A Star Is Born is easily one of the most highly-anticipated and well-received films of 2018, solidifying Lady Gaga as a bonafide Hollywood star.
With show-stopping acting, some might wonder what it took to get to that level of vulnerability, and it turns out that director Bradley Cooper used some interesting tactics to get the (no doubt award-winning) performance from Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta.
Gaga revealed that Cooper actually banned makeup on set, reportedly grabbing a makeup wipe and dragging it down Gaga’s face for her screen test, telling her: “Completely open. No artifice.”
You won’t believe how different Lady Gaga looks in this minimalistic photo
About the bold move, Gaga said:
“It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels – that was real. I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”
Speaking to the Daily Express, she gives Bradley full credit for her performance.
“I give him full credit for the beauty of this film. He is an incredible visionary. He lifted me up, he made me so comfortable to take off my make-up, to dye my hair back to my normal colour and to be someone I hadn’t been for a long a time.”