‘American Horror Story’ Helped Lady Gaga Feel Less Isolated
Celebrities often note loneliness and isolation as inevitable pitfalls of fame, and no one identifies more closely with those feelings than Lady Gaga.
In a revealing new interview with E! News, Gaga admitted that while fame certainly has its perks, the downsides can be incredibly alienating. She said, “I do know isolation, because I'm famous and it's hard to go be normal all the time. And when you meet people in public, 99% of the time, people aren't that interested in really getting to know me. There's sort of a wall between us that they think something of me that I'm not. I'm really just a human being that makes this...stuff.”
Gaga went on to note that she felt an obvious difference in the way she was treated as soon as she arrived on the set of American Horror Story: Hotel.
She said, “I haven’t said this before, and I should have. I really hope, more than anything that anyone could take away from me being on Horror Story, I’d really, really like for artists and their managers and people in any industry to know the importance of caring for people that you work with, and keeping them in a good mental state and taking care of their health and making sure that we’re all OK.”
Gaga continued, noting that: “It’s important to work hard, and making money is important to survive but what’s more important is that we support one another through the challenges of life.”
She went on to reiterate how instrumental working on AHS was in shifting her life toward a healthier, more positive direction: "Can you imagine feeling isolated all the time and working constantly and being on tour and doing stuff like that to then being, like, living and breathing and having true exchanges and emotions and real-life drama constantly all the time? Even though it's fake, I'm still having exchanges with people and looking them in the eye...because you're available. When you're not around people that are available to you, you shut down, so here I am and I'm on."
Gaga said she made the conscious decision to give everyone on set the right perception of who she actually is as a person, and not one of an egotistical, larger-than-life figure: "Something that was so important to me when I got here is I really wanted to bond with the cast. And I wanted to get to know them, and I wanted them to feel comfortable with me as a human being and a person, and know that I was going to be available and open to them, and that I wasn't going to come on set and be like, 'Where's my make up?! Where's my trailer?!' and be a huge bitch and make this The Gaga Show. The most important thing to me was that that did not happen."
Her fears were, thankfully, unfounded. AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy had nothing but complimentary things to say about Gaga, and he even asked her to stay on for the show's sixth season.
You can catch Lady Gaga as Countess Elizabeth Bathory on American Horror Story: Hotel when it premieres tomorrow (October 7) on FX.
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