Lady Gaga said that there was small screen work before Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel. In 2013’s Machete Kills and 2014’s Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, she played a rough, smooth-talking waitress with a sassy lip and a core of gold. But her first significant role was marked by AHS – one that later won a Golden Globe for the “Bad Romance” artist.
Gaga had reservations about her going to AHS. She’d be consulting with Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, just like that.
So she knew if she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress – and not just a pop star dabbling in a modern cultural movement – she had to bring her A-game.
Lady Gaga explored collaborating with Ryan Murphy in an interview with Billboard, acknowledging their mutual tendency to produce art that varies in accordance with their inner mental and emotional states.
Gaga clarified that “the same kind of criticism about the intention of [their]work.” Some critics consider her works to be attention-seeking and art for the sake of art. But Murphy was seen by Gaga as a like-minded person. She knew she was in the right hands, and she was grateful to her as an actress for the unbridled trust he had in her.
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Ryan Murphy told Billboard how delighted he was with the success of Gaga, drawing attention to her speechless presentation. He had shared:
“She’s one of the most talented people in the world and she’s a really great actress…. There’s a six-minute moment that is her introduction in the show where she has no dialogue. It’s just like a story in pictures. I kept saying to her, ‘I know you can do it. You’re going to [make it]. It’s going to be great.'”
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It’s not always simple to bring a scene with movement, gestures and facial expressions alone. But it got pulled off by Gaga.
And she felt great joy when Murphy gave her the video to watch.
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Ryan Murphy, speaking about the six-minute silent scene, told Billboard:
“So I brought [the footage]in to show her and she literally cried. She burst into tears. I was worried, but she told me later that she was so happy that someone had believed in her.”
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Gaga didn’t cry because in her performance she was disappointed; she cried because someone actually offered her a chance to prove herself to be a professional actress – which is what she wanted to be before she ever became a singer.