Remember when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hit the stage of the 91st annual Academy Awards back in 2019, and gave the kind of over-the-top performance of the Oscar-winning original song “Shallow” that had people nervously wondering how gross and slimy that shared piano bench was after they finally got up from it? It had a lot of people wondering what was going on between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who was with Irina Shayk at the time. Lady Gaga played a little coy and said that it was two people who made a love story, that wanted everyone to believe they were in love. Now, two years later, Bradley Cooper is like, yeah, we were absolutely faking it. In case you didn’t already figure that out….
This groundbreaking revelation comes, of course, via Lady Gaga’s never-ending Oscar campaign for House of Gucci. This time, we’ve got an interview with Lady Gaga and The Hollywood Reporter, where were once again reminded about how much of a great actress she is, because she successfully convinced some people that she and Bradley were doing it at the Academy Awards. In case you want to relive that awkward television moment, here it is:
According to Bradley Cooper, who also spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, they were laying it on thick because it wasn’t just a performance of a song. Nay, it was the performance…OF A LIFETIME. Randy Newman would never have to resort to such stunts, but clearly, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are different that way. via The Hollywood Reporter:
Cooper says they definitely were acting during “Shallow,” which ultimately won Gaga the songwriting Oscar, and he had conceived the performance to unfold like a scene from the movie in part to help manage his own fears about singing live. “Just from a personal standpoint, it reduces the anxiety level,” Cooper says. “They kind of fall in love in that scene in the film. It’s that explosive moment that happens to happen to them on a stage in front of thousands of people…It would have been so weird if we were both on stools facing the audience.”
It would have been weird?! No, weird was watching Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper look like they were remaking the pottery wheel scene from Ghost with a piano instead. And again – the award was already won! Bradley Cooper really didn’t have to direct so much fake love between himself and Lady Gaga. The song was a lock. They could have walked out and instructed the audience to sing it instead, and they probably could have, because “Shallow” was everywhere after A Star Is Born came out. I heard it every single time I went grocery shopping for four whole months. Nothing says Far Too Dramatic like hearing Lady Gaga scream, “I’m off the deep end” while you’re buying premade gnocchi.