Lady Gaga hugged me. There are a million ways I could start this story about Gaga's new film A Star is Born, but none will convey how special this compassionate spirit is in person then telling you that we got choked up talking about the "family" that was formed on the set -- a credit she gives entirely to director Bradley Cooper -- and the impact that the movie is having on those who have seen it, all will have on all that see it soon. And she hugged me. But before that, we talked. At length. About the backstory for her character, Ally, a shy songwriter who gets a break at stardom. About her director. About drag (naturally). And she explained how she stopped being Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, a process that wasn't as easy as it sounds. Gaga told CinemaBlend:
It's true that Lady Gaga, the global sensation, and Ally -- the stage-innocent artist in A Star is Born -- walked different paths. But they both end up at the same destination. After being recognized in a drag show by the already successful Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), Ally slowly builds her own career, even rocketing past the man who launched her, the man she loves. The movie brings a lot of attention to the steps one makes during a career to get to a place of success, and Lady Gaga explained to CinemaBlend that her past informed this character in ways even she wasn't aware of at the time of filming. She recalled to us:
She's going to be even further away from all of that in the next few months, as we expect Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and A Star is Born to be front and center on the red carpet all the way up until Oscar evening. The movie opens in theaters on October 5, and we'll have more from our interviews in the coming days.