Lady Gaga Recounts How A Friend’s Death Impacted A Pivotal Scene During The Filming Of ‘A Star Is Born’

In anticipation of its October 5th release, A Star Is Born stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (doubling as director) sat down with Entertainment Weekly.

The film is the fourth remake of a 1937 film of the same name. The original starred Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, a remake in 1954 had Judy Garland and James Mason, and the most recent 1976 rendition featured Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. 

A Star Is Born tells the story of an established male musician (Bradley Cooper) who helps a young singer and actress (Lady Gaga) find the spotlight, while his own career takes a downward turn.

During the interview with EW, Cooper said,

“Music is a mechanism by which you cannot hide.”

The transparency and vulnerability that music requires often makes the craft that much more personal and compelling.

Lady Gaga spoke more about this when she told EW about the day they shot a particularly striking and heart-wrenching scene. 

Life imitates art, and Lady Gaga experienced this during the filming of the scene when she learned of her friend’s passing. 

“My very, very, very dear friend Sonja died of cancer that day. We were supposed to shoot in, like, 30 minutes, and I left the set because her husband called me and I could hear her in the background and I just got in the car and drove. I missed her by 15 minutes and she died. I literally laid with her, with her husband, and their dog, and his son…. When I came back, Bradley was so gentle with me and we got through it. I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s okay.’ All I wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”

Lady Gaga posted about her friendship with Sonja on Instagram.

The internet sends their Mother Monster love.

People can’t wait to support her when the film debuts.

Watch the trailer here.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly, Refinery29