Lady Gaga Believes Patrizia Reggiani Sent "Large Swarms of Flies" to Follow Her Around While Filming 'House of Gucci'

Lady of the Gaga; Lord of the Flies

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 11, 2022

One simply cannot deny the cultural impact of Lady Gaga's recent portrayal of Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott's House of Gucci — and not only did she labour through method acting for nine months to nail her character's accent, but she was forced to deal with uninvited insect sidekicks while filming.

The pop star believes Reggiani herself sent the swarms of flies to follow her around, as the woman the Italian pressed dubbed "The Black Widow" notoriously disapproved of the film being made about her life. She was especially insulted that Lady Gaga was unwilling to meet with her before production started.

In a new interview with W Magazine, the acclaimed musician-turned-acclaimed actor dropped an unforgettable quote about the ominous presence she felt from Reggiani while on set and how it played into the process of letting go of the character that she poured so much into:

On the last day of filming [House of Gucci], I was on the balcony of my apartment in Rome and I was blasting Dean Martin singing "Mambo Italiano," and I had a cigarette hanging out of my mouth. I was Patrizia. But I knew I had to say goodbye to her: large swarms of flies kept following me around, and I truly began to believe that she had sent them. I was ready to let her go.

Swarms of flies are an example of what many spiritualists among us would refer to as a "bad omen"; the buzzing insects are often considered harbingers of disaster, or at least news of some sort. They're also commonly associated with death, since they tend to find themselves drawn to decomposition.

But perhaps the flies were merely Gaga's biggest fans, following her until she loves them.

Channelling more omnipotence, Lady Gaga recently admitted that she knows exactly what she did wrong in her 2001 cameo on The Sopranos.

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