Surrounding creative control.

Lady Gaga opens up about her new Netflix documentary, Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two.

There’s a lot to cover here, so we’ll get right to it. Lady Gaga and Emmy-nominated director Chris Moukarbel participated in a sit-down Q&A / press conference today (Sep. 8) to discuss their film centered around Mother Monster’s life in and out of the spotlight. The biggest takeaway? This is not Gaga’s vision; she surrendered creative control to Moukarbel, and accepting that allowed the the movie to become something greater than ~just~ a documentary.

“The most important thing in this process was that this film didn’t come across as big and commercial,” Gaga said. “For everyone who is watching it, I don’t want them to see how perfect everything is. That’s simply not true. That would not be in line with me as an artist. The most important thing is to be authentic.”

She added: “This is Chris’ vision, I’m just a party to this because it’s my life… I’m not in the business of trying to make you all like me, I’m into business of creating, music, experiences and art.”

There’s also a tender moment where Gaga begins to open up about filming her chronic pain, but begins to get emotional.

“There’s a very strong piece of me that believes pain is a microphone. It does me no good unless I transform into something that is. I hope people watching this who are struggling with chronic pain, know that they aren’t alone,” said Gaga.

“(The film) was freeing for because there’s a degree of self deprecation that goes along with pain. I want people who watch it, to know there’s no way that I live without out just because I sing and dance. I want people to know that I struggle with things just like them and that we need to stick together.”

It’s more than 15-minutes long, but definitely worth the watch (shout-out to Gaga’s answer on the power of music):

Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two beams to Netflix on Sept. 22.

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