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There Could Be 100 Soundbites in a Room and All Lady Gaga Wants Is This One

A press tour for a cultural phenomenon like A Star Is Born can no doubt be a little soul-deadening, and to combat the monotony of answering the same question over and over, Lady Gaga has armed herself with a shield and sword in the form of a motto and a pointed finger that will always come in handy.

“There could be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you, and you just need one to believe in you,” Gaga has said many times during the press tour for A Star Is Born. It’s led some people to ask a very important question — “Can you come up with something else?”

But there’s something earnest, mesmerizing and smart about Gaga’s repeated attempts to make this story happen. Firstly, it’s pretty quaint to hear Lady Gaga, one of the biggest stars on the planet, talk about being given a shot at something and being chosen when no one believed in her.

As I wrote recently about Lady Gaga’s Oscar chances, there’s a narrative that can propel Gaga to a win, namely that of the ingenue actress who hit it out of the park on an early attempt at crossover success, and this story buttresses that narrative well.

On top of that, it further aligns Gaga with her character Ally.  It’s no secret that Ally is not the most thoroughly-drawn character in the film, and Gaga’s continued blurring of the lines between actress and character also helps flesh out Ally in Oscar voters’ minds.

Laugh about the clip all you want, it shows that Lady Gaga can both be vulnerable and use her vulnerability in her favor, a tough tightrope to walk.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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