It’s a tricky issue when you’re in the media and interviewing a powerful woman who you’re already a little enamoured by, or just flat out terrified of, and then as you begin to record, you realise that the almighty diva has lipstick on her toothy-pegs.
So I really did have to hand it to Tracy Grimson the other night, on A Current Affair, when not long after her interview with Lady Gaga had begun, she stopped short and informed the teacup-drinking star about the problem with her teeth.
With a woman as unusual as Gaga, how does one not know it’s not part of the act anyway?
Although I too had this situation whilst interviewing Lady Gaga, albeit only for radio, where I was thrown the awkward decision of whether to inform her Musical Highness that once again, she had bright red lippie all over her teeth.
But I feel bad now that neither I, nor my colleagues had the guts to fess up. Although In our defence from the time she walked in the door, dressed like some chap called Gary from a back-alley leather bar, it was painfully clear, she didn’t want a gutful of being there.
So it’s hard to want to save someone that seems to be so bored by you before you’ve even had a chance to actually bore her to death.
That was the last time I interviewed her first to face, but the first time was a lot better. She’d just had her first Number One single and was a relatively unknown.
Certainly we’d never seen her dressed in a meat frock, nor had we seen her arrive to an awards show inside an egg. Not even a hint of a Kermit the Frog, this was organic Gaga.
When I say organic, I mean, less budget for the ‘inspired’ wardrobe we’ve now come to know.
As I was winding up my pre-Gaga interview before the soon to be megastar walked in, I couldn’t help but give a second, and third look at the girl that was waiting through the window of the studio.
First glance without the specs and I could have made a fair guess it was a young Ace Frehley, but with a body shape more Kylie Minogue. Whatever it was, it was a long way from Taylor Swift.
‘Just Dance’, her first massive hit was also her only hit back then. And as with commercial radio, when the star is not yet a household name, we’d find something else to weave them into instead of some personal facts our audience might not have decided they care about yet.
So I was charged with the mission of asking Lady Gaga what she thought of a few of Adelaide’s young football guys. Blokes that played for a local club, which we were in the throes of doing a competition for.
She played along beautifully, told me who she’d ‘give one too’, (her words, not mine), and when she left, I decided I was a fan.
A few hit song’s later, and the next time I see my new friend, not only is the voice completely different, the attitude was too. It was, I’ll say, a tad disappointing. Not that I expected a secret pinky handshake or anything, just a smile co-ordinated with hello would do.
I’m over it now, because eccentrics like Gaga rarely come without a few sub-personalities in tow.
And it’s not just her music that makes her a star! She connects with her fans on a deeper level than most of her contemporaries. Bullied at school and even thrown into a dumpster, she’s become the Queen of an Empire that wasn’t always cool.
It can’t be underestimated how much of an inspiration an icon like Gaga must be, to so many of her fans. As the Lady herself sings, it’s about having the strength to shout “baby I was born this way.”
Followed by a little “So suck on that!” Yes, my words, not hers, she’s far too cool for that.