GQ wisely turned the entire cover blue, just to match those killer eyes.
Bradley Cooper covers the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Peggy Sirota.
You’d swear he was looking right at you, enjoying the hell out of your company and just dying to tell you all about himself. The ability to fake that connection with the audience; that’s what makes a movie star.
Inside, he comes off like a very earnest guy who probably overthinks things a little:
On his drug and alcohol struggle: “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life. I mean it has to have [affected my work]. And to this day, of course, because it’s a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That’s all anybody does. It’s inescapable. [...] the one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have. Yes, of course it hindered the work.”
On his career after getting sober: “I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the fuck is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful. Now, in the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not. But I was grateful and happy to be working, and filling that void in smaller moments.”
But the pictures are cute. Granted, these looks are bordering on cliche at this point. The menswear mags are going to have to find another guyditorial aesthetic aside from “mid-Century guy in a beach house.” This one’s played out.
[Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota for GQ Magazine]