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    LA Times: Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson take a deep dive on ‘Shallow’

    Lady Gaga knew the song “Shallow” was something special the first time she played the melody for collaborators Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt two years ago at a recording studio in Malibu. But when “Shallow” became woven into the story of Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” becoming the foundation of the film’s deeply felt love story, it turned into something else.
    “It’s a song that gives you wings to fly,” Gaga says.
    First heard in the movie during an intimate, late-night, parking lot courtship scene between Ally, the aspiring singer played by Gaga with disarming charm, and Jackson Maine, Cooper’s grizzled country-rock superstar, “Shallow” roars to full life later in the film when Jackson invites Ally on stage to sing it during a concert at the Greek Theatre.
    Gaga’s soaring bridge as she takes the microphone — roughly transcribed as “Haaaaaa-ahhhh-ahhh-ohhhh-ahhaaaaaa-ahhhh-ahhh-ohhhh-ah!!!” — is the moment Ally’s star is born. And when the movie’s trailer dropped in June, it was also the moment that birthed a thousand memes and stoked anticipation for the film, which has grossed nearly $200 million in its domestic run.
    “What the movie turned the song into is just another level,” Ronson says. “You feel pretty lucky to be along for that ride because somebody’s taken that thing that you did and hitched it to a cart on steroids.”
    We spoke recently to Gaga and Ronson, both of whom still seem a bit shell-shocked by the song’s popularity, particularly since the country-tinged power ballad sounds so dissimilar from most everything else on the charts right now.
    Gaga: When I wrote that song with Mark and Anthony and Andrew, it was different from any other experience I’ve had writing a song. There was a grave nature to the room. I was at the piano, the guys each had a guitar in their hands and we started coming up with lyrics and talking to each other. That’s really what the song is. It’s a conversation between a man and a woman. But we didn’t know that when we started.
    Ronson: In the original script, Jackson was going to drown at the end. So Gaga comes in, sits down at the piano and starts playing a few chords, and it just sounds big, right off the bat. And she comes up with the chorus, “I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in.” She’s got most of the thing in her head, and I’m just trying to offer some words. “Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us.”
    It felt like an end credits song because it was about the suicide. Or maybe that’s just me. In my mind, it was the end credits song, and he’s drowned.
    Gaga: There was a time when he was going to drown in the end, so we thought it might be the ending song. Then as the script changed, we made it a song about the two falling in love. I do feel it was more than the literal drowning element of the original script. It was much more about wanting a deep connection and love than it was about water.
    Ronson: I’m no film buff or auteur, but this movie gets falling in love really well. And that parking lot scene where she sings that first verse to him … that’s two people who don’t want this night to end. For the song to be woven into that thread … seeing it for the first time, my hair just stood up.
    Gaga: It starts in the parking lot. Then she arrives at the concert, and Jackson has had some time to think about it, and he has added his verse. And she’s so overwhelmed by what he’s done for her and this arrangement, it gives her the courage to go out there and sing in front of his audience.
    It’s a song that essentially inspires both of them to be fearless in different ways. For him, fearless in love; for her, fearless in not just only love, but her ability to share that part of her that’s a songwriter, the part of her that doesn’t feel comfortable singing her song. I mean, this girl has completely given up. She’s completely depressed. She doesn’t think she has what it takes. And then she meets this superstar, and he believes in her, and she’s overwhelmed by that belief. That’s what drives her out there. And I think that’s what people are connecting to when they watch it.
    Ronson: It’s melancholy and sad, but it’s incredibly uplifting because of the performance in the film. And the way he brings her on stage helps the song too. Lukas Nelson did a great arrangement for that performance. Gaga being nice and deferential told me, “You know, if you want to do another version of the song for the soundtrack, we can.” But the minute I saw the trailer, I was like, “If that’s what the song sounds like, I’m not touching it. It’s perfect.”
    Gaga: When she first goes on stage, she goes to the back mike, further away from the audience. She’s scared. I remember, from an acting perspective, putting myself in a place of “as if.” As if I’ve never performed in front of an audience before, as if I’ve never sang for that many people in my life. But I was also able to just look at the circumstances as they were. I have never been an actress in a leading role, and I was about to go out there and perform and be in a movie with Bradley Cooper.
    So when I went out there and put my hands over my face, that was real. That was exactly how I felt. It was that fear. It was that insecurity. It was that “I’m not good enough, but I’m doing this anyway because he inspired me.”
    Then he nods to me to go to the front of the stage, and she’s so into it and launches into that sort of ad libbed bridge … the reason she’s so into it, quite frankly, is because he sang to her, “I’m fallin’ in all the good times, I find myself longing for change.” And that change has occurred! And she listens. And she goes up there and gives it everything she has. And that moment — what you call an aria in the middle of the song — we knew what that was going to sound like, and yet it’s different because she’s been listening. That’s what I love so much about the song. It’s not just about talking to each other but really listening and then coming to a strong connection.
    Ronson: In the demo of the song, she did that more like a falsetto. Even if it wasn’t in the movie, it would be one of the most intense vocal performances of any song this year. It feels like one of those old Maxell commercials where the guy gets blown back.
    But that’s just Gaga. Who else can do that? I always love the Gaga-ness of the way she plays with words too. She is the queen of that [stuff], and it makes the song so weirdly interesting. I remember asking her with “Shallow”: “Do your Gaga [stuff] and play with the words.” And she came up with “In the sha-ha, sha-ha-ha-low.”
    Gaga: [Sings] In the sha-ha, sha-ha-ha-low. You know, how do we make this something that is actually easier to sit in than it really is? Existing in the shallow where nobody wants to be, and yet we’re in it all the time. To say that we’re not in a shallow world at this moment, especially in America, would be a big lie. So how do we make this part something they can relish in? “We’re far from the shallow now.” But now that I look back at it, I can sing about it. I can play with it. I can look at it fondly, because now I’m in the deep.
    Ronson: Bradley talks about how you could see the song, see the film, as an addict’s journey or that of a crestfallen, fledgling pop star, or you could just see it as heartbreak. “Shallow,” I don’t want to speak on anyone’s behalf, but the drowning could be drowning in heartache, drowning in the bottle, drowning, having your dreams shattered. Between the four of us in the room, we were going through all those things at the time. And that can’t help but work its way into the music.
    Gaga: That’s absolutely true. There were sober people in the room and not sober people in the room. I don’t mean that, like, we were actually drinking or not drinking. But when you’re working with this caliber of writers — and I have to give it up to these guys, they’re amazing, wonderful musicians — you bring everything to the table. You bring your heart. You bring that library of your life with you. And when you’re working, you don’t even have to try — those books are flying out of your soul and landing in the song in some way.
    “It’s a song that gives you wings to fly."
    Ronson: I re-recorded a version for when Ally plays at the Forum toward the end of the film when Jackson is committing suicide. Gaga wanted a version that would sound like Ally would sound playing it with her band. It’s more like a giant ’80s “Shallow” with big drums. A little more pop-tastic.
    Gaga: I wonder if we’ll put that out someday. The studio version of the song is very different too and very good. But it didn’t sound like Jackson enough. It was getting in the way of the storytelling. That’s why we used Lukas’ arrangement, the one with Jackson’s band. I didn’t want Ally to sound anything like me. She was inspired by Jackson, and it’s their song together.
    Ronson: The thing that I love about this is that Bradley Cooper is legitimately singing on a global No. 1 pop song. That just seems so bizarre and wild. But everything about this song and this movie feels that way. Have you seen that meme with this sweet suburban woman sitting in her kitchen and there’s a guy looking over her shoulder wearing a ski mask, and it says, “Me during a home invasion when the burglar tells me he hasn’t seen the trailer for ‘A Star Is Born’ ”? That sums it all up to me. I still can’t believe it.
    Gaga: “You know, I snuck in to see the movie, but I can only watch the first half. And then I have to pull myself away from it. I’m still too much inside the character, and I’m still so connected to Jackson in a way that is all-consuming. I’d be lying to you if I said I can stay and watch the whole thing. Some of my favorite scenes exist in the end, but on a visceral level, I have to pull away from it. I know I’ll get past that and I’m excited for when I’ll be able to watch it all the way through again.
    “I guess Ally’s still in there. And she was in the room with Mark and Anthony and Andrew and she was there on that stage when I sang that middle part before that last bridge. This is a woman releasing years and years of fear in front of a giant audience, and I think I released years of fear that night as well. I love her.”
    This article originally appeared here.

