Was a Star Is Born Lady Gaga’s First Movie?

Lady Gaga has been a beloved figure in the music industry for over a decade, with hits like “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” cementing her status as a pop icon. But in recent years, Gaga has also had success on the big screen.

One of her most notable film roles was in the 2018 musical drama, A Star is Born. But was this actually Lady Gaga’s first movie? Let’s dive into her filmography to find out.

Early Appearances

While A Star is Born may have been Lady Gaga’s breakout role as an actress, it was not her first foray into acting. In fact, Gaga had made a few appearances on television before making the jump to movies.

One of her earliest roles was on an episode of The Sopranos in 2001. Gaga appeared briefly as a friend of AJ Soprano (Robert Iler) in the episode “The Telltale Moozadell.” She also had a small role in an episode of the crime drama Bored to Death in 2010.

Machete Kills

Gaga’s first significant movie role came in 2013 with Machete Kills. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the action-comedy starred Danny Trejo as an ex-Federale who is recruited by the President of the United States to stop a terrorist from launching a missile.

Gaga played a character named La Chamele√≥n, a shape-shifting assassin who helps Trejo’s character on his mission. While Machete Kills did not receive much critical or commercial success, it was still an important step for Gaga’s budding acting career.

A Star is Born

Of course, no discussion of Lady Gaga’s filmography would be complete without talking about A Star is Born. The 2018 film was directed by Bradley Cooper, who also starred in the lead role alongside Gaga.

The movie tells the story of a seasoned musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist (Gaga). As her career begins to take off, his own personal demons threaten to derail both their lives.

Gaga’s performance as Ally, the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. She even won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Shallow,” which she co-wrote with Cooper and others.


In conclusion, while A Star is Born may have been Lady Gaga’s most high-profile movie role to date, it was not her first time on the big screen. She had made small appearances on television before landing her breakout role in Machete Kills. Regardless of her previous experience, there’s no denying that Gaga has proven herself to be a talented actress with a bright future ahead of her in Hollywood.