Galt native Amber Kloss has never met Lady Gaga, but she did help the pop star break a world record Saturday before the Grammy Awards.
Dressed in a red lace corset top with netted bottoms, high heels, fake eyelashes and lots of glitter, Kloss, 34, helped E! Networks set a Guinness World Record by gathering the most Gaga impersonators in one place.
E! Entertainment press manager John Rizzotti says the network did break the record, though the actual count of impersonators has not yet been released. Kloss, however, said she guesses there were about 150 impersonators, each dressed in their own interpretation of Gaga outfits from over the years.
Kloss — an actress, model and contractor for Whole Foods now living in Santa Monica with her husband, Jeff Johnson — was cast for the event by Central Casting. She thinks the company was probably looking for people with Gaga similarities, such as Kloss’ tall, thin build, blonde hair and big smile.
With her own collection of crazy outfits and costumes, Kloss appreciates Lady Gaga’s risky persona.
“I’m not wild and crazy about Lady Gaga’s music, but I love her over-the-top style,” Kloss said in a phone interview.
E! taped the record breaking and the impersonators singing and dancing Lady Gaga hits like “Alejandro” and “Paparazzi.” Coverage aired Sunday during the pre-Grammys red carpet coverage.
Kloss’ acting roots come from her time as a theater student at Galt High School, where she spent four years working on the school’s productions.
She graduated in 1995, and still gets nostalgic about NorCal her early love of theater and her time in the speech and debate club (she won for comedic interpretation), student council and international club.
“I get so sentimental thinking about youth,” Kloss said.
After high school, Kloss moved to the Los Angeles-area to pursue acting as a career. Her first job was a part as a secretary in the ’60s-era show “Mad Men.”
“When I worked on the show, I had no idea it would end up being so (big),” she said.
She was given her own desk with a vintage typewriter and was in what she calls “bullpen” scenes, small scenes, that often involved taking clients to board rooms. The best part was getting to know the cast, including lead John Hamm, who would show up for work in waist-high shorts and knee-high socks.
“That’s what he really looks like. He’s a little bit goofy,” she laughs.
Like impersonating Lady Gaga, Kloss likes the fun roles, too. She just finished filming for a new “Muppets” movie in which she was a French hostess seating Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Kloss gets excited talking about her roles, her work and experiences. Not everyone can pass for Lady Gaga like she can. However, she’s pretty sure there are a lot of inner-Gagas flying under the radar.
“There’s got to be more than (150) in L.A.,” she said.