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Lady Gaga relates to Bradley Cooper's character as she has seen the 'price to stardom'

She says success tests everything.

IT’S BEEN WELL-documented that much of the character Lady Gaga plays in A Star is Born was drawn from her own personal and professional experience.

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From struggling to gain recognition on the circuit to railing against beauty ideals within the music industry once established, Lady Gaga and her character, Ally, seem to be cut from the same cloth in many ways.

Indeed, the 32-year-old recently explained that the thread of insecurity which runs through Ally is also an ever-present factor in her own life.

When my character talks about how ugly she feels – that was real. I’m so insecure.

However, the New York native recently revealed that it’s Bradley Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine, for which she feels a real kinship.

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Speaking to Elle, the singer recalls a particular scene in the film which resonated with her as a performer.

The opening moment, where you see him pop some pills, down some booze, hop onstage, and just electrify the audience until the last bass note hits, and the limousine door shuts as the cameras are flashing, and it goes to total silence—this is how I feel as a performer.

Indeed, the singer said as much during her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, when she describes being surrounded by people during the day before ultimately being plunged into total silence when she returns home by herself.

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Gaga says the depiction of a performer’s life; the duality of total immersion and utter isolation is an accurate one.

That’s what it feels like when you go onstage, and there are 20,000 people screaming, and you’re singing, and dancing, and performing, and then the show is over, and there is no sound. It’s emotional.

While speaking of her own experience in the spotlight, Lady Gaga’s assessment of fame can just as easily be applied to the film for which she is tipped to earn an Oscar.

Success tests relationships. It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom. 

She added: “I can’t make music or act without using and accessing the pain that I have in my heart. I mean, what better place to put it? Otherwise, it’s of no good use.”

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