Lady Gaga has become the latest star to embrace method acting, speaking with an Italian accent for nine months while filming a drama about the Gucci family.
The Oscar-winning singer bemused her co-stars on the set of Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci by remaining in character throughout, and said her refusal to break character eventually led to “psychological difficulty”.
She plays Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of hiring a hitman to murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the man who founded the luxury fashion brand. During her trial, Reggiani was labelled the Black Widow by the Italian press.
House of Gucci will be released in cinemas later this month. Speaking to British Vogue, Gaga said: “It is three years since I started working on it and I will be fully honest and transparent: I spoke with an accent for nine months of that.
“Off camera, I never broke. I stayed with her. It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde. 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.”