    Lady Gaga scores 5 Grammy Nominations

    The 61st Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced today, and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper have scored 4 nominations for "Shallow", and Gaga has scored an additional nomination for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)"! These are Bradley's first ever Grammy nominations, and bring Gaga's total to 24 nominations.
    Check out the full list of nominations below.

    Record Of The Year - "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) [Gaga's 2nd ever in this category, first since 2010]
    Song Of The Year - "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) [Gaga's 2nd ever in this category, first since 2010]
    Best Pop/Duo Group Performance - "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) [Gaga's 1st ever in this category]
    Best Song Written For Visual Media - "Shallow" (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) [Gaga's 2nd ever in this category, first since 2016]
    Best Pop Solo Performance - "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" (Lady Gaga) [Gaga's 3rd ever in this category, first since 2017] 
    Rewatch the announcement livestream below.

    Lady Gaga scores new Golden Globe nominations for A Star is Born

    The 76th Golden Globe nominations have just been announced and Lady Gaga has scored 2 nods for her critically acclaimed performance in A Star Is Born! This brings her total nominations to 4 (has 1 nod and 1 win) and could have a possible 3 total wins after her previous first and only win in the ceremony for her role in American Horror Story as The Countess.
    Her nominations include: Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) & Best Song for 'Shallow'
    Her co-star and director, Bradley Cooper has also scored 2 nominations for his role in the Best Director & Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) categories
    With the movies nominations in the Best Motion Picture Drama categorie, this brings the total number of nominations for A Star Is Born and it’s cast to a whopping 5 nods! 

    You can also rewatch the announcement below.

    Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk ‘A Star is Born' and ‘Mary Poppins’ for Variety

    Lady Gaga joined Lin-Manuel Miranda for Variety' s Actors on Actors to talk about their heavy award season contender movies; A Star is Born and Mary Poppins Returns.
    Both actors discovered that though they have very different careers, they also share a ton of similarities when it comes to being performers  
    You can watch the full 50-minute interview below or read a portion of the transcript under the video.
    Few artists have been decorated as frequently as Lin-Manuel Miranda. The impresario has won a Pulitzer and shared a Kennedy Center Honors designation for the stage bombshell “Hamilton”; he’s also won an Emmy, three Tonys and three Grammys. He’s in the Oscar hunt this year for “Mary Poppins Returns,” the Disney sequel to which Miranda adds theater-kid vim.
    Fellow New Yorker Lady Gaga shares Miranda’s knack for winning awards — she’s the recipient of a Golden Globe and six Grammys — and his theatrical brio. In 2018’s update of “A Star Is Born,” Gaga brought persona-erasing humility and full voice to a role previously inhabited by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Unlike her predecessors, Gaga had next to no big-screen experience. But the movie’s seismic impact lends her one more common bond with Miranda: Both now enjoy a future in which any artistic reinvention seems newly possible.
    Lin-Manuel Miranda: What I feel when I watched the movie was the incredible amount of trust. I’m curious how Bradley [Cooper] prepped you, because he’s a first-time director.
    Lady Gaga: Looking back on my career, I created all these characters for each of my albums, because I was not an actress. I created the star of my own movie, and that was it. When I have created characters on my own through my music, I have complete control. When you’re dealing with a script, costume department, props department, set design, lighting and producers, you have to collaborate with other people.
    Miranda: What you just said resonated with me. I started writing musicals because I really wanted to be in musicals. I didn’t see that many opportunities for myself. If you’re a Puerto Rican dude, you get Paul from “A Chorus Line.” When Rob Marshall came to me with this part, it felt like the fruit of the harvest, of the seeds I planted when I started writing “In the Heights.” It was like, “Oh, I don’t have to write the whole thing?!” And we had three months of pre-production on “Mary Poppins Returns.” That’s more than Broadway shows get. It was, in a way, a perfect first step for me.
    Gaga: So the preparation process felt similar to putting on a Broadway show?
    Miranda: Totally. Rob comes from theater. It was just a similar language. Emily Blunt actually gave me the best advice on the first day. She said, “Rob is paying more attention than we are. He’s not gonna move on until he’s got what he needs. He’s just not gonna move on until we’ve got it, so your only job is to give him everything.” That’s the gig.
    Gaga: It is the gig. What’s interesting is that when I’m performing onstage with my music, there’s this tremendous connection with the audience. You feed off of the energy in the room, and it changes every night. What I’ve found working on film was I was much more interested in being completely present with who I was communicating with on camera, and very acutely aware that it was important for me to forget that there were cameras around me. I’m actually the type of actress that the director has to find me, because I will not make sure they’re getting the shot. Once we start to go, I really was Ally. Everything around me, other than what is meant to be in the circumstances, disappears. When we break out into song in [“A Star Is Born”], it’s because we are singing onstage.
