Fresh off the raves for his TIFF directorial debut “A Star Is Born”, Bradley Cooper is calling his daughter with girlfriend Irina Shayk a “miracle.”
“Having a child, and having a family of my own – which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of – has opened me up even more, to the day… and to be present,” the 43-year-old actor tells NPR.
“A Star Is Born” marks Cooper’s first film since he and Shayk welcomed daughter Lea De Seine in March 2017, revealing it has been a very personal journey to get the film to the screen.
“In terms of this story being personal, a lot of it has to do with my father. My dad works his way into my life every day,” he says of his dad, Charles, who passed away from lung cancer in 2011. “Luckily, thank God, I still dream about him — he comes into my dreams. But there’s a lot of things in the movie that no one else would know, but they were little things that I did, created, in order to keep my father close, one of them being that our dog in the movie’s name is Charlie, which is my father’s name.”
Cooper found similarities between himself and his leading lady, Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga.
“Here’s the other thing that connected Stefani and myself right away, is that we were very, very loved as children. And when I meet people that have had that similar upbringing, I can just see it in them,” he explains. “And that’s the thing I want my daughter to have – I just always want her to feel loved.”
“A Star Is Born” hits theatres on Oct. 5.