Lady Gaga gushed on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live that her “whole artistic journey flashed before [her] eyes” after she and Bradley Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Shallow”) at the 2019 ceremony.
“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,” she said. “It’s incredible. This was hard work. And I said it in my speech, and I’ll say it again: ‘If you work hard and you don’t give up, you can do anything.'”
The singer-actress also squelched Internet rumors that she and Cooper were romantically involved — in real life, not just in the film — based on the intimacy of their live take on “Shallow” at the Oscars. “First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the Internet,” she said. “What it has done to pop culture is just abysmal. And, yes, people saw love. And guess what? Yes, that’s what we wanted you to see. This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie, A Star Is Born, it’s a love story.”
She added that every element of the performance’s staging — from the piano being rolled onstage to lighting the audience — came from Cooper. “We worked all week on that performance,” she noted. “I never relinquish control of a live stage performance, but he directed this film … and ‘Shallow,’ the moment in the film. So I know that he had the vision for how it should go. So I was like, ‘What do you think, Bradley?'”
“From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time,” she continued. “I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for three years touring the world. When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel … I’m an artist, and I guess we did a good job. Fooled ya!”
Gaga ended the segment by promoting the “encore” edition of A Star Is Born, a new cut of the film featuring 12 minutes of additional footage, which hits theaters on Friday, March 1st and runs for one week.