    Miranda: Or in a parking lot.
    Gaga: Exactly. When you guys break into song, it’s almost like you have to break into song because you can’t say it simply with words.
    Miranda: Rob Marshall is born in the wrong era. He would have been at home making MGM musicals with [Gene] Kelly and Fred Astaire, because he has that thing. And he rehearses it like it’s a show. So that big dance number around all the lamps? We did that as an eight-minute continuous number. There weren’t cuts between each dance move. You rehearse it like you’re doing the show in front of a live audience. Then he just has 20 cameras on it, and he gets the best stuff.
    Gaga: That’s sort of how we did it. Except we didn’t rehearse before. We sang live every single time, with earwigs so that we could hear the recordings but get a completely clean vocal on the mic. Then we would shoot over and over again in a continuous take so we would have different things to pull from.
    Miranda: The fun for me was realizing, all right, “what’s the adrenaline source?” Because I get so much adrenaline from the audience when I’m performing in “Hamilton.” Who’s in the front row? What’s the energy? Is it a matinee energy? Is it “these people had this date circled in blood” energy? For me, the adrenaline source became “we’re never going to be here again.” What about you?
    Gaga: I like to draw from my deck of cards of all my experiences and my sense memory and do my sorcery before I get to set. For [the “Shallow” scene], I was like, “This could actually be quite simple. I’ve never been a lead actress in a movie before.” I’m walking onto the stage with Bradley Cooper, this huge, incredible film actor, so this is brand-new. I was able to kind of put myself in that circumstance a little bit more simply. It was funny because he was so kind; he asked a lot of my fans to be extras for scenes where there were fans in the audience. Shelley, our first A.D., would come out and say, “Whatever you do, please do not hold up any Lady Gaga signs! If you have a cowboy hat, please make sure it’s not pink, because that looks like ‘Joanne.’” Something about acting, knowing that my fans were in the audience was quite exhilarating for me. I had to forget, of course, that they were my fans out there, but before I went onstage, I would go, “My fans are out there, and they’re watching me act in a movie. That is my circumstance.” I know that you’re very active on Twitter and that you have a relationship with your fans, and so do I. I was wondering about that, because I really admire that you love kindness as much as I do.
    Miranda: It’s interesting because I think I got on social media like anybody else did — but I think the worst thing you could give me is an audience in my pocket. That’s a dangerous thing to give a theater person.
    Gaga: You just perform constantly.
    Miranda: I think of it as a literal megaphone, and that swings both good and bad. You can bring light to issues that you care about deeply. If you use it 24 hours a day, everyone ignores the crazy guy on the corner with a megaphone. I feel like I get more kindness back because that’s what I choose to put out in the world. You are incredible on social media, and the way you rally your fans around causes that are important to you — that’s an incredible way to use your voice.
    Gaga: Well, when I started to perform out in clubs and I was doing three shows a night, nonstop traveling around the country, I would look out into the audience and see my fans. I was like, “I’m pretty sure I’m looking at myself.” I always felt like a loser, like I didn’t belong. I’m not saying that all of my fans are that way, but there were so many of them that I couldn’t ignore it. I then saw very quickly once my career started to take off that, yeah, like you said, there’s this megaphone. What am I going to do with this megaphone? What I have found with Twitter is it’s this awesome thing we can use, and it’s also a toilet. It can be totally dangerous, so the more that we stick together and promote good things happening in the world … I usually don’t like to do this because I feel like when you do charity work, having a camera crew with you — it’s the Catholic in me — it’s not selfless. But since the California fires, I went to a shelter. The first time I went, I took photos with people that were there that wanted them. The second time that I went, I was like, “I’m going to post about this because I want people to know that it’s important to do kind things.” I just want to always be on the side of kindness.
    Miranda: OK. Music, check. Big movie, you’re incredible in it, check. Do you ever want to do eight shows a week on Broadway?
    Gaga: Check. I’d love that. That was my dream. I think I’ve seen “Rent” probably 30 times.
    Miranda: ”Rent’s” the one that got me writing. I saw it for my 17th birthday. I always loved musicals, but they never took place in the present.
    Gaga: I lost my mind when I saw “Rent.” I used to go — you stand in line and put your name in, and they call a raffle.
    Miranda: They invented the lottery system.
    Gaga: I’m like staring at Maureen as she’s belting. I’m just like, I just want to be Maureen. For many years, record executives told me I was too theater.
    Miranda: Any record executive using “theater” as pejorative, you know you’re dead to me.
    This article originally appeared on Variety.

