Bradley Cooper is much more complex than meets the eye.
Though most people expect him to be just like his character in The Hangover, B.Coop is a man dealing with the death of his father, fame, and hopes of one day becoming a dad himself.
He had a very intriguing chat about all of these issues, his childhood, and why he still lives with his mom in an interview with DETAILS mag.
Check out a few snippets below:
DETAILS: So you somehow managed to find a sense of calm in the middle of what was probably the busiest year of your life?
Bradley Cooper: I exhale a lot. I was thinking about this yesterday. My mind is pretty clear. My mind has been pretty clear for a long time. My father’s death had this impact on me. It’s like I was saying about when I wanted to be a soldier. I think my father’s death addressed some of the fears or quandaries I had as a child about mortality. It was his parting gift to me. Watching this man—my father—leave his body and go. Watching him die. All of a sudden I was like, “Oh, right, I’m going to die too.” Here it is. It’s not in a book. It’s not in a movie. It’s not in a story that was told to me. It’s not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It’s someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, “Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.” There was a huge freedom that came with that. So now I just don’t sweat the shit. The small stuff. My mind is just less busy now. There were so many times when I would sweat the small stuff. All through my life. High school. College. As an actor. My dad’s death allowed me to be more at ease with being myself. And if someone’s not going to like me, that’s just the way it is. I used to think, “Oh, my God. I don’t want to make anyone not like me. I don’t want to ruffle any feathers.” Now it’s like, “I’m just going to be myself and trust that.” And I’m enjoying life more.
DETAILS: Have you given any thought to being a dad yourself?
Bradley Cooper: Of course I have. I really hope I have that experience in my life. I saw how much joy fatherhood gave my own dad. So I hope it’s part of my journey. You go through stages in your life, and fatherhood seems like a natural stage.
DETAILS: It’s probably not something you’re planning right now, particularly since your mother is living with you at the moment. How’s that working out, by the way?
Bradley Cooper: The best way I can answer that is to say we’re surviving. Both of us. Let’s face it: It’s probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son. It’s life. And right now, two years after my father’s death, this is where we are. My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not without complications. It’s not like I live in a compound and she’s in the guesthouse. No. She’s in the next room. But here’s the thing: She’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn’t the case, there’s no way.
Wow, Brad Coop just gets better and better by the moment.
If you can’t already tell, this interview is a must-read and you can check it out in full here. He talks about his obsession with soldiers, The Oscars, and much more.
By the way, how cute would Bradley be as a dad?!