Lady Gaga has acted since 2001

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - FALL 2018 ARTS GUIDE - By Tara Pan­iogue and Jevon Phillips

After a decade in the pub­lic eye thanks to her wildly suc­cess­ful mu­sic ca­reer, Lady Gaga (aka Ste­fani Joanne An­gelina Ger­man­otta) is bet­ting big on her act­ing ca­reer with a star­ring role in Bradley Cooper’s re­make of “A Star Is Born.”

But while this may be her big­gest role to date, it’s far from her first. Her on­screen ap­pear­ances date back to 2001 — a full seven years be­fore “Just Dance” turned her into a house­hold name.

As with her genre-cross­ing songs, each of her past TV and film ap­pear­ances has man­aged to show dif­fer­ent sides be­yond the Lady Gaga per­sona.

Be­fore “A Star Is Born” hits the­aters on Oct. 5, see where it all be­gan.

“The So­pra­nos,” 2001: When she was just 15, Ger­man­otta made her act­ing de­but on a 2001 episode of “The So­pra­nos.” In the ninth episode of the third sea­son, ti­tled “The Tell­tale Moozadell,” she makes an un­cred­ited ap­pear­ance as a class­mate of A.J. So­prano’s (Robert Iler) seated by the swim­ming pool and smok­ing a ci­garette while A.J. and some other class­mates take an after-hours dip in the school pool. One thing leads to an­other and the kids end up throw­ing fur­ni­ture and other school equip­ment in the pool and smash­ing a glass tro­phy case. “Boil­ing Point,” 2005: The same year Ger­man­otta dropped out of NYU, she made an ap­pear­ance on an MTV re­al­ity show that gives un­wit­ting par­tic­i­pants money after sub­ject­ing them to pa­tience-test­ing sit­u­a­tions. As a pa­tron in a restau­rant, Gaga was the first of three con­tes­tants to lose their cool when the food they or­dered was taken away and re­placed with a raunchy plate of food. Sadly, she didn’t last the 14 min­utes needed to win the money.

“Lady Gaga & the Mup­pets’ Hol­i­day Spec­tac­u­lar,” 2013: After her planned ap­pear­ance in 2011’s “The Mup­pets” was cut for time, Lady Gaga teamed with Ker­mit & Co. for a hol­i­day spe­cial at ABC. She got a lit­tle help from her fa­mous friends, in­clud­ing El­ton John, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt, Kris­ten Bell and Ru Paul. They com­bined forces to sing sea­sonal fa­vorites and a few hits from the singer-song­writer her­self like “Ap­plause” and “Man­i­cure.” She later teamed with the Mup­pets again, mak­ing a cameo in 2014’s “Mup­pets Most Wanted” along­side fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Tony Ben­nett.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” 2014: Lady Gaga played a wait­ress named Bertha in a scene with a beaten up Johnny (Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt), who mys­te­ri­ously pops up at the diner where she works. She gives him a glass of wa­ter and, be­cause he doesn’t “stink of any­thing I don’t like” and re­minds her of an old boyfriend, she gives him a few dol­lars to help him on his way.

“Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel,” 2015-16: In her largest act­ing role to date, Gaga joined the fifth sea­son of Ryan Mur­phy’s FX an­thol­ogy “Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story.” She went on to win a Golden Globe for best ac­tress in a lim­ited se­ries or TV movie for her sul­try por­trayal of the Count­ess. Gaga re­turned to the show the fol­low­ing sea­son, play­ing a woodsy witch in “Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Roanoke.”


Lady Gaga ap­pears in 2014’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

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