Visitors to Hearst Castle today got to see more than the historic art and architecture. They got to see rehearsals and taping for the big Lady Gaga production happening there this week.
Today, Lady Gaga, dancers, synchronized swimmers, and production crew were shooting at the iconic Neptune Pool. All the theatrics are part of a music video Lady Gaga is shooting at the castle.
It's the first commercial production shot there since the movie Spartacus more than 50 years ago. Lady Gaga has made a $250-thousand dollar donation to the castle's preservation foundation. She's also doing a series of public service videos for the castle and donating to the Cambria Community Services District to help with water exploration studies.
She's also taken the time to pose for pictures with kids who spotted her while on tours with their parents, and waved to fans who were trying to spot her during their pass by the Neptune Pool today.
Folks with the castle say having her shoot there exposes the castle and it's art to millions of new people world wide. Today was the only day the general public could get close to the production.