Bradley Cooper on working with Jennifer Lawrence, getting sober
September 6th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Bradley Cooper on working with Jennifer Lawrence, getting sober

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the hardest working actresses in the business, so it's no surprise that she's managed to squeeze in not one but two films with leading man Bradley Cooper.

We caught up with Cooper, the star of this weekend's "The Words," at the film's premiere on Tuesday, and the 37-year-old actor couldn't stop complimenting the 22-year-old "Hunger Games" star.

Cooper and Lawrence have already teased us with what looks like a very funny performance in November's comedic drama "Silver Linings Playbook," in which Lawrence plays the troubled friend to Cooper's Pat Solitano, a former teacher who moves back home to live with his parents while dealing with bipolar disorder.


They then switch gears in 2013's "Serena," a Depression-era film that focuses on Cooper's timber magnate George Pemberton and what will become of his empire after it's discovered that his wife, Lawrence's titular Serena, can't have kids.

Of his twice-over co-star, “she is incredible," Cooper told us. "I’ve been so lucky to do two movies with her back-to-back. ... She’s the best. I feel like I got in on the ground floor. I’ll be lucky if I work with her again.”

At the rate Lawrence and Cooper are racking up leading roles, the two just might pull that off.

Meanwhile, Cooper's starring with Zoe Saldana in "The Words," in which he plays a novelist who lifts material from another writer's work. What's made a tremendous difference in his life, he tells the Hollywood Reporter, is getting sober.

"I don't drink or do drugs at all anymore," Cooper said, adding that he gave that up years ago when he was 29 after a scary experience at a party in which he purposefully smashed his head into a concrete floor - twice.

"I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day," Cooper told THR. "I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, 'wow, I'm actually going to ruin my life.'"

Thankfully, Cooper answered the wake-up call, and will appear in at least six films over the next year, including the two co-starring Lawrence, as well as "The Hangover Part III" and "The Place Beyond the Pines" with Ryan Gosling.

Cooper's "The Words" opens Friday.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. your not her...she has class.....


    July 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bptr

      She is obviously a druggie. It is really easy to tell when a girl has done drugs and also when she has older brothers.
      She has both.

      November 20, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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    I'd like to steam clean Jennifer Lawrence's meat curtains.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Just for today

    Congrats to Mr. Cooper on his sobriety and to all the others who posted about theirs. All we got is today, let's live it sober

    September 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    I have to say, that I love Jennifer L's work as an actress, and she literally reminds me of a character from one of my books I'm writing (her spazzy, dorky, down-to-Earth self you glimpse in her interviews). Granted, I don't ever expect my books to be published (more for me to be creative and a hobby), but if ever they published, and somehow I got rights to do a T.V. series..I'd want her to play that character of mine. Very spunky and fun. I remember having the T.V. on as background noise a while back, and I saw her in a preview for Winter's Bone (very good movie!!), and I thought, wow, she's good. I had been writing my books for a few years by then. 🙂

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  13. Diz

    Honestly, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood? I had to look her up (didn't catch the Hunger Games) to even know who she is..

    September 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Surely you know the difference between "hardest working" and "most famous." Or do you?

      September 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. the_dude

    I thought he was great as young luke skywalker in the revenge of the empire movies. I thought he did a good acting job in the movies.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. desperate housewife

    brad cooper is great.

    September 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Meat

    I think I have a serious drinking problem. Can somebody put me in touch with a Hollywood actor so I can discuss this?

    September 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    ..ladies do we think brad is good in bed? just curious.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marina

    if they decide to try..brads girlfriend has to stay away from nosey paparazzi.

    September 9, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  19. dhw

    your a bore

    September 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    We need Elliot Spitzer back in Goverment!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Ping

    I need s-x every morning

    September 7, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  23. 1%

    Quitter. Drugs and alcohol are awesome. Especially for breakfast.

    September 7, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  24. pacman357

    Odd little coincidence...I stopped drinking just a little over 19 years ago, just a couple weeks before I turned 30. Had met my second (and still current) wife, had seen (as a criminal defense attorney) so many people ruin their lives and the lives of others w/ booze, and realized it was time to grow up. I'll always be grateful I figured that out before I hurt anyone, got arrested, etc., and that I was able to just throw out all the booze one day and never look back. Quietly celebrated 19 years w/out booze a couple weeks ago, and I never miss it. I still get reminders in my work just why I quit, too. Some people can have 2-3 drinks and leave it @ that. For the rest of us, the only safe and intelligent choice is to never pick up another drink or bottle.

    September 7, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • RFWIII

      I am right there beside you. How I never killed anyone or myself while drunk I will never know. I see reminders all aroundme every day. 14 years and still going strong – one day at a time.

      September 7, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Richie

      Amen. Amazing the damage done by alcohol, so pot is against the law.

      September 17, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      So you quit drinking when you were 11? 30-19 = are you kidding me?

      September 20, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • tish

      this is a reply to Chuck
      (So you quit drinking when you were 11? 30-19 = are you kidding me?Chuck)

      reread the comment... ...I stopped drinking just a little over 19 years ago, just a couple weeks before I turned 30

      did you learn word problems in school? or just enjoy trying to make someone other than yourself look like an idiot. He is 49 years old.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |


    September 7, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bryce

    Wow, another overpaid Hollywood phony tells us about his drug abuse past and we are to think what? Sympathy – he hopes.

    Me, I see him as another indulged, spoiled, pathetic druggie who makes a fortune pretending.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    were hysterical

    September 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Tony

    Cooper is really gonna need a drink after he watches The Hangover 3. Seriously, have you ever met ANYONE who liked Part 2?

    September 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kj

      I loved The Hangover 2, not as much as 1, but still laughed my ass off

      September 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JP

    Man congrats on getting sober, you're a great actor, keep pushing and working hard.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jennifer asked 100 times to put this thing away....

    when jennifer lawrence went to the liquor store...did she ever once as you a personal, did she ever bother you for anything other then the liquor requests ..if you wanted to have a morning chat all you had to do was pop over - why didnt the shrew get married...engaged-done(hurt)..didnt want to be bothered anymore... size 14w dress, 7/1/2 shoe, just ask– now adjust your t-shirt and go home......LOLOL

    September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. tatiana

    Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling in the same movie?! 😀

    September 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

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