If any single talking point has dominated awards season so far, its Lady Gagas oft-repeated phrase: “There can be a hundred people in the room, and 99 dont believe in you, but one does.” Its a line shes used over and over again while describing the support she got from Bradley Cooper, who directed and co-starred alongside her in A Star Is Born. After some genius compiled all the times Gaga said that line and made a video montage, the quote went viral, becoming a glorious meme unto itself.
Now, however, Gaga will have to amend the line, because there are two people who believe in her: B Coops and . . . Jonah Hill. While speaking at a GQ Live talk recently, the Mid90s director somehow got on the topic of Gagas viral quote—and instantly leapt to her defense.
“She did her damn job,” Hill said. “How many goddamn things would she have to say about the same experience? Thats what youre supposed to do, is really just repeat your message out.”
Hill also said that he watched the supercut, and thought it was “unfair.”
“I actually thought it was kind of amazing,” he said of her commitment. “I was like, Damn, she is a good actress—cause it sounds real every single time.”
Jonah Hill, Gaga avenger! To be fair, his last point is true: one of the best things about the supercut is watching Gaga trot out that line with unmatched conviction (sometimes with tears in her eyes!), while Cooper listens on with a serious face like its the first time hes hearing her loving compliment.
But you know who doesnt like this line? Madonna. Shocker of all shockers. On Instagram recently, the singer shared an old video clip of herself saying something, well, pretty similar to Gagas during an earlier interview: “Theres a hundred people in the room, and 99 people say they liked it—I only remember the one person who didnt.” The shady share seems to imply that Madonna thinks Gaga lifted the line from her, rekindling a pop-star blood feud that has boiled basically since Gagas musical ascent. Gaga has, however, said that the line was inspired by something her old vocal coach Don Lawrence used to say: “I was taking meetings with entertainment attorneys and knocking on peoples doors, trying to get them to listen to demos that I made on a four-track Tascam cassette player, and he said to me, There can be a hundred people in the room, and 99 of them wont believe in you, but all you need is one.” A star (saying) is born!
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