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Vera Ann Farmiga net worth:
$10 Million

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Vera Ann Farmiga information

Birth date: August 6, 1973
Birth place: Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
Profession:Actress, Producer, Soundtrack
Education:Syracuse University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Sebastian Roché, Renn Hawkey
Children:Fynn Hawkey, Gytta Lubov Hawkey
Parents:Mykhailo Farmiga, Luba Farmiga
Siblings:Taissa Farmiga, *Taissa Farmiga, *Adriana Farmiga, *Molly Hawkey, *Taissa Farmiga, *Adriana Farmiga, *Molly Hawkey, * Alejandro Cuello, * Taissa Farmiga, * Adriana Farmiga, * Molly Hawkey
Awards:The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominations:Academy 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 – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Gopo for Best Actress, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
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)

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Vera Farmiga net worth: Produced in Passaic County, New Jersey, Vera Farmiga grew up in a Ukrainian community, and mostly talked Ukrainian growing up. She graduated from your School of Performing and Visual Arts at Syracuse University, and made her Broadway debut in 1996. She continued appearing in theatre productions in The Big Apple throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, while also adding television and film credits to her resume. She costarred on the short lived show, “Roar”, and appeared in supporting roles in such movies as, “Autumn in New York” and “15 Minutes”.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
D.M.V.announcedJessica Bedford (rumored)
Bates Motel2013-2017TV SeriesNorma Louise Bates / Mother
The Escape2016/VIShortDr. Nora Phillips
Burn Your Maps2016Alise
The Conjuring 22016Lorraine Warren
Special Correspondents2016Eleanor
The Judge2014Samantha Powell
Closer to the Moon2014Alice
The Conjuring2013Lorraine Warren
At Middleton2013Edith Martin
Safe House2012Catherine Linklater
Goats2012Wendy
Source Code2011Colleen Goodwin
Higher Ground2011Corinne Walker
Henry's Crime2010Julie Ivanova
A Heavenly Vintage2009Aurora de Valday
Up in the Air2009/IAlex Goran
Orphan2009Kate
Nothing But the Truth2008/IErica Van Doren
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas2008Mother
In Tranzit2008Natalia
Quid Pro Quo2008/IFiona
Never Forever2007Sophie Lee
Joshua2007Abby Cairn
The Hard Easy2006Dr. Charlie Brooks
The Departed2006Madolyn
Breaking and Entering2006Oana
Running Scared2006Teresa Gazelle
Neverwas2005Eleanna
The Manchurian Candidate2004Jocelyne Jordan
Touching Evil2004TV SeriesDetective Susan Branca
Mind the Gap2004Allison Lee
Touching Evil2004TV MovieDetective Susan Branca
Iron Jawed Angels2004TV MovieRuza Wenclawska
Down to the Bone2004Irene
UC: Undercover2001-2002TV SeriesAlex Cross
Dummy2002Lorena
Love in the Time of Money2002Greta
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All2001TV MovieJosephine
Dust2001/IAmy
15 Minutes2001Daphne Handlova
Autumn in New York2000Lisa Tyler
The Opportunists2000Miriam Kelly
Trinity1998TV Series
Return to Paradise1998Kerrie
The Butterfly Dance1998ShortDiane
Law & Order1998TV SeriesLindsay Carson
Rose Hill1997TV MovieEmily Elliot
Roar1997TV SeriesCatlin
The Commuter2017post-production
Boundaries2017post-productionLaura

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bates MotelTV Series executive producer - 20 episodes, 2016 - 2017 producer - 20 episodes, 2014 - 2015

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Special Correspondents2016performer: "Dollar for a Hero"
Bates Motel2014-2015TV Series performer - 2 episodes
At Middleton2013performer: "Chop Sticks" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Higher Ground2011

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2009-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
The Judge: Inside the Judge2014Documentary shortHerself
Bates Motel Inside the Casting Room2014ShortHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2014TV SeriesHerself
Bates Motel: After Hours2014TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHerself
Bates Motel Comic Con2013ShortHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Reel Junkie2013TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHerself - interviewee
Hello! Hollywood2013TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHerself (2014)
The Substance of Things Hoped For: Making Higher Ground2011Documentary shortHerself
Charlie Rose2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHerself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet2010TV SpecialHerself
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Guión busca estrella2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Mama's Little Devils: Bad Seeds and Evil Children2009Video documentary shortHerself
Friendship Beyond the Fence2009Video documentary shortHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cinema 32008TV SeriesHerself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass2006Video documentary shortHerself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Roar: The Making of1997TV Special documentaryCatlin

