“There will be some of my pain on the record for sure, but it will be more than that.”
That’s a promise Lady Gaga proclaimed in her new interview with James Franco for the V magazine issue she’s overseeing. In their new intimate interview together, Gaga opened up about working on American Horror Story: Hotel, channeling her recklessness and how she feels more alive now than ever.
“I don’t think that any artist has to identify with one medium more than another,” Gaga says of balancing acting, performing, music and fashion. “I think it’s okay and beautiful to be studied in many. I suppose I just don’t really care because I love it so much and nothing could be worth more than somebody lighting the fire of my passion. I know that you know that…you go through stints in your career doing things that don’t make you feel really fulfilled and a part of you dies. [When] you start to work on something where you’re alive again, nothing could be worth more than that. I’m just so alive. I get to go to rehearsal in my jeans and my T-shirt with my actors and we just go in there and we sit down and we talk about the scenes. I feel like I’m in college again, only it’s better because I hated college.”
On her new album, Gaga admits she’s “been writing a lot for the past year,” adding “the show has really affected my voice.”
“I’m using my listening from acting in my music more, which is crucial because it’s music. Who knew I could listen even more? It’s amazing to even talk about. There’s a tremendous freedom and a recklessness, but there’s also a sophistication in the show. There’s a lot of liberation, but it’s a very chic liberation. Here’s what I will say: when I wasn’t working on the show I was truly miserable because I had no safe house to get out any of my vices. Now I have a safe house for my vices so when I’m making music I just have a lot more clarity. I have a little less of an instinct to be reckless with my music now because I’m reckless in other places. So now I’m thinking more about what it is I want to say and what I want to leave on Earth. It’s less an expression of all my pain. There will be some of my pain on the record for sure, but it will be more than that. My last album was riddled with a ton of pain. That whole record. It’s almost like you couldn’t even get to what it is. Now, the show gives me an outlet to put things somewhere, so when I get to the piano I’m in a deeper place already. I have something completely other to explore.”
Read the full interview here.