The following year, Cooper chopped off the long locks and darkened things up a bit to sport a spikey, brunette style. One thing that he left the same was his scruffy facial hair, which is something that we see him within a majority of his productions.
It seemed like each year, he’d go a little bit shorter, and in 2005, he was sporting a long buzz cut and had grown out his facial hair to the point of a full beard. Another part of his signature style that’s remained the same all these years? His piercing baby blues.
A few years after his first television appearance, the actor debuted on film when he landed a role in "Wet Hot American Summer." The movie was torn apart by critics but developed a cult following regardless.
That cult following has gotten even bigger now that it’s superstar Bradley Cooper’s first film. In the movie, he plays a counselor named Ben, and Michael Ian Black’s character’s love interest.
A New ‘Do
For the majority of his career (at least, as long as he’s been super-famous,) BC has sported the same look with his shorter-style hair. But in 2001, even before he was a household name and dating every A-lister in Hollywood, he was still a good-looking actor.
In those days, he was playing a camp counselor in "Wet Hot American Summer," so he changed up his look a bit to make himself look a little more like a surfer with shaggy blonde hair. The look didn’t last for long, and he’d soon shorten things up.
Saying “I Do”
In 2005, Cooper signed on to play in the rom-com, "Wedding Crashers," which stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, and Christopher Walken. Little did he know it would be the first of many hilarious wedding-themed films he’d act in.
The film follows two ego-fueled divorce mediators who pair up to crash weddings to find women. It was a big success at the box office, grossing over $288 million against a $40 million budget, and served as another launchpad for the actor’s success.
Art Imitates Life
Around the same time as he started to really get the ball rolling with his film career, things in his personal life picked up speed as well. He arrived arm in arm with actress Jennifer Esposito at the "InStyle" Golden Globes party in 2006, where a representative from "People" asked them if they were an item.
Although the two worked to keep things quiet (so as not to create a media circus, no doubt,) they wouldn’t be able to keep their romance under wraps for long, and Esposito was seen shopping for a wedding dress just a few short months later.