22 Interesting Facts About Bradley Cooper

Right now Bradley Cooper is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. After his stellar performance in “A Star Is Born” his A-Star celebrity status has just moved to A plus! Here are 22 amazing facts about Bradley Cooper you never knew!

1. When Bradley Was a Child, He Dreamed About Being a Ninja

When Bradley Cooper was just a young boy he wanted to do something else with his life. He actually told The Philadelphia Inquirer that from as long as he could remember, he couldn’t get soldiers out of his head and had expressed to his father that he wanted to go to Valley Forge Military Academy.

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Charles Cooper, Bradley’s Dad, refused. In response, Bradley said he wanted to get on a plane and go to Japan and study and practice to be a ninja instead.

2. He Was Married

A few years ago, in 2006, Bradley married actress Jennifer Esposito. Jennifer had been seen in movies such as “The Summer of Sam.”

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The marriage didn’t last long and the two of them divorced very shortly after four months together in 2007.

Next: He Belongs To One Woman

3. He Is Dating a Supermodel

It was noted in Harpers Bazaar magazines pages that Bradley and the girlfriend he is currently dating, model and actress, Irina Shayk, had started dating already back in 2015.

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Together, they actually only made their first ever Red Carpet debut at 2019’s Golden Globes.

4. He Has a Little Girl

Bradley has a little baby girl named Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper. She took her first breath of air in the month of March 2017. It seems that this little girl has really affected Bradley as he has expressed how fatherhood has really shaped the way he sees the world in a very positive way.

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He expressed in September 2018 to NPR,”So I guess having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I’ve always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present.”

Next: Where He Was Born

5. He Has Immense Pride in His Hometown

Bradley comes from Philadelphia and is extremely proud of that fact. He’s a very proud NFL Eagles fan.

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Bradley was exceptionally excited when the team won their very first Superbowl championship in 2018.

6. Robert De Niro Is His Ultimate Idol

Most actors are inspired by other actors. In Bradley’s case his source for acting inspiration comes from the legendary Robert De Niro.

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He was extremely happy to work with him in 2011’s “Limitless” as well as 2012’s phenomenal “Silver Linings Playbook.” De Niro actually praised Bradley’s work as a director in “A Star is Born.”

Next: When Bradley Cooper decided to be an actor

7. It Was Only After College That He Decided To Become An Actor

Bradley got a degree in English from Georgetown University. The university didn’t offer any sort of acting major.

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He eventually applied at The New School in New York for a Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program believing strongly enough in his dream to become an actor.

8. He Is A Man Of Many Talents

Bradley actually speaks more than one language. He speaks fluent French. He learned the language at Georgetown University and developed his French language skills when studying overseas in France.

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This man is so impressive. He is so good in French that he has given interviews in fluent French.

Next: A man of many skills

9. His Skills Don’t Stop

Not only can this man speak the most romantic language of all but he can cook too! He has been in 2 roles where he is a chef. We first saw him as a chef in the TV series “Kitchen Confidential” which was based on the late Anthony Bourdain’s acclaimed novel. Later he appeared in “Burnt” about a chef with issues.

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Cooper has said, “I seriously love to cook … My grandmother was an amazing cook. As a kid, I used to help her make handmade pasta, Cavatelli, and Ravioli. It was one of my favorite things to do. I love the idea of making whatever is in the fridge into something.”

10. He is Beyond Successful

Bradley Cooper has worked so hard to be where he is. From small roles in “Sex and The City” to taking the absolute lead in “A Star Is Born”, he is one of the most successful actors on the planet.

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A Forbes article reported that his net worth was worth $41.5 million back in 2015. Right now, he is worth more than $100 million. He is one of the very highest paid actors in Hollywood at the moment.

Next: His cute nickname

11. His Fans Have Given Him a Nickname

Buzzfeed has reported that the actor’s many fans actually call themselves “Mini Coopers” which is kind of cute.