    Lady Gaga honours Bradley Cooper at the 32nd American Cinematheque Awards

    Lady Gaga moved the audience of The 32nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards last night delivering her speech to the honoree of the night, none other than her A Star Is Born co-Star and director, Bradley Cooper.
    In her speech Gaga reveals that while in public, Bradley referees to her by her stage name, Gaga. But in private and on set she was always Stefani to him, which sparked a wave of emotion as she recalled having to hide herself as Stefani for so long.
    “I ran from Stefani for a long time. I put on a superhero cape and called myself Lady Gaga. You challenged me to deep dive into a place where I had to see her again, where I had to be Stefani again."
    Also in her speech, she thanks Bradley for not only being a professional she can call on for advice, but for being a friend that she can cry with and be herself without ever being judged, claiming there will never be a director she will love like she does Bradley ever again.
    Click on the photos to open the gallery.


    A Star Is Born earns 11 Nominations at the Satellite Awards

    The Satellite Awards nominations have been announced today and there is great news for the A Star Is Born crew: the movie has scored 11 Nominations, which is the most nominations any single project received for this year's Satellite Awards.
    Lady Gaga received two nominations for "Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Major, Independent or International)" and Original Song for Shallow.
    Read the eleven nominations below:
    1. Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Lady Gaga)
    2. Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Bradley Cooper)
    3. Actor in a supporting role (Sam Elliott)
    4. Motion picture, comedy or musical (A Star Is Born)
    5. Director (Bradley Cooper)
    6. Screenplay, Adapted (A Star Is Born)
    7. Original Song (Shallow)
    8. Cinematography (Matthew Libatique)
    9. Sound (Editing and Mixing) (A Star Is Born)
    10. Film Editing (A Star Is Born)
    11. Costume Design (A Star Is Born)
    See all the other nominations here.
    The 23rd annual Satellite Awards will take place on February 17th.

