Lady Gaga Talks Playing 'House of Gucci' 'Murderer' Patrizia Reggiani as a 'Real Person' and 'Not a Caricature'

In House of Gucci, Lady Gaga portrays Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife of fashion designer Maurizio Gucci, for whom she hired a hitman to kill back in 1995

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Lady Gaga is opening up about portraying a real-life "murderer" on the big screen.

In Ridley Scott's House of Gucci, out Nov. 24, the singer stars as Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of famed fashion designer Maurizio Gucci (played by Adam Driver), chronicling the aftermath of his death after Reggiani hired a hitman to kill him in 1995.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal this week, Gaga details her new album Love for Sale with legend Tony Bennett and how she got into character for her cinematic follow-up to her Oscar-nominated performance in A Star Is Born.

"I knew I was about to play a murderer. I also knew how Tony feels about Italians being represented in film in terms of crime. I wanted to make a real person out of Patrizia, not a caricature," explained Gaga, who said she spent six months perfecting her Italian accent, before spending another six months staying in the accent.

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"I felt the best way to honor Maurizio and Italians was for my performance to be authentic, from the perspective of a woman. Not an Italian-American woman, but an Italian woman," she added.

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"Choosing to work in a film that's set in Italy is where my heart lies. When I went over to film this year, every day I was able to plant my feet on the ground and know that I was in a place where my family lived before coming here and working hard so I could have a better life," she told WSJ.

House of Gucci also stars Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Reeve Carney, and Jack Huston.

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In the first trailer for the crime drama from July, Gaga struts onto the scene wearing luxury designer clothing as Patrizia, saying in a voice-over, "It was a name that sounded so sweet, so seductive. Synonymous with wealth, style, power. But that name was a curse, too."

Gaga revealed on May 8 that filming had concluded on the movie, sharing a photo on Instagram of herself with Scott and captioning it, "That's a wrap, Rid. #HouseOfGucci."

Reggiani, now 72, served 18 years in prison and was released in 2016, but she still contends she was wrongfully convicted. In the 2018 special People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion, she said, "I am not guilty, but I am not innocent. All the things that happened were a misunderstanding."

The disgraced socialite reportedly told Italian news outlet ANSA earlier this year that she is "rather annoyed" Gaga is portraying her "without having had the consideration and sensibility to come and meet me."

House of Gucci debuts in theaters Nov. 24.

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