Lady Gaga Channels Bette Midler With ‘American Horror Story’ Starring Role?

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In a moonstruck sort of way, Mother Monster has shaken up the minds of fans with her chameleon-esque career moves. Only Lady Gaga can go from a glamorous tribute to Sounds of Music in a Mary Poppins manner to starring in “American Horror Story.” Imagine that?

Perhaps, it’s a road less followed that explains why Lady Gaga is turning the page on her seemingly failed career. Who can forget the abysmal ratings of ARTPOP? Or perhaps she’s channeling the venerable Bette Midler who danced on both sides the isle, and emerged out of the ashes to reinvent her career. After melting the hearts of millions from her Academy Awards performance, Gaga starring in the fifth season of American Horror Story, arguably, makes logical sense, citing a Variety report.

Daily Mail calls Lady Gaga’s role in the upcoming FX season her second act. However, one only has to dig deep into the Born this Way pop singer’s past to realize that she was prepped for a lead role on the big and small screens. In short, Gaga is not a familiar face that is slated to fill a void in a film cast gone awry. Here’s why.

Gaga, real name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, before disrupting pop culture, taking on male personas (“Jo Calderone”) and donning meat dresses, had another love: acting. Lady Gaga has a mean set of vocals, but she also has a knack for role-playing.

With a strong background at the prestigious New York University, a starring role in American Horror Story is backed by credentials. In other words, she’s not merely a knock-off artist with a dream of acting. Besides, her stage performances tell stories and captivate audiences in ways that mere vocals alone can’t pull off.

She’s starred in Machete Kills and made appearances in several other small budget films. Although they all bombed at the box office or were skewered by film critics, Gaga’s upcoming role is a lead and she has a solid franchise to build on.

Although her recent collaboration with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), which garnered her a Grammy, and her tribute to Julie Andrews signaled a tamer and more mature performer, Lady Gaga is not tossing out her inner weirdo and oddball. Her role in Horror is evidence of her ability to keep fans and critics wondering what she will do next.

Like Midler, who had a topsy-turvy career in film and music, but made a series of comebacks, Gaga is following suit. And by all early accounts, the ayes have it for her to do amazing in a fearless kind of way.

Spoiler alert: According to Huffington Post, a portion of the AHS plot /4/have something to do with chemical warfare – unofficially.

The fifth season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story premiere’s in October. How do you think Lady Gaga will fit in with the cast?




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