Lady Gaga Covers ‘Variety,’ Reflects On Overwhelming Success Of ‘A Star Is Born’

Lady Gaga serves hair, body, face and, most importantly, poses in a new feature for Variety. The icon covers the publication and channels Ally, her character in the critically acclaimed A Star Is Born, as the film generates more Oscar buzz. Wearing an oversized shirt she stole from the set, she delivers dynamic poses in the black-and-white pictorial. Shot by Art Streiber, Mother Monster contorts her body into some impressive shapes while balancing on a stool. In one photo, she traces the shape of her nose in a direct reference to the movie. Simple but undeniably striking, it is another gorgeous shoot from the era which has already delivered photos for Vogue and the New York Times.

In the accompanying interview, she shares some insights after the overwhelming success of the film. In particular, she opened up about her relationship with her character. “I feel Ally inside of me,” Gaga said. “I wonder how long she’ll stay. Or if she’ll be in there forever.” Despite the warm reviews, the “Million Reasons” hitmaker was hesitant to refer to herself as a movie star. “Well, give me a few more movies before you call me a success,” she urged. Caught up in the wave of success, she drew comparisons between now and 2009, after the release of The Fame Monster. “This feels for me very much like that, but in a different way, because I have all the wisdom slash pain and betrayal of the last 10 years,” she said.

One thing to look forward to around awards show season is the potential of a performance of “Shallow.” The anthem became the lead single of the soundtrack and dominated streaming services when it dropped last month. After hitting the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 it seems guaranteed to be nominated in the best song category at the Oscars. If it is, Gaga promised to perform it. “One hundred percent,” she assured fans. Co-star Bradley Cooper would be involved, and he opened up about what to expect. “I started texting her the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”

Gaga also shared some insight into why she felt the track was resonating so strongly. In her mind, it had to do with the open dialogue between her and Cooper on it. “To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” she explained. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.” The interview also touches on the superstar’s personal response to the film, her hopes around awards show season and reveals several items that she stole from the set.

Scroll through a gallery of photos from the shoot up top and read the interview here!

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