Lady Gaga reveals why 'A Star Is Born' director Bradley Cooper is like a ninja

By Jessica Pollack

Lady Gaga has been busy promoting her first film, the critically acclaimed third remake of A Star Is Born, and singing accolades for her co-star and director, Bradley Cooper. At the London premiere, while clad in a show-stopping Elizabethan gown by Alexander McQueen, the "Born This Way" singer revealed to HELLO! why her movie star collaborator can also count 'ninja' among his talents.

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"You know, I knew I was going to be a part of something special from the moment I heard Bradley sing and when we met to talk about this movie," she gushed. "He is such an incredible visionary, and he's so precise. Being on set with him every day, watching him work, he's like a ninja."

The 32-year-old continued: "He works with such a precision and yet he's so free as well and every single day was like a sanctuary for making art, and I love that so much and that really feeds my soul. I just feel so humbled and grateful to be by his side tonight and be part of this incredible cast. I'm very grateful."

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The singer's performance as up-and-coming musician Ally, who falls in love with rock star and addict Jackson Maine (played by Bradley), has been garnering praise at every turn - and even some Oscar buzz! But the process of making the film was an emotional rollercoaster, from the very first scene to her final day on set.

Lady Gaga wore a 2013 Alexander McQueen gown to the London premiere. Photo: © Getty Images

Having meticulously learned her lines on day one of filming, the Golden Globe winner told the Los Angeles Times that she was thrown when Bradley immediately went off script - and all she could do was repeat the same line over and over! “Finally, he said, ‘Are you OK?’ And then I started crying,” she explained. “Then I got that out of the way and then we did the scene. I had to let go of the words.”

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She also had to let go of her insecurities about her looks, and the Silver Linings Playbook star made that absolutely clear when he forced her to remove all her makeup with a wipe before a screen test in 2016. “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 star, born Stefani Germanotta, recalls. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”

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After shooting her very last scene, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that she had to get out of character as soon as possible and the easiest way was the change her look. "I literally dyed my hair blonde the night that we stopped shooting because I wanted to get out of it as soon as possible,” she said. "Without giving away the end of the film, there is some tremendous emotion and tragedy, so I wanted to get her out. But to be honest, she’s still in here.”

A Star Is Born hits theatres on Oct. 5.

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