If there’s one thing to know about Lady Gaga, it’s that when she does something, she does does.
Even before she graced the silver screen, the pop star was known for her eccentric, excessive character, wearing a dress made of dripping meat and turning to the Grammys in a giant egg, recently revealing that she actually spent three whole. days within the futuristic realm.
And if Gaga’s press runs for Star is born– where she repeatedly talked about the power of having one person in her corner and heavily played on the rumors that she and Bradley Cooper had a secret affair with ke performance at the Oscars – we should know what will come when Gaga was cast as Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s film. Gucci house.
This time was no different, and in the name of dedication, Gaga has gone the farthest she has so far. During the press tour prior to the film’s premiere later this month, Gaga talked about her process in nailing an authentic portrayal of Reggiani.
There was a lot of talk about Gaga’s accent, as she found it “almost impossible” to speak in the dialect like a blonde and “immediately” had to dye her hair dark. She also said she worked on her accent for six months before camping to Rome, and never once broke a character.
“I will be completely honest and transparent: I lived like her [Reggiani] for a year and a half, ”Gaga, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said British Vogue. “I spoke with an accent for nine months after that. I never broke. I stayed with her. ”
“I started with a specific dialect of Vignola, then I started working on the high-class speech that would be more appropriate in places like Milan and Florence,” she added. “In the movie, you’ll hear that my accent is a little different depending on who I’m talking to.”
But that’s not what people hear. In the initial reaction to the film’s trailer, there was talk that Gaga’s accent sounds a little more Eastern European than that of a murderous socialite who flirted around Italy.
Italian actress and dialect coach Francesca De Martini agrees. “I feel bad saying this, but her accent isn’t exactly an Italian accent, it sounds more Russian,” she laughs at The Daily Beast.
From Martini was brought to Gucci house as a dialogue coach to assist Salma Hayek with her portrayal of Naples-born Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma. It was a particularly funny gig for De Martini, as she lived through Reggiani’s media circus standing trial to hire the assassin who murdered her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci in 1995.
While De Martini originally auditioned for a number of roles in the film, reaching the final rounds of casting before being rejected, about a week after auditioning she received a random call from the casting director, who asked if she was available to train Hayek. because there was no dialogue coach on set.
“I was surprised—Gucci house was a really, really great production for [the country], ”Explains De Martini. “I think I’ve never seen a movie [this big] here, perhaps An unattainable task and Obligation, they had this huge crew. So, I was really surprised to be called up for this, and I was surprised that there wasn’t a dialogue coach on set. “
De Martini says she suspects there was no coach on the cast because Gaga had already worked with a coach back in Los Angeles, and apparently none of the other American actors felt they needed an experienced ear.
However after filming her scenes with Gaga for one day, Hayek asked for some help. “What happened was this: Salma fired for one day and then asked for a dialogue coach,” De Martini shares. “I think she heard the accent wasn’t right and she was worried — she wanted to do well.”
Listening to Hayek’s scenes with Gaga, De Martini says she immediately heard that the accent was a little off: “I noticed when I was on the cast because I had headphones working with Salma and heard what she was saying so I she could help, so that I could hear Lady Gaga. “
“When you see the trailer, there are so many different accents,” she adds, noting that Al Pacino sounds more New York-Italian and Adam Driver’s accent is almost non-existent.
“When you see the trailer, there are so many different accents …”
But overall, De Martini reveals that she enjoyed her time on acting and working with Hayek, who did exceptionally well with the Southern Italian accent.
“We had a lot of fun,” says De Martini. “I took care of the lines with her, and we tried to improvise a bit because most of the time they have some improvisation during the shooting, so we tried to see other options. So if they showed up, she could nail the Italian accent during the improvisation as well, so we played with the lines. ”
“She’s a really nice person and really easy to cooperate with,” she continues. “We had fun. We danced in the trailer.”
As for Gaga, she wants to move on from a discussion of her accent and how long she spent working on it, telling The New York Times that everything becomes a little too “sensationalized” as she maintains her mysterious Italian accent, offering, “I think it would have done more to me if I hadn’t exercised it so much.”