    Lady Gaga joins film icons for the Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable

    Lady Gaga joined Glenn Close, Kathryn Hahn, Regina King, Nicole Kidman and Rachel Weisz for the Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable. They opened up about Hollywood and how it has changed, and the #MeToo movement. 
    Read a transcript of the discussion, as well as clips, below. 
    "Can we all just not wear our pants," joked Kathryn Hahn as she moved quickly from a photo shoot in her (yes, pantsless) red mini tuxedo dress to her place at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable. Once seated, Private Life star Hahn, 45, joined The Wife's Glenn Close, 71; A Star Is Born's first-timer Lady Gaga, 32; Nicole Kidman, 51 (in the awards race this year with both Boy Erased and Destroyer); If Beale Street Could Talk's Regina King, 47; and The Favourite's Rachel Weisz, 48, for an intense discussion (edited here for length and clarity) that began with the impact of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements on the daily lives of actors and ended with a candid back-and-forth on how children influence your career and life choices.
    How has each of you experienced change in Hollywood over the past year? Or how have you not?
    KATHRYN HAHN I got a Laverne & Shirley credit on this movie [Tamara Jenkins' fertility drama Private Life]. That's when you are side by side with your co-star, which is a rarity. It usually would have been the dude and, you know, the gal.
    GLENN CLOSE Was the dude happy about it?
    HAHN You know, he was. It was Paul Giamatti. He was like, "Of course. This is exactly what should happen."
    LADY GAGA That's what is so exciting with the #MeToo movement and Time's Up, to see men coming to stand by our side and say, "We want you to be loud. We want to hear your voices." It's really remarkable.
    NICOLE KIDMAN We got this film [Karyn Kusama's undercover cop drama Destroyer] made, which probably would have been even harder before. I see that as part of the movement. And hopefully, there will be a lot more films with female directors.
    CLOSE I've been a part of two films that took 14 years to make. The first one was [2011's] Albert Nobbs and the second was [Bjorn Runge's marital drama] The Wife. It was actually hard to find actors who wanted to be in a movie called The Wife. It's two women writers. And, you know, starring a woman. No one wanted to [make it] and, most of the money, if not all the money, came from Europe.
    GAGA Your character in that film, the importance of her voice is so powerful.
    Looking back on your career through the lens of 2018, is there a time when you wish that you had spoken up?
    CLOSE I had one very subtle moment, when I think back on it. Nothing that threatened me, but just so subtle. It was at an audition, and the very famous, very big actor that I was reading with put his hand on my thigh. It had nothing to do with the character. Or the scene. It just froze me up. Because you're trying to do the scene, and all of a sudden you think, "Why is he doing that?" But now I realize … if I had said, "Oh, that feels good," who knows what [he was] trying to elicit? Or if it was even conscious on his part? But I really understand the freeze syndrome.
    Lady Gaga Talks 'A Star Is Born': "It Was Important to Me That I Gave Something I Don't Always Give" | Actress Roundtable
    GAGA It's a trauma response.
    REGINA KING I was talking to Maggie Gyllenhaal — just because we both have been acting for so long, and were young when we started — and I feel like I was very much aware of the pay differences between men and women. I knew it and I just said, "Yeah, OK. That's there. But I'm focusing on the work." So now it's like, "Oh, shoot. I never had a conversation with any of my female peers that were experiencing the same thing."
    HAHN Or even your team …
    KING My team, my agent, any of them …
    HAHN It was just assumed.
    KING Not that I was OK with it, but I was focusing on the art.
    HAHN That phrase of "gratitude," which we just had to hold on to …
    RACHEL WEISZ Grateful for …
    CLOSE The work.
    KIDMAN Having the job.
    HAHN Just to be able to be there.
    CLOSE To have a job.
    HAHN Which takes away your …
    KING Power.
    And those conversations are happening now?
    KING Yes, they are happening. It's an all-inclusive sisterhood now, that, I think, is pretty freaking fantastic.
    CLOSE We have to make sure that it doesn't go back. It will become part of our culture because we will not let it go away.
    GAGA When I started in the music business when I was around 19, it was the rule, not the exception, that you would walk into a recording studio and be harassed. It was just the way that it was. So I do wish that I had spoken up sooner. I did speak up about it. I was assaulted when I was young, and I told people. And, you know, there was a "boys club." Nobody wants to lose their power, so they don't protect you because if they say something, it takes some of their power away. What I hope is that these conversations come together — that it's not just about equal pay on one side … or equal billing over here … and then assault on this side. But that it all comes together and that this movement is all of those things.
    KIDMAN The sharing of information is so important. Working with younger actresses, I say, "Ask me anything and I'll answer. Ask me anything financially. If you need advice, just ask. I can only tell you what I advise and you might take it or leave it. But it's nice to have access to information." It's hard, especially if you are very young in this industry starting out, because you are trying to be good and obedient and to not be troublesome. But it's lovely to have a bunch of people that go, "Come ask us. We've got some experience and we're willing to share it."
    WEISZ I think about those young actresses who feel empowered and hopefully … I have a real problem with the idea of "strong women characters." Well, does that mean we have muscles or something? No one ever says that to a man. But [I want] young girls growing up [to] see stories being told where a woman takes a central role. Where she is not peripheral to the story. She's driving the story, and so, you as a kid can go, "Oh, that's me. I can identify." So, it's like a funny thing that [these stories] are coming together as women have been speaking up about harassment. I don't know if it is a coincidence that suddenly you (to Kidman) could get [financing] for your film, you (to Close) could get your film made. The Favourite apparently took 20 years to make. Because there is lesbianism and three females at the center of it.
