10:13am PT by Chris Gardner
Toronto: Lady Gaga Moved to Tears During 'Star Is Born' Premiere
The final question that Cameron Bailey, co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival, asked A Star Is Born collaborators Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga on Sunday night during the post-premiere Q&A at the Elgin Theatre was this: "Bradley, will you direct again? Gaga, will you be acting again?"
Cooper, who co-wrote and made his directorial debut with the reimagination of the classic tale of an alcoholic superstar who falls in love with a young aspiring singer, answered first. "It was the most artistically fulfilling experience that I've ever had, and it was the most at home I've ever felt ever as an artist. So if someone will fund it, yeah, I'll do it again," he said, to which co-star Dave Chappelle immediately quipped, "I got [$5] on it."
Cooper then handed the microphone to his lead actress and creative inspiration, Gaga, to answer Bailey's question. "I have to echo Bradley: This was the greatest artistic experience of my career," she said. "Working with [Cooper], working with every single person on this stage, connecting with everyone, yes, I'm interested in acting more, but I am spoiled. I'll tell you something, I am spoiled. These are some talented, passionate people up here. They put every last drop of blood from their heart and their veins on set every single day. I watched [Bradley] work tirelessly on this film, giving it everything, and you never stopped. Nobody here did."
That's when Lukas Nelson — known as a talented musician in his own right, in addition to being the son of musical legend Willie Nelson — interrupted to address Gaga directly. "You neither," said Nelson, whose father just so happened to be performing a concert in Toronto on Sunday night. The younger Nelson worked closely with Cooper to craft songs for the film and was highly praised by Cooper onstage during the film event. "You just destroyed every single scene you were in."
The compliment caused the audience to erupt in applause, instantly drawing a standing ovation. (During the screening, audience members also broke out with cheers following many of the movie's big performance sequences). Gaga put her head in her hands and looked to be fighting back tears. She took a moment and then stood up, hugged Cooper and said, "I probably said this earlier, but there could be 100 or 1,000 people in the room and 999 don't believe in you and one does. I would not be here without you," she said to Cooper. "I would not be here without you. I want to act, but I don't want to act if I don't have a director like this."
With that, the final question had been answered (greeted by more applause) and the festivities then moved on to a post-TIFF premiere party at the events venue Masonic Temple, located just up the street on the corner of Davenport Road and Yonge Street. Cooper and Gaga were joined by Warner Bros. execs Toby Emmerich and Blair Rich; producer Todd Phillips; executive producer Sue Kroll; Nelson; casting director Mary Vernieu; and members of the cast including Chappelle, Anthony Ramos, Sam Elliott and William Belli. Other notable names in attendance included Salma Hayek, Jason Isaacs, Dylan O'Brien, Max Minghella, Cynthia Erivo, producer Fred Berger, CAA's Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, Dave Bugliari, Tracy Brennan and DJ Kardinal Offishall, the latter of whom livened up the crowd well past midnight. His DJ duties proved to be the opening act for Chappelle, who welcomed a rousing band to close out the night.
Many revelers stayed until close to 2 a.m., hoping that Gaga would eventually take the stage as a surprise. But by that point, it wasn't necessary: A star was already born onscreen.
.@ladygaga broke down in tears after premiere during Q&A: @cameron_tiff asked @ladygaga if she’ll act in movie again and she said yes, but she’s been ‘so spoiled.’ Then after being told she destroyed every scene, Elgin audience erupted w/ electric standing o. Star was born y’all. pic.twitter.com/kRNHOQTxRI— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
As for why she signed on, @ladygaga said bc of Bradley Cooper. When he came to her house, she looked in his eyes and had instant connection. Because they’re both Italian, she heated up leftovers. They ate, sang and she loved his singing voice because it could tell story. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/0roZEMPGfG— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
“I’m just a girl from New York who dreamed of becoming an actress” @ladygaga intro’ing A Star is Born, thanking Bradley Cooper for allowing her to be 1st lead actress in his first film. She got standing o before stepping to podium too so will probably be first of many. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/tgspg3OpU9— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
.@ARamosofficial on what it was like to work with @ladygaga (she gives all her heart) and Bradley Cooper (he’s like parent who gets you to jump in deep water and you know he’s there to catch you) #TIFF18 #astarisborn pic.twitter.com/KVxBkopDST— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
Bradley Cooper on crafting music, sound for #AStarisBorn. Love that he alternates between calling @ladygaga either Stefani when talking about acting or Gaga when talking about music. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/mrRxYBR7ZS— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
Standing ovation for Bradley Cooper @ladygaga following screening here at #TIFF18b lots of applause during the actual film following performance sequences. I could hear lots of crying throughout too pic.twitter.com/iMtKpzLawL— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 10, 2018
This is a big night. Lots of notable names here supporting @ladygaga and Bradley Cooper for North American premiere of A Star is Born. @mattbomer Denis Villeneuve, @DarrenCriss, Cooper’s Hangover director Todd Phillips. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/Jl8GU7c23j— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 9, 2018