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The “Do What You Want” singer is filming Feb. 13, the final day of a three-day shoot, at the Castle’s main terrace, which includes 84,000 square feet of space.
The singer has also filmed at the Castle’s outdoor Neptune pool, where select cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were reportedly seen Feb. 12. Although it is unclear which housewives will accompany Gaga in the music video, Us Weekly recently reported that Gaga taped her previous music video with Housewives featuring Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville, Yolanda Foster, Joyce Giraud de Ohoven and Carlton Gebbia.
Gaga will also appear in the video taking a dip into the indoor Roman pool, which she filmed on Feb. 11. The Associated Press had reported that dancers and crew members were seen carrying spray-painted plastic swans, fake flowers and a giant-plastered seashell the same day.
The 27-year-old performer first expressed interest in filming at the Castle three weeks prior to her three-day shoot. After visiting on Feb. 3, Gaga returned a week later on Feb. 10 with a large crew and Housewives castmembers.
Hearst Castle museum director Hoyt Fields told THR that filming at the Castle “is a big deal.” Ever since Hearst Cooperation granted the Castle to the state of California in 1957, the Deed of Gift mandate prohibits commercial shooting on the estate. In exchange for filming at the landmark, Gaga and her parents are donating $250,000 to promote and preserve Hearst Castle. Previous projects filmed at the Castle include the William H. Macy-directed Citizen Hearst and the 1960 film Spartacus.
Board member at Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Remar Sutton told the San Luis Obispo Tribune, of the “extraordinary exposure [the project] will bring to a new generation.” He added on the singer’s passion to share Hearst Castle with her fans saying, “She feels like she can engage young people in art.”
Gaga has also agreed to record a public service announcement for the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation and a short feature on the Castle to educate her fans about the importance of water conservation. In addition, she will pay the Castle’s standard $22,100 special event fee and reimburse the state for all costs in the production.
The Governor of California Edmund G. Brown Jr. wrote a personal letter Feb. 12 to the pop singer, obtained by THR, commending her efforts to help Hearst Castle.
“I want to personally thank you for the aide and assistance you are providing to Hearst Castle, the communities surrounding San Simeon and the state as a whole. The state is experiencing an historic drought which threatens our farms, our communities and increases fire danger in both urban and rural areas. I’ve called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible and the assistance you are providing will aide in that effort. I hope you have a memorable time at San Simeon and wish you every future success.”
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Tracee Ellis Ross