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Bradley Cooper looks back on "terrifying" Sex and the City role

bradley cooper speaks onstage at the outstanding performer of the year award ceremony during the 39th annual santa barbara international film festival
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Bradley Cooper was "terrified" by Sex and the City when he first started out.

Currently nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars next month (for his portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in Maestro), the star received the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at this week's Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

During a career retrospective on stage there, Cooper opened up about his very first on-camera job as "Jake the downtown smoker", who notably drove a sports car in Sex and the City season 2.

bradley cooper speaks onstage at the outstanding performer of the year award ceremony during the 39th annual santa barbara international film festival
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"I auditioned for it, and at that time I didn't really realise that you could ever get the job. Honestly, I thought that, like, I had a job as a doorman at Morgan's Hotel, and then I was lucky enough to audition," he began (via Entertainment Weekly).

"I remember when I got the call to do it I was terrified. 'What do you mean I'm actually going to have to do it?' I couldn't drive a stick shift, so they sent me to Models Driving School and I was just terrified."

Even after the lessons, Cooper still managed to mess up behind the wheel.

"So they had somebody else drive the car and I just had to pretend that we stopped," he revealed to the crowd.

bradley cooper attends maestro los angeles photo call on december 12, 2023 in los angeles
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Meanwhile, as that Oscars ceremony looms, Cooper previously spoke in 2020 about the intense awards circuit.

"That awards season stuff is a real test," the actor told Interview Magazine. "It's set up to foster that mentality. It's quite a thing to work through, and it's completely devoid of artistic creation.

"It's not why you sacrifice everything to create art, and yet you spend so much time being a part of it if you're, in quotes, 'lucky enough to be a part of it.' It's ultimately a great thing because it really does make you face ego, vanity, and insecurity.

"It's very interesting and utterly meaningless."

And Just Like That, the sequel to Sex and the City, airs on Max in the US and Sky Comedy and NOW in the UK.

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