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Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga is an American actress, movie director, and producer who is famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in Up in the Air.

Vera Farmiga opened her eyes as Vera Ann Farmiga on August 6, 1973, in Clifton, New Jersey, the United States of America. As of 2019, her age is 46 years old with her birth sign Leo. She is the daughter of Lubomyra Farmiga (mother) and Michael Farmiga (father). Her mother worked as a school teacher while her father worked as a systems analyst and later as a landscaper. Her maternal grandparents are Nadia and Theodor Spas.

Vera Farmiga with her sister, Taissa Farmiga
Caption: Vera Farmiga with her sister, Taissa Farmiga
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Vera was not the only child of her parents, she has siblings too. She has an old brother named Victor Farmiga and younger siblings are Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, Laryssa, Taissa Farmiga. Her sister, Taissa is also an actress. Along with her sisters and brothers, she raised in Irvington, New Jersey. Vera holds an American and Ukrainian nationality and belongs to the mixed ethnical background.

Education

Farmiga only learned to speak English at six years old when starting Kindergarten. She attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School and graduated from the same in 1991. After that, she went to study at Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995. In her final year at Syracuse, Farmiga portrayed Nina Zarechnaya in The Seagull at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the production won the top prize.

Career

Before fame, Vera Farmiga had acted in numerous theater productions including The Tempest (1996), Good (1996),  Taking Sides (1996). After soon she landed roles in TV such as in Rose HillRoar (1997), Law & Order, Return to Paradise (1998), Autumn in New York (2000),  The Opportunists (2000),  15 Minutes, Dust (2001). Finally, she landed her breakthrough role in Love in the Time of Money in 2002. Then she has starred in Dummy (2003), Down to the Bone (2004), The Manchurian CandidateThe Departed (2006), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).

In the year 2009, she has portrayed roles in successful movies such as Orphan, Up in the Air, Henry’s Crime, Source Code, Bates MotelThe Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), At Middleton, The Escape (2016), The Commuter, Skin (2018), Captive State (2019), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Central Park 5.

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Caption: Vera Farmiga in the movie Conjuring 2

In addition to acting, Farmiga has also directed films such as Higher Ground while the Conjuring 3 is set to be released in September 2020. Moreover, she has worked with actors Heath Ledger, Sebastian Roché, Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, Adrien Brody, Hilary Swank, Anjelica Huston, Dakota Fanning,  Andy García,  Clive Owen, many more.

Awards and Nominations

For her astounding work in movies, Vera has received various nominations and awards throughout her career. Some of her awards include Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.

Also, she has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director, Primetime Emmy Award, Academy Award, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, etc

What is the Net Worth of Vera Farmiga?

Vera Farmiga has an estimated net worth of around $10 million at present. As she is still continuing in her acting career, she will definitely double her net worth in the upcoming years. Her net worth and salary are enough for her standard living.

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Caption: Vera Farmiga with her friend

Currently, she is enjoying her lavish lifestyle in her luxurious house. Also, she has earned from the moves which include The Conjuring (2013): 319.5 million, The Departed (2006): $291.5 million, The Conjuring 2 (2016): $320.4 million, and Safe House (2012):$208.1 million.

Married Woman

Vera Farmiga is a married woman as she has married twice in her life. Firstly, she married actor Sebastian Roché. She met him for the first time while working in a TV series Roar. In 1996, Vera started dating Sebastian and after one year of being in a relationship, the couple got married in 1997. But the marriage couldn’t last and they divorced in 2004.

After the divorced with Sebastian, she married Renn Hawkey on 13th September 2008, when Farmiga was five months pregnant their son Fynn McDonnell Hawkey was born on 13th January 2009.

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Caption: Vera Farmiga with her husband Renn Hawkey

Then the married couple welcomed their second child, a baby girl, Gytta Lubov Hawkey on November 4, 2010. Currently, the couple is living a blessed full life with there children.

Vera Farmiga’s Height and Weight

Vera Farmiga stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches with an average weight of 60 kg. She has a pair of eyes with blue color and lights brown hair color. Her body measurement is 34-24-36 inches which include her bust, waist, and hip size4 respectively. Moreover, her bra size is 32B, shoe size is 8(US) and dress size is 4(US).

Vera is quite active on various sorts of social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Facts of Vera Farmiga

Full NameVera Farmiga
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 6, 1973
Age46 years 9 months
Place Of BirthPassaic County, New Jersey, USA
Height5 feet 7 inches
Weight60 kg
ProfessionActress, Movie director, and Producer
EducationSyracuse University and Hunterdon Central Regional High School
NationalityAmerican and  Ukrainian
SpouseRenn Hawkey
ChildrenFynn Hawkey, Gytta Lubov Hawkey
ParentsMykhailo Farmiga, Luba Farmiga
SiblingsVictor Farmiga, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, Laryssa, Taissa Farmiga
Star SignLeo
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Moti...
Movies“Source Code” (2011), “The Conjuring” (2013), “The Judge” (2014), “Up In The Air” (2009), “Orphan” (2009), “The Conjuring”
TV Shows“Bates Motel” (2013-2016), “Law & Order” (1998), “Return To Paradise” (1998), “Trinity” (1998)

