Tom Cruise is in full promotional mode as he prepares for his new film Top Gun: Maverick, which hits theaters May 27. After arriving by helicopter at the film’s world premiere in San Diego this week, which took place on an aircraft carrier, the action star revealed how she worked with Lady Gaga on the film’s score. The 13-time Grammy winner penned the film’s up-and-coming ballad “Hold my hand,” and she released the music video for this on May 6.
“[Gaga] sent the song…it was perfect,” Cruise said. in addition. “I called her and said, ‘You don’t understand. Your story, this story, how it is articulated, it has become the heartbeat of the score”.
Cruise also talked about visiting Gaga in person at her Enigma residency. “I went to Vegas to thank her. We were working on the music at that time and then I was going to come back and see his jazz show and then the pandemic hit,” he said. “The next live show I got to see was his jazz show. It was two years [later in May 2022]. It was a moment of celebration for us that people could finally hear his music and our film. This is our film, together. …and it’s piling up. The story of how his score is set up to build at that time, I’m grateful to him.
Gaga wrote “Hold My Hand” especially for Top Gun: Maverickthough she only revealed she was involved on April 27, when she announced the single on Twitter, saying, “When I wrote this song … I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it covered through the heart of the film, my own psyche and the nature of the world we lived in. I worked on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours. Gaga was involved in the creation of all of the music for Top Gun: Maverick. A glance the soundtrack album, which is slated for release on May 27, shows that she is credited on nine of the 12 tracks. Alongside Gaga are composers Hans Zimmer and Harold Faltermeyer.
Just a few days before the Top Gun: Maverick premiere, gaga pictures posted with Cruise at his Vegas Jazz + Piano residency. She captioned the snaps, which showed her planting a kiss on his cheek, “Thank you for coming to the show last night. Love you my friend @tomcruise.
Gaga has a history of writing songs for movies. She was nominated for her first Oscar in 2015 for “Until it happens to you.” Co-written and produced by Diane Warren, the track was featured in the documentary The hunting ground, and it earned the pair an Oscar nod for Best Original Song. Three years later, Gaga was a double nominee, as she was up for Best Actress for her performance in A star is born, while a track from the film’s soundtrack, “Shallow”, competed for Best Original Song. Gaga and her collaborators Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt all took home the latter award.
After performing “Shallow” at the Oscars with her duet partner and A star is born co-star Bradley Cooper, the only shot at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, giving him another high and turning Cooper into a pop star almost overnight. The song earned them multiple Grammy nominations, and they shared the win for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.