There is no doubt on anyone’s mind that singer and actress Lady Gaga gave a career-defining performance in A Star Is Born.
But the internet mocked Gaga when it came to her interviewing skills while promoting the film. People scrutinized her press appearances at film festivals in which she repeated a trite expression.
The singer riffed on the phrase, “There could be 100 people in a room, and 99 don’t believe in you. But all it takes is one,” in countless interviews.
There is even a video piecing together every moment she uttered the refrain.
Jonah Hill, on the other hand, is empathetically a different camp when it comes to the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter.
Once lauded for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the Academy Award-nominated actor is familiar with press junkets and how answering frequently asked questions — as if hearing them for the first time — can be tedious.
In a recent GQ Live talk, Hill remarked that Gaga repeating the phrase convincingly only cemented her reputation as a strong actress because she made it sound fresh every time.
“How many goddam things would she have to say about the same experience? That’s what you’re supposed to do. To repeat your message out to people about your film. So I watched that video and again thought it was a little unfair and I actually thought it was kind of amazing.”
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) December 10, 2018
He added, via Vulture:
“When it was going around, I think it was from a place of mean intent. But I thought to myself, damn, she really is an incredible actor. She’s delivering those same talking points every night and making them sound new. That’s acting.”
Fans on Twitter praised Hill for defending the actress.
YAS! @JonahHill We all need someone who believe in us 💫
— Wahyu Kusnadi (@wahmazingg) December 11, 2018
My teenaged son created @LGDoingThings and the video. It was created out of his love of Lady Gaga. He’s been a huge Lady Gaga fan since he could walk. Thank you for defending her & honoring my son’s love of all she does. Continue to spread love.
— Monica Herrera (@Lookn4qt) December 12, 2018
— call me enigma🎄🧝🏼♀️ (@thefamemcnster) December 11, 2018
— Keon lang (@lang_keon) December 11, 2018
In October, Gaga explained the origin of her anecdote in an Elle profile. It stemmed from something her vocal coach, Don Lawrence, once imparted to the young artist.
Gaga told Elle:
“I was taking meetings with entertainment attorneys and knocking on people’s doors, trying to get them to listen to demos that I made on a four-track Tascam cassette player, and [Lawrence] said to me, ‘There can be a hundred people in the room, and 99 of them won’t believe in you, but all you need is one.’”
All Lady Gaga needed was one person to silence the mockery. Good on you, Jonah Hill.