Lin-Manuel Miranda & Lady Gaga Discuss Directors, Connecting With Audiences in Latest 'Actors on Actors' Conversation

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Lady Gaga arrives at the American Cinematheque Award ceremony honoring Bradley Cooper on Nov. 29, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down for Variety’s "Actors on Actors," where they discussed working with A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns directors, as well as thinking of social media as a tool to "use your voice."

"Looking back on my career, I created all these characters for each of my albums, because I was not an actress," Gaga said of transitioning into her first big movie role. "I created the star of my own movie, and that was it. When I have created characters on my own through my music, I have complete control. When you’re dealing with a script, costume department, props department, set design, lighting and producers, you have to collaborate with other people."

She also noted that a few scenes in the smash film featured some of her own fans as extras, which helped her feel more comfortable and felt "exhilarating." Miranda compared it to his own experience getting in front of the camera for the Mary Poppins remake, a stark difference than performing in front of massive Broadway crowds. "The fun for me was realizing, all right, 'what’s the adrenaline source?'" he said. "Because I get so much adrenaline from the audience when I’m performing in Hamilton. Who’s in the front row? What’s the energy? Is it a matinee energy? Is it 'these people had this date circled in blood' energy? For me, the adrenaline source became 'we’re never going to be here again.'"

Watch the full interview below.


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