Three years after the success of “A Star is Born”, Lady Gaga plays the sultry Patrizia Reggiani in “House of Gucci” by Ridley Scott. A role for which the actress and singer has been preparing for many months.
There is Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons or the legend Al Pacino. But the real star of House of Gucci is her: Lady Gaga. Three years after the release of A Star is Born, which had won her the Oscar for Best Song (and a nomination as an actress), the singer of “Poker face” is back in the foreground of a prestigious project.
Directed by Ridley Scott, back in the cinema a month after his impressive Last Duel, the feature film looks back on the history of the famous family behind the Italian luxury brand, whose fate was marked by the assassination of Maurizio (Adam Driver), March 27, 1995. A murder ordered by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, who ended up resolving to divorce after having refused for a long time.
It’s up to this sulphurous woman, nicknamed “The black Widow”, that Lady Gaga lends her features. And the result, visible in our theaters since Wednesday, November 24, is the fruit of long in-depth work: “I started working on it three years ago”, reveals the actress in an interview given to the British version of Vogue. “And I’m going to be totally honest and transparent: I lived in her skin for a year and a half. Including nine months of speaking with an accent. Including off-camera. I never gave in, I stayed with her. . “
But the transformation wasn’t just vocal: “It was almost impossible for me to speak in that accent while being blonde. I immediately had to dye my hair, and start living a life in which I began to imagine where I could see money in everything. what I was looking at and touching. “
“I also started taking pictures. I had no proof that Patrizia was a photographer but I thought, to practice and in this idea of finding what were her interests in life, that I was going to become photographer, so I took my camera wherever I went. I had noticed that Patrizia liked beautiful things. If something wasn’t, I erased it. “
I lived in his skin for a year and a half. Including nine months of speaking with an accent.
An almost total investment coupled with a desire to become Patrizia rather than imitate her which undoubtedly appealed to a follower of the Actor’s Studio method such as Al Pacino, his partner in a few scenes of the film. But much less to Francesca De Martini, responsible for coaching Salma Hayek on the set: “I feel uncomfortable saying this, but she doesn’t really have an Italian accent.”, she told the tabloid The Daily Beast. “Sounds more like Russian.”
And she saw it live: “I realized it on set, because I was wearing earbuds to work with Salma and listen to what she was saying, so I could help her. So I could also hear Lady Gaga. [dans leurs scènes en commun]. “