Lady Gaga explains how “A Star is Born” reflects her own journey as a pop singer.
The actress is one of several stars to have her own cover for Elle’s November “Women in Hollywood” issue, out Oct. 23.
In an interview with the magazine, Gaga talks about her role in the hit film.
“The character of Ally is informed by my life experience,” she says, “but I also wanted to make sure that she was not me. It was a cadence of both.”
Among the themes in “A Star is Born” is the way success and stardom affect relationships, and Gaga says that’s something she has experienced in her own life.
“Success tests relationships. It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom,” she says, “but I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use.”
Gaga also shares the story of the first scene she did with co-star and director Bradley Cooper on the film, and her initial hesitance with improvising.
“I will never forget the first scene we did together in this Mexican restaurant. Bradley got some tacos and brought them to the table,” she recalls. “Then he said something to me but it wasn’t what was in the script and I didn’t know what to do, so I just said my line. Then he said something else and I didn’t know what to do because I thought I was just supposed to be saying what was on the page. So I just said another line—the next line. Seeing that I wasn’t going off-script, he said, ‘Are you okay?’ and I just started to cry.”