Choreographer Mandy Moore remembers how their dancing determination may just lead them to the gold… Oscar, that is.
“Neither of them were dancers. But it was amazing how open they were and the room was filled with so much energy and lots of hard work,” Moore told Celebuzz.
Even though Cooper, 37, may have had two left feet in the beginning, he was already planning what professional moves he could use off screen, she said.
“He said, ‘I like swing dancing — I can use that in the clubs!’” Moore recalled, laughing.
It was Lawrence, 22, who plays a dancer in the Best Picture-nominated drama, who surprisingly needed the boost in self-confidence.
“Poor Jen. I think I trained with her every day for six weeks!” Moore said. “Just to get her in shape for what she needed to do. I spent a lot of time with her and it was an intense project.
“I remember her saying to me, ‘I’m not a dancer and you’ll never get me to dance.’ But now look at her!
“She gave Bradley a run for his money.
“She was always determined and was going to get it no matter what. And she kills it in this film. She puts all the emotions on her face and all those things that [her character] Tiffany is supposed to be.”
And for added inspiration, Moore turned to the classics, of course, like tutorials from the pros in Singing in the Rain.
“I was floored when I first saw Jen and Bradley dance on screen. It was magical.”
Whether or not Cooper or Lawrence, who are both up for Best Actor and Best Actress, take home the statuette on Sunday night, Moore just wants them to show off their newfound moves when they party as a cast.
“Whoever comes out winning, I just hope we all get to celebrate together,” she said.
“All I have to say is enjoy the moment. All the hard work paid off, all the sweating and laughing was worth it.”
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