10:06pm PT by Lauren Huff
Lady Gaga Calls Kavanaugh, Ford Testimony "One of the Most Upsetting Things I Have Ever Witnessed"
Lady Gaga stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to discuss all things A Star Is Born, as well as share her thoughts on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
When asked if she was willing to talk politics, Gaga said "bring it on." Of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Gaga, who has been open in the past about her own sexual assault, said the ongoing "debate of Kavanaugh versus Dr. Ford is one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed."
"But I will tell you something," she continued. "Should we trust that [Dr. Ford] remembered the assault? Yes. And I'll tell you exactly why. She's a psychologist; she's no dummy. And when someone experiences trauma, the brain changes. It takes the trauma and puts it in a box so that we can survive the pain." A vote to confirm the highly controversial Trump pick to the Supreme Court is set to be held Saturday. Kavanaugh has denied all the claims against him.
Gaga added that she believes Ford was probably "triggered" when she realized Kavanaugh would be nominated and she decided to "protect this country."
The pop star-turned-actress was also on hand to promote her new film A Star Is Born, in which she stars with director and writer Bradley Cooper. The film is the fourth iteration of the classic tale of a young up-and-coming star who falls in love with an older, established one whose career is fading as hers takes off. The project is Cooper's directorial debut and Gaga's big screen acting debut, although she previously won a Golden Globe for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel.
Of how she got the part, she said that she sang at a charity event the night before she met with Cooper. After he heard her sing "La Vie en Rose," he wanted to meet with her, and they had an immediate connection. Of first meeting her future director and co-star, Gaga said, "There's a lot of fake people in Hollywood, but Bradley is not one of them."
And although Gaga is a Grammy-winning artist, she's not the only one who has a natural singing ability. She told Colbert that she was blown away by Cooper's singing voice when she first heard it. "That man, he sings from his gut, from his soul, and you can be technically perfect but with no ability to tell a story, and he tells a story when he sings," she said, adding, "I was drawn to his passion."
Her character, Ally, may be a rising pop star, but Gaga said the similarities between her and her character end there. "My character, Ally, is very different than I was. I knew I had something to say and I wanted to say it ... but she's not that way," she said, explaining that, "she's in her 30s and she's given up. She's been told she's not beautiful enough to make it and truthfully she's insecure."
A Star Is Born opens wide Friday.