The price of super stardom is high — so high that many don’t survive it. Whatever you may think of her music, Lady Gaga has delivered wildly inventive persona along with affirming pop bangers for over a decade now, and lived to tell the tale. In this day and age, that’s an accomplishment worth celebrating, and a new behind-the-scenes documentary intends to do just that. The somewhat enigmatically titled “Gaga: Five Foot Two” released its first official trailer today, and it’s full of the kind of thoughtful and provocative declarations one would expect from the pop the diva.
“When producers wanted me to be sexy, I always put some absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control,” she says, as the trailer cycles through just a mere fraction of her iconic looks. She gets vulnerable at other moments, her voice shaky as she says: “I go from everyone touching me all day, and talking at me all day, to total silence. And all these people will leave, and then I’ll be alone.”
Of course, one can never tell exactly how pared down and raw a superstar will get, and throughout her career Lady Gaga has been a master at keeping the public interested while keeping them at bay. The film promises to explore her family life and humble origins, with scenes with her Grandmother and at a family christening. In true Andy Warhol fashion, she says: “I can always bring my past with me. But I can never go back. You gotta leave yourself behind.”
“Gaga: Five Foot Two” premieres on netflix on September 22. Watch the trailer below: