Lady Gaga earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for her role as an unglamorous aspiring singer in A Star Is Born. Yet while it was director and co-star Bradley Cooper who helped Gaga transform into the character of Ally, his very specific vision didn’t always make the process easy for her. In fact, Gaga has revealed that before her screen test, Cooper demanded that she dramatically changed the way she looked.
Gaga and Cooper’s hit movie is not the first time we’ve seen A Star Is Born on the big screen, of course. The flick is actually a remake of a 1937 film of the same name starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric Marsh. And James Mason, Judy Garland, Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand have also appeared in musical adaptations of the movie in 1954 and 1976.
But while the latest version of A Star Is Born came out in 2018, the movie was several years in the making – and at one point it looked set to be very different. In 2011, for instance, Clint Eastwood was reportedly in line to direct the film, and another singer was rumored to be portraying the leading lady: Beyoncé. Meanwhile, actors such as Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp were apparently in discussions to star opposite her.