, a movie that continues to get rave reviews. And to promote the film, Lady Gaga is on the cover of October issue of Vogue. To prove she’s worth all the good reviews, Gaga temporarily retired the avant-garde craziness and traded it in for a sleepy “I’ve been reading scripts all night” look and minimal makeup and hair.
Vogue went to Lady Gaga’s house in Malibu (the real star of Gaga’s Netflix documentary Five Foot Two) and described her as greeting them in a see-through chiffon boudoir robe, a matching bra and thong, and kitten heels, which is very slutty Norma Desmond. She talks about her version of A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, calling it a “traveling legacy” instead of a remake. She also says she had an instant connection with Bradley and made him spaghetti and meatballs during their first meeting.
He called her agent and, the next day, drove to Malibu. “The second that I saw him,” says Gaga, “I was like, Have I known you my whole life? It was an instant connection, instant understanding of one another.”
And just because Lady Gaga is the titular star in A Star Is Born doesn’t mean it’s a biopic about Lady Gaga. She says she acted her ass off to make sure you don’t just see Lady Gaga in front of you.
“I wanted the audience to be immersed in something completely different,” she says. “And it’s almost hard to speak about, because I just sort of became Ally.”
Bradley also tells Vogue that some of the live scenes really were as live as they look, and that both Bradley and Gaga filmed at Stagecoach and Glastonbury in character a few minutes before the actual performers were scheduled on stage. That’s a real directorial risk. Because there was a chance that at least a dozen loud voices could kill the fantasy and ruin the take by screaming “YAAAAS MOTHER MONSTER!” when Gaga approached the mic.
A Star Is Born was screened at TIFF over the weekend, and here’s Bradley Cooper, looking like the best man at a fall wedding, and Lady Gaga, looking like a wealthy Transylvanian ghost at the funeral for her boyfriend Count Dracula.