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.
And serving as Kathy Bates’ lap dog.
It’s still unclear who Lady Gaga is playing, or why she looks like Carole King’s nightmare, but hopefully her character finally gets Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding, Jr. to leave their house. Seriously, guys, it’s not worth it.