    Glenn Close Says 'The Wife' Took 14 Years to Make | Actress Roundtable
    CLOSE I would think people would want to see that. (Laughter.)
    HAHN Delicious, right? Three women getting it on.
    WEISZ What was wrong with that 20 years ago? I don't know what's changed in the culture.
    GAGA I don't think it has changed.
    WEISZ But is [the exposure of] sexual harassment connected to how we are getting our stories told now? I can't figure out the chicken and the egg.
    Gaga, when you walked on set, and even before you signed on for A Star Is Born, how concerned were you that the performance would be compared to your own career?
    GAGA Well, first of all, I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer or musician. I went to the Lee Strasburg Institute. I studied at Circle in the Square. I studied Stanislavski technique, Meisner, Adler … I was really obsessed with method acting. For many years,
    I have created characters for myself. Because I did not make it as an actress. So, I made characters that I could be — so that I could be one. They were always in some way related to the woman that I wanted to sing to, and a part of me. So, like for my album Joanne, I had this vision of a woman with a baby in one hand and a pinot grigio in the other, in cutoff jeans. And her hair wild and in a bun.
    HAHN That's my Saturday.
    GAGA With Bradley [Cooper], what I did was, I said, "OK, I'm going to have to become someone that I do not have complete control over." I dyed my hair very early, before we started filming. I started to dress like her. I was writing music for the soundtrack and helping to hone Ally's sound, which was essentially something that was going to arise out of Jackson's sound, because she fell in love with him. I wanted Ally to be nothing like me. This was very important to me because the truth is, I am nothing like Ally. I created Gaga.
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    Is there a part you always wanted to play that you know you can't?
    KING A Joan of Arc-type character. Someone in history that wasn't black but I thought was a pretty amazing woman.
    That's interesting because there has been some controversy in the past year over who should be playing which characters. Scarlett Johansson was going to portray a transgender character and dropped out when there was backlash. Who gets to play what role?
    CLOSE That's a tricky question. First of all, what we are up to is a craft. And in your craft, you should be able to — within a certain reasonable parameter — play anyone. But there are diverse actors and actresses that have not been served. So it's up to the industry to nurture those actors. Nurture the trans actors, the people who don't get a chance. And then, the best person for the part should play it.
    KIDMAN The industry and the world are in enormous change right now. But maybe it's just the actor in me: Ultimately, it's the director's choice. Film is the director's medium, it's their vision ultimately. So, they're going to cast who they think is right for their film.
    KING But wouldn't it be fantastic if I did play Joan of Arc?
    GAGA I absolutely could see you do that.
    HAHN There are so many roles in the theater that would be amazing to play, that I can't wait for my kids to be a little bit older and to be able to get back to the theater.
    KIDMAN I did it in London recently, and it was hard. You miss bedtime. I can't miss bedtime. That makes me cry.
    GAGA There is a strength in vulnerability. What I really admire about what you all do — because this is new for me — is the places that you have to go to, deep, deep down every time, to play a role. When I'm onstage performing and doing music, I have the audience. It's like this adrenaline rush, and I'm talking to people and shouting at them. [But when you are acting,] there is no way that you're not going to the depths of who you are, into a very scary place. I just have to commend each and every one of you for it. Because I still feel like I am recovering from playing this role.
    WEISZ How unusual is it to see a woman work through her vulnerability and resilience and then to be born in that final moment [of A Star Is Born]? And a man to sacrifice himself for that purpose? It's quite unusual, don't you think?
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    GAGA The way Bradley chose to end the film was extremely of the times. It was an unorthodox way, but it was the authentic way. And it changed as we were filming. The script was being rewritten and we had a trove of songs, so even on the day [of shooting], Bradley would be like, "No, we're going to do this song. Not this song. Switch it out." I'd be in my trailer at the piano, getting ready.
    Is there a piece of advice you got early on that has stuck with you?
    KIDMAN I was taught really early on never to cut a take. Only the director gets to cut. It can go off into God knows where, but something fantastic may come out of it.
    CLOSE Because I started in the theater, it took me so long to realize you didn't have to be perfect on the whole take.
    WEISZ I had a small part in a film and the director said to me, "Don't touch your hair." I don't know. That's less profound advice than yours. (Laughs.)
    HAHN I always touch my hair.
    KIDMAN Well, you've got great hair. I want to touch your hair.
    GAGA Do you feel like the cameras disappear? Because for me, they do. Like, I know that they are there, but when I am in the scene … I really feel them disappear.
    HAHN Yeah.
    CLOSE A wonderful direction I've never forgotten was, if you're lost, just drown in each other's eyes.
    KIDMAN Awesome.
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    GAGA I like that. I'm going to take that.
    CLOSE It's so wonderful, because the most powerful thing that we have as human beings are our two eyes looking into two other eyes.
