Ever since the first trailer for A Star Is Born dropped, we’ve been floored by Lady Gaga’s vulnerable, unfiltered performance as aspiring singer Ally. And in a new interview, Gaga opened up about her initial insecurity over the bare-faced performance.
In the interview, published today, August 30th, in the Los Angeles Times, Gaga recalled that when she did a screen test for the role in 2016, her director and co-star, Bradley Cooper, approached her with a makeup wipe and asked her to remove her mascara, concealer, and blush; he said he wanted their test to be “completely open.” Gaga, who’s known for her dramatic makeup looks, admitted that being so unfiltered made her feel vulnerable. However, she told interviewer Amy Kaufman that she decided to “completely let go and trust” Cooper in that moment.
The singer went on to say that, like her character Ally, when she started out in the music industry, she was often told that she didn’t have the right “look.” In the end, she told Kaufman that it’s her fans who ultimately make her feel beautiful.
While it’s heartbreaking to hear that Gaga suffers from insecurity and body image issues, we’re also applauding her honesty. So many people struggle with self-acceptance or somehow feel “less than” because they don’t fit into arbitrary and unrealistic standards of beauty (and honestly, many feel that way even when they do). Gaga’s words remind us that everyone feels insecure sometimes—even glowing pop idols.
Let’s all remember to love ourselves a little more today—including you, Gaga!