Lady Gaga spoke in an Italian accent full-time for nine months on ‘House of Gucci’

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Lady Gaga covers the December issue of British Vogue. She’s promoting House of Gucci, of course, and this British Vogue piece really delves deep into the real-life backstory of Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani – their love, their marriage, their extravagant lifestyle, homes around the world, parties at Studio 54, jewelry, fashion, power struggles, divorce and, of course, murder. It’s a really good primer on the real people and just how crazy it all was. Gaga makes it clear that while there were some fun aspects to it all, it was real work, day in and day out to become Patrizia. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

How long she lived with this character: “It is three years since I started working on it, and I will be fully honest and transparent: I lived as her [Reggiani] for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. [On and] Off camera. I never broke. I stayed with her. It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde. I instantly had to dye my hair, and I started to live in a way whereby anything that I looked at, anything that I touched, I started to take notice of where and when I could see money. I started to take photographs as well. I have no evidence that Patrizia was a photographer, but I thought as an exercise, and finding her interests in life, that I would become a photographer, so I took my point-and-shoot camera everywhere that I went. I noticed that Patrizia loved beautiful things. If something wasn’t beautiful, I deleted it.”

She never tried to meet the real Reggiani, who resides in Milan: “You know. I only felt that I could truly do this story justice if I approached it with the eye of a curious woman who was interested in possessing a journalistic spirit so that I could read between the lines of what was happening in the film’s scenes. Meaning that nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was. Not even Patrizia Gucci.”

The stars aligned for Gaga to land this movie: “What if I didn’t play some edgy, sexy, chancy, risky bitch? Some punky Italian gold digger?”

She really worked hard on the accent: “I started with a specific dialect from Vignola, then I started to work in the higher class way of speaking that would have been more appropriate in places like Milan and Florence. In the movie, you’ll hear that my accent is a little different depending on who I’m speaking to. It was the experience of a lifetime making this film because every minute of every day I thought of my ancestors in Italy, and what they had to do so that I could have a better life. I just wanted to make them proud, which is why I made the decision to make the performance about a real woman and not about the idea of a bad woman.”

She’s not here to glorify a murderer: “I wish not to glorify somebody that would commit murder. But I do wish to pay respect to women throughout history who became experts at survival, and to the unfortunate consequences of hurt. I hope that women will watch this and remind themselves to think twice about the fact that hurt people hurt people. And it’s dangerous. What happens to somebody when they’re pushed over the edge?”

Performing at Joe Biden’s inauguration. “That has to be one of the proudest days of my whole life. Like many people in America, I felt a deep fear when Trump was president, and ushering 45 out and 46 in is something I’ll be able to tell my children all about. Singing in a Schiaparelli bulletproof dress. I don’t know if people know this about me, but if I weren’t who I am today, I would have been a combat journalist. That was one of my dreams. When I was at the Capitol, the day before the inauguration, I remember walking around and looking for evidence of the insurrection.”

[From British Vogue]

She talks on and on about how difficult it was for her to shake Patrizia and how much she feels for Patrizia’s kids, who apparently do not have a relationship with their mother anymore. I totally appreciate Gaga emphasizing how hard she worked on the film, how hard she worked to get everything right and really make Patrizia her own. But what comes across in the film (at least from the trailer) is that the film was a gas. That they were having a great time playing these terrible, rich a–holes. Part of it is that she wants another Oscar, right? “Oh, you don’t know how I suffered on this film, I really transformed! Please, fetch me another Oscar nomination!”

Cover & IG courtesy of British Vogue.

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  1. Greenfingers says:

    I saw the movie somewhere online, and the only thing I could think of is, that’s no make up. What has she done to her face😳

  2. Jezz says:

    “Italian” accent, my foot. All that work and she sounds like Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

  3. Boxy Lady says:

    In my head, I’ve been referring to this movie as “Italian Dynasty.” I am so looking forward to seeing it when comes out!

  4. Monica says:

    Lady Gaga will go down as one of the great divas of movie stardom, if she has her way. I admire her hustle.

  5. Valentina says:

    “Italian” accent

    • AlpineWitch says:

      Yep, many have no clue that there is no single Italian accent. Mine is so different from the ‘accepted’ version of an Italian accent that majority of people I’ve met in UK thinks I am Polish or Spanish. I’ve seen footage of Patrizia Reggiani and she was so OTT in everything, including her fake new-bourgeoise accent.

      • Bethany says:

        It is the same in most parts of Europe and America. Accents/pronunciation are regional and not bound to a country alone.

