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Bradley Cooper: Here's everything you need to know about him
Bradley Cooper: Here's everything you need to know about him

Bradley Cooper is not just a pair of incredible blue eyes: read what we found out about him and (if you are not yet) you will fall in love with him.

Hollywood is teeming with beautiful and very talented men, but few can boast of taking that Bradley Cooper has it on women.

Behind those blue eyes, in fact, they are hiding a lethal mix of good boy face and a boy who, however, knows a lot and above all a culture and a brain that few (in the cinema but not only) can boast.

Recently become father of a little girl he had with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, has a strong passion for cooking and a vaguely dark past, as well as Italian origins and an almost perfect French accent.

We tell you everything about him, but don't say we didn't warn you properly.

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Bradley Cooper biography in a nutshell

Born January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, under the sign of Capricorn.

Carrying character gift by Bradley Cooper: stubbornness.

The Irish origins from father, from mother's side: the parents of Mrs. Gloria Campano are in fact Angelo Campano, a Neapolitan policeman, and Assunta De Francesco, from Abruzzo, from whom she is said to have inherited the passion for good food.

Speaking of his childhood the actor reveals: "I never lived the life of" Oh, what a beautiful baby ". People believed I was a girl, because in fact I was more like a child, probably due to my mother's habit of making me wear very long hair ".

Interest in cinema comes when, in adolescence, his father shows him for the first time The Elephant Man by David Lynch, and there Bradley Cooper realizes that when he grows up he wants to be an actor.

After you graduated from Germantown Academy in 1993 he attended the Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors in English literature in 1997. In the meantime he learns a speak fluent French, thanks to six months of exchange as a student in France, in Aix-en-Provence.

After graduation he moved to New York to attend New School University's Actors Studio Drama School, and from there his life will definitely take a different turn.

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The beginning of the career

In New York, while studying, Bradley Cooper works as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel, and at the same time the first roles begin to arrive: made his TV debut in an episode of Sex and the City and in film in the comedy We Hot American Summer; he obtained a Master of Fine Arts from New School University and in 2001 was then hired for the part of Will Tippin in Alias ​​television series, alongside Jennifer Garner.

With the notoriety acquired came the engagements for 2 wedding singles - Wedding Crasher, At Home with Her and for the theatrical comedy Three Days of Rain, with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

Hollywood begins to notice him, and it is therefore the turn of The truth is that he does not like you enough, Yes Man and About Steve, but the real consecration worldwide is to be dated in 2009, thanks to the comedy The Hangover.

The Hangover

The success

In 2011 People magazine included him at # 1 on his usual annual Sexiest Man Alive chart, and with the new decade the films of which he is the protagonist literally begin to rain, as well as the Oscar nominations, from Bright side - Silver Linings Playbook, paired with Jennifer Lawrence (nominated for Best Actor), passing through Limitless, The Hangover 2, Like Thunder, American Hustle - Appearance deceives (nominated for Best Supporting Actor), up to American Sniper by Clint Eastwood, based on the true story of sniper Chris Kyle, for which he received his third Oscar nomination Best Actor at the 2015 Ceremony.

Now all eyes are on his performance in the musical A Star Is Born, a remake of the famous 1954 George Cukor's A Star Is Born: this time Bradley Cooper will be both actor and director, and it will divide the scene with Lady Gaga: be patient though, because you have to wait to see how he will fare until 2018.


Bradley Cooper's girlfriends

Bradley Cooper is a guy very democratic when it comes to women, in the sense that he likes them more or less all of them: brunettes, blondes, younger or older than him, the actor has always been very fascinated by the female gender … and it can undoubtedly be said to be mutual.

After married actress Jennifer Esposito in 2006 and having divorced within a few months, weaves a much talked about and never officially confirmed relationship with Renée Zellweger, known on the set of the film Case 39: the story goes on from 2009 to 2011, until - in December of the same year - Zoe Saldana bursts into his life, which takes him off the stage of single men until January 2013.

