Vera Farmiga Biography

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - An IMAX 3D Experience

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - An IMAX 3D Experience

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Director: Michael Dougherty
Producer: Mary Parent, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Alex Garcia
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, Ziyi Zhang
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Length: 131 minutes
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Vera Farmiga Biography

VERA FARMIGA

Date of Birth: August 6, 1973

Vera Farmiga was born and raised in New Jersey, the second oldest of seven children. She was raised in a Ukrainian-American community, and didn't speak English until she was six years old. Her childhood was full of folk stories, singing and dancing, and she performed for years with the Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She began acting in school dramas at age 16, and graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School in 1991.

Despite dabbling in acting as a child, her initial dream was to become an optometrist. "I thought I could tell everything about someone from one glance deep into their eyes," she said. Her own vision was perfect as a child, but she prayed she would need glasses because she wanted attention. Her wish came true, and her sight began to fail in her teens. (She recently had laser eye surgery to correct her vision.) She ended up changing her mind about her career choice, and went on to study acting at Syracuse University's School of Performing Arts.

Vera made her Broadway debut in 1996 as an understudy in the play Taking Sides, and in the same year starred in The Tempest. Other stage credits included The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet and Second-Hand Smoke. In 1997, she made her television debut in the Fox series Roar, opposite then-unknown Heath Ledger.

After appearing in the TV movie Rose Hill and in an episode of Law & Order, Vera made her feature film debut in Return to Paradise with Vince Vaughan and Anne Heche. Her film career immediately jump-started, and she went on to complete films such as Autumn in New York (2000), 15 Minutes (2001), Dummy (2002), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Down to the Bone (2005) (which earned her a Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association), The Departed(2006) and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008). For her work in Up in the Air (2009) opposite George Clooney, she received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

She accumulated more television credits, appearing in a episodes of UC: Undercover and Touching Evil, as the lead actress in Bates Motel and in the TV movies Snow White (2001), Touching Evil (2004) (based on the series) and Iron Jawed Angels (2004). Roles in films kept coming her way as well, including Orphan (2009), Higher Ground (2011), and Safe House (2012), just to name a few. She rose to higher fame by starring in the horror smash The Conjuring (2013). The following year, she landed a role in The Judge (2014) alongside Robert Downey Jr.

Vera went on to reprise her role as real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in the 2016 sequel The Conjuring 2. Her latest roles have been opposite Liam Neeson in the heart-pounding drama The Commuter (2018), alongside Christopher Plummer in Boundaries (2018) and with Hugh Jackman in the political drama The Front Runner (2018). More recently, she also starred in Captive State (2019) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Vera will once again play Lorraine Warren in Annabelle Comes Home (2019).

Vera was married to actor Sebastien Roché from 1997 to 2005, and married Renn Hawkey, keyboardist for the goth band Deadsy, in 2008. They have two children together. She spends time in both New Jersey and Los Angeles, and enjoys reading, playing piano and spending time with her pet goats.

Filmography:

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Captive State (2019)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
When They See Us (Netflix)
The Front Runner (2018)
Boundaries (2018)
The Commuter (2018)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Bates Motel: The Complete Second Season (2014)
At Middleton (2014)
The Judge (2014)
The Drummer (2013)
The Warren Files (2013)
Closer to the Moon (2013)
A View from the Bridge (2013)
The Conjuring (2013)
The Locals (2012)
Safe House (2012)
Goats (2012)
A Pure Life (2011)
Source Code (2011)
Higher Ground (2011)
Henry's Crime (2010)
Up in the Air (2009)
Orphan (2009)
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Quid Pro Quo (2008)
Never Forever (2007)
Joshua (2007)
The Departed (2006)
Breaking and Entering (2006)
Running Scared (2006)
Neverwas (2005)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Mind the Gap (2004)
Down to the Bone (2004)
Dummy (2002)
Love in the Time of Money (2002)
Dust (2001)
15 Minutes (2001)
Autumn in New York (2000)
The Opportunists (2000)
Return to Paradise (1998)


Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Captive State (2019)
Actor Boundaries (2018)
Actor The Front Runner (2018)
Actor Burn Your Maps (2017)
Actor The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Actor At Middleton (2014)
Actor The Conjuring (2013)
Actor Goats (2012)
Actor Safe House (2012)
Actor Higher Ground (2011)
Actor In Tranzit (2009)
Actor Up In the Air (2009)
Vera Farmiga Up In the Air interview
Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee
Actor Joshua (2007)
Actor The Departed (2006)
Actor Running Scared (2006)
Actor Dummy (2003)
Actor 15 Minutes (2001)