On Tuesday (May 24), press gathered to screen the documentary before it airs, and even the biggest Gaga experts said they learned so much from the revealing sit-down with the leather-clad star.
"She kind of had this meteoric rise to fame, so being able to see that she worked for it [and] it wasn't just an overnight thing. ... I think a lot of us at this point, 'cause she is everywhere, just assume it was so easy, and it really wasn't," Julia Rubin of Stylite told MTV News after the screening.
NewNowNext's Kate Bennert felt the special expanded on the mythology of Lady Gaga and revealed more about the star than even the most die-hard Little Monster knows. "Honestly, a lot of Gaga fans have heard the stories kind of briefly through other interviews, but I think one of the biggest things was her actually going into depth and you can see her get emotional," she said. "You felt like you were actually with her in that room, having a conversation, like you were asking the questions."
Fellow Gaga expert Zac Stackell of The Shout magazine was impressed by how much information he learned about the woman who worked so hard to become Lady Gaga. "The biggest reveal, I think, in terms of Lady Gaga, was the Stefani before Lady Gaga, the Stefani of New York City," he said. "How she became the Lady Gaga of 2011. I think it gives some real definition to her path; it gives a humanity to it."
In a sneak peek from the documentary, Gaga recalls the first albums she had as a kid. "It was Green Day, Dookie, with my own money," she says. "But my parents got me Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed [and] Delivered, and the Beatles when I was younger — A Hard Day's Night. Yeah, they were two CDs and they were given to me with [a] little boom box for Christmas when I was young."
Don't miss "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside" to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.