Bradley Cooper on His Start, Rejection and Subsequent Success as an Actor

In recent years, Bradley Cooper has become one of Hollywood’s most successful leading men. Despite this, there was a time when not getting work was a normal part of life for Cooper. Scott Huver with NBC 4 New York reported on Cooper’s start in the industry, rejection, and subsequent success as an actor.

For many actors, auditioning, with no results, is a standard part of starting an acting career. In the beginning, it was no different for Cooper. “When I first started auditioning, I didn’t realize – and I’m not even kidding – that you actually could book a job. I remember like after a week, I was hanging out with my friends and yeah, I got a couple callbacks. That was a very successful weekend because I always had another job.”

Despite being satisfied with callbacks, Cooper explained that actually booking a job was a scary process. “I still remember [when] I booked ‘Sex in the City,’ I was very frightened because I had to actually DO the job. I didn’t really understand that concept. Believe me: ‘It’s not a videotape and this is a room where I actually have to be like on the street – What do you mean? With Sarah Jessica Parker? Are you Kidding?’ So I came at it from another side where rejection was normal and getting [the job] was odd.”

However, Cooper does not take his recent success lightly. “I remember being in school and Meryl Streep came to our school and said that the easiest thing is to do your first good movie but then to do your second, that’s the hardest… You know, I don’t really look at it that way … It’s not that this has to land and this has to land. I don’t want to act or create in a bubble. I care very much about how things are received and want them to be enjoyed, but I don’t see anything bringing more pressure than not.”

Cooper described his goals as an actor to always be in the very art of acting, itself. “It depends, I guess, where your goal is and if your goal is to just grow as an actor, then everything [is] an opportunity, so that’s how I look at it. Everything [is] an opportunity.”

2 Comments

  1. Terry Fisher via Facebook

    September 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

    can established actors get you in the acting industry?

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Film the Smaug Motion Capture for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit […]
Watch: Daniel Radcliffe on the Differences Between American and British Theater Audiences
Though moviegoers can see Daniel Radcliffe in the fantasy film Horns, which opens today, Broadway fans will have to wait a bit longer. Radcliffe is an unapologetic fan of Broadway — he has starred in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan — but he hasn’t yet made […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-anna-gunn-jacki-weaver-and.jpg
Watch: Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver and Virginia Kull on ‘Gracepoint’ and Strong Female Roles on TV
The actresses also speak candidly about how they feel about their characters in the series and why its important for TV to feature series with strong female leads.Check out the conversation above!
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-cristin-milioti-talks-a-to.jpg
Watch: Cristin Milioti Talks ‘A to Z’, ‘Once’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Few actresses have the kind of rise as Cristin Milioti has had in the last few years. A virtual unknown in 2011, she became a bona fide Broadway star in the 2012 hit Once, appeared in a supporting role in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and was featured as the titular mother […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-bryan-cranstons-acting-adv.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Acting Advice
With Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel being released on Blu-ray with all kinds of goodies today, it gives us yet another opportunity to reflect on the series’ star Bryan Cranston and all of the incredible advice he has offered actors in the wake of his success. In a video he filmed in 2013 for […]