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After becoming a film festival darling earlier this fall, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born was finally released in theatres on October 5 and lived up to the hype. Earning a 93 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth remake of the classic music-driven film earned $43 million at the box office over the weekend. Also arriving on Friday was the film’s soundtrack, with the lead single “Shallow” debuting at No. 28 on the Billboard chart.
Now a second official single from the film has dropped along with a music video. “Look What I Found” features Gaga on vocals, with her character Ally, a struggling musician, singing about finding love with superstar Jackson Maine. For the video, Ally and Jackson sit together at a piano in a recording studio while shots from the film are inter-spliced throughout.
To promote the highly anticipated film, Gaga sat down with Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to talk about fame, working with Cooper, and dealing with the death of a close friend while filming A Star Is Born.
Speaking with Lowe, Gaga said that the anxiety faced by both main characters was something she could relate to in the film. “I identified as easily with Jackson as I did with Ally. But I think that that became part of the love. That made the love between us stronger. It made the experience more real. Fame is very unnatural.”
Commending Cooper on his vision as a director and writer, Gaga said that A Star Is Born opens with what she thinks is the perfect visual definition of fame. “One of my favourite things that he did in this film is the opening scene. It’s so electric. He’s playing the shit out of the guitar and he’s singing. You can see the veins in his neck and he’s sweating and it’s so, so powerful,” said Gaga. “You hear the audience just screaming. Then all of a sudden he gets into a SUV and the doors shut and it’s silent. That would be the me one of the best, if not the best cinematic ways of portraying fame that I can possibly thing of.”
In Gaga’s 2017 documentary Five Foot Two, the singer speaks lovingly about her close friend Sonja Durham, even visiting Durham in the documentary, who at the time was battling cancer.. Durham passed away while Gaga was filming A Star Is Born, with the singer leaving set and arriving at Durham’s home only 10 minutes after she passed away. Flooded with grief, Gaga used her pain to deliver an incredible performance that same day, shooting what would become the final scene of the film. “She gave me a tragic gift that day and I took it with me and I went back to set and I sang that song for Jackson and for her,” said Gaga. “Life is hard, man, and we gotta stick together.”
After spending months playing Ally, Gaga said that saying goodbye to the character was a difficult process. “The last day was the hardest day, the saddest scene. I went immediately to my apartment and dyed my hair blonde right away, thinking stupidly that that would bring me back to normal. Back to me,” said Gaga. “But it didn’t.”