House Of Gucci: Lady Gaga On Feeling Disconnected After “Living And Speaking” As Patrizia

Had “some psychological difficulty.”

Lady Gaga is set to return once more to the silver screen in the upcoming movie House of Gucci. While the gripping movie has audiences’ curiosity set high, Lady Gaga opened up about losing touch with reality after staying in character for “House Of Gucci” for a year and a half and speaking with an Italian accent for nine months. 

The highly anticipated Ridley Scott film, which is due to be released later this month, is based on the real-life story of Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of arranging the murder of her husband, late Gucci head Maurizio Gucci, in 1995. The movie stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as the married couple.

In the cover story for British Vogue’s December issue, Gaga revealed she stayed in character for much of the production period, and doing so brought her to the brink of her sanity.

“I lived as (Reggiani) for a year and a half,” she is quoted as saying. “And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. 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,” she went on. “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.”

During her long time of filming, Gaga said the only two environments she occupied were her hotel room and the “House of Gucci” set.

Hence, by the time the movie wrapped, she had “some psychological difficulty,” because of how intensely she’d immersed herself in the story.

“I remember I went out into Italy one day with a hat on to take a walk. I hadn’t taken a walk in about two months and I panicked,” she recalled. “I thought I was on a movie set.”

This was not all. Apart from Gaga’s personal life because of method acting, she recalled the “disconnect” she felt from her family following the months on end of “living and speaking” as Patrizia.

“There was some silence and some disconnect for a while,” she said.

“You end up sounding and looking like [the character], yes, but it’s not an imitation, it’s a becoming. I remember when we started filming, I knew I had become — and I knew that the greater challenge was going to be unbecoming,” she added.

Although Gaga is yet to meet the real-life Patrizia Reggiani in person, the latter, who was released from prison in 2016, told an Italian news agency in March she was “quite annoyed” that Gaga had failed to reach out. 

“I am rather annoyed at the fact that Lady Gaga is playing me in the new Ridley Scott film without having had the consideration and sensibility to come and meet me,” she told ANSA.

Responding to the comment now, Gaga said: “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,” she added. “Not even Patrizia Gucci.”

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