Many of us remember Rick Gonzalez for his roles in "Coach Carter," "Roll Bounce," "War of The Worlds," or "Old School." In other words, our boy had a part in some of our favorite movies. Yet he was still shocked when Lady Gaga wanted him to play Jesus in her biggest video yet, "Judas."
As we add Lady Gaga's leading man to his resume, we wanted to get the scoop on how the "Judas" video went down. Check out our interview with Lady Gaga's Jesus, Rick Gonzalez.
GlobalGrind: We heard when you got the call that Lady Gaga wanted you to do the video you said “Lady Gaga, who?”
Yeah, more like I knew who she was, but it was, 'THE Lady Gaga? You mean that one?' and my manager was like hell yeah! I looked at my girl and was like, they want me to do a Lady Gaga video and she was like 'THE Lady Gaga?' Even to this day I’m like, 'did I just do that?' because she feels so far away to me. She’s on tour rocking stadiums and I’m back in L.A. auditioning. I can’t believe it happened.
When you had Gaga on the back of the bike, can you describe that feeling?
The feeling was, I can’t believe the biggest pop star is behind me right now singing in my ear. I was literally playing video games the day before and I’m at Universal Studios lot doing a video and not just any video, this is her biggest then. It’s just a huge juxtaposition from my life one day to the next. We would just try to get along. When we got on the bike I felt this immediate urge to protect her and keep her safe on the bike and make sure that she was able to do her performance shots and at the same time play along with me. I was constantly saying 'are you okay, are you alright, is everything cool?'
What kinds of things did the two of you talk about?
She was totally nice and just telling me her whole process and her coming up with the whole treatment and how she and Laurieann directed the video. She’s kind of explaining the whole process to me. As we moved on to doing the video and different scenes, one thing she was always instructing me to do was for me to lead as Jesus and I was still kind of a little uncomfortable in knowing if I should take the first step in moving forward. We would just have those kinds of discussions and things like that.
What is one of the things you noticed while filming the video?
One thing that really stood out to me in doing the video was how amazing her body is. Like one time we were in this scene where we were in the bar and there’s a shot, I don’t think they really got it all, but it was a shot where we’re walking down the stairs together and she had this full body suit [on] that was made out of suede but it was tight and it showed her booty in all it’s glory and it was just like whoa. I had no idea it was like that. I was sneaking peaks, it’s really like that, Gaga? Whew!
Did you feel any pressure working with Gaga?
She was just chill, rocking Alexander McQueen boots. Really kicking it with everyone and getting along and of course the dancers in the video are on tour with her, so they had their own little family thing. They included me and Norm in it and it was just really fun. It didn’t feel like that much stress and pressure. I definitely have a lot of respect for the camp of Lady Gaga and especially her, because she works really hard and you can see why God blessed her so much. She’s really humble and she appreciates everyone working hard for her.