Adam Lambert auditioned for the role of Lady Gaga’s gay bestie in the recent remake of A Star is Born, even though he knew he wasn’t the best fit for the part. Lambert revealed on the latest episode of the podcast “Brenda, Call Me! With Courtney Act and Vanity” that he auditioned for the part of Ramon because he wanted to appear in the blockbuster romance remake with Bradley Cooper and gay icon Gaga, but had serious questions about compatibility after reading the script.
“It’s funny, I auditioned for that part in A Star Is Born,” Lambert revealed. “It was so funny to me, because they told me about it and they were like ‘She’s going to have like a gay best friend’ and I was like ‘Okay, that could be cute’ and then I got the script.”
Lambert’s hesitancy came not from the script being bad, but instead the realization he and the part were not a good fit.
“His name was Latino, a lot of the slang that he was using [was Latin],” Lambert continued. “He was calling [Gaga's character] 'mami' and all this stuff, and I was like ‘now, how is this gonna work?’ Should I just not go to the audition? This is not my part,’” he recalled with a laugh.
Despite his concerns, Lambert auditioned for the part, but breathed a big sigh of relief when the role eventually went to Anthony Ramos, star of the hit musical Hamilton. Ramos told Out that he played the character with a sort of sexual ambiguity.
"I played him in a way that the dude doesn’t even care," he said in a 2018 cover story. "He is who he is.”
Lambert had been touring with the rock group Queen, replacing the late Freddie Mercury as the 70s rock band’s frontman. He was selected in no small part because he’s one of the few singers with the training and range needed to replicate Mercury’s vocally demanding songs.
“He’s a voice in a billion,” Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist, said of Lambert. “Nobody has that range — nobody that I’ve ever worked with — and not just the range but the quality throughout the range. I’ve seen Adam develop just like I watched Freddie develop.”
And in case you wanted to join the group backstage and on the road, they made a documentary of their tour entitled The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story.
Lady Gaga picked up a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain on Me” from her Chromatica earlier this month. It’s the 12th time Gaga has taken home a win at the Grammys. Last month she also announced another collaborative album with 50s’ and 60s’ heartthrob singer Tony Bennett. The pair released Cheek to Cheek in 2014, landing number 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 pop and rock charts. The pair followed the success of their album with a tour as well as releasing numberous music videos.
Gaga also paired up with the makers of Oreo cookies to produce a special, vibrantly colored ‘Chromatica’ edition of the famed double-cookie with cream frosting in the middle.