How Lady Gaga Requested 'Drag Race' Star Shangela for Her Role in ‘A Star Is Born’

From Lady Gaga to Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay, “A Star Is Born” is clearly packed with talent. One of the breakaway stars was D.J. Pierce, aka “RuPaul Drag Race” star Shangela.

She spoke to Channel Q’s Shira and Ryan about her surprising path to the role of a lifetime.

Shangela saw a casting call for a Marilyn Monroe drag impersonator and originally passed because she felt she didn’t fit the role. Her absence was noted by Lady Gaga herself who, through her manager, reached out to Shangela. The “Paparazzi” star apparently felt she would have been a great fit for the role and encouraged her to audition.

It appears Shangela’s talent was impressive because she got a whole other role in the hit film.

For more details, check out the video above.