Cooper interviewed Gaga over several months, starting in London where they hit a pub together. Gaga, sporting Tim Burton-style Goth-chic, threw back whiskey while declaring “I’m a master of the art of fame.” But, after a brief montage of Monster Ball clips during which Cooper gave an overview of her career thus far for the uninitiated, the interview finally kicked into gear in Milan.
“I just didn’t want to wear clothes today,” Gaga said, wearing a flesh-toned leotard. This may also be the first time since achieving superstardom that she’s ever displayed her real hair, roots and all. With her new unvarnished look, she decided to open up about the inherent bloodlust of so much of today’s tabloid culture. When Cooper asked her about her blood-soaked 2009 VMAs performance of “Paparazzi,” she said, “That what everybody wants to know. ‘What’s she going to look like when she dies?’ Everyone wants to see the decay of the superstar. They want to see me vomiting at a nightclub….I’m not a vomit in a club kind of girl.”
But Mr. AC 360 was quick to point out that that could have been her—nice segue, Anderson! He got her to talk about her history of drug use. “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music,” she said. “I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke weed when I write. What artists do wrong is they lie, and I’m not a liar.” Gaga definitely has a caffeine addiction, though. Fans have become accustomed to seeing her perform with a giant teacup atop her piano—but tonight she was drinking coffee, and took a gigantic swig that even provoked a chuckle from Cooper. Of course, she also had a diamond in her cup, which she nearly swallowed, to Anderson’s concern.
My favorite part of the interview? When she took Anderson to her old Manhattan apartment building from her days of trying to “make it” on the Lower East Side club scene. She buzzed in “New York-style,” which means hitting every button on the intercom until somebody’s willing to let her in. She took the ’60 Minutes’ crew up to her apartment, but the current occupant didn’t want to be photographed, so…that was that. See, not everybody wants to be famous, Andy Warhol and Lady Gaga’s claims to the contrary.
In short, this was the rarest kind of popstar interview: candid, playful, precocious, drenched in irony, even a little insightful. What did you think of her interview, Music Mixers? Was Anderson Cooper the right man for the job? Do you feel like you got a glimpse of the “real” Gaga?