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Lady Gaga Studied Robert Durst For Her Role on ‘American Horror Story’

The Golden Globe winner stated she watched the accused murderer on "The Jinx" and studied the practical nature in which he was devious and evil.

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Lady Gaga is known for her talent as an artist, extravagant persona, eccentric costumes that add to her stage presence and most recently as The Countess in “American Horror Story: Hotel.” The Golden Globe winner spoke about what influenced her vampire, man-eating role during Variety’s and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” series and revealed that she studied murder suspect Robert Durst from “The Jinx” to get into character.

“Every day I would watch Robert Durst in ‘The Jinx’ and his wife Debrah Durst and I would sort of study the practical nature in which he was devious and evil,” she told Jamie Lee Curtis. “He just has this extremely practical way of explaining how he’s going conceal the fact that he’s dumped a body in a river and kept it in his house and cut up his best friend.”

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“So that I let that inform me as The Countess because if I was going to take a guy home and f*** him and then eat him, I wouldn’t know exactly how to do that,” she added.

“Which order?” teased Curtis.

“Well I know which order I might have to do it in,” Gaga explained. “Well, for The Countess though that order is debatable, right? Because she’s into that sort of necro-romance as well. But during that time, you know, I became a lot more wild and crazy and matter-of-fact about things. Who I am as an artist and person changed.”

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During the interview Curtis also asked the “Born This Way” singer if Lady Gaga is a character that she made up and how it differs from the real Stephanie.

“What I am as Gaga really is, at this moment, what other people think Gaga is. It’s not necessarily what I am entirely,” she explained. “It is a bit of a creation, but I think actually, at this point now, it’s other people that have created, through what I have made, their perception of what Gaga is as a separate entity from me.”

Adding, “What I am at any given moment is some sort of amalgamation of myself Stephanie, the young Italian-American girl from New York that’s an actress and a songwriter and a rebel. Another part of me is what I’m creatively interested in at the time.”

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