Lady Gaga only wanted to be called ‘Lee’ on ‘Joker’ sequel set, DP says
Lady Gaga only wanted to be called ‘Lee’ on Joker sequel set, DP says: ‘I didn’t know Stefani at all’
“I remember for like a week being like, God, I feel like we’re like disconnecting,” Joker: Folie à Deux cinematographer Lawrence Sher said of pre-Lee Gaga.
By Joey Nolfi July 20, 2023 at 09:31 PM EDT
The Oscar-winning songwriter and actress reportedly wanted to be called “Lee” as she filmed her role as DC Comics villain Harley Quinn on the set of director Todd Phillips‘ upcoming blockbuster Joker: Folie à Deux, the film’s cinematographer said.
“I remember I didn’t know Stefani at all and, strangely, I felt like I never even really met her, even during the makeup and hair test,” Oscar-nominated DP Lawrence Sher told The Trenches podcast, referencing the A Star Is Born performer’s real name, Stefani Germanotta. “I remember for like a week being like, God, I feel like we’re like disconnecting, not even connecting, we’re like, on opposites. I’d say to my crew, ‘Jesus, I can’t like crack it. I feel like she either hates me or we hate each other, or there’s something weird going on here.'”
Lady Gaga filming ‘Joker Folie à Deux’
Sher, who received an Academy Award for his work on framing returning star Joaquin Phoenix in 2019’s Joker, said he’d “barely say anything” to Gaga at first, outside of “minor little things” on the production — all while using the name “Stef” to address her.
“And then, the AD at one point said, ‘oh, you know, Stef would like if you just called her Lee on set’, and I was like, ‘Oh, 100 percent,’ and…. the next thing I said was something ‘Lee,’ and it was like everything changed,” Sher continued. “From that point on it was like, our whole connection changed. I was like, alright, cool, that’s all I need to know. That changed everything. Then we made the rest of the movie, and it was much more of connection.”
Representatives for Gaga and Phillips did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
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Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’
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Gaga joined Phoenix’s Joker sequel in mid-2022, with filming wrapping this spring. The project is a musical continuation of the first film that reportedly follows Harley Quinn and Joker’s complicated romance while at Arkham Asylum.
Paparazzi photos taken during filming in New York City appeared to show Gaga in a stripped-down version of Harley Quinn’s traditional costume, sporting messy clown makeup, stringy blonde hair, a checkered blouse, a leather skirt, and a crimson jacket.
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