Vera Farmiga’s passion for acting, who had shown interest in the visual arts since she was a child, was born at the age of twenty, after attending Syracuse University.
Later on in Vera’s journey there was a Broadway debut in 1996, which would bring her to a progressive rapprochement ‘among the news’ of the Hollywood film world.
It is discretion made actress. It composes varied characters, of very different fur, and never in a strident way. And seen face to face, it is seen that he maintains that effort by not unnecessarily drawing attention in real life.
Martin Scorsese put Vera Farmiga on the map thanks to Infiltrates, and in 2010 he is flying higher than ever thanks to his Oscar nomination for Up in the Air.
Vera Ann Farmiga was born in Passaic County, New Jersey, on August 6, 1973. Her parents are both Ukrainian and Ukrainian is her first language, so much so that she only learns English at school at the age of 6.
As a teenager she goes on tour with a Ukrainian folk music group and in addition to dancing she also plays the piano. In high school she started acting and although initially she was oriented to study to become an ophthalmologist, she graduated in Performing Arts at the University of Syracuse.
She begins acting at the theater and performs in New York with the prestigious theater company The Barrow Group.
She made her Broadway debut in 1996 and thanks to her success on stage she got the first TV roles in the Roar series, which will have only one season but on the set of which she meets her first husband, the French actor Sebastian Roché, with whom she remains married until 2005.
In 1998 she appears in a minor role in the film Time to decide, then she plays autumn in New York and 15 minutes – Murder madness in New York in the most consistent part of a Czech immigrant.
In 2001 he appeared in Dust and tried again with the TV in the procedural UC: Undercover, canceled after one season. In 2004 she was rewarded for the part of a drug addict mother in the indie Down to The Bone. It is a fundamental year for her career, which also sees her starring in the thriller Orphan.
In 2008 he married the actor and musician Renn Hawkey, from whom he has the son Fynn the following year.
Other notable films she starred in After the Clouds include Source Code (2011), Duncan Jones’ acclaimed debut, Safe House (2012) and the hit horror movie The Conjuring – The Conjuring (2013) directed by James Wan, in which he plays the role of the real demonologist Lorraine Warren.
In 2010 she has her second child, Gytta, and while she is pregnant she makes her directorial debut with Higher Ground, which she also interpreted and released in 2011.
2013 is another fundamental date of her career: she plays Norma Bates, mother of Norman, in Psycho’s stunning prequel series, Bates Motel, for which she is nominated for an Emmy.
Her performance grows and enriches the character from season to season and finally his experience with the TV series does not stop after a year but continues until the end programmed by the showrunner Carlton Cuse, in 2017.
She returns to the cinema in the second chapter of the horror franchise by James Wan, The Conjuring – The Enfield case, in 2016, another great success of his career.
In a Catholic home of Ukrainian roots, and in fact little Vera did not start speaking English until she was six years old.
Apparently as a young girl the future actress was very shy, and wore huge glasses when she played the piano; I would change my look when I started to dance, because then she put on contact lenses. With that new formation he joined a company that interpreted musical numbers of Ukrainian folklore.
Glasses and contact lenses must have marked him, as he came to think about being an optometrist, but he changed his mind and enrolled in Fine Arts at the University of Syracuse.
She began preparing for an actress, and debuted doing theater on Broadway in 1996 with the play “Taking Sides” by Ronald Harwood, followed by prestigious works such as “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare or “The Crystal Zoo of Tennessee Williams”.
In 1997 he debuted on the small screen, in the Roar series, where he coincided with the then unknown Heath Ledger; She also met her husband until 2005, Sebastian Roché; divorced, he would remarry in 2008 with Renn Hawkey with whom he had a son.
Other television roles would follow, but Farmiga was made for cinema, and in 1998 he made his first film, Return to Paradise, a story of tourists caught with drugs in Malaysia.
From that moment he was adding secondary roles in titles such as autumn in New York (2000), along with Richard Gere, Snow White (2001), Western Ash and Gunpowder (2001), the comedy Dummy, the doll (2002)… They weren’t jobs like to shoot rockets, but Vera was taking experience, and squeezed everything her limited characters could.
