Lady Gaga became Bradley Cooper’s drag mother on the set of A Star Is Born

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born, the upcoming film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is getting great critic reviews.

The musical film, a remake of the 1937 movie of the same name, is the fourth iteration of the story. The 1954 version starred Judy Garland and the 1976 version starred Barbara Streisand.

This new version, which hits theaters on 5 October, also marks Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.

Lady Gaga the Drag Mother

During interviews promoting the film, the duo discussed Gaga’s drag mother influence on Cooper.

In the film, Gaga’s Ally meets Cooper’s Jackson Maine at a drag bar in Los Angeles. The bar, Bleu Bleu, is staffed by RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Shangela and Willam. Gaga’s character is the only cis girl at the club.

‘I would just ask [Gaga] tons of questions and listen back to it and try to take things and think How can we mold this? And we really loved the drag bar idea and I really wanted her to sing “La Vie en Rose,”’ Cooper told Vulture.

‘Once I met [Willam and Shangela] on set, the possibilities became endless of what we could do in this space. It was so exciting.’

‘It was so wonderful, Bradley’s curiosity about drag makeup,’ Gaga said.

‘I remember having a whole conversation with him about soaping the brow, how you get the eyebrow to stay down. You pat it with powder and then you can’t see it. All of these little details.’

Back in March, Shangela briefly discussed her role in the film.

‘I’m in drag, I’m kind of Lady Gaga’s drag mother, a bar owner,’ she said.

‘I can’t give much more away than that. But it’s gonna be really fun, it’s not a giant role but it’s a good role that’s memorable. I’ve heard from a lot of people on the team I’m going to be very happy.’

Lady Gaga loves the Gay Community

At a press conference during the Toronto Film Festival, Gaga reiterated her love for the LGBTI community.

‘I really wouldn’t be here without the gay community, what they have taught me about love and acceptance and bravery.’

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