In March of the same year he starts dating British model Suki Waterhouse, 17 springs younger than him: the relationship lasts two years and - according to what reported by E!, the breakup was caused by the excessive age difference and the fact that Waterhouse wanted to focus more on her career, while he wanted children.


And finally Irina arrives

A month after closing the story with Suki Waterhouse is spotted with the Russian model, face (and body) of Intimissimi, as well as Victoria's Secret angel, Irina Shayk, fresh from breaking with former Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paparazzi together in New York as they walked hand in hand and exchanged tender kisses in March 2015, they immediately end up on all the magazines, and start a relationship as far from the spotlight as possible, without ever making statements about their personal or couple life.

The daughter with Irina Shayk

A source close to them said: “Their story works very well. They try to be together whenever they have a free moment. The families of both they love to see them so happy. Anyone who sees them in a room cannot help but fall in love with them as a couple ».

And this perfect alchemy resulted, at the end of last March, in the birth of their first daughter, Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper: as expected, the new parents have kept faith with the confidentiality that distinguishes them, and the news was hidden for two weeks; initially, then, nothing was known about the child, including sex (which both however they didn't want to know until the moment of birth).

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Bradley Cooper and alcohol abuse

The actor, who owes his consecration worldwide to the film The Hangover, he had direct experience of hangover during his university years, distinguished by alcohol and drug abuse.

As he told in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in 2012: "I decided to quit when I was 29. At one point I was at a party, and I started banging my head against the floor. I don't know, maybe I wanted to prove that I have a hard head. The fact is that when I got up I was dripping with blood. The problem is, I went on to do it.

And so I'm done to spend the night at St. Vincent Hospital, with ice on my head, waiting for them to mend me.

I think it was at that exact moment that I realized that, if I had gone on like this, I would have ruined my life. And that's why since that day I'm done with everything.

I don't do drugs, I don't drink: sobriety, believe me, is a great thing. I remember that I lived in function only of myself. In fact, no, I was living right in my head. I was ruining myself, but believe me: I quit eight years ago (at the time of the interview he was 37 years old, ed) and I will never reopen the chapter».


Bradley Cooper's physical metamorphoses

Bradley Cooper has never backed down in the face of demands of heavy physical transformations requested by the scripts of the films in which he took part, from American Hustle to American Sniper.

But it is perhaps in this last film that the actor has shown the most total dedication, undergoing hard training with the Navy Seals and hard work followed by a nutritionist for acquire the required muscle mass to play the character of Chris Kyle.

As he later told Variety:

“It was basically a scientific experiment try to get as big as him. Many veterans collaborated on the film, there were many people who helped make it as authentic as possible ".

To put on more than 18 kg, Cooper had to follow one crazy and strict diet, eating approximately every 55 minutes and taking in something like 8,000 calories a day naturally, without resorting to hormones, steroids or anything else.

The screenwriter of the film, Jason Hall, confirmed his stubbornness by declaring that "Bradley turned to his coach, which went down hard on us. I think he trained four hours a day for several months. He was very methodical, and he took his coach with him wherever he went ».

But despite the fatigue, it seems that the lethal war veteran was not the role he played the actor is more severely tested, but Phil from The Hangover: he revealed to The Guardian: “That guy is so different from me. When I see it on the screen, I don't recognize myself in it at all».

Maybe not everyone knows that …

Bradley Cooper auditioned for Green Lantern, but it didn't work out and the part eventually went to Ryan Reynolds:

“I don't know what it was, but I couldn't help being Batman during the hearing. It was the worst emulation of the bat man ever … I ask for forgiveness! ", He later joked.

Despite having worked with talented and beautiful actresses, he gives the palm of the best on-screen kiss to a man, Michael Ian Black, with whom he starred in a gay love scene in David Wain's Wet Hot American Summer.

While attending the Actor's Studio, a young Bradley Cooper got to interview future colleague Sean Penn, as you can see in the video qi below starting from second 45.

His favorite films

Alone auteur cinema: Festen - Thomas Vinterberg's Family Party, Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Francis Ford Coppola's Conversation and Martin Scorsese's Life Lessons (segment of the New York Stories choral opera).

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