Lady Gaga has said she knew it was time to ‘let go’ of her House of Gucci character after becoming convinced that the woman she portrayed had sent ‘swarms of flies’ to follow her.
The singer and actor has been generating Oscar buzz for her role as Patrizia Reggiani – the Italian socialite who was convicted of ordering the assassination of her ex-husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci – and has been open about her choice to stay in character while filming the movie.
Now, in a new interview, Gaga has revealed the moment she realised she was ready to let go of the role, telling W Magazine, ‘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,’ she continued. ‘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.’
Despite Gaga having spent more than a year maintaining the character, even when off-set, she chose not to meet or speak with Reggiani – a decision the real Patrizia took offence to.
‘I’m annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is portraying me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the courtesy or the good sense to come and meet me,’ Reggiani said in an interview with Italian news agency Ansa.
‘It’s about common sense and respect. I believe that any good actor should first get to know the person that they are meant to be playing. I think it is not right that I wasn’t contacted. And I say this with all the sympathy and appreciation that I have for her.’
In an interview with ITV, Gaga explained that she had chosen not to meet with Reggiani because she did not want to ‘collude’ with the 73-year-old, saying, ‘I think she wants to drive a famous narrative of herself as a notorious killer and a woman who advised Gucci. I think what she did was wrong, I think she deeply regrets it.’
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