Despite the reporting of many prestigious tabloids, Gaga didn’t play Donatella Versace on ‘American Crime Story’. What was the reason behind it? Let’s find out.
After winning the prestigious Golden Globe for Best Actress in a limited series for portraying ‘The Countess’ in ‘American Crime Story: Hotel’, and gracing another season as the witch of the wood, Lady Gaga had made a special place in the hearts of ‘American Crime Story’ fans worldwide. Over the years, fans of Lady Gaga have showered her with immense admiration for her impeccable singing, persona, and her not so ordinary fashion skills.
Adding another feather to her cap, Lady Gaga pleasantly surprised people with her acting skills as well.
- Lady Gaga as the perfect Donatella
- Why Lady Gaga didn’t play Donatella Versace on ‘American Crime Story’?
- Lady Gaga’s documentary
- Who played Gianni Versace’s sister in ‘American Crime Story’?
Before her acting stint on ‘American Crime Story’, she had managed to play small roles in ‘The Sopranos’ and made cameos in shows like ‘The Muppets’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’.
Lady Gaga as the perfect Donatella
Ardent followers of the show were delighted to learn that Lady Gaga would be entering the show again as fashion designer Donatella Versace.
Apart from their uncanny resemblance, Gaga and Donatella have been considered to be close friends. Donatella chose Lady Gaga as the star of her Versace Spring ad campaign in 2014. While Lady Gaga wrote and recorded a special tribute song to her called “Donatella” in her famous album Artpop. Hence, without even a shadow of a doubt, Gaga was always considered to be ringing Donatella alive on the screen, especially given the equation she shared.
Adding fuel to these rumours was when executive producer Ryan Murphy hinted at it during a panel at “Entertainment Weekly’s” PopFest in Los Angeles. When a panel moderator suggested that Lady Gaga would be “the perfect Donatella”, Murphy meekly replied, “Ya think?” with a subtle grin.
Why Lady Gaga didn’t play Donatella Versace on ‘American Crime Story’?
Much to the disappointment of fans of the American pop star, Lady Gaga didn’t play Donatella Versace on ‘American Crime Story’. Executive producer Ryan Murphy announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that Lady Gaga was not going to be part of the filming of the 1987 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. He further added that
“She’s a friend. But she’s very busy this next year — she’s doing Super Bowl and then she’s doing A Star Is Born and I believe that she’s going on tour. And when you’re going to do a show like Versace, it’s a five-month commitment, it’s a very big show, we’re shooting it all over the world. So I just don’t think with her schedule, I knew that it would never have worked. But I would love to work with her on something in the future”.
Lady Gaga’s documentary
In her documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’, some light was shed on the reason behind why Lady Gaga didn’t play Donatella Versace on ‘American Crime Story’. In a footage released in the documentary, Lady Gaga and the ‘American Crime Story’ producers are seen arguing.
It was said that Gaga could not go ahead due to the unexpected changes in creative choices.
“When they wanted me to be sexy or they wanted me to be pop, I always put some absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control”
It was also said that, at that time, Gaga was on the verge of a breakup with her then-boyfriend, Taylor Kinney. She was also constantly suffering from a painful case of fibromyalgia. But whether upheavals in both Gaga’s professional and personal lives are the actual reasons has not been officially confirmed.
Who played Gianni Versace’s sister in ‘American Crime Story’?
Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz was roped into playing the role of Gianni Versace’s sister and business partner, Donatella for the “Assassination of Gianni Versace” chapter of FX’s ‘American Crime Story’. It was Cruz’s first TV role in ‘American Crime Story’, and it earned her a supporting actress Emmy nomination.
The second season of the ‘American Crime Story’ was set around the 1997 murder of Donatella’s brother Gianni Versace. In a shocking turn of events, Gianni was gunned down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan who, a week later, committed suicide. No one could figure out the real reason behind Cunanan killing Gianni Versace. Hence, the season of ‘American Crime Story’ attempted to resolve this mystery for many people.
Do you feel Cruz portrayed Donatella well on screen or would Lady Gaga have done it better? Let us know in the comment section below!