It can’t be easy going from music to TV — especially when your first role is the leading lady on an established series… and you’re a mad killer. However, Lady Gaga pulls it off perfectly in ‘AHS: Hotel’ as The Countess, but it’s definitely getting to her!
The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel may be a dedicated mother, and caretaker — but she’s also a cold-blooded killer. Lady Gaga recently spilled all on her first role, admitting that not only does it change the way she thinks, but it does have impact on her relationship with fiancé, Taylor Kinney.
The transformation into The Countess was pretty “dangerous,” Gaga told our sister site, Variety. “If I’m out at a restaurant or I’m in the car and we’re driving past people, I sort of look at them and wonder, ‘Gee, I wonder if you’re clean. I wonder, if I were to kill you, if it would be worth it for me.'”
From there, she heads home to her soon-to-be husband, Taylor, who stars on NBC’s Chicago Fire. “It’s quite a challenge for Taylor as well at times because I just don’t give a f—k about s—t anymore,” she said. “Because [the Countess] just can’t be, she’s been alive for 100 years. So no matter what goes on in her hotel, if she loses her cool, she can’t handle her s—t.”
As for prepping, she studied films with famous killers — Norman Bates in Psycho; Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; and even The Jinx based on Robert Durst. “I find it funny that people wonder if that’s just the way that I really am, so this was very easy for me to just kind of walk in here with my blonde hair on and just be a bitch and be rude to everyone and that’s just what I do, because you’ve seen me do something like that before,” she said. “The truth is that it’s actually very challenging to be sincere when you have all of that on. It’s not comfortable. It’s never been comfortable for me.”
Well, she had me fooled. Her goal, along with Ryan Murphy‘s, was to make the Countess look effortless, and I have to say, I’m buying it — Gaga blows me away week after week. What do you think, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta