A Star Is Born comes out October 5, but Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will probably be singing each other’s praises until the end of time, for they have been fawning over each other in the press for so long that I cannot remember a time or era when they did not know each other’s names.
In the months leading up to the film’s release, they’ve talked about how they fell in love. They’ve talked about how they grew to trust one another on set. They’re talked about sharing that fateful plate of leftover pasta. He lifted her veil. She held his hand. At first, it was touching. Now, it is mildly nauseating. Tomorrow, I cannot say. Either way, their public declarations of affection during the press run for A Star Is Born have been truly admirable.
“Wonderful,” “visionary,” “a revelation”—that’s how Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have reviewed each other. It started the day they met.
Lady Gaga on Bradley Cooper, via TIME:
“From the moment we met, I felt a kindred spirit in him,” she says. “And as soon as I heard him sing, I stopped dead in my tracks. I knew he could play a rock star. Actually, he’s the only actor on the planet who could play this one.”
Cooper on Gaga, via TIME:
The way Cooper puts it, it was a mutual leap of faith. “She entrusted me with giving herself so she could reveal herself to be the actress that she is,” he says, “and I entrusted her that I would be able to become the musician that I was terrified to be.”
Cooper on loving Gaga so deeply, via TIME:
“I love her so deeply,” Cooper says now of Gaga. “It’s because we were at our most vulnerable together.”
Gaga on Cooper’s singing voice, via ET Online:
“His performance in this film is out of this world,” Gaga told ET’s Keltie Knight. “And I loved singing with him as well. His voice is beautiful!”
Gaga on Cooper believing in her, via ET Online:
“I’m just extremely humbled and grateful,” the 32-year-old “Poker Face” singer said. “Bradley is a visionary human being. He has such an eye for creating an atmosphere of liberation and talent. He believed in me. You know, 100 people can be in a room, and 99 don’t believe in you. If just one person believes in you, it can change everything. He believed in me and I’m so grateful to him for that.”
Gaga on Cooper’s friendship, via People:
Our friendship is exactly what set the tone for this film. He’s such a wonderful person. He says it to me in the movie, he says, “All you’ve gotta do is trust me.” And I trusted him the whole time and he pulled things out out of me that I never thought that I even had.
Cooper on Gaga being kind of a revelation, via USA Today:
Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga is “kind of a revelation” in A Star Is Born.
Cooper on eating pasta with Gaga when they first met, via Conan:
I was at this cancer benefit that Sean Parker was throwing and she sang me ‘La Vie En Rose,’ which is a song in the movie, and just decimated the room. And then I went and saw her the next day, I asked if I could meet with her. Because I didn’t even really know what she looked like, at all. And she was so present and open and kind. I was hungry, she made me food. [...] She sort of knew I was hungry, I guess, I don’t know what I was doing. But she said, “Are you hungry?” and I said, “Yeah.” And then we went to kitchen, and she said, “Look in my fridge,” and she had all this pasta [laughs] that she had made the night before! And she heated it up, and I was eating it with her—it was insane.
Cooper on falling in love with Gaga while they ate pasta, via Variety:
“I didn’t know you were Italian. I remember when we first met, after 10 minutes we were eating homemade food that she cooked – I love to eat – and that was actually a huge bond that we both came from East Coast Italian-American families. So we had a real synchronicity on that level from our upbringing,” said Cooper, who admitted that he immediately “fell in love with her face and eyes.”
Gaga on the profound effect of Cooper wiping off her makeup, via People:
“Take it off,” Cooper told Gaga when she walked into the audition with a face of concealer, mascara and lipstick on. Then according to the new interview, he took out a makeup wipe and removed it himself.
“It just has changed me,” says Gaga of her role in the film.”Watching Bradley work was phenomenal and then having him believe in me — it gave me more ammunition to believe in myself and I just feel so blessed to have had that experience.”
Had enough? We can wrap it up here, for now.