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It is a name that is being credited to the man that produced the mega-hit “A Star Is Born’s” song “Shallow” – Mark Ronson.

12. Sexiest Man Alive

Back in 2011, he got the vote as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Before being named that, he humorously had said that it could be a “career-defining” moment for him.

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He expressed to People magazine, “I think it’s really cool that a guy who doesn’t look like a model can have this.”

Next: This boy loves his mama

13. He’s a Mommy’s Boy

Bradley is known for bringing his mom to events as his date. It’s actually really sweet. He has said in the past that he feels grateful to have such a close bond with his family, especially his mom.

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Her name is Gloria Campano and she must be extraordinarily proud of her son and be grateful that he loves her so much.

14. “A Star Is Born” Is The First Movie He Directed

When Bradley was being interviewed by W magazine, he had said that when he had told his colleagues that he wanted to start directing they told him to take baby steps.

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It’s a good thing he didn’t listen and jumped in head first with “A Star Is Born.”

Next: Rejection was inevitable

15. Like Many Actors, He Has Been Rejected

As many actors experience, Bradley hasn’t, of course, been on the A-list. After all, the A-list is a steady climb for all actors. He was a regular on the series “Alias” and even back then no-one recognized him. He was even rejected at certain clubs.

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He expressed in past interviews that the Hollywood process of interviewing had been a very hard start and he had even auditioned for “Green Lantern” (which we know went to Ryan Reynolds).

16. A Committed Actor

Often, actors need to make huge body transformations to get into a role (such as Charlize Theron in “Monster”). In 2014’s “American Sniper,” he had to put on 40 pounds of muscle for the role. He had a trainer help him with this endeavor and ate 5,000 calories a day.

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Immediately after this, he had to lose weight for his lead role on the Broadway production of “The Elephant Man.” He had to consume a small number of calories living off pumpkin soup during rehearsals.

Next: He believes in equal rights

17. All For Feminism

Bradley expressed to Reuters back in 2015 that he felt actors, as well as people in Hollywood, should let people know how much they are earning.

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All this he said to support his friend and former “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who had made a very big deal about Hollywood’s wage gap.

18. He’s Sober

As can be seen by his decisions within his career to be at the top of his game, Bradley told Vanity Fair in 2015 that he had been sober since 2004. He expressed in GQ in 2013 that he stopped drinking when he was 29 as he believed that if he continued it would have negative effects on his career.

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Surprisingly, he said that playing his role in “The Hangover” was one of the most challenging roles he had ever had as he was absolutely nothing like the character in real life – and he did it 3 times!

Next: A lucky guy

19. He Got Lucky

Sex and The City” was one of the biggest series of the ’90s. Bradley’s very first acting job was a guest spot on this show so everybody who was following the series saw him! He has expressed that the role will always be a memorable career moment for him.

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The reason for this being that he had to drive a car with a stick shift and at that time Bradley didn’t know how to. He did take driving school but failed and they actually had to use a double for the scene!

20. He’s a Private Person

Some actors love to “Tweet, Instagram, and Facebook” everything. Bradley doesn’t use social media at all which is quite refreshing and keeps an air of mystery around him.

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He confirmed this fact on “The Ellen Show” back in 2017. He also doesn’t open up about his personal life in interviews regarding his work. He has expressed in the past that he does not see anything productive in talking about his personal life.

Next: History in the making

21. He Made Cinematic History

Bradley was phenomenally nominated across 5 different categories for the BAFTAs. He has been nominated for best actor, best film, best adapted screenplay, best original music as well as best director. Simply amazing.

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He and Alfonso Cuaron (a fellow best director nominee) are the first ever to get these many nominations across different disciplines.

22. Multiple Nominations

At 44 years of age, he has been nominated many times. This includes 4 Academy Awards, 7 BAFTAs, 5 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 5 Golden Globes, as well as many others.

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The Academy Award nominations for 2019 have not been announced yet but we are all crossing fingers that Bradley will receive the recognition he is so worthy of deserving for “A Star Is Born.”