Think confidence comes easy to the grand Countess of the Hotel Cortez? Lady Gaga reveals she was so worried about everyone loving her on set that she "prepared her ass off" before making her debut in American Horror Story Season 5. Here's what she had to say
As of this week's tightly managed episode of American Horror Story, which introduced no less than Rudy Valentino to the hotel, Lady Gaga has been given the time and dialogue necessary to open up her Countess to new dimensions. After weeks of stiff engagement with the camera, Episode 7, "Flicker," finally gave us the Countess as a convincing being, in spite of her hosting an immortal blood virus on a timeless quest for sensual beauty. In a rare interview on her AHS role, Gaga opened up on what it took to bring the Countess to life, glimpses of which we're only seeing now. Let's hope it doesn't let up! "I find it funny that people wonder if that’s just the way that I really am," Gaga revealed to Variety. "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. 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.”
Besides spending hours working on costume and makeup, Gaga reveals “all I have is my preparation time and Jesus, really, to save me from possibly screwing this up." Although she may not identify with the Countess's bitchy side, there is one key point of entry beyond all others that draws Gaga to the Countess. "I desperately so want for you all to love the real me and not the idea of me that you write about or see,” She told Variety. “The Countess wants everyone in this hotel to love her for who she really is, cunning or not. Cunning... she feels that they’re all here in this triumph of the hotel because of her. And she keeps them together and she wants to be rewarded for that, for who she really is, and not for anything else.” Although it can't hurt to be a worldwide platinum-selling musician beforehand either. Are you convinced by the Countess?