Bradley Cooper may be an Oscar nominee now, but at one point he was just an up-and-coming second-year actor with a whole bunch of questions. For Sean Penn. So he went where all actors with questions go: Inside the Actor's Studio.

In this clip from 1999, a 24-year-old Bradley takes the mic to ask the Dead Man Walking actor a question about Hurlyburly. Penn's answer? Who really cares, we just like watching Bradley Cooper before he was Bradley Cooper.

And ladies?

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He's a really good listener. Like, he doesn't just listen, he listens.

Who knew 12 years later Cooper would have his very own Inside the Actor's Studio episode. Someone go skim through the kids who asked him questionsyou might find a future Oscar nominee.

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