Michael Avedon for Entertainment Weekly
August 26, 2015 10:46 AM EDT

We’ve seen her sparkly glove and some unofficial set footage, but now American Horror Story fans are getting their first real look at Lady Gaga’s character in the show’s upcoming fifth season, Hotel.

The pop star covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which offers new details about her character Countess Elizabeth, a blood-drinking socialite involved in a steamy love triangle. Gaga—no stranger to the weird and macabre—also tells the magazine about what it’s like indulging her freaky side following a period of relative normalcy in her career.

“I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” she says. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do—Horror Story fans, my fans—there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”


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