Lady Gaga has revealed she “hasn’t seen” the new Netflix documentary about his life behind the scenes.
Gaga: Five Feet and Two is currently on display at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), but it will make its debut on the streaming service later this month.
“This film is not my vision, it is [director] Chris [Moukarbel]’s vision. I am just a party because it is my life,” he told reporters on Friday.
Moukarbel said Gaga was initially a “reluctant participant” in the film.
“It’s a hard thing to allow someone to come into your life, and I think it happened slowly and organically, and there were points where he could have pulled the plug on it, but allowed it to happen and then we had a finished film,” he said.
“I never had the impression that she was in need of a documentary, was a reluctant participant.”
The film follows the singer Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, as she prepares for her Super Bowl performance, and prepare for the release of his fifth studio album Joanne.
“It was a difficult period,” the singer said. “There were extreme highs, and my life has completely changed in the most wonderful that I would never take, but also included is the lowest of the low.”
Five Feet and Two is to attract a lot of attention at TIFF-perhaps more so than even the organizers or promoters expected.
A press conference was hastily scheduled with 24 hours notice in the light of the wave of interest from the media, the film has received.
Gaga said that she was surprised that his life was considered interesting enough for a documentary.
He explained that, at the beginning of the process, she would ask Moukarbel, “are you sure that you want to be here? This is so boring”, but added that it settled in to have a camera crew to follow her very quickly.
“I was aware of Chris, perhaps, for a moment, but quickly got to know the way that I am,” he said.
“Having cameras in your face a lot is difficult, because on top of that I would like to have follow me, if it was someone that I wanted to see artistically how he viewed my life?”
“He became part of the family, and still not know him very closely, as a friend, I know him as a filmmaker who was in our team, documenting my life.”
Some scenes of the film shows his battle against the chronic pain he has suffered due to a hip injury.
“I hope that the people watching the fight, the chronic pain know that they are not alone,” he said.
“I want people to watch it because they see me dance and sing, I work through it, it can be done, and we need to stand together. I do not hide it, because I think rain is a part of me.”
Despite not having seen it herself, the 31-year-old said that she was just happy that his close circle of friends and family liked the documentary.
“They told me I was beautiful. My best friend loved it, my sister liked it, I guess all you can really ask for and go ahead,” Gaga said.
“The truth is that I love artistic and creative experience. And part of this is an honor that this thing is, that is not your thing to check.
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Gaga and Moukarbel had an understanding that he would stop recording, if you asked for something that should be kept private, but added that does not happen often.
“[My goal was] to be familiar and comfortable, but not beyond, where it would become too aware of me,” the director said.
“There was an understanding that I would like to turn off the camera immediately if you wanted me.”
Moukarbel added how much he admired Gaga for to be aware of the fact that she is a role model for his fans.
“She is aware of his platform, how girls and women see her. I could see that she knows that the power and influence, in the way that young women think that there is a story of what it means to be both powerful and vulnerable,” he said.
Gaga has also reflected on how the nature of celebrity has changed to the times of social media.
He said: “I think that we all have the responsibility to use our voices for positivity. With social media, this is the first time that virtually all of them have a microphone to speak, and everyone should be using that for good.”
But, he added: “the Music is powerful enough, dare I say it, is infinitely more powerful than a tweet, a selfie of me or a statement of what I think about the world.
“Music is a way to heal the people, its vibrations, its science. When it comes to speakers, there are things that happen in your body, your spirit, which is not the same as reading something on the internet.”
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