What It Was Like Inside Gaga’s Blood-Red American Horror Story Pool Party

First impressions are important and no one knows that better than Lady Gaga. To celebrate her American Horror Story: Hotel cast and creators, Gaga threw a party at her Los Angeles home after her first week shooting and, naturally, dyed her pool blood red.

This, it seems, is just pure Gaga. “The thing about her that I love is that she doesn’t disappoint,” says co-creator Ryan Murphy. “Like the other night was a perfect example: She wanted to get together with the cast and she had a decorator come to the house and transport it with black lace curtains and horror themes and she had dyed the pool blood red. It was quite incredible. What you want her to be is who she is which is a really rare quality in a star.”

Star Sarah Paulson says she didn’t want to leave. “That was a party the likes of which I will never forget,” admits Paulson. “Her coming out of that blood red pool and running towards Angela Bassett and I as we were getting ready to depart, wrapped in a towel with her blonde mane billowing behind her. She was just like, ‘Thanks for coming, you guys!’ Just like any other hostess. And I was like ‘Oh you’re welcome.’ [Laughs] I mean it was just like an insane Alice in Wonderland dream. It was so incredible. I stayed way longer than I expected to. At every turn, you sort of kept going, “This isn’t happening! Wait is this happening? Well, I’m not leaving.’”

But, even before the party, it seems Gaga made her presence quite well known. Says star Wes Bentley, “She sent me a box of dead flowers and a ripped-up teddy bear. I think she sent it to a couple of people.”