    HAHN There's this Alan Watts quote that I recently came upon: "You are under no obligation to be the person that you were five minutes ago." Which I think is a great way to be as a human.
    WEISZ Actually, you just made me think of some advice. I was feeling so shallow here. Like, touching hair? "She's real superficial, this lady." When you play a character, if someone says to you, "Your character wouldn't do that," that's just not true. Whatever happens in the take, even when it goes wrong and you want to say "cut" and you don't, that is your character. Whatever happens, that's the character.
    GAGA It's so interesting that you say that, because I'm sitting here listening to you talk, going like, "I do the opposite." I do certain things when I sing and I'm onstage. I have a certain way about me when I perform. And — sorry, I just touched my hair. (Laughter.) But I was really conscious and I wanted it to be pointed out when I was doing something that would look decidedly like me, the way that my fans see me. Because I wanted Ally to be so different. So I focused a lot on the way that I sang and the way that I moved my jaw. I also focused on the way that I held the microphone and the way that I communicated with the audience. I just wanted it to be so different. But it's so interesting to hear you say that, because during the scenes when I wasn't singing … I was doing more of that, letting things happen.
    How far do you immerse yourself in your roles? Nicole, on Destroyeryou play a cop …
    KIDMAN I entered so deeply into her. I don't always do this with a character, but this one I had to because I didn't want to feel like I was ever shifting into a performance: I stayed in character the whole time. I had to really learn how to use guns. I had no idea how. So I put in a lot of time. I live in Tennessee. I have a gun range just down from my house. I would go down there and I could shoot anything that is in that film.
    GAGA Living the role … how do you [separate] what's happening in your personal life when that is going on?
    KIDMAN Because of my kids.
    CLOSE Did you stay in the character when you went home?
    KIDMAN You didn't have to call me Erin, but it just kind of enters the psyche. My husband was like, "I cannot wait for this thing to end."
    CLOSE That was like when my daughter came up to me and said, "I want you. I want all of you." And she was 3.
    KIDMAN Children of artists … children of actors …
    CLOSE They feel your distraction, if you are working …
    WEISZ Cellphones can contribute to that as well, I think.
    KIDMAN They do feel it. My children have a musician father and an actress mother … but they are so loved. We are all in that position, right? But it's always that balance I find the hardest thing. I find it so hard. And, hopefully you build the intimacy with your child. (To Close) You have a fantastic relationship with your daughter. You've been through so much together, and they have an understanding of the artistic path.
    CLOSE The hardest thing for a child living through my [fame] is that they sense when people want their parents. It's the kind of lust of celebrity, and I think that can be very frightening to a child. Because it's like, "She's my mother." When Annie was really little and we would go in an airport and she'd see that face coming toward me, she would just go, "Stay away. She's mine."
    KING When [my son] sees it coming, and I may not be paying attention, he'll go, "Go to the left. Go to the left."
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    What's the best feedback that you've gotten from your kids?
    KIDMAN I did Aquaman, and I did it for them, actually, because when you do something like Destroyer you say, "They're never going to be seeing this." But you do Aquaman, and it's like, "Oh my gosh." I ate a gelatin goldfish in a scene, and they thought that was my best work. (Laughter.)
    WEISZ My son … the last two plays that I've done, if he's in the other room and I'm learning lines and I'm saying them out loud, he'll just shout from the other room, "True! False! False!" Because he knows better than I guess anyone when Mom is being a big old fakie.
    KIDMAN Wow.
    CLOSE Do you get to do it back to him? (Laughs.)
    HAHN That's incredible.
    GAGA Am I the only one here with no children? I'm the only one.
    KIDMAN [Weisz's story is] a great thing to be able to tell women. Because you can definitely have a child and have your career. You can do it. I mean, you're going to give up things. There is going to be compromise. But you can jump in and do it and it's fine. So many young actresses say to me, "How do you …?" I'm like, "If you want your baby, have your baby. Have it. If you don't want it, don't have it." But you can if you want to.
    GAGA It's special having children in your lives, that when you have that psychological change as you are taking on a role, that they sort of snap you out of it a bit, in a way.
    KING You make it work.
    CLOSE I thought a lot about this in the context of The Wife and my mom. Because my mom was very interesting, very smart … she never graduated from high school. She fell in love with my dad when she was 18. And she, at the end of her life, said to me, "I feel like I've accomplished nothing." I think about that a lot because we have our children and the nurturing/natural thing that we do as women, and then we have the need for personal fulfillment. We need to feed our souls, and our hearts. And that's what our work does.
    GAGA This actually made me want to have kids. That sounds lovely.
    Last question's a fun one: Who is a character that you've played that you would like to have dinner with?
    CLOSE The Marquise de Merteuil [from Dangerous Liaisons].
    HAHN I completely forgot about that.
    KIDMAN Virginia Woolf.
    WEISZ Sorry to talk about The Favourite, but I would go back to 1708 England and have some tea with Queen Anne.
    KING Margie Hendrix. She was the singer in Ray, one of his lovers.
    HAHN Maybe I would say the rabbi [on Transparent]. I think that I could use a rabbi these days. Just to sit down and have tea with.
    GAGA Just because I've only been in one movie, doesn't mean that I wouldn't want to meet Ally! OK? (Laughs.) I just want to say, I was in Machete Kills.
    This interview originally appeared here.

