Lady Gaga: ‘Large swarms of flies kept following me around’ on ‘House of Gucci’

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Towards mid-December, Lady Gaga actually took her Oscar campaign down several notches. It was a relief, because we can only hear the same woe-is-me story so many times. Still, Gaga turned the 42-day shoot of House of Gucci into a story about how she lived with the character of Patrizia Reggiani for a year and it drove her to nearly have a nervous breakdown. It was a lot. So it was probably a lot healthier for Gaga to go away for a bit, to not put herself through a grueling Oscar campaign, and only do a handful of interviews towards the end. I kind of think her publicist told her to take it down a notch too. At the end of the day, though, I think Gaga kind of talked herself out of an Oscar nomination. She was too over-the-top and Academy voters were like “eh, nope.” Anyway, Gaga is one of several covers for W magazine’s Best Performances issue. The interview was fortunately brief:

W: The early scenes between your character, Patrizia, and her soon-to-be husband, Maurizio Gucci, are quite sexy. They first meet in a disco, and the attraction is clear.

Gaga: Romantic scenes can’t just be two people who look good together—there has to be that nonverbal communication. Patrizia was a disco queen who so wanted to be a socialite. When she was just 12 years old, her mother showed her photos of eligible bachelors. I felt Patrizia would dance like she was underwater, like she was coming up for air. Everything about her had to do with striving. At the disco, she knew she was seen—and, in a way, it was the last time she was free.

W: Did you find the character through her fashion?

Gaga: Yes and no. The most important element in becoming Patrizia was dyeing my own hair brown. I couldn’t be blonde with that Italian accent—I was still myself. It was also important to me that the film not be a red carpet: Fashion was a key part of Patrizia’s survival. She tried so hard, but she was never as shiny as the Guccis.

W: At the end of the shoot, were you sad to leave the character behind?

Gaga: On the last day of filming, I was on the balcony of my apartment in Rome, and I was blasting Dean Martin singing “Mambo Italiano,” and I had a cigarette hanging out of my mouth. I was Patrizia. But I knew I had to say goodbye to her: Large swarms of flies kept following me around, and I truly began to believe that she had sent them. I was ready to let her go.

[From W Magazine]

She’s told the story about needing to be brunette a few times already, and it never makes any sense. Gaga IS brunette. That’s her natural hair color, and she’s making it sound like her soul and natural hair is blonde. And there are plenty of Italian blondes! She makes it sound like everyone in Italy has dark hair. It’s the most random thing. As for the swarms of flies… HOLY YIKES. Of course Gaga believes Patrizia sent them.

The UK Premiere of 'House of Gucci' held at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square

Photos courtesy of Instar, cover courtesy of W Magazine.

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  1. SAS says:

    Also she had to dye her hair brown… because Patrizia was brunette. To be fair, I thought Kristen Stewart’s “spiritual connection” with Princess Diana was equally silly. But the kooky over-investment obviously paid off for both of them so what do I know about acting!

    Wow, in a thumbnail, the purple dress pics could easily be Donatella Versace.

  2. Shanaynay says:

    Just stop already. You didn’t win!

  3. CC says:

    She shouldn’t keep wearing that meat dress!

  4. Dandun says:

    She is just exhausting, i only skimmed and still barely had the energy to do that

  5. Erica says:

    I know being ‘extra’ has always been her brand but this is OVER. THE. TOP. A swarm of flies? Gaga, come on.

  6. Laura says:

    Guess what Italians can be blonde and yes oh my… even have blue eyes.
    Lady Gaga is a fool.. A rich fool but still a fool…

  7. Juju says:

    I think that the comment about hair was just related to the significance of the change for her and how it correlated to her character. For her to feel the most like herself as she presents herself in everyday life, she wears her hair blonde. She needed that big change of going brunette to get into character, and also to transition out of character. It makes total sense to me. Many people change their hair to feel differently (like a post breakup haircut).

    She’s over the top on a lot of stuff, but I don’t fault her for that comment.

  8. Seán says:

    The “I couldn’t be blonde with that Italian accent – I was still myself” also implies she thinks she has an Italian accent.

    Italian and Italian American are two different things! 🙄 I think she’s harmless in the grand scheme of people but she always seems so forced and contrived.

  9. jferber says:

    My God, both pics of her are electrifying! They really woke me up in a good way.