Lady Gaga glows gorgeously a-front of Vogue Magazine‘s October issue.
The high-profile feature spread is in support of the singer’s new movie ‘A Star Is Born’ – which she leads in alongside its director Bradley Cooper.
Oscar buzz surrounding the film is volumizing by the day, with many praising Gaga and Cooper’s chemistry, vocal performance, and acting chops.
Accompanying the stunning shoot, which was lensed by Inez and Vinoodh, is a candid interview in which Mother Monster reflects on ‘A Star Is Born,’ a decade in the spotlight, her upcoming Vegas show ‘Enigma,’ new music, and more.
Head below for pics and excerpts….
On Acting Being Her Initial Love
One bit of history that’s gotten lost in the Gaga saga is that while she started playing piano at four and writing songs by eleven, she wanted to be an actress before she wanted to be a singer. When she was twelve, she began taking Method-acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and later at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. “I loved it so much,” she says, “but I was terrible at auditioning—I would get too nervous and just couldn’t be myself.” So she decided to make a go of it as a musician—and had a record deal within a year. Was she nervous making a movie? “Of course—but I knew I had it in me, in my heart, to give an authentic performance.”
On Maintaining Mystique:
One of the many things about Lady Gaga that go underappreciated is that she doesn’t tell us everything. For example, we know very little about her new boyfriend, Christian Carino—other than that he’s a 48-year-old CAA agent—because she doesn’t talk about him. She doesn’t want to talk at all about the new music she’s working on for a future album, or the scripts that are suddenly rolling in. She understands more than most that a little bit of mystery and magic go a long way in this world of too much. She has sort of inverse boundaries: She won’t tell you, for example, where she just went on vacation, but she’s totally open about having been sexually assaulted when she was a teenager.
On Las Vegas Residency, Lady Gaga Enigma:
Today, Lady Gaga is the picture of health: bright-eyed, sun-kissed, fit as a fiddle. “It’s getting better every day,” she says, “because now I have fantastic doctors who take care of me and are getting me show-ready.” Speaking of shows, she recently signed a $100 million contract with MGM Resorts International to do a Las Vegas residency at a 5,300-seat theater. It will be called Lady Gaga Enigma, and beginning on December 28 she will perform 74 shows spread out over two years—a reasonable pace that will allow her to take better care of herself and make more movies. “I’ve always hated the stigma around Las Vegas—that it’s where you go when you’re on the last leg of your career,” she says. “Being a Las Vegas girl is an absolute dream for me. It’s really what I’ve always wanted to do.”
Creating the shows for Lady Gaga Enigma, of course, has brought back together the Haus of Gaga—her team of stylists and monster-conjurers, including Nicola Formichetti. “We’re plowing away, making something brand-new, but still with the iconography that we’ve already created—and making sure fans leave with the feeling that they went home for a bit with their community.”
Beyond Vogue, Gaga revealed – during a recent interview with Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes – that her sixth album is incoming:
“In addition to my Vegas shows, I’m working on a new album. And I just finished the last details of the soundtrack of “A Star Is Born”. Apart from the songs in the the film, it also includes several unreleased tracks that only appear a few seconds on the screen, so full of surprises.”
It would appear that – much like ‘The Bodyguard’ – the ‘Star Is Born’ soundtrack will bring with it ample new music; which, if received well, could be worked like an album in and of itself.
As for the traditional Pop follow-up to ‘Joanne,’ we’re amped for that too.