    Lady Gaga’s First Win for A Star Is Born

    A congratulations is in order as Lady Gaga has just received her first award of the season for her role in A Star Is Born as Best Actress by The National Board of Review. Sam Elliot also received a win in the Best Supporting Actor category. 
    However, this win is notoriously bittersweet. Most of the time actors and actresses who win with NBR almost never win their categories at The Oscars as the National Board of Review has a history of awarding movies not typically recognized by The Oscars. For example, last years big winner with the Academy, Shape of Water, was nowhere to be found in the NBR Top 10 along with other snubbed major Oscar winners Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. The win with NBR is said to be a kiss of death to their (potential) academy nomination. Heres to hoping that if anyone can break this curse, it’s Lady Gaga. 

    Lady Gaga's Clothing Items Up For Auction

    Several iconic pieces from Lady Gaga's outfits over the years will be auctioned off online on 'Gotta Have Rock And Roll'. The bidding will kick off tomorrow, where you can get your hands on items such as one of Gaga's Joanne hats worn for promotion, her custom Super Bowl rehearsal jacket, a Cheek To Cheek tour gown and more! 
    It will come at a price though, with the cheapest of the clothing items starting bids at $1500 USD. There is also an additional non-closing item, a 'Born This Way' poster from an appearance Gaga made at a Best Buy store, with bidding only starting at $50. 

    Check out the full listing here. Good luck! 

    Lady Gaga Cooks Dinner for LA Fire Department

    Lady Gaga and best friend Bo O’Connor, who is also a professional chef and owns The Pomeroy in New York, cooked dinner for their precinct of the Los Angeles Fire Department on Saturday night. This was Gaga’s way of saying thank you to her local firefighters for tirelessly fighting the devastating #WoolseyFire in Malibu, CA.
    In exchange, the firefighters of Station 27 gave Gaga a tour of their firehouse and let her suit up (halfway) in their gear.

    And even sent her off with a full set of LAFD merch.

    We wish the Los Angeles Fire Department and hundreds of volunteers luck as the fire wages on and extend our heart to all of those affected. 

    ‘A Star Is Born’ Golden Globe Submissions

    Warner Bros. official submissions for the 2019 Golden globes have been revealed and they include 7 submissions for A Star Is Born. Some of the submissions include: Best Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama, and Best Original Song. 
    The nominations will be revealed December 6th, exactly one month before the ceremony on January 6th.
    Full list of submissions via @LVLGAGA:

    Lady Gaga to Co-Chair ‘Breaking Through Lupus Gala 2018’

    Lady Gaga is set to be an Honorary Co-Chair at the Breaking Through Lupus Gala by the Lupus Research Alliance on November 19 in New York City. She is joined by Selena Gomez and Michael R. Bloomberg.
    The not-to-miss annual event has been a red-circled night on NYC’s social calendar for decades.  It draws over 700 members of the nation’s lupus community and raises millions, with every dollar going directly to fund lupus research programs. 
    For tickets or to donate, visit: https://www.classy.org/event/breaking-through-lupus-gala-2018/e200828