Last night, Lady Gaga took the stage with “The Hunting Ground” filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, plus songwriter Diane Warren, at the Times Center as part of the TimesTalks series to discuss their song, “Til It Happens to You,” and the traumatic experiences they went through that were their inspiration for writing it. The song was written for the documentary, which investigates the campus rape epidemic, and currently is in the mix for this year’s Oscar race for Best Original Song.
Gaga and Ziering opened up about their own experiences with sexual assault and how those experiences led them to the highly personal lyrics. Gaga revealed that she was raped at 19, and that it took her seven years to speak out about it. She also commented on her struggle not to let that trauma define her as a person.
“I think it was important to everyone that the person involved with singing the song had been abused, or had an experience like that, so it was authentic,” she said about being approached to write the song for the film. “To me it was important to me that we keep the integrity of that when we were making the record.”
See the whole talk above, and watch “The Hunting Ground” streaming on Amazon and iTunes.