Lady Gaga Collaborator Jonas Akerlund Expects ‘Great’ Things From Her

‘She can probably do anything she wants,’ ‘Paparazzi’ and ‘Telephone’ director tells us at SXSW.

By Kara Warner

<P>After the mostly positive reviews of <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/lady_gaga/artist.jhtml">Lady Gaga</a>'s first music-video directorial effort on <a href="/news/articles/1675270/lady-gaga-marry-the-night-music-video.jhtml">"Marry the Night"</a>. It's fair to assume that we fans can expect more Gaga-directed clips in the near future.
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</P><P>When MTV News caught up with her "Paparazzi" and "Telephone" <a href="/news/articles/1633818/the-man-behind-lady-gagas-telephone-video-jonas-akerlund.jhtml">director Jonas Åkerlund</a> recently during his SXSW appearance for his new ensemble dark comedy "Small Apartments," we asked him for his thoughts on Gaga's future as a director, should she choose to direct all of her videos from here on out.
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</P><P>"She can probably do anything she wants," he said. "So that's probably going to be great."
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</P><P>And would Åkerlund make himself available for advice, should Gaga ever be in need of it?
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</P><P>"Of course. I would never turn her down," he said, at which point his "Apartments" star and funnyman Matt Lucas ("Bridesmaids") asked a question of his own.
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</P><P>"Is her real name Lady Gaga?"
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</P><P>"Yes," Åkerlund answered with a smile.
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</P><P>"Wow," Lucas responded with astonishment. "There's a fact for you MTV fans."
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</P><P>Although Åkerlund didn't mention any more work with Gaga at this time, the busy director is still fully in the mix of the world of music videos.
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</P><P>"I may do a couple music videos and I've done quite a few since 'Small Apartments,' actually. The last one I did was a Duran Duran video, but there's a few coming up too."
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</P><P>"Are you going to do the Osmonds video?" Lucas asked cheekily. "That's what they're asking."
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</P><P>"Maybe," Åkerlund responded, playing along with Lucas' joke. "I'm hoping to."
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</P><P>For her part, Gaga has said that she's always been heavily involved in the creative processes behind all her work, including the direction of her music videos.
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</P><P>"I know it's my directorial debut, but I've really created everything I've ever done in my career," she said. "I really didn't do anything differently on this video that I didn't do on the 'Telephone' video or the 'Paparazzi' video or the 'Bad Romance' video. I hope my fans will take from this the progression that you have to trust yourself to make mistakes."</p>

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