Lady Gaga has revealed that she “spoke with an accent for nine months” while filming for ‘House Of Gucci’.
In the upcoming Ridley Scott film, the singer plays Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife of fashion house owner Maurizio Gucci.
Gaga, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, approached the role with a method mindset to tell the story of the turbulent marriage and divorce between the couple, which ended in murder.
“I lived as her [Reggiani] for a year and a half,” Gaga explained in a new interview with Vogue. “And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that.”
She insisted that she “never broke”, even off camera. “I stayed with her,” she said.
“It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde,” she continued. “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.”
The singer also opened up about experiencing “some psychological difficulty” towards the end of filming.
“I was either in my hotel room, living and speaking as Reggiani, or I was on set, living and speaking as her. 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 said. “I thought I was on a movie set.”
Vogue also included Reggiani’s thoughts on Gaga playing her in the new feature, as told to an Italian journalist this summer.
“I am quite annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is playing me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the foresight and sensitivity to come and meet me,” she said.
Gaga spoke about her decision to not meet with Reggiani, who now resides in Milan after serving 18 years of a 26-year prison sentence.
“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 said. “Not even Patrizia Gucci.”
‘House Of Gucci’ is out in the UK on November 26.