After spending more than a year portraying the infamous Italian socialite character of Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci, Lady Gaga is ready to let her character go after being convinced that Reggiani is after her.
The actress-musician revealed in an interview with W Magazine that she once thought Reggiani had it out for her as "large swarm of flies" kept following her by the time the said film wrapped.
“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,” Gaga explained.
She continued, “But I knew I had to say goodbye to her: 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.”
Gaga also opened up about how she prepared for the role and how fashion helped her get into character.
“The most important element in becoming Patrizia was dyeing my own hair brown. I couldn’t be blonde with that Italian accent—I was still myself," the pop star explained.
“It was also important to me that the film not be a red carpet: Fashion was a key part of Patrizia’s survival. She tried so hard, but she was never as shiny as the Guccis.” Gaga added.
Even before its release, the film has not been without controversy. In March, Reggiani told Italian news outlet ANSA that she was "annoyed" by Gaga as the actress did not even attempt to contact her prior to filming. Gaga, on the other hand, said she did not want anyone to influence her portrayal.
She told Vogue UK: "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.”
“Nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was,” she says. "Not even Patrizia Gucci."
Reggiani also condemned the said film for "stealing" the identity of their family to make a profit. "They are stealing the identity of a family to make a profit, to increase the income of the Hollywood system... our family has an identity, privacy. We can talk about everything, but there is a borderline that cannot be crossed." Reggiani exclaimed.
The House of Gucci is based on the true story of Patrizia Reggiani, who was accused of murdering her late husband Maurizio Gucci, and the events that led to her conviction.