June 15, 2024

Lady Gaga insisted that she be called ‘Lee’ on ‘Joker 2’ Set

  • “Joker 2” cinematographer Larry Sher said Lady Gaga stayed in character on set.
  • Gaga insisted on being called “Lee” on set, he said.
  • “I remember not knowing Stefani at all,” Sher said.

Lady Gaga insisted on being called “Lee” on the set of “Joker: Folie à Deux,” according to the film’s cinematographer.

Gaga announced, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta via Twitter that she will accompanied by Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel last year. She will play Harley Quinn, who has historically had a toxic love affair with the titular character.

During an appearance on “The Trenches Talk” podcast on WednesdayLarry Sher, the cinematographer for both “Joker” and its upcoming sequel, said he felt he never met the real Gaga because she was committed to being in character while on the set.

“I remember not knowing Stefani at all and, strangely, I felt like I hadn’t really met her even during the makeup/hair test,” Sher said.

“I remember for a week being like, ‘God, I think we were like disconnected, not even connected. We are opposites,'” Sher went on. “And I’d say to my crew, ‘Jesus, I can’t break it. I think she hates me or we hate each other or there’s something weird going on here.'”

He continued: “I hardly said anything except to say, ‘Stefani, this is where your second team was’ or whatever. It was just little things, like that.”

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix on the series "Joker: Madness for Two"

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix on the set of “Joker: Folie à Deux.”

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According to Sher, an assistant director told the cinematographer to call Gaga “Lee” on set instead of her real name so she could stay in character. Lee appears to be a shortened version of Harley.

“I was like, ‘Oh, 100%.’ And then literally the next thing I said was something ‘Lee,’ and it was like everything changed,” Sher said. “From that point on it was like their whole relationship changed and I was like, ‘Well, okay, cool.’ That’s what I wanted and that changed everything.”

Sher had experience with actors who stayed in character as he said Phoenix stayed in character on the set of the first “Joker” movie.

“With him, I remember early on, he was like 100% in character all the time, and the second day, he came quietly to me and said, ‘I’m sorry for being whatever, like weird. I just have to wait,'” Sher remembered. “And I was like, ‘Oh jeez, please don’t even. Stop apologizing. Just do your thing. Don’t worry about it at all.'”

This is not the first time Gaga has used method acting for a film role.

Lady Gaga pointing at her ring

Lady Gaga in “House of Gucci.”


In 2021, the singer said “Poker Face”. British Vogue that she lived as her “House of Gucci” character Patrizia Reggiani “for a year and a half” and spoke with an “Italian accent for nine months” during the filming process.

Because she “didn’t break” character, Gaga said she eventually struggled to adjust to her normal life again after the shooting.

“I had some psychological difficulty at one point towards the end of filming,” she said. “I was in my hotel room, living and talking like Reggiani, or I was on the set, living and talking with her. I remember one day I went out to Italy with a hat to go for a walk. I hadn’t walked in the last two months and I panicked.”

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