Lady Gaga’s Italian accent is not quite gucci in House of Gucci, at least according to some.
The pop star-turned-actress transformed into the infamous Patrizia Reggiani for the Ridley Scott-directed film, but people immediately started criticizing her accent when the first trailer dropped a couple of months ago.
In fact, one of the film’s on-set dialect coaches even criticized the “Rain on Me” singer’s accent, claiming she sounds like she’s from a completely different country!
Gaga Worked on Her Accent For Nearly a Year
For those who aren’t familiar with the plot of House of Gucci, the film tells the true story of Gaga’s character, Patrizia, who marries Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci.
She then gets caught up in all the wealth, power, and greed, which ultimately leads her to hire a hitman to kill her former husband.
Yes, this is a true story.
But, because Patrizia was in very wealthy circles after marrying Maurizio, Gaga had to change up her accent from time to time throughout filming.
“I started with a specific dialect from Vignola, then I started to work in the higher-class way of speaking that would have been more appropriate in places like Milan and Florence,” she recently told British Vogue.
“In the movie, you’ll hear that my accent is a little different depending on who I’m speaking to.”
Does It Sound Russian?
However, despite the fact she worked on the accent for months, plenty of people are convinced she sounds more Russian than Italian, including dialect coach Francesca De Martini.
Francesca, who was hired to help Salma Hayek get into her accent to play Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma, revealed she doesn’t think Gaga’s accent is correct.
“I feel bad saying this, but her accent is not exactly an Italian accent, it sounds more Russian,” she told The Daily Beast.
“I was noticing when I was on set, because I had earphones working with Salma and hearing what she was saying so I could help her to get it right, so I could hear Lady Gaga as well.’”
Ridley Came to Her Defense
Despite the criticism, Ridley came to Gaga’s defense during the film’s premiere in Los Angeles.
“She had the cadence of an Italian accent. She had that cadence down, and also the rhythm of an Italian accent. Her accent is not Russian. Same with Al [Pacino] and same with Jared [Leto],” he told Vanity Fair.
“They all got the rhythm of an Italian accent. She should not be criticized. She did the rhythm all day at home and off the set. She even got me to speak with an Italian cadence!”
Guess we’ll all have to wait until Thanksgiving Day when the film comes out to see for ourselves!