Ridley Scott: “Lady Gaga is the most prepared actress I have ever worked with”

The director praises the interpreter’s work to get into the shoes of Patrizia Reggiani in ‘Gucci House’, a film about the self-destruction of the reference family of Italian luxury.

When Lady Gaga found out that her name was on the charts to play Patrizia Reggiani, the call fashion black widow, on The Gucci houseHe decided that if he wanted to have a chance he should prepare the role. Because on that list were also actresses like Margot Robbie or Penelope Cruz. So he began to document and prepare a role that he had not even gotten. When they contacted him to offer it, he had already done his homework, and in a masterful way.

This is how he has told SensaCine film director Ridley Scott, four-time nominee for Oscar, and that he has explained what he saw in the artist to play this role of a woman madly in love with her husband, Maurizio Gucci, to which ends up ordering murder when he becomes her ex-husband.

Scott has explained that he chose Lady Gaga because “She was able to make the perfect construction of Patrizia. They are both tiny but they are both very striking. And she was able to act both evocative and explosive and that’s exactly what she is. Stefania. The director calls the singer and actress “Stefania” by her real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani.

In addition, he has explained that he was amazed at his work capacity and how he got into the role, even before it was given to him. As the director tells:

When she knew that we were behind her for this role, before SARS (the pandemic) broke out, she dedicated herself to reading a lot about the Gucci family and did a lot of research, even ahead of ours.

For him, the actress is a benchmark for work. “Stefania is a very big star for her hard work and her research was formidable. Lady Gaga prepared much more than any other actress I have worked with, she is fantastic“, he concludes.

Although the protagonist of the film, the real Patrizia Reggiani, protested that the artist did not contact her to prepare the character, Lady Gaga herself responded in Vogue England that she did it because she didn’t want anyone to condition her story as an actress. “I wanted to do justice to this story and the best way was to approach it with the gaze of a curious woman who was interested in having a journalistic spirit to be able to read between the lines what was happening in the scenes of the film, which means that no one was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was, not even Patrizia Gucci, “said Lady Gaga.

The self-destruction of a family

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci.

The director of the film explains that The Gucci house it is “an account of the self-destruction of a family, in the style of the nobles of the fourteenth or fifteenth century, such as the Medicis or the Borgia”. And that the great challenge of the film “It was to find the balance between characterizations of the characters and self-destruction and the fashion industry”. It is true that the characterization of some characters sometimes borders on caricature, as in the case of Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, but the story required a somewhat acidic vision to tell it.

The story of The Gucci house tells of the role that Patrizia Reggiani played in the construction of the Gucci empire, how she married Maurizio Gucci – played by Adam Driver in the film – despite opposition from his family, and how the empire collapsed because of the own betrayals of the family, and how after their divorce Reggiani planned the murder of her ex-husband, at the hands of a hit man. Patrizia Reggiani spent more than 20 years in jail for that crime and refused to leave the prison on a permit that was offered to him because he was conditioned to work to guarantee reintegration..

Despite the fact that the tale in the tabloids was sold as a story of ambition and revenge, Scott believes that at its core there was a love story above all things. “It is true that Patrizia had the pressure to find a man with money that would make her happy, but that was not true, money does not make you happy, it just makes you busier”explains the director.

“They met when Maurizio was 20 or 21 years old, and he was probably still a virgin. And Patrizia, when she meets him socially, what surprised her was that he was very polite, a gentleman, and she was not used to men being kind to her in such a respectful way. So he was one of the greatest opportunities she could aspire to, “says the director. And concludes: “In that relationship there was a lot of affection from the start, and then there are the ‘she was, she is’ … that increased tensions, but I think they definitely fell in love and their relationship started with love”.

The movie opens on Friday, November 26, in theaters and has among its cast, in addition to Lady Gaga, Driver and Leto, with Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino.