Bradley Cooper admits he was ‘TERRIFIED’ to make his TV debut on Sex And The City… but the experience ended up being ‘really fun’

Bradley Cooper opened up about his acting debut on Sex And The City while appearing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week.

The actor, 49, first appeared on screen as Jake in the episode They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?, which aired during the hit HBO show’s second season in 1999.

Cooper – who was honored at the festival by one of his close friends – said he was surprised when he learned he had landed the coveted TV role.

“I auditioned for it, and at that point I didn’t really realize that you could ever get the job,” Cooper said. PEOPLE. “Honestly, I thought I had a job as a doorman at Morgans Hotel and then I was lucky enough to audition.”

The star of the Hangover franchise then revealed that he became unnerved after his casting as he realized he would have to learn how to drive a sports car after lying about his driving abilities during his audition.

Bradley Cooper opened up about his acting debut on Sex And The City while appearing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week

Bradley Cooper opened up about his acting debut on Sex And The City while appearing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week

The actor, 49, first appeared on screen as Jake in the episode They Shoot Single People, Don't They?, which aired during the hit HBO show's second season in 1999

The actor, 49, first appeared on screen as Jake in the episode They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?, which aired during the hit HBO show’s second season in 1999

‘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,’ he said.

Cooper admitted that a doppelganger was eventually brought in to drive the vehicle while working on the episode.

“I still messed it up, so they had someone else drive the car and I just had to… pretend we stopped,” he said.

In the episode, the actor’s character made a brief connection with Carrie Bradshaw, although she abruptly left him after he found a magazine that featured her on the cover.

Cooper recalled that filming the episode was “really fun,” and he also described the show’s star, Sarah Jessica Parker, as “amazing.”

Realizing that the episode’s 25th anniversary was coming up, he quipped: ‘S***, I’ve been there, dude.’

The artist also received the Award for Outstanding Artist of the Year during the SBIFF for his work in the 2023 biographical drama feature Maestro.

His costar from the film, Carey Mulligan, as well as his good friend, Brad Pitt, joined the actor during the film festival.

“I auditioned for it, and at that point I didn’t really realize that you could ever get the job,” Cooper said, according to PEOPLE. ‘Honestly, I thought I had a job as a doorman at Morgans Hotel and then I was lucky enough to audition’

The artist also received the Outstanding Artist of the Year Award at the SBIFF for his work in the 2023 biographical drama feature Maestro

The artist also received the Outstanding Artist of the Year Award at the SBIFF for his work in the 2023 biographical drama feature Maestro

The film received widespread critical acclaim, and Cooper was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay

The film received widespread critical acclaim, and Cooper was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay

Maestro is centered on the life of composer Leonard Bernstein and his relationship with his wife, Felicia Montealegre.

The movie premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, and it was then released on Netflix in November last year.

The film received widespread critical acclaim, and Cooper was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Maestro was also nominated for the Best Picture award, and its cast and crew members were also up for several accolades.