For his story of the classic A Star Is Born narrative fading celebrities meet, passing torch writer / director Bradley Cooper and costar Lady Gaga had to do a small role reversing. Gaga makes her first turn as a leading lady (big-voiced, newborn singer Ally), while Cooper both leads and sings (aging country rocker Jackson Maine) for the first time. It turns out that Cooper is as impressive a singer as Gaga is an actress, and the intense dynamics between the two leaders is present from the start.
As Gaga told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, the couple stumbled around the piano in her Malibu home to train a Creedence Clearwater Revival song, and she was stunned when she first heard her singing voice. "Immediately we began to harmonize, and we looked at each other and laughed, and it was just this magical experience." Cooper claims that the inspiration for his character came from Eddie Vedder; Gaga just needed to look in the mirror, drawn on bittersweet memories of his pre-fame days like Stefani Germanotta, bushing outside bars on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "I was so bullied and so insecure and so depressed, and that's what I pulled off," she recalled.
That vulnerability is on the screen in the movie's central number, "Shallow", a power ballad that comes closest to Gaga's commonly registered fare. The rest of the soundtrack includes country rockers ("Diggin" My Grave "), Carole King-style piano bops (" Look What I Found "), and slow-dance duets (" Music to my eyes "). This wide range of Broadway clear signals is the product of a dream team of songwriters, including Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Jason Isbell, Lori McKenna, Julia Michaels, Luke Nelson, and Mark Ronson.
But what reasons are all Gaga and Cooper's star power, and their natural style for the dramatic. The day they filmed the movie's climax piano torch song, "I will never love again," Gaga rushed from the sound of her friend Sonya's bed in the hospital; She died that day after a long fight with cancer. At the invitation of Sony's husband, Gaga drove straight back to put and retrieve everything she felt in that performance. "I sang that song for Jackson," she told Zane, "and for her."