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Passion or performance art? Body language experts decipher sensual Oscars duet

February 24, 2019

Is it passion or just a performance? That’s what the worldwide audience wondered as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed a steamy duet of the song, “Shallow,” from their blockbuster movie, A Star Is Born, at the Oscars on February 21.

And, as Brie Schwartz, deputy editor of Oprahmag.com, commented, “Thanks to their clear, err, comfort levels with each other, everyone … has speculated that there’s been an off-screen relationship brewing as well—regardless of how unfair those rumors are to Cooper’s girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

So Schwartz asked two body language experts to weigh in on photos of their performance for an exclusive Oprah report.

What struck Atlanta-based body language expert Patti Wood  was their extended, atypical, unbroken eye contact.

Sure, it was a carefully choreographed performance, but Wood told Oprahmag.com, “This mutual gaze was a “longing to touch” or a “pre-coitus” stare. “That’s why everybody went crazy watching it!” Yep. Felt that.

Blanca Cobb, a body language expert based in Greensboro, North Carolina, agreed, telling Schwartz that the chemistry between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper was as palpable at the Oscars as it is in the film. “When they look at each other it’s as if they’re looking into each other’s souls,” she says.

The duet—which was recognized during the awards ceremony as best original song of the year— set the stage for their characters’ romance in the movie..

What makes their real life chemistry even hotter than their characters’, however, is Cooper and Gaga’s connection. Their interactions are tender, sweet,” Cobb explains.

She adds, “Their physical closeness and touches during their Oscars performance screams attraction.”

Also of note? The moment Gaga clutched her womb while Cooper was singing to her. “The stomach touch showed that Gaga felt a moment of vulnerability,” Cobb told Oprahmag.com, adding, “Almost as if to calm the proverbial ‘butterflies in your stomach.’”

But of course, if they could simulate passion for the film, they also were capable of appearing ready for some action on the Oscars stage.

“To determine if they’ll turn into a real life love story, you’re better off watching their interactions when they’re not on-camera,” Cobb shares.

Take, for example, the way Cooper grasped her hand as he walked her off stage following their epic song.

“In multiple photos and joint appearances, Cooper and Gaga are not only vocal about their friendship and fondness for each other, but also they tend to show this closeness through touch,” explains Cobb. “Here, their hands are clasped in a less-romantic way, as indicated by the fact their palms are touching without their fingers interlacing, like a parent would lead a child.”

But then, you can also see the way he “puts his arm around her and brings her close to him,” when he thinks no one is paying attention, which suggests they’re more than just “buds.”

Of course, Schwartz reports, “only time will tell if Cooper and Gaga collaborate again (and by collaborate, we mean start dating). But for now, we can say with certainty that while there might have been 3,400 people at the Dolby Theater … for Gaga and Cooper, it seemed there were only two.”

Research contact: @BrieSchwartz

What would Oprah do? Winfrey and BFF Gayle King give off-the-cuff advice in new video series

January 10, 2019

Oprah Winfrey only may rank as number two on the Gallup Poll’s Most Admired Woman list for 2018, after the respected and relate-able former First Lady Michelle Obama—but combine her with her “bestie” of 40 years Gayle King (who also is a household name, as co-anchor of CBS This Morning) and they are almost unbeatable.

Indeed, when you combine their life experience with their talk-show smarts, who would you rather ask for advice?

Now, in a new OprahMag.com video series, called the OG Chronicles, , the dynamic duo will respond to questions from readers, offering their time-tested advice—and revealing fun tidbits about themselves in the process. January’s topic: Dating, because who wouldn’t want relationship advice from these two?

Winfrey and King, both 64, discuss relationships, get real about sharing passcodes with significant others, and debate whether you should sleep with someone on the first date.

“We cannot promise any miracles—there are none—but we can promise some opinions,” Winfrey says in a six-minute promotional clip.

According to a report by MSN, When the friends answer a fan’s question about how to spice up a long-term relationship, Oprah admits that she has tried “the whole negligee thing” with disappointing results.

“I’m standing on the stairs when [Stedman Graham, her partner] walks in and he literally comes in [and] walks right past me and goes, ‘What are you doing?’” Winfrey says of her failed attempt at seduction.

King added her own story, explaining she had tried to seduce former husband William Bumpus. “I got one better. [I] wrapped myself up in saran wrap when I was married, put on the trench coat and when he walked in, I went, ‘Ta-da!’” she said while mimicking opening her coat. “He went, ‘What is that?’ So that’s not good for your ego.”

Winfrey shared that she’d discovered what works for her—baking. “For me, I gotta say making cornbread kinda serves the purpose,” she said, laughing. “I made some cornbread yesterday and you would have thought I stripped myself naked. Like, a little cornbread and black-eyed peas goes a long way in my house!”

When it comes to sleeping with someone on the first date, both friends adamantly said, “No!”

The new show launched on OprahMag.com on January 9.

Research contact: #theOGChronicles