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Lady Gaga says acting helped her anxiety and depression

Being in American Horror Story has been so beneficial to her mental health that the singer was considering coming off her medication

Last month, Lady Gaga opened up about her lifelong struggle with depression. But in a new interview, the singer has revealed how acting had a profoundly therapeutic effect on her illness.

You might not think that playing a murderous, bloodthirsty character in American Horror Story: Hotel would do much to help alleviate anxiety. But thankfully, it does. “I’m an actress now and that helps a lot,” the musician, real name Stefani Germanotta, told the Sun on Sunday. “I’ve tried to get off my medication, but my doctor always tells me not to, that it’s not safe for me.” 

She added: “I have tried a lot of things, but there is something about acting that has really helped. I am a Stefani-Gaga hybrid and I want you to know the real me.”

Getting over the initial nerves of stepping on set were what actually helped her cope in the long run. When first arriving to film, she experienced minor problems. “I was very nervous. All I have is my preparation time and Jesus to save me from possibly screwing this up. On my first day I threw up on the way in a bag in my Rolls-Royce. I don't know why I thought that was funny, but it is funny. So after I threw up in the bag I saved it and brought it to the set.” 

If bringing vomit to work paved the way to helping Gaga with her mental health issues, then we’re all for it.*

*Maybe don’t try this at work.