Now promoting her latest film, Ridley Scott’s high fashion crime drama House of Gucci, she’s taken time to reflect on her acting debut, and where the pre-fame, 15-year-old Gaga was going wrong with her portrayal of “Girl at Swimming Pool #2”.
“When I look back on that scene I can see exactly what I did wrong in that scene,” says Gaga in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I didn’t know how to listen in a scene! I was supposed to laugh, and it was sort of like, cue, laugh… I see it and I go, ‘oh, that’s not a real laugh!’”
Of course, Lady Gaga has made some pretty significant acting developments since playing a rebellious schoolgirl on The Sopranos. Besides earning an Oscar nomination for Best Actress with A Star Is Born, her dedication to the craft saw her “live as” House of Gucci’s Patrizia Reggiani for more than a year, delivering a performance that made director Ridley Scott worry that she was “traumatizing” herself.
“I see a very non-specific actor,” she adds of her Sopranos appearance. “And now I see myself as someone who is at least really striving to be specific without thinking about it, and that requires a lot of work ahead of time.”
In part, she credits this change to Scott, calling the filmmaker: “An incredible director who creates a sanctuary for you on set to just fly.”
Dive deeper into Lady Gaga’s brief appearance on The Sopranos here, and revisit a clip from the episode below.