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October 06, 2015 02:50 PM

Lady Gaga‘s had quite the year. She won a Grammy, wowed the world with a show-stopping Sound of Music medley at the Oscars, got engaged – and next she’ll star in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel.

“I’m happier than I’ve ever been now,” Gaga told E! News, “because the people that I work with really, really care that my life is different and really, really work to make sure that I feel as normal as possible so that I can have a great time and just be a normal girl, and just be a woman for Ryan on film.”

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The pop star – who’s engaged to Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney – opened up about the pitfalls of fame she’s experienced since skyrocketing to superstardom seven years ago. Primarily: loneliness.

“I do know isolation because I’m famous, and it’s hard to go be normal all the time,” she told the broadcast outlet. “And when you meet people in public, 99 percent of the time, people aren’t that interested in really getting to know me. There’s sort of a wall between us that they think something of me that I’m not. I’m really just a human being that makes this … stuff.”

Lady Gaga filming American Horror Story: Hotel
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In Hotel, Gaga, 29, plays a blood-drinking hospitality honcho, The Countess, opposite a star-studded cast including Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett.

The crossover star – who Murphy has already asked to join the season six cast – said she had some jitters before making her major small-screen debut.

“In order to build strength, you have to usually come from a lot of weakness,” Gaga added. “I was not actually that fearless when I first came to this set. I was very nervous.”

But, the close-knit cast and crew welcomed her with open arms, making her foray into television nearly seamless.

“Something that was so important to me when I got here is I really wanted to bond with the cast,” she said.

“And I wanted to get to know them, and I wanted them to feel comfortable with me as a human being and a person and know that I was going to be available and open to them, and that I wasn’t going to come on set and be like, ‘Where’s my make up?! Where’s my trailer?!’ and be a huge bitch and make this The Gaga Show. The most important thing to me was that that did not happen.”

Lady Gaga’s full interview airs on E! News Tuesday night at 7 p.m. EST and 11 p.m. EST. American Horror Story: Hotel premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST on FX.

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