There’s this thing in Hollywood called a four-quadrant movie. It’s a film that appears to a quartet of demographics: female and male, over 25 and under 25. It’s one of the reasons why Star Wars (sci-fi and romance, sweet-ass laser swords and adorable teddy bears) became such a phenomenon, or at least that’s what big-shot producers and executives tell themselves. The four-quadrant rule also applies to the small screen, where Ryan Murphy will attribute the success of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story to it being a “real four-quadrant show, which I’ve really never done before.”
Lady Gaga is a four-quadrant person. The “Perfect Illusion” singer — who was recently confirmed as the Super Bowl LI halftime-show performer — is popular with men and women, and her music resonates with teens and old people who buy Tony Bennett albums. She further expanded her I’m-for-everyone empire last year, with her Golden Globe-winning performance on American Horror Story: Hotel, and she’s doing it again this season on American Horror Story: Roanoke. Gaga hasn’t been on the show much yet, but she made quite the nearly unrecognizable first impression in last night’s bloody episode.
Here she is stealing some dude’s scalp.