Lady Gaga discusses “Lady Gaga,” in part, being a character, during Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” series

“What I am as Gaga really is, at this moment, what other people think Gaga is. It’s not necessarily what I am entirely,” she said. “Even if I feel like Gaga, meaning this stronger individual person of myself that I discovered being young in New York, loving music, meeting with young artists, working with musicians, with writers, studying this scene and being involved in the lifestyle.”

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She started calling herself Gaga after others called her that. It was a nickname that she created for herself “at her best.”

“It is a bit of a creation, but I think actually, at this point now, it’s other people that have created, through what I have made, their perception of what Gaga is as a separate entity from me,” she said.

“What I am at any given moment is some sort of amalgamation of myself Stephanie, the young Italian-American girl from New York that’s an actress and a songwriter and a rebel. Another part of me is what I’m creatively interested in at the time with music and how that culture and lifestyle and the art that arose out of that is influencing me as I’m sort of reading it and writing music,” said Gaga.

The entire interview can be watched when the two-part fourth-season premiere of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal. Presented by Shopbop/East Dane, the episodes will also be available to stream on Variety.com.