Quotes of Vera Farmiga

#Quote
1I'm really serious about boxing these days. Boxing is a great way for me to get out of my head and get out of my heart and just like sweat it out, honestly. I'm very serious about it. If I didn't have the insurance, I would honestly start sparring and start competing in boxing, because I'm that serious and love it. It's a huge passion of mine.
2My parents are very sensible and grounded, they take it with a pinch of salt. You know, I'm one of seven and they want success for all their children. They're proud but they're even more proud now that I've given them grandchildren.
3I've gravitated towards independent cinema because you have to work harder in studio scripts to flesh out characters, particularly female ones. They are not as sharply edged, they tend to be quite watery. They are not renderings of women as I know them.
4I'm not an attention seeker; I wasn't looking for fame and fortune. I wasn't sure while I was at college. But I found I was really comfortable taking on a different personality. It saved me from myself, in a way.
5[on giving up music and dancing] I don't regret it. I'm a jack-of-that-trade. There's not enough time, genuinely, not enough time in the day. So you choose your weapons. And the piano...I will not have time for the next decade until my children are grown! It's not about me anymore. It's not about myself. It's about them and the very little time I have left for me.
6I keep finding the most compelling characters in independent films. A lot of the roles in the other kinds of films were peripheral princesses or just boring, boring women - female characters that were utterly ordinary and devoid of any personality or spirituality. Is that a reflection of what we've become as women? That's something that we sometimes don't think about. You see all these stupid, materialist, horny, nympho characters that people put up there in movies, and you have to think: Is that what feminine dignity has come to?
7[on directing] My big formative experience was Debra Granik. That was school for me. It was the first time anyone had given me the responsibility of a protagonist, and to work so closely with her ethics and her tenets about her filmmaking, and her honesty. I was persuaded through the Deborah Granik School.
8My culture is very rich in the art; singing and dance were so much a part of my childhood. I was in a traveling professional dance troupe called Syzokryli, and I was very serious about the piano. So I was always performing.
9[on Up in the Air (2009)] Jason Reitman sketches these characters and shines a real stark spotlight on them that illuminates all their foibles, all of their deficiencies, quirks, eccentricities and yet you still manage to root for them because their so human and complex. And I saw that in Alex.
10[on any difficulties she encountered in casting Higher Ground (2011)] It should have been a lot harder. I'd say, "It's about a woman enmeshed in this very particular spiritual community who's trying to conceptualize and define God for herself". And you use the word "God" and people quake with fear. That's when I started to realize what a touchy, bizarre, sensitive, combative subject matter it is.
11Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning.
12My dad is someone who feels the breath of God on his face. He's tapping into something that I have yet to tap into - and yearn to.
13[on her film, Higher Ground (2011)] You've got fundamentalism, and you've got relativism. I wanted to push both ways and try to come at it from a middle ground.
14What happened is that I ended up getting benched in soccer in high school so I tried out for the school play and I got the lead role. Then I just stuck with it.
15I just can't feel lukewarm about a character. I either despise her, admire her, or don't understand her and want to understand her.
16As an actor, you're sort of the court-appointed lawyer of the character. And that's what used to draw me to scripts -- something in a woman that I wanted to defend, something that I recognized or wanted to understand, something that turned my head. Now that I'm a mother, I think it's more the message of a film, or the questions that they pose about life -- that's the magnifying glass through which I look at them now. But at first it was all about the character.
17I'm not in this for the achievement. I'm in it for the illumination. That's how I choose my roles, that's how I attract roles -- it's a very spiritual process for me. And it's the only way I can continue, and stay interested. The acting ... it's really a vocation.
18There are some times when I think acting can be a noble profession.
19I really don't feel a need to be famous. But I do feel a need to make a difference, to shed light on human emotion through acting.
20It's terrifying to be the lead. There's a moment of excitement, and then pure terror.
21I can't do Los Angeles. I've always been the anti-Barbie. I don't want to be in a place where almost every woman walks around with puffy lips, little noses and breasts large enough to nourish a small country. As a kid I wanted attention, so I started praying for glasses because everyone had ace vision in my family. Then one day my eyes started going bad and never stopped.

Quick Facts of Vera Farmiga

#Fact
1Older sister of Alejandro Cuello.
2Delivered her children Fynn and Gytta via Caesarean section.
3Good friends with George Clooney.
4Older sister of Taissa Farmiga.
5Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her daughter Gytta in order to begin filming Goats (2012).
6Was 5 months pregnant with her daughter Gytta when she completed filming on Higher Ground (2011).
7Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey on November 4, 2010. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Renn Hawkey.
8Was originally cast as Wallis Simpson in W.E. (2011), but was forced to drop out due to her second pregnancy. Andrea Riseborough was then cast instead.
9A body double was used during her nude scene in Up in the Air (2009) as she had just recently given birth to her son Fynn.
10Auditioned for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), but Eva Green was cast instead.
11Returned to work 2 months after giving birth to her son Fynn in order to begin filming Up in the Air (2009).
12Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, son Fynn Hawkey on January 15, 2009. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Renn Hawkey.
13Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
14Graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School Class of 1991.
15Attended Syracuse University with actors Taye Diggs, Larissa Thurston, and producer Terry Dinan.
16Last name pronounced far-MEE-guh.
17Daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, the second of seven children.
18Did not learn English until she was six.
19Graduated from Syracuse University.
20On Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) (July 19, 2007), Vera stated that she has had Lasik eye surgery.
21Grew up in a Ukrainian-speaking enclave in New Jersey.

Trademarks of Vera Farmiga

#Trademark
1Expressive, piercing blue eyes

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