Lady Gaga: ‘Success tests relationships. It tests families. There is a price to stardom’

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I have already gotten to write about the real star of A Star is Born, so let’s talk about Lady Gaga. (Kidding.) The Golden Globe-winning performer has been getting rave reviews for her role and there are no shortage of media outlets who want to talk to her.

Gaga was interviewed for Elle Magazine’s November Women in Hollywood issue. While she doesn’t come off as old school Hollywood as she did in a recent interview with The New York Times, she still showcased her true star power. We learn that her Mediterranean-style mansion, once owned by Frank Zappa, has an eight-horse stable, a dressage rink and a bowling alley as well as an Italian poster for the Judy Garland version of A Star is Born given to her by boyfriend Christian Carino.

While remaining guarded about her personal life in the interview, she shared that “The character of Ally is informed by my life experience. But I also wanted to make sure that she was not me. It was a cadence of both.” Here’s more of what she had to say.

On the price of stardom: “Success tests relationships. It tests families. It tests your dynamic with your friends. There is a price to stardom. But, 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.”
 
On drawing on her own insecurities as an actress to portray an unknown singer: I will never forget the first scene we did together in this Mexican restaurant. Bradley got some tacos and brought them to the table. Then he said something to me, but it wasn’t what was in the script, and I didn’t know what to do, so I just said my line. Then he said something else, and I didn’t know what to do because I thought I was just supposed to be saying what was on the page. So I just said another line—the next line. Seeing that I wasn’t going off-script, he said, ‘Are you okay?,’ and I just started to cry.”

[Via Elle Magazine]

Gaga is also using her notoriety for a good cause. On Wednesday, The Guardian published a op-ed piece written by Gaga and World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus discussing the suicide crisis. In it, she wrote that “Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address.” And, with an estimated 800,000 people losing their lives to suicide this year, it’s time to take a new look at helping those struggling with mental health issues. She wrote, “Stigma, fear and lack of understanding compound the suffering of those affected and prevent the bold action that is so desperately needed and so long overdue.”

I’m so glad that Lady Gaga is using her fame to help get the word out about suicide and encourage people to “be part of a new movement” to fight it. She’s a winner in my book for that alone, but, as we all know, she’ll most likely be recognized for her hard work come Oscar time.

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Photos: Elle/Ruth Hogben and Andrea Gelardin. Received via email from publicists

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  1. ByTheSea says:

    Somewhere, Christina Aguilera is crying into her cereal thinking this should’ve been her.

  2. StormsMama says:

    She’s so transcendent in A Star is Born.

    And her work for suicide prevention is so important.

    Bravo Gaga!

  3. Veronica S. says:

    1.) I stan for Gaga. No apologies.

    2.) That’s a dress we saw Emma Stone wear recently, right? I feel like this cooler-toned version might have flattered her better.

  4. philo says:

    I love the Elle photos. I love her. I love the film.
    A lot of good stuff is coming out in the next few months film wise – but I can still well imagine at least nominations for a lot of ASIB. I think she and Bradley and their people need to be very careful about overload though.
    I get the sense that she’s much more even emotionally these days – I found her Netflix doc to be rather difficult to watch as she seemed very unstable in it. Perhaps the older boyfriend is a calming influence – for some reason I see that working well with her personality. I’m glad she didn’t end up touring – I think she needed a break and she needed to get out of that ‘Joanne’ mindset. It wasn’t a healthy one IMO.

  5. Mellie says:

    Loved the movie and absolutely loved her in it….she’s amazing and always has been one of my favorites.

    • Myrtle says:

      I loved it, too! Yes, there were some plot holes and suspension-of-disbelief-required moments, but overall, just wow. Plus, the songs were AWESOME. Gaga rocked, looked and sounded amazing, and BC was incredible (as well as gorgeous beyond belief.) Must see movie!!

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    I just like her…

    We could hang…

    Cause I LOVE the way she LOVES and looks out for her fans…

    She had me when she went bankrupt her first tour…because she refused to raise ticket prices to cover the cost of her shows because she wanted as many of her “monsters” to see her as possible…

    And when she was with her ex…she was always in Chicago where he was filming his tv show…and she was ALWAYS chill and approachable…

  7. Tale says:

    Love Gaga. I feel like she truly worked hard to play Ally the best as possible. Perharps the Oscar campaign already worked on me, haha, but I dont really get this feeling from some of her popstars turned into actress peers (Xtina, to name one) whom seem to perceive acting just as a stepping stone to elevate their careers and prestige. As a actress, it’s refreshing to see one of these ladies really care about the craft, you know? I think she’s a true star, a legend in the making, someone whose name will still be talked about decades to come. As you can see, I stan hahaa. Sorry for my english

  8. TurkeyLurkey says:

    No snark for the weed wacker bangs?

  9. Vaya says:

    If you feel you or someone you may know is in danger, please call
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255

    You are not alone!

  10. Grant says:

    She was SO good in A Star is Born… Just transcendent. I hope she goes all the way to Oscar Gold, baby!

  11. otaku fairy... says:

    These pictures of her are beautiful.
    She’s probably right on what she says about fame her, which is one of the reasons why I think she was wrong when she says people don’t change with fame. It probably has to change you in some way, especially if you get it before adulthood. I think she was in her early 20′s when her first album came out though, so maybe she doesn’t feel that different.

  12. Linear says:

    Did I watch a different movie than everyone else?
    I thought B Cooper was amazing…really authentic and believable. I did not think GaGa was all that. Not at all. I felt any actress could have done as well if not better. I felt like some scenes were specifically written into the screen play just for her. He meets her singing at a drag show, really? And she had to go full on pop star when she was finally signed? I was hoping the soundtrack would blow me away…and I did not care for it at all.
    I will admit this was always going to be a hard sell for me since I loved the last version so much. I didn’t hate the movie but I don’t understand all the praise she is receiving for this role either.

  13. Sojaschnitzel says:

    Up until very recently I didn’t care about her or her music, but I always loved that big tattoo on her left inner arm. It inspired me to get my own, although much smaller. She’s growing on me recently, what with her making the Fibromyalgia diagnosis public. Bonding over a shared incurable disease, LOL.