Actor Cheyenne Jackson recalled the anxiety he experienced before meeting Lady Gaga at the american horror story set, and how Gaga pulled a prank on him, which ended up instantly easing his nerves.
“I had a lot of nervous energy going into a show like that,” he recalled in the Behind the velvet rope with David Yontef podcast. “I had never done anything like this. But she knew how to act and she knew how to be, and she knew how to create a character. So I was like, let’s go for this. I was mostly nervous about meeting her just because I was such a big fan of hers and I wanted to get rid of that quickly so we could build our relationship on screen. And I remember telling my husband, I was like, I’m just, ‘Today is the day I’m going to meet her.
Lady Gaga made Cheyenne Jackson think she was already in character
“And I’m so nervous,” he recalled. “It’s like, just be yourself. He is great. He’s fine. So I’m in my trailer, I’m getting ready, and they said she wants to meet us, you know? And then she walks in and she walks onto the set and she’s completely in character as the Countess and she’s got blonde hair and white eyebrows and sloping shoulders, she was just fabulous. And she liked reaching out and said, ‘Will Drake.’ And I was like, oh my gosh, does she have a complete character? Am I supposed to be doing this too?
“Like, I had this whole panic in my head and she’s like, ‘I’m just kidding. My name is Stephanie. And she from the beginning was fucking great. There is no other way to say it. She pulled no punches for being new to this and wanting to be cool. I would see her openly just say to Kathy Bates or Sarah Paulson or anybody, help me if I’m not in the right place, you know, whatever they can impart.”
Cheyenne Jackson and Lady Gaga are now friends
Jackson recalled how Gaga had a voracious appetite for learning and abhorred everything around her. “She was a sponge and she was great and then she won the Golden Globe. And you know, she is now a big movie star and not for nothing. So she was great. And we’ve stayed friends and she’s one of our great artists, really.”
Although Jackson is a trained actor, he learned a lot from Gaga about acting. “The first thing that comes to mind is freedom with your body. You know that she is so free and so comfortable with her body. Even if he has moments when he’s not there, he fakes it,” he said.
She helped him get through a nude scene.
She used the Gaga approach for the nude scene she had on american horror story. “I had never done a nude scene before. I had never done a scene like that,” she said. “I was like, OK, here we go. And Matt Bomer was there and like he was doing his thing and it was very intimidating. And then I get on set with her and she’s like, she’s like a mom. She’s like a slash mom theater girl. She just took care of me. She took care of everyone. She wasn’t even thinking about being naked.”
“She just makes you feel like you’re going to be okay and everything is going to be okay,” he added. “And embrace yourself and even if the parts of your body you don’t think are perfect, just own and love yourself. And I really, really learned that from her because she was so comfortable, you know?
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Lady Gaga pranked Cheyenne Jackson on ‘AHS’ set: ‘She had a lot of nervous energy’
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