      • Seán says:

        People know there’s no such thing as just an “Italian” accent. When people say they speak with an Italian or American or British accent, they are using it as shorthand for an accent from that particular country, not the one and only. We all have experiences of differing accents in our own countries which is determined by where you’re from or your particular background. GaGa emphasised that she went for a specific dialect in Vignola and then blended it with upper class accents in Florence or Milan.

  6. Eve says:

    Between this and Benedict “I suffered so much for my role I got poisoned three times even though I used to be a smoker in real life not that long ago” Cumberbatch, I don’t know whose blatant campaign makes my head hurt the most.

    Please, please, let neither of these pretentious a**holes win the Oscar. I mean, ANYONE but these desperate, pathetic d*ckwads.

    • Barbie1 says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Magick Wanda says:

      Yes yes yes to what you said.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      Yes. Millions dying from covid so “suffered so much for this art gimme award” is NOT a great look.

      I cannot believe this is where I’m at, but KStew’s “yeah I want it but this sucks I want to go home” is preferable.

    • cassandra says:

      I really dislike method actors and those who ‘suffer’ for their movie roles. If it’s so hard for you to act, perhaps you aren’t suited to the profession.

      Notably, Jared Leto is also in this film

  7. Jillyybean says:

    I love gaga. But didn’t Ridley Scott just let it slip that it only took them 42 days to film It?

  8. Gigi says:

    This film looks like a blast but wow, the Oscar thirst. Kind of exhausting.

    • Veronika says:

      I expect Gaga & Jessica Chastain will try to out-thirst each in their campaigns. The omg-I-almost-died-for-my-art schtick, Anne Hathaway strategy.
      It’s annoying & that behavior turns me off from watching their films.
      I didn’t watch Le Mis for several years after it came out & I’ve actually never sat through the entire film. Nor have I seen the Dallas movie that Matthew McC starved himself for.

      • Léna says:

        Ha! I’m the same. I still haven’t watched Les Miserables, Falls Buyers Club and La La Land, way too much Oscar thurst. Will not watch this one either. I understand the job of an actor can be difficult, long hours etc but give me a break. You don’t have to throw up or be near death to pull a good performance

      • Veronika says:

        LOL I haven’t seen la la Land either!
        I just remembered I haven’t seen the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        La La Land reminded me a lot of The Artist. Cute movies, an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, but neither deserved all the Oscar love they got.

  9. steph says:

    I really like Gaga being in movies. The extraness reminds me of movie stars of old. She’s got star power that is missing in actors nowadays.

  10. Sof says:

    Why is Gaga the only one being criticized for faking an accent? From the trailer it seems that all of them had fake accents. Which I don’t get, these people spoke Italian among themselves, if you are going to portray them speaking English what is the point of faking it.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Sometimes GaGa’s painted on exuberance does her a major disservice. Her over-the-top-try-hard public presence actually pulls in focus to a shaky and unsure woman. It’s doing the opposite of intended purposes. It’s an easy fix, but she won’t do it I expect.

  12. Storminateacup says:

    She is so conceited, snobbish and insufferable. On Graham Norton She shot Nadiya Hussain the worst bitchface when she started gushing about her kids loving her music, then proceeded to warm to her when she realised that Nadiya is well loved here. Even Adam Driver was laughing at her on Graham Norton for her nonsensical jabbering on how ‘Method’ she got for the role. She hasn’t been relevant in a long time musically so she is leaning in HARD on the acting.

  13. Zut Alors says:

    I am so exhausted just reading about all the suffering endured for this movie. So much so, I won’t be able to muster the energy to watch it.

  14. Jay says:

    I mean, she knows the drill – this is what is expected of her by certain Oscar voters, the same ones that want to hear about freezing to death, extreme weight loss or gain, or living as a tailor for a year. It’s expected, if boring.

    It sounds to me like she desperately wants to be taken seriously, and funnily enough that might be exactly in-character.

  15. MelOn says:

    She’s exhausting.

  16. Duke's Consort says:

    A campy movie is awful unless it is over the top. This movie looks as if it is way over the top and I already have opening night tickets, sweetie.

    • Jillian says:

      Absolutely! This looks so campy, my friends and I are planning to glam up and catch it in the theater. Then Italian for dinner, obviously

  17. coolspray says:

    “…nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was. Not even Patrizia Gucci.”

    –> Do these people realize how idiotic they sound?

  18. A.Key says:

    And what a horrible offensive accent it was….