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Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and director. He was one of the world's highest-paid actors for three years, and has been nominated for various accolades, including four Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. Cooper appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 on two occasions and Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.

Work with Lady Gaga

Meeting Gaga

I was at a cancer benefit (on April 13, 2016) with my mother. I really did not know Lady Gaga’s music. They had a surprise musical guest, and Stefani came out with her hair slicked back, and she sang ‘La Vie en Rose.’ I was blown away, like in that old Maxell cassette commercial where the guy’s hair is blown back. I called her agent the next day and said, ‘Can I go to her house and meet her right away?’ I drove to Malibu, and we sat on her porch, and the next thing I know, I’m eating spaghetti and meatballs, and I said, ‘Can we sing a song together?’

—Bradley Cooper to W (2018)

Bradley and Gaga singing ‘The Midnight Special’ (April, 2016).

Remember, we had just met. I asked her if she knew the song ‘The Midnight Special,’ because I had memorized it, and she said no. But we downloaded the sheet music, and I sat next to her at her piano.” They followed by singing the song and after one verse, Gaga stopped singing and stared at Cooper. “Has anyone heard you sing?” she asked.

I’m from an Italian background, and so is she. We were immediately comfortable with each other. We made a kind of deal: I believed in her as an actress, and she believed in me as a musician. I wanted there to be a meta aspect to the film, and Stefani gave me that. Also, no actress can do musically what I needed Stefani to do in 42 days of shooting: I needed plutonium. And the plutonium in A Star Is Born is Stefani’s voice.

—Bradley Cooper to W (2018)

Unfortunately, Warner Bros., which was financing the film, did not agree. Cooper had to shoot several screen tests in May of 2016 with Gaga to convince them she could play Ally. Filming of the movie began on April 17, 2017 and ended on June 15, 2017.

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