Is there anything this woman can’t do? Well, we’re about to find out.
Looking back, Lady Gaga left audiences mesmerized with her central performance in the 2018 A Star is Born remake.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and fans were dying to see what she had in store next on the big screen.
Well, the 35-year-old musician recently starred front-and-center in House of Gucci, a biographical crime drama directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner).
She portrays real-life figure Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite who became known as the “Black Widow” after she was arrested in connection with the murder of Maurizio Gucci, her ex-husband (played by Adam Driver).
With her casting in mind, viewers have grown curious: can Lady Gaga speak Italian?
Can Lady Gaga speak Italian?
Lady Gaga does not speak fluent Italian but she does know a range of words and phrases in the language.
This may not come as too much of a surprise, as the singer does have Italian heritage.
Real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she was born in New York City into a well-off Catholic family and her parents both have Italian ancestry.
Additionally, she also has French Canadian roots and has sung briefly in a number of languages across her career as a musician, including Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Swedish.
Her mother is Cynthia Louise (née Bissett) – a philanthropist and business executive – while her father, Joseph Germanotta, is an entrepreneur.
Although born in America, the star has previously joked about telling fans she’s actually an Italian from New York, and has referenced her fondness and admiration for Italian culture at large throughout the years.
“I stayed with her”
While in conversation with Vogue, Lady Gaga opened up about her Italian accent in House of Gucci and just how devoted she was to perfecting the part:
“It is three years since I started working on it and I will be fully honest and transparent: I lived as her [Patrizia Reggiani] for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that.”
When asked if that included her time when the cameras weren’t rolling, she clarified: “Off camera. I never broke. I stayed with her.”
However, before tackling the accent, she first had to make some important changes to her look: “It was nearly impossible for me to speak in the accent as a blonde. I instantly had to dye my hair, and I started to live in a way whereby anything that I looked at, anything that I touched, I started to take notice of where and when I could see money.”
What happened to Patrizia Reggiani?
After being arrested in connection with her ex-husband’s death, she was sentenced to 29 years in prison in 1998.
Fast forward to 2014 and she entered a work-release program as a consultant for Bozart, a jewelry firm before becoming fully free in 2017.
Now 72-years-old, Patrizia has recently argued about her role in the murder: “I am not guilty, but I am not innocent. All the things that happened were a misunderstanding.”
House of Gucci is now in cinemas.