Before Lady Gaga snagged her role in “A Star Is Born,” her director and co-star Bradley Cooper wanted to see her poker face free of blush, mascara and concealer.
In order to convince the team at Warner Bros. that Gaga, 32, was a perfect fit to play aspiring singer Ally, the pop icon’s director and co-star Bradley Cooper whipped out a makeup wipe to help her prep for her screen test.
“With it, he erased the colors from her forehead down to her chin,” according to the LA Times, adding that Cooper wanted to see Gaga “completely open,” with “no artifice.”
The “Million Reasons” singer, who’s long made outlandish beauty looks and costumes part of her public persona, told the publication that going barefaced for her big-screen debut helped her get into character.
“It put me right in the place that I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels — that was real,” Gaga said. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”
The star, who wound up filming her audition wearing nothing but lip balm and moisturizer, added that she understood why the film studio was initially on the fence about casting her, saying that some people “don’t really know what I look like.”
And according to Gaga’s acting coach Susan Batson, they’ll also be doing double takes when they see the finished film, out October 5.
“The Lady Gaga that the public knows? They won’t see her,” Batson told the LA Times.
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