Bradley Cooper wants to keep his family as safe as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a conversation with Anthony Ramos published by Interview magazine on Monday, the 45-year-old actor opened up about trying to protect his nearly 80-year-old mother from the disease.
“I’m with my daughter and my mother and my two dogs, and we have not left the house. My mother is going to be 80, and she has a colostomy bag, so I can’t let anybody in the house,” he said. “And I can’t leave the house, because if she gets it, it’s over.”
“We live in a little townhouse, thankfully there’s a backyard,” Cooper continued, noting how he’s also trying to entertain his daughter. “I’m running a one-man preschool. We get up, we do swim class in the bathtub.”
The actor, who shares 3-year-old daughter Lea with ex Irina Shark, seemingly conducted the interview with Ramos earlier this summer, as he’s since been spotted in Los Angeles. Over the last month, he’s been seen catching up with Jennifer Garner, as well as filming Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie.
Still, Cooper remains close with his mom, Gloria. He moved in with his parents in 2011 before his father, Charles, died following a long battle with lung cancer.
“My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are … it’s not like I live in a compound and she’s in the guesthouse. No, she’s in the next room,” he previously told the Los Angeles Times. “But here’s the thing: she’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches.”
Gloria has accompanied her son to many Hollywood events, including to the 2019 Oscars, where he was nominated for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture for “A Star Is Born”.
Cooper — who has earned eight Oscar nominations for roles both in front of and behind the camera — also spoke to Ramos about why he finds awards season “utterly meaningless.”
Ramos explained how if you’re one of the chosen ones to have been “singled out” in terms of nominations, it’s easy to think it’s all “about me,” when really you’re a “representation of the story that those 150 to 200 told together.”
Cooper replied, “That awards season stuff is a real test. It’s set up to foster that mentality.
“It’s quite a thing to work through, and it’s completely devoid of artistic creation,” the actor went on. “It’s not why you sacrifice everything to create art, and yet you spend so much time being a part of it if you’re, in quotes, ‘lucky enough to be a part of it.’
“It’s ultimately a great thing because it really does make you face ego, vanity, and insecurity,” Cooper continued. “It’s very interesting and utterly meaningless.”
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