In 2004 he not only had a secondary presence in the feminist Iron Jawed Angels, but he composed his first leading role in the title ‘indie’ Down to the Bone, and his interpretation of a working woman, drug addict and mother, earned her an award in Sundance.
The thing was going well, but the actress did not give up intervening in studio movies, such as the political thriller The Messenger of Fear.
Two great directors worked with Farmiga in 2006. They were small roles, but she shone with her own light, whether under the orders of Martin Scorsese in the Infiltrates, or those of Anthony Minghella in Breaking and Entering, with a role of prostitute in which she was transformed radically
After embarking on a thriller with Paul Walker in The Proof of Crime (2006), and fear in The Son of Evil (2007) – he would return to this field in La Orphan (2009), he was the wife of a Nazi officer in El Niño with the striped pajamas (2008), adaptation of the popular best-seller about kid who does not capture the tragedy that develops in a concentration camp, until he himself becomes an innocent victim.
Farmiga has shown her dramatic power in Quid pro quo (2008), and in his best film to date, Up in the Air, where he is a high-flying executive, who lives a passing adventure with a guy who matches at airports the actress deserves her Oscar nomination. Among his new projects is Henry’s Crime, a comedy accompanied by Keanu Reeves.
In “Evocation – The Conjuring” (2013) we see her in the role of Lorraine Warren, wife of investigator Edward Warren Miney, intent on solving the famous case of the Amityville film saga; film that has earned sequels in which Farmiga continues to be the protagonist.
In 2013 she starred in “Bates Motel”, a television series based on the characters from Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel “Psycho” and the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, focused on the relationship between Norman Bates and his devoted mother.
Her theatrical credits included performances in The Tempest, Good, and The Seagull. Farmiga had a leading role in Fox’s short-lived fantasy adventure series, Roar (1997).
Farmiga played the main role of Kate Coleman in the psychological thriller La orphan (2009) by Jaume Collet-Serra. Also in that same year, she co-starred as Alex Goran, a frequent traveler, along with George Clooney, in Jason Reitman’s dramatic comedy nonstop.
Farmiga’s return to television came in 2013, when she began playing Norma Louise Bates, the mother of Norman Bates, in the A&E Bates Motel thriller and drama series. The series is a contemporary restart of the classic film of horror Psychosis (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock.
Farmiga co-starred with Liam Neeson in the action thriller The Passenger again under the orders of Jaume Collet-Serra.
Vera Farmiga (emphasis on the second syllable), the woman with the cat’s eyes, has become increasingly familiar with the Hollywood A-List since her highly acclaimed appearance in 2006 in Martin Scorsese’s “Departed: Under Enemies”.
The accomplished, Ukrainian-born actress is characterized by a bold and versatile choice of film and roles. You could see her in works as diverse as the acclaimed concentration camp drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, in the horror strip “Orphan” or alongside George Clooney in the terrific drama comedy “Up in the Air”, which was her first Oscar nomination.
With her reserved and yet haunting game, which relies heavily on her presence and her apparently secret-hoarding physiognomy, she won over not only the demanding mainstream audience, but also American critics such as Roger Ebert or David Edelstein.
Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children born on August 6, 1973 in New Jersey, made her Broadway debut in 1996 and had a recurring role in the TV series “Conor the Celts” with Heath Ledger in the lead the following year.
After further TV work, she was seen in a supporting role in her first film “For the Life of a Friend” with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in 1998.
In 2001 she played a major supporting role in “15 minutes of fame” for Robert De Niro as an Eastern European prostitute who witnessed a murder.
After the TV series “UC: Undercover” was discontinued with her in one of the leading roles in 2002 after only 13 episodes, Farmiga played her first leading role in the New York episode film “Love in the Time of Money” in the same year.
Full name: Vera Ann Farmiga
Date of birth: August 6th 1973
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 1.70 m
Weight: 59 kg
Net Worth: 10$ million