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model role Lady Gaga 'spent half a year' living as her House of Gucci character Patrizia Reggiani

Even when off the camera, the hit maker stayed in character as the 'Black Widow'

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Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in Milan on the set of House of Gucci. Photos: Getty

Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in Milan on the set of House of Gucci. Photos: Getty

Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in Milan on the set of House of Gucci. Photos: Getty

Lady Gaga has revealed that she spent a year-and-a-half living as her House of Gucci character Patrizia Reggiani.

The 35-year-old singer and actress plays the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci in the biographical crime drama.

In 1995, Maurizio, head of the Gucci fashion house was shot dead by a hitman hired by Patrizia in a murder for hire plot.

Speaking to Vogue for their November 2021 edition, Gaga opened up about how she got into character for the film.

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Real thing: Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani

Real thing: Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani

Real thing: Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani

“It is three years since I started working on it and I will be fully honest and transparent I lived as her for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that.” Even off camera the songstress remained in character and even dyed her hair darker to mimic the press dubbed ‘Black Widow.’

“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. I started to take photographs as well.”

“I have no evidence that Patrizia was a photographer, but I thought as an exercise, and finding her interests in life, that I would become a photographer, so I took my point-and-shoot camera everywhere that I went. I noticed that Patrizia loved beautiful things. If something wasn’t beautiful, I deleted it.”

Gaga said if she was not a superstar she would like to have been a reporter and used this approach to piece together the personality of Patrizia for herself.

“I only felt that I could truly do this story justice if I approached it with the eye of a curious woman who was interested in possessing a journalistic spirit so that I could read between the lines of what was happening in the film’s scenes.”

“Meaning that nobody was going to tell me who Patrizia Gucci was,” she said, “not even Patrizia Gucci.”

Patrizia, who is alive and living in Milan is not all too pleased that Lady Gaga didn’t go and meet her.

“I am quite annoyed by the fact that Lady Gaga is playing me in the new Ridley Scott film without even having the foresight and sensitivity to come and meet me,” she told an Italian journalist.

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On January 31st 1997, Patrizia Reggiani, formerly Gucci, was arrested and accused of hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband who was shot dead outside his office almost two years previously.

She was sentenced to 29 years in prison following a trial. In October 2011 she was eligible for parole as part of a work-release programme but refused saying "I've never worked in my life and I'm certainly not going to start now". The former socialite was released early on good behaviour in October 2016 after serving 18 years behind bars.

House of Gucci is set to be released in Irish cinemas on Friday November 26th.

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