‘A Star is Born’ star Lady Gaga opens up on fame

Sep 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/10/2018 12:56:51 PM IST

 Lady Gaga has urged Hollywood and the entertainment industry to intervene early to rescue artistes struggling with substance abuse and other mental health issues as they pursue fame and fortune.

“I think that would be wonderful, not just for artistes, but the whole world, if we intervene early in life when we see people struggling,” Gaga told a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival for Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born remake.

Gaga, who goes by her legal name Stefani Germanotta in the film’s credits, plays an up-and-coming starlet, Ally, who struggles to break into the entertainment world with guidance from an industry veteran, Jackson, played by Bradley Cooper, on the way down.

“Fame is very unnatural. And we see that Jack is struggling is this film. There’s substance abuse, there’s trauma. Ally also, for me, is struggling from depression at the beginning of the film, in not believing in herself,” she said. Gaga added successful artists are not so much transformed by fame, as they see everyone around them change as it dawns on them.

“The truth is, people think we change. It’s not us that change, it’s everyone around us who changes,” she insisted. Gaga is best known for her pop music career, but has been involved in both film and TV projects in recent years.

She starred in American Horror Story: Hotel, the anthology FX series from Ryan Murphy. “I just feel lucky to be here. I’m an east coast Italian American from New York who dreamed of being an actress, and I didn’t make it, and so I gave up and pursued singing,” she said, before paying tribute to Cooper, who makes his directorial debut in A Star is Born, for having faith in her acting skills.


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