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHerself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesLorraine Warren in 'The Conjuring'
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a DramaBates Motel (2013)
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress in a Television SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2013Festival PrizeBoston Film FestivalBest ActressAt Middleton (2013)
2011WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Feature FilmHigher Ground (2011)
2010ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Lead Actress in a Feature FilmThe Vintner's Luck (2009)
2010Cinema Vanguard AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalUp in the Air (2009)
2010VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Supporting Actress - Audience AwardThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
2008British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
2007COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Departed (2006)· Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2006NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleThe Departed (2006)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Matt Damon
· Jack Nicholson
· Mark Wahlberg
· Martin Sheen
· Ray Winstone
· Alec Baldwin
· Anthony Anderson
· James Badge Dale
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Ensemble, Motion PictureThe Departed (2006)· Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2005LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressDown to the Bone (2004)
2004Best ActressMarrakech International Film FestivalDown to the Bone (2004)
2004Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticDown to the Bone (2004)
2004Jury PrizeBendFilm FestivalBest ActressDown to the Bone (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActressBates Motel (2013)
2015Gopos AwardGopo Awards, RomaniaBest Actress in a Leading RoleCloser to the Moon (2014)
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2015WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress in a Television SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActressBates Motel (2013)
2014MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Scared-As-S**t PerformanceThe Conjuring (2013)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2014WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2014Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)TV Performance of the Year - ActressBates Motel (2013)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActressBates Motel (2013)
2013IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV ActressBates Motel (2013)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaBates Motel (2013)
2013TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaBates Motel (2013)
2013WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Actress Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesBates Motel (2013)
2013Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ActressThe Conjuring (2013)
2012EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman DirectorHigher Ground (2011)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Overlooked FilmHigher Ground (2011)
2011Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBreakthrough DirectorHigher Ground (2011)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion PictureHigher Ground (2011)
2011Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticHigher Ground (2011)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastUp in the Air (2009)· Jason Bateman
· George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
2010IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista)Up in the Air (2009)
2010ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActress of the YearUp in the Air (2009)
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleUp in the Air (2009)
2010TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleUp in the Air (2009)
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureUp in the Air (2009)
2010BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2010Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actress of the YearUp in the Air (2009)
2009HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceUp in the Air (2009)
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)· Jason Bateman
· George Clooney
· Sam Elliott
· Zach Galifianakis
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
· Amy Morton
· J.K. Simmons
2009EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleUp in the Air (2009)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressNothing But the Truth (2008)
2009CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Acting EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)· George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Jason Bateman
· Amy Morton
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
· Zach Galifianakis
· J.K. Simmons
· Sam Elliott
2009DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ActressOrphan (2009)
2007Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Departed (2006)· Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Departed (2006)· Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Departed (2006)· Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Female NewcomerThe Departed (2006)
2007Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest ActressJoshua (2007)
2005Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadDown to the Bone (2004)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV ActressBates Motel (2013)
2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)· George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Jason Bateman
· Amy Morton
· Melanie Lynskey
· J.K. Simmons
· Danny McBride
· Zach Galifianakis
· Sam Elliott
2009IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)· George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Amy Morton
· Jason Bateman
· J.K. Simmons
· Zach Galifianakis
· Danny McBride
· Sam Elliot
2006Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actress of the YearThe Departed (2006)
2006ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Departed (2006)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Matt Damon
· Jack Nicholson
· Mark Wahlberg
· Martin Sheen
· Ray Winstone
· Alec Baldwin
· Anthony Anderson
2006BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble CastThe Departed (2006)· Mark Wahlberg
· Jack Nicholson
· Matt Damon
· Anthony Anderson
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Alec Baldwin
· Ray Winstone
· Martin Sheen
2006DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Departed (2006)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressUp in the Air (2009)
2006NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressDown to the Bone (2004)


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#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.

#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.

#Trademark
1Expressive, piercing blue eyes

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