Bradley Cooper on Why He Was "Ready" to Direct 'A Star Is Born'

"I knew if I didn't do it, I would rather fail at it having tried than not ever doing it," Cooper told THR's Director Roundtable of his directorial debut.

“I had the great luck to have been working for years as an actor with directors who have been very collaborative. And it felt like a seamless transition. I think it’s because I love filmmaking,” Bradley Cooper told THR's Director Roundtable of his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.

“To be able to be a student of it for decades, I think, allowed me the tools to be able to do it myself.”

Cooper explained the personal connection he felt to the story, saying, “It’s the only reason I made the movie.”

“I waited until I was 42. If I didn’t have something to say, there was no reason to make the movie,” the actor told the group. “It was a great platform for me to examine a lot of different things I’ve been thinking about cinematically for years.”

A Star Is Born wasn’t the first opportunity Cooper had to step behind the camera. When Steven Spielberg dropped out of directing 2014’s American Sniper before Clint Eastwood took over, the actor was tempted to step in.

“I was just too scared,” he said. “I just wasn’t ready. It’s the one benefit I think I’ve had to wait so long, is that the older you get, you tend to know when you’re ready for something.”

When A Star Is Born came along, he knew this was the moment. “I knew if I waited any more, it was going to get too long. I think I just knew it. I knew if I didn't do it, I would rather fail at it having tried than not ever doing it.”