Le réalisateur Jonas Åkerlund sur Lady Gaga et Madonna.
Tue. March 16.2010 3:00 PM EDT
Lady Gaga Has 'Potential' To Be The Next Madonna, Director Says
'Telephone' director Jonas Åkerlund says Gaga's work ethic and creativity remind him of Madge.
by Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Matt Elias
Jonas Åkerlund has collaborated with Madonna, including on her "Ray of Light" and "Music" videos. Most recently, he worked with Lady Gaga on two of her videos: "Paparazzi" and "Telephone." Given the obvious comparisons between the two ambitious blondes, is it inevitable that Gaga should one day take over Madge's pop throne?
"I really don't like to compare the artists that I work with, because they are all so unique and so different," he told MTV News about the Gaga/Madonna similarities. "One thing for sure is that Gaga is a true artist. She's really a huge talent, and she's such a hard worker. That makes me think of Madonna, because Madonna is always such a hard worker, more than anybody else."
Like Madonna, Gaga also has a unique vision. "She's always very creative," he said of Madge. "She always goes back to creativity. She has so much politics around and all these stupid rumors and gossip and all that, and some artists manage to stay above that. So in that sense, I'm fine with comparing [Gaga and Madonna], but then again, they're so different."
Åkerlund said he and Gaga have a long road ahead of them before they can have the relationship he has with the Queen of Pop. "I also have 12 years with Madonna and I have two videos with Gaga; it's the future to tell, but I think that Gaga has all the potential and all the tools and all the brain to take her creativity as far she wants to," he said. "But she's great.
"Madonna was early to be one of those artists who thought more about the concept then just focusing on the one thing," he continued. "And Gaga — that comes naturally for her. She sees her character and her career, and I'm happy to be part of it ... but it's not me; it's her. Everything comes from her."
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Source: VH1/MTV News.
Lady Gaga in "Telephone" video directed by Jonas Akerlund.