When two partners finish working on a big job together, it's customary for one of them to buy the other a massive, 15-foot portrait of the other's face.
Oh, wait, it's not? It turns out that's a fairly strange thing to do in most circumstances, but, as is the case with almost all things Gaga, it seems a lot more believable when you know she's involved. At the end of filming A Star is Born, co-star Bradley Cooper gave her the huge rendering of the movie's final shot as a gift.
Gaga showed the picture to a reporter from the New York Times, who wrote:
Earlier in the afternoon, she showed me a room that was empty save for a gigantic photograph of her own face, at least 15 feet across, in a gilded frame. 'It was a gift from Bradley,' [Gaga] said. 'It's the last frame of the movie. Do you know the scene?'
The picture features Gaga singing "I'll Never Love Again" on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium, her final song in the movie.
What a fascinating woman. I'm struck by her strength and unshakeable sense of self which translates into radiant be… https://t.co/MeuPSZmGgA— robert hughes (@robert hughes)1538679801.0
The hype surrounding Cooper's directorial debut has been almost as massive as Gaga's new portrait. Even before the movie's premiere, the story of the two actor's first meeting where Cooper wiped the make-up off of Lady Gaga's face has become a well-known anecdote. As Gaga tells it:
For most of the film, I have no makeup on my face. I remember very, very well, I walked down the stairs from my house before we filmed the screen test for A Star Is Born, and [Bradley] had a makeup wipe in his hand and he put his hand on my face and he went like this--," she mimicked wiping down her cheek. "And there was makeup. We had put just a little bit and he said, 'I want no makeup on your face.'
Saw "A Star is Born" tonight in Indiana. You were terrific and looked absolutely beautiful without the make-up. Lov… https://t.co/AMabdKcbHm— Prepster (@Prepster)1538707695.0
She went on:
So, this vulnerability was something that he brought out in me. For someone that doesn't necessarily feel safe [being] that vulnerable all the time, it was such a special experience with him. He made you just feel so free.
Fans online could hardly contain themselves leading up to the movie's release:
Gaga better get an Oscar and that’s all I have to say about A Star is Born. Bye!— Calvin (@Calvin)1538704098.0
Saw “A Star is Born” last night. Just go see it. Holy Goodness Gracious it’s quite the production. Cooper and Gaga are just iconic.— Casey Cott (@Casey Cott)1538693147.0
I JUST WATCHED A STAR IS BORN HELP ME https://t.co/OLvXhkNqEd— rah (@rah)1538703591.0
so we went to see A Star is Born... https://t.co/Nxbjdr7FWz— Jade Wilson (@Jade Wilson)1538687734.0
Brb buying season tickets to A Star Is Born...— Elizabeth Gillies (@Elizabeth Gillies)1538706175.0
I don’t mean to spoil the album and I certainly don’t mean to spoil the movie but isn’t so crazy how a star is born… https://t.co/6qDiWB9rCE— Aquaria 🕷 (@Aquaria 🕷)1538721273.0
A Star Is Born... what can I say? I just wanna take another look at it https://t.co/wMHI9wXFLX— Andrew Spena (@Andrew Spena)1538708432.0
On my way to see A Star is Born! https://t.co/uj45ZzsN2J— jennifer (@jennifer)1538710272.0
When you’re in #Venom and everyone else is seeing ‘A Star Is Born’... https://t.co/FIjNRp4Aac— Lights, Camera, Pod (@Lights, Camera, Pod)1538698778.0
A Star is Born is out in theaters now and currently boasts an impressive 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes! For any and all Gaga fans, it's a must-see.