No one has gotten more deservedly praised for her performance in “A Star Is Born” than Lady Gaga. She seems the consummate performer — accomplished, interesting, seemingly committed, and instinctively likable.
But what struck me even more than how much of a phenomenal singer she is, was her bluntness in taking a “message” after the performance. As it happened, I was sitting not far from her, in the front row, with my friend Dave Gordon, director of the Alliance for Women Film Journalists, which did a fantastic job of inviting Gaga to our event — covering the story, doing what little we could to get the word out on Gaga’s appearance, and that of James Franco, who was on hand to be honored.
From the moment Dave’s camera mic was turned on, the minute Gaga arrived, I felt myself being totally enveloped by the energy. As the song began, I felt immediately transported back to 1968, like we had come from another world — certainly I was in a warm, soulful place in my heart at that moment.
Then, at one point, the movie suddenly shifted to “What Is Love?” — and we stood on our feet and started dancing and singing with gusto. Sometimes it feels too easy to be in love, I thought: it is so weird not to. Like people who are drawn to people, you fall in love with the idea of love. It seems the ultimate, greatest, simplest thing in the world.