There's no doubt that Italy is home to many breathtaking sites — it is, after all, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and also pizza. Yet surely we can all agree that the most incredible sight ever to appear in the country happened on Thursday, when Lady Gaga made her debut at the Venice Film Festival.
The Bradley Cooper-directed movie is Gaga's first time as a bona fide leading lady — which is weird, because this photo proves she's clearly been a silver screen icon this entire time.
Fans were delighted to see Gaga, newly-appointed Water Goddess, living her best life in Venice.
While Gaga's previous films — like Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills — did not take her from pop star to movie star, the music-heavy remake very well could. A Star Is Born was recently named "the most impressive directorial debut by an actor since Robert Redford’s Ordinary People" by an accidentally-published review on TalkHouse. And people really, really liked Ordinary People.
Cooper, for his part, was very committed to the authenticity of the film, even taking Gaga to shoot on the real Saturday Night Live stage for a scene in which her character performs on the variety show.
"I just never wanted to do a montage of her rise. I thought, 'How can we show the rise [to fame]?' Saturday Night Live is the only place you can go when someone has arrived to a new spot [in their career]," Cooper told Entertainment Weekly of the choice.
A star may soon be born, but darling, Lady Gaga has already arrived.