Lady Gaga is constantly in character, whether she’s onstage, onscreen or just going about her day-to-day life.
The Applause singer took the world by storm following the release of her 2008 debut album Fame and she has become known for her often eye-popping fashions both on screen and on stage, while she also turns heads with her wardrobe choices when she’s off duty.
The superstar admits she drew from the « stronger » parts of her personality to create her Gaga persona, but the character she presents in public is only part of the person she is in real life.
« I guess the thing is, what I am as Gaga really is what other people think Gaga is, » she says during an interview with actress Jamie Lee Curtis on television programme Actors on Actors. « It’s not necessarily what I am. Gaga is this stronger individual part of myself that I discovered being young in New York – loving music, meeting with young artists, working with musicians, with writers, studying the scene, and being involved in the lifestyle. I started to call myself Gaga. (It) was the nickname I had at my best. It is a bit of a creation. But it’s other people that have created (it) through what I’ve made; their perception of what Gaga is, is a separate entity from me. »
Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, who earned a Golden Globe Award earlier this year (16) for her performance as The Countess in hit U.S. TV show American Horror Story: Hotel, went on the explain to the 57-year-old Halloween star her foray into acting is consistently inspired by her pop music career, and vice versa – and therefore she can never separate her different character creations.
« What I am at any given moment is some sort of amalgamation of Stefani – a young Italian-American girl from New York who’s an actress and a songwriter and a rebel – and what I’m creatively interested in at the time: the music and culture and lifestyle and art that’s influencing me as I’m reading and writing music, » she details. « If I’m playing a character at the same time, I’m also that as well. I live a lifestyle of endless, relentless love for making my work. That informs me as a person in every way, all the time. It’s a quite difficult thing for me to answer, because I’m entirely Stefani and I’m entirely Gaga. But I was also entirely the Countess (on American Horror Story: Hotel). »