Before she entered the auditorium at the Beverly Hilton for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, Lady Gaga paused to chat about A Star Is Born, her nomination-earning performance as the film’s leading lady, Ally, and just how little she has in common with her character.
“I think i’ve created characters for years because i’ve always wanted to be an actress… for this it was a totally different thing,” she told Ryan Seacrest for E! before the ceremony began.
“I had to work really hard to build this character, because quite honestly, she’s nothing like me. I mean, when I started out in this business, I was like, ‘Move aside! Here’s my music, here’s my style, this is the way I dance! This is who I am! I know who I am!’ Ally, she’s just jaded. She’s over it. She’s angry, sad and depressed; she thinks there’s nothing left for her. It’s [Jackson Maine’s] love for her that gives her wings to fly.”
She went on to praise her co-star and director, Bradley Cooper — nominated for best director and best actor in a motion picture, drama — who she called “a tremendous visionary, tremendous director, tremendous actor to work with.”
Gaga is nominated for best actress in a motion picture, drama for portraying Ally, and “Shallow,” her collaboration with Cooper, is nominated in the best original song category.
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