Lady Gaga stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Feb. 27 to discuss her recent Oscar win for Best Original Song and her show-stopping “Shallow” duet with her director and co-star from “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper.
Gaga proudly pulled her gold Oscar statue out of a black bag and sat it on Kimmel’s desk. He noted the name reads “Lady Gaga,” and admitted being curious if it would say that or use her birth name Stefani. He also asked what her whirlwind week has been like in the wake of her exciting Academy Award win..
She replied, “It’s just been incredible. I swear, when we won, it was like my whole artistic journey flashed before my eyes and I instantly saw myself sitting on my stoop of my studio apartment in New York City on the concrete with my keyboard next to me trying to figure out how I was going to lug my keyboard again up my walk up. It’s incredible. This was hard work.”
Then, Kimmel couldn’t resist bringing up her controversial, show-stopping Oscar duet performance of “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper, which caused wide speculation they were in love.
Gaga rolled her eyes at the suggestion, called social media “the toilet of the Internet” and added, “Yes. People saw love and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, ‘Shallow’ and the movie, ‘A Star Is Born’ is a love story.”
She further explained Cooper had a specific vision for the performance and directed the whole thing, as he had directed the film. She joked she’s had her arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for years on tour and then stressed, “When you’re singing a love song that’s what you want people to feel.”
While they were on stage for the “Shallow” performance in the film, they were backed by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real . Their riveting duet was shot live in front of a real concert audience and the scene marked a pivotal moment in their characters, Jackson and Ally’s, love story.
Cooper and Gaga did have incredible onscreen chemistry in the film, as did Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, who starred in the 1976 adaptation of the film. Gaga and Cooper's intimate exchange at the end of their Oscars performance spawned a social media frenzy. Gaga squashed the speculation by emphasizing she’s an artist then quipped, “Fooled ya!”
During the “Kimmel” segment, they aired a clip of a new scene which will be included in the one-week movie theater reprisal of “A Star Is Born.” Gaga confirmed Cooper was the one who added the additional 12 minutes of footage, which moviegoers can see.
In the scene, Cooper’s character Jackson Maine and Gaga’s character, Ally are outside writing a song together. They play around with lyric lines as he strums the guitar and Ally’s notebook lays open on the concrete. The scene is reminiscent of when Ally sings "Shallow" for Jackson the first time in the film.
Lady Gaga notably shared her Best Original Song Oscar with her co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. Kimmel joked he should add Cooper’s name with a sharpie and Gaga agreed. Gaga and Cooper recently won a Grammy for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. She and her co-writers also claimed a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media for the track, as well as a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award.
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