Actress Lady Gaga is opening up about her role as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s 2021 drama “House of Gucci.”
In a new interview with Deadline, Gaga opened about what it was like to take a deep dive into Reggiani, even though she didn’t have her blessing.
Patrizia Reggiani Did NOT Want Lady Gaga To Play Her On Screen
Although the real Patrizia Reggiani was not happy to see Lady Gaga portray her in the film, Gaga did not seem to mind.
“I have to be honest; I don’t think that Patrizia’s blessing would’ve been meaningful to me,” she said.
“She seems to me to possess this quality where she really wanted to drive the narrative of this famous story,” she continued. “And all of that to me was a total lie, and a total coverup for the pain that I knew was inside of her. And I’ve studied this very closely to get it right.”
“I don’t think the world has heard from her in a real way,” she added. “So that’s why I wanted to play her in a real way. I did my best to get there.”
Lady Gaga Reveals What It Was Like To Work With Adam Driver Off-Camera
When asked what it was like working with “Star Wars” alum Adam Driver off-screen, Gaga said that she “faced a wide spectrum of emotions all the time, and it spanned across all the characters that I worked with.”
“It was wild and free and exploratory and completely immersive,” she continued. “And because I had consent from my fellow actors, and because we had mutual consent and professionalism and trust, we were able to freely immerse ourselves in this space.”
“Adam’s an incredibly brilliant actor,” she added. “And we spoke in our accents constantly to each other on set. So, I was not the only person in character the whole time.”
Gaga revealed that she and her fellow actors often stayed in character on set.
“When I spent time with Paolo [Jared Leto] on set, I was with Paolo,” she explained. “I was never on set as Lady Gaga, and I was never in my trailer as Lady Gaga. I wasn’t in Italy as Lady Gaga ever. And I wasn’t there as Stefani either.”
Lady Gaga Wanted To Portray Patricia Reggiani ‘The Way That I Believed’
Lady Gaga also addressed the different labels that were applied to Patrizia, such as “crazy.”
“People do love to watch women fall apart,” Gaga said. “But they love to watch women fall apart on film and in television. When women fall apart in real life and are vibrant and passionate, we’re called crazy. We’re called b——. We’re told we’re too much.”
“Patrizia’s flavor was her DNA and it was a product of her upbringing,” she added. “It was also the product of being incessantly put down by this system of men.”
“What I always wanted was to portray her in the way that I believed, which is that she has true and real regret at this point in her life,” she continued. “That she regrets this murder. In order to figure out why she did it, I had to track it all the way through the lens of survival. Survival as a woman, I think, is a very complex narrative, and I tried to weave the story of many through her.”
Even though she did not get Patrizia’s blessing, Gaga still feels as though she has gained an understanding of her.
“What part of us as women, when we’re sent into that blind rage, is activated?” Gaga asked. “I believe it’s the part of us that’s protecting the little girl inside of us, and saying, ‘When I was young, I didn’t know this would happen. When I was young, I was taught to be beautiful to matter; I was taught that I needed a man to get down on one knee for me to matter; I was taught that if I married someone successful, that I would be a good woman. And I’m now being taught that none of these things matter. I’m now learning that this is all one big giant gaslight. And I’m protecting that little girl.’”
“I think it allows for me to tell the story of Patrizia not just in the way the world—or in the way Italy—saw her, but in the way that they saw her,” she added. “Meaning, the story of many women all over the world who age and get disposed of who try to be advisors to men and get pushed down and told that they don’t belong.”