A remake of the 1937 classic, the singer was stepping into some big shoes in reprising a role already immortalized by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand
Lady Gaga spoke of her painful road to fame after she shone in her big Hollywood film debut, "A Star Is Born", which premiered Friday at the Venice film festival.
"Many times at the beginning of my career I was not the most beautiful woman in the room, but I wrote my own songs," she told reporters. The story of an "ugly" girl who thinks her nose is too big and hides behind layers of outrageous makeup had obvious autobiographical echoes for US star.
A remake of the 1937 classic, the singer was stepping into some big shoes in reprising a role already immortalized by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.
But critics hailed her magnetic performance and on-screen chemistry with co-star Bradley Cooper of "American Sniper" fame, who also directed the film.
Lady Gaga said she dug deep into her own experiences for the role. Lady Gaga she said had to be "very strong to negotiate" the music industry's attempts to remake her.
"I would always take a left turn. I never wanted to be sexy or to be viewed like other women. I wanted to be my own artist and my own woman," she added.
Gaga, 32, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, plays an Italian-American waitress and singer who meets a country music star on the slide in a drag club where she is performing Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose".
Cooper, 43, said their shared Italian-American roots helped weld the "amazing connection" between them, as well as the experience of shooting and singing live together in front of thousands of people at the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals in England and California.
Never less than flamboyant, she made one of the most dramatic entrances in years at Venice, arriving on the eve of the premiere draped over the edge of a water taxi in a black bondage bustier dress with platinum blonde curls.
"There can be 99 people in a room and you just need one to believe in you, and it was him (Cooper) for me," the singer said of the director.
"I got to live my dream, I always wanted to be an actor."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you, Venice. 💕 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AStarIsBorn?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AStarIsBorn</a> <a href="https://t.co/U3XMxTwcqk">pic.twitter.com/U3XMxTwcqk</a></p>— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) <a href="https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1035853030485372928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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