In their phone conversation, the former Catholic school girl discussed her upcoming video, which was co-directed by Gaga with Canadian choreographer Laurieann Gibson and will premiere on American Idol next week:
How will [the pop culture as religion] metaphor play out in the music video?
Well the video, in essence, suggests that [pauses] forgiveness and betrayal are hand in hand and that… how do I say this? The video puts destiny above all things and postures that the mistakes in your life are in fact not mistakes at all, they are just part of your overarching potential and your destiny.
What’s the concept?
Well, I want to allow the video to speak for itself but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem. And I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.
You talked about “Judas” being about forgiveness. Can you forgive the person who leaked it a week early?
Yeah! You know, I don’t care. It’s OK. At the end of the day the song was finished and it was ready to go so it’s always difficult on the promotional end because we have to hurry up and get everything ready to go but we were prepared. I’d already shot the video and it went exactly as I’d wanted it to and it looks really beautiful and I’m just excited the fans got to hear the music. I don’t obsess about things like that.
Motorcycles, eh? Guess the Born This Way cover art makes a bit more sense now.
Read the whole interview over at MSN.