Gaga says this is a game-changer.

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Lady Gaga’s saw the light, shies away.

Lady Gaga’s iconic cover for EW magazine dropped yesterday (Aug. 26), and today a batch of new photos showing off Gaga’s sinister Countess character were released. In the shots, Gaga gives the camera a glaring look as she’s pictured with splotches of blood on her face and neck. This is “the art of darkness,” as she puts it, and will inspire her new solo pop record following the jazz collaboration “Cheek To Cheek” with Tony Bennett.

“It will inform me from this day forward, everyday more and more,” Gaga tells EW.

Gaga blocked a time in her hectic schedule to focus on filming for the show.

“This is my focus right now,” says Gaga. “I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy. So it was planned out for me to do one project at a time and give my full attention to each so I can enjoy myself. I can give myself fully to the cast. If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years. They’re extremely talented. I walked in on my first day and I was like, ‘I am going to give all of myself.’”

She believes her role is a game-changer.

“Pop culture puts us in our own lanes doesn’t it? They say, ‘Oh these are the music people and these are the television people and these are the movie people.’ I believe that Ryan also has an ability to affect pop culture as a whole. But then he’s going to affect the music world now because he’s believing in me as an actress.”

LG5 is shaping up to be quite the record!