Lady Gaga excels at everything she does – from chart-topping tracks like “Pokerface” and “Joanne” to her captivating performance on American Horror Story: Hotel , and the artist continues to find new ways to delight audiences. The artist, whose given name is Stefani Germanotta, is now taking Hollywood by storm in her first starring film role alongside Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born , and critics are so taken by the trailer that they’re already throwing the “O” word around (yes, Oscar!)
The first teaser for the film, which follows a relationship between country music powerhouse Jackson Maine (Bradley) and rising star Ally (Lady Gaga), dropped at CinemaCon on Tuesday (April 24). Amy Kaufman of the LA Times gushed on Twitter, “I mean, the trailer for ‘A Star is Born’ just made me cry. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours,” while MTV News writer Crystal Bell claimed that “it felt radically intimate,” adding that the co-stars have “crazy chemistry.”
I mean, the trailer for "A Star is Born" just made me cry. Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours. #CinemaCon— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) April 25, 2018
Still thinking about A Star Is Born; it felt radically intimate. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have crazy chemistry. A fun tidbit: She made him sing live during production.— Crystal Bell (@crystalbell) April 25, 2018
It’s Bradley’s first time directing, screenwriting and singing, so the pressure is on to make the fourth version of this classic as good as it can be. And clearly, the seemingly unlikely duo is getting along swimmingly. Before the trailer aired, the Silver Linings Playbook actor went gaga for Gaga while speaking to Vulture. “She’s kind of a revelation in this movie. When I approached her for it, she said, ‘Well, we’re going to sing live.’ I said, ‘You’ll sing live because I don’t sing.’ And she said, ‘No, no, what I can’t stand in movies is when you see playback and that they’re lip-syncing,” Bradley explained. “I knew we were going to have to do that, and luckily I had time and I had wonderful support.”
Perhaps the reason their chemistry is so palpable is because the story hits close to home for both of them, and especially for Bradley. His character in the film struggles with alcoholism, a disease the actor suffered from for many years. He’s been sober now for 13 years, but has spoken candidly about his struggle, telling Barbara Walters in a 2015 interview, “I would never be sitting here with you, no way, no chance. I wouldn’t have been able to have access to myself or other people,” he said of his sobriety.