Bradley Cooper once played a Damsel in Distress in THIS spy series

Back in the early 2000s, Bradley Cooper was still a rising star, far from the Hollywood heavyweight he is today. Hailing from Philadelphia, Cooper was eager to snag as many roles as possible, which eventually landed him a spot on J.J. Abrams’ hit series, Alias. On the show, Cooper played the affable journalist Will Tippin, the best friend of main character Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner). Despite his popularity, Cooper chose to leave the show as his character’s significance dwindled. Luckily for him, his big break was just around the corner.

 

Alias: Bradley Cooper’s Early Break

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In Alias, Cooper’s Will Tippin starts off as an unsuspecting journalist, completely oblivious to Sydney’s double life as a spy. Though he harbors feelings for Sydney, they remain unrequited as she is in love with her boyfriend, Danny. Will’s investigative prowess eventually leads him to discover Sydney’s secret after being kidnapped by the notorious Julian Sark. Sydney rescues him, forcing her to reveal her true identity.

In Season 2, Will is dragged into Sydney’s covert world, albeit in a desk-bound analyst role rather than field operations. His relationship with Francie Calfo turns complicated when it’s revealed that Francie has been replaced by an assassin, Allison Doren. The season culminates in Will uncovering the truth, but not before Allison attacks him, leaving him for dead. However, a major twist at the end reveals Will is alive, much to everyone’s relief.

Despite the intriguing developments, Cooper felt it was time to move on. He voiced his concerns to J.J. Abrams, noting that his character was increasingly sidelined. In a 2013 interview with GQ, Cooper revealed he was only on set a few days a week during Season 2. Feeling his role would continue to diminish, he requested to be written out of the show.

Season 3 opens with Will conspicuously absent, though it’s clear he’s still alive. Sydney, grappling with her two-year absence and her father’s imprisonment, has little time to worry about Will. Eventually, Cooper makes a return in the episode “Remnants,” where it’s revealed Will has been in witness protection. Now a construction worker, he’s drawn back into Sydney’s world for one last mission, culminating in a confrontation with Allison. This time, Will triumphs, killing Allison and finally expressing his love for Sydney before disappearing from the series.

 

Bradley Cooper’s Post-Alias Success

After leaving Alias, Cooper had no immediate job offers, but his big break was imminent. In 2005, he scored a role in the rom-com Wedding Crashers, and by 2009, he starred in The Hangover, a comedy that catapulted him to stardom and spawned a hit franchise.

Since then, Cooper’s career has skyrocketed. He has garnered critical acclaim for his roles in films like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. He has also proven his mettle as a filmmaker, directing and starring in Oscar-nominated films such as American Sniper, A Star Is Born, and Maestro. Cooper’s transformation from TV star to cinematic powerhouse is a testament to his talent and tenacity. While he might not have become a major television star, his stint as Jennifer Garner’s best pal on Alias was an essential stepping stone in his illustrious career.