Lady Gaga explains why ‘Shallow’ was a hit: ‘Women want to be heard’

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s iconic parking lot scene may have popularized their hit song “Shallow,” but Gaga said it’s even more important for simply showing a man listening to what a woman has to say.

“This is a conversation between a man and a woman, and he actually listens to her,” Gaga said during her Variety Actors on Actor interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda. “And I think we live in a time when this is something that’s really important to women. Women want to be heard.”

Since its release, the single has become one of the biggest hits this fall, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping other charts internationally. But even with the song’s huge success, Gaga said she’s still surprised that the single was able to touch so many people, especially since it comes from such a personal place.

“It’s been kind of shocking and amazing to watch people latch onto that song so much because it’s, I feel for me as an artist, one of the most authentic things I’ve written,” she said.

Lady Gaga also praised the team that worked alongside her, complimenting everyone from the caterers to Cooper himself. According to Gaga, “everybody was interested in getting to the most truthful and honest place that we possibly could.”

“It’s just kind of like really beautiful,” she continued, “Because I know that it’s connecting with every single person completely differently, and that is really a special thing.”

Watch the full interview here.

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VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Antony Jones/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga attend 'A Star Is Born' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actor Bradley Cooper and Singer and actress Lady Gaga attend 'A Star Is Born' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Actor Bradley Cooper and Singer and actress Lady Gaga attend 'A Star Is Born' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper attend 'A Star Is Born' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/GC Images,)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)
director and actor Bradley Cooper and singer and actress Lady Gaga arrive at the Excelsior Hotel on August 31, 2018 during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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