Lana Del Rey awards Guillermo del Toro with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star

‘In a culture of sameness, he’s completely himself,’ the singer said during an induction speech

Lana Del Rey honoured Guillermo del Toro during his Walk of Fame induction in Hollywood yesterday (August 6), giving a speech praising the filmmaker’s unique vision. “In a culture of sameness, he’s completely himself,” Del Rey said. “And that’s the greatest lesson I get from his tales.”

Del Toro is best known as the director of films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. The Lana Del Rey connection seemingly comes through Scary Stories to Tell in the Darka film that Guillermo del Toro produced, for which Lana Del Rey recorded a cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. A trailer for the film featuring LDR’s cover was released on Monday (August 5).

“On this day that we’re honouring you, I would like to say that it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded that being different is a thing to be celebrated, and it’s a beautiful thing that we have you to always remind us of that each time we go back to your instantly classic films,” she added in the speech. “I’m very happy to be celebrating with you on the iconic Hollywood Boulevard. Congratulations.”

Del Toro previously said that he has “admired Lana’s music for a while now” and asked her to record her “Season of the Witch” cover specifically for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, believing “that she would use her alchemy to transform it”. “She is a great artist and has been an amazing partner with us in this adventure,” he added in a statement. “It is an honour for me to have met her.”

Watch the video of Lana Del Rey’s speech below, via Variety.