Lady Gaga reaffirmed the dangers of method acting in a recent interview when the actress revealed that she remained in character for Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci at all times. Even during her breaks .“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,” Gaga recalled. “I thought I was on a movie set.”
According to the film’s director Ridley Scott, the performance of Gaga off-set was so authentic that even he thought her real-life accent and mannerisms were that of her role.
“Well, at first I forgot,” Scott said of Gaga’s faux accent in an interview with Vulture. “Because she was so in character every minute of the day I saw her. Even socially, she was right in character. So I thought, I think this has always been her. But it wasn’t.”
Co-star Jared Leto adopted similar methods of acting for his role as Paolo Gucci. “Similar to Jared Leto,” the 83-year-old filmmaker noted. “He works in a very similar fashion. Once he goes in, it’s like he’s immersed, and he doesn’t come out and breathe for air until he’s finished.”
Scott is behind award-winning films and blockbuster movies such as Alien, Bade Runner, Gladiator and The Martian.
The House of Gucci film based on Sara Gay Forden’s book, The House of Gucci: A True Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, came under fire earlier this year from Patrizia Gucci, one of Maurizio’s second cousins saying, “we are truly disappointed.”
Gaga defended the film and the reason behind not approaching the family prior to filming more recently. “…Nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was. Not even Patrizia Gucci,” she said.
House of Gucci will release into cinemas on November 24 in the US, November 26 in the UK, and January 1 in Australia.