August 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT

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You will cry watching A Star Is Born — just ask Lady Gaga.

The pop superstar admits she had a very emotional reaction when director and costar Bradley Cooper showed her a cut of the film, which chronicles the tragic romance between musicians Jackson (Cooper) and Ally (Gaga). “He was so kind. He flew to me where I was, and he played it for me and some friends of mine,” says Gaga. “I just remember that from the very first frame, I just burst into tears. I literally cried watching the whole movie. I had to watch the film several times before I could watch it as an audience member, if that makes any sense?”

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After working for three years on Born, which hits theaters Oct. 5, Cooper says he’s ready for it to be revealed to audiences. Says the first-time director, “I remember the last time I saw it. We were coloring it for months, and I brought two of my friends in. When the movie ended, I went, ‘That’s it.’ I knew it was over.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘Are you terrified? Nervous?’ The truth is, I’m not,” Cooper continues. “I would’ve been terrified if it wasn’t the movie I wanted to make or I felt like I had left something on the field. We haven’t left anything on the field. I mean, it’s all there. Whether it works or not… I mean, look, talk to me if it’s a bomb and see how I feel. But I can really say that I’ll take the heat or whatever it is, because it’s the movie I wanted to make.”

Adds Gaga, “I feel so very, very grateful to be a part of making this movie, and to have been the first female actress in a Bradley Cooper-directed film.”

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