When Lady Gaga did her screen test for A Star Is Born, director and co-star Bradley Cooper wanted her to look like she was “born this way.”
Gaga tells the L.A. Times as soon as Bradley saw her, he handed her a wipe and told her to take off all her makeup.
“It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels — that was real,” the singer says. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”
In the end, her vulnerable audition won over skeptical Warner Bros. executives who weren’t initially convinced Gaga could play the part of Ally, an aspiring singer who Bradley’s aging rock star Jackson Maine takes under his wing.
Gaga says she understood why the execs wanted her to audition — realizing that some people “don’t really know what I look like” — but she used their skepticism as fuel.
“I’m totally that girl that’s like, ‘Bring it. I’ll show you,’” she says.
As for what makes Gaga feel beautiful, it’s not the makeup or the costumes: It’s seeing the happiness of her fans.
“[At] the end of the day, I could be in a million movies and put out a million songs and everyone could say, ‘She was so beautiful,’ but that’s not really what I want,” she says. “I want them to say, ‘I saw that movie and I cried my eyes out and I learned something about myself.’”
A Star Is Born premieres at the Venice Film Festival Friday and hits theaters October 5.
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