Lady Gaga Talks Family’s Reaction to ‘Marry the Night’ Video
Lady Gaga sat down with the hardest working man in show business, Ryan Seacrest, to discuss the ins and outs of her epic 'Marry the Night' video. Mother Monster also touched on what her own father had to say about the somewhat graphic imagery in her directorial debut.
For as lengthy as the video is, it's surprisingly pared down. "There's at least 30 minutes of extra footage just from one set up," Gaga told Seacrest. "It's a really chaotic scene where I just completely got lost in the moment of recreating that evening."
Gaga was quick to point out that the video isn't entirely literal, but that that doesn't make it false. "It's funny because when I speak about how I view things and my perspective, I think sometimes people don't understand that it's sort of just my philosophy and my approach to the work," she said. "The video is autobiographical. There's nothing in the video that's untrue." So, theoretically, Gaga could say the sky is green -- because her lens makes it so -- and it wouldn't be untrue. Right?
Seacrest then quizzed Gaga about a key fact: Did her meeting really take place at 4:00PM? "I think that's when Vince and I met that day, or the next day," Gaga said. "I tried to make it as real and true to the story as possible, but I remember very clearly when Vincent Herbert and I met in California, and it was in the afternoon."
Gaga went into more details of her life changing meeting besides when it happened. She discussed what actually went down, too. "I said to Vince, 'There will never be another artist you will sign who will work as hard as I will, and I want to be the biggest pop star on the planet,'" she claimed.
"I thought it was important as a disclaimer to him because I dressed so different and the sound was very experimental at the time, and he knew it was going to be an uphill challenge for us. So I was assuring him I wasn't interested in being an underground pop singer that makes underground music," Gaga said. "'I'm interested in taking what's underground and putting it overground. If you or anyone at the label doesn't 100,000 percent believe in me as an artist right now, I want to know.' But he said, 'You're it.' He believed in me as I was."
When Seacrest asked if her dad was worried when he saw the video, Gaga eased up. "He tends to love the stuff that's a little less wholesome," Gaga said of her pops. "He didn't know the truth of that day until probably a year and a half ago," she revealed. "There were only two people in my life who knew the story as it happened for real," Gaga said. She then grew emphatic again -- doth the Lady protest too much? "I keep trying to punch that home with you guys because I think that the opening monologue in the video gives the impression -- if you don't really listen to it -- that it's my interpretation of what happened, a lens, a filter -- that's completely different from a lie."
Then Gaga actually answered Seacrest's question. “My dad called me and he was like, ‘That was so raw, and the angles that you chose.’ My dad really understands me. So he said he loved how linear it was in the beginning, and then in the middle it was chaotic and at the end it was graphic, but that it wasn’t really.”
Gaga explained that her blood knows her deal. “My family knows my vocabulary. My sister’s a fashion designer too so I guess in our household we’re sort of used to talking about art and fashion and music all the time," she said. "And same thing at the Grammy nominations, he’s like, ‘That opening was the s---!’ And he said something like ‘Never wear red, white and blue, always be the underdog.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, okay Dad ... Have you had a couple drinks?’”
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