Lady Gaga is getting critical acclaim for her performance as an aspiring singer in A Star Is Born and she’s opened up about what it took to delve into her character’s deep insecurity.
The pop star, 32, spoke to PEOPLE’s JD Heyman and Melody Chiu on Monday night at the premiere of her new film in Los Angeles in which she touched on her high school bullying and how it helped her portray Ally, a struggling artist who longs to make it in the music industry but is held back by her self-doubt.
“Well, what’s different between Ally and I is that when I decided I was going to go for it as a singer and songwriter, I just hit the ground running,” Gaga said. “I was dragging my keyboard around New York and I was pounding on doors. I really believed in myself.”
Despite her trust in herself, Gaga said, “Ally is not this way. My character in this film, she doesn’t believe in herself at all. She’s very jaded by the music industry and she’s given up on herself.
What I had to do was go back further into my childhood, into my high school years, when I was bullied and made fun of for having big dreams,” she continued. “That’s where I went. But I think I went further because I trusted Bradley [Cooper] so much — to be vulnerable, to be my authentic self.”