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Vera Farmiga

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Actress who was simply nominated for an Academy Honor for her part in Up in the environment. Her other significant films include Resource Code, The Conjuring, The Departed and quarter-hour. She’s also earned compliment on her behalf portrayal of Norma Bates within the A&E series Bates Motel. Ukrainian was the 1st language she discovered, and she danced having a Ukrainian folk-dancing group. In 2011, she produced her directorial debut using the episode Higher Floor, which she also starred in. She wedded acting professional Sebastian Roche however the few divorced in 2004. She after that wedded Renn Hawkey in 2008 as well as the few had a child named Flynn along with a child called Gytta. She performed the love curiosity of George Clooney’s personality within the award-winning film Up in the environment.

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Full Name Vera Farmiga
Date Of Birth August 6, 1973
Place Of Birth Clifton, NJ
Height 1.65 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Syracuse University
Nationality American, Ukrainian
Spouse Renn Hawkey, Sebastian Roché
Children Fynn Hawkey, Gytta Lubov Hawkey
Parents Mykhailo Farmiga, Luba Farmiga
Siblings Taissa Farmiga, Laryssa Farmiga, Stephan Farmiga, Nadia Farmiga, Victor Farmiga, Alexander Farmiga
Awards People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress, The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Saturn Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Gopo for Best Actress, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Director, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Anti-Hero, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
Movies The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring, Up in the Air, Orphan, The Departed, Source Code, The Judge, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Running Scared, Safe House, Higher Ground, Down to the Bone, Special Correspondents, At Middleton, Never Forever, Henry's Crime, Autumn in New York, 15 Minutes, Breaking and Entering, Return to Paradise, Nothing but the Truth, The Manchurian Candidate, The Commuter, In Tranzit, Iron Jawed Angels, Godzilla: King of Monsters, Closer to the Moon, The Opportunists, Quid Pro Quo, Love in the Time of Money, A Heavenly Vintage, Burn Your Maps, Snow White, Captive State, Joshua, Mind the Gap, Neverwas, Rose Hill, Goats, The Hard Easy, Dummy, Dust, Touching Evil, The Butterfly Dance, Boundaries, A View from the Bridge, The Escape
TV Shows Bates Motel, Trinity, UC: Undercover, Touching Evil, Roar
Star Sign Leo

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


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
D.M.V. announced Jessica Bedford (rumored)
Bates Motel 2013-2017 TV Series Norma Louise Bates / Mother
The Escape 2016/VI Short Dr. Nora Phillips
Burn Your Maps 2016 Alise
The Conjuring 2 2016 Lorraine Warren
Special Correspondents 2016 Eleanor
The Judge 2014 Samantha Powell
Closer to the Moon 2014 Alice
The Conjuring 2013 Lorraine Warren
At Middleton 2013 Edith Martin
Safe House 2012 Catherine Linklater
Goats 2012 Wendy
Source Code 2011 Colleen Goodwin
Higher Ground 2011 Corinne Walker
Henry's Crime 2010 Julie Ivanova
A Heavenly Vintage 2009 Aurora de Valday
Up in the Air 2009/I Alex Goran
Orphan 2009 Kate
Nothing But the Truth 2008/I Erica Van Doren
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 Mother
In Tranzit 2008 Natalia
Quid Pro Quo 2008/I Fiona
Never Forever 2007 Sophie Lee
Joshua 2007 Abby Cairn
The Hard Easy 2006 Dr. Charlie Brooks
The Departed 2006 Madolyn
Breaking and Entering 2006 Oana
Running Scared 2006 Teresa Gazelle
Neverwas 2005 Eleanna
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Jocelyne Jordan
Touching Evil 2004 TV Series Detective Susan Branca
Mind the Gap 2004 Allison Lee
Touching Evil 2004 TV Movie Detective Susan Branca
Iron Jawed Angels 2004 TV Movie Ruza Wenclawska
Down to the Bone 2004 Irene
UC: Undercover 2001-2002 TV Series Alex Cross
Dummy 2002 Lorena
Love in the Time of Money 2002 Greta
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All 2001 TV Movie Josephine
Dust 2001/I Amy
15 Minutes 2001 Daphne Handlova
Autumn in New York 2000 Lisa Tyler
The Opportunists 2000 Miriam Kelly
Trinity 1998 TV Series
Return to Paradise 1998 Kerrie
The Butterfly Dance 1998 Short Diane
Law & Order 1998 TV Series Lindsay Carson
Rose Hill 1997 TV Movie Emily Elliot
Roar 1997 TV Series Catlin
The Commuter 2017 post-production
Boundaries 2017 post-production Laura

Producer

Producer

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

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Special Correspondents 2016 performer: "Dollar for a Hero"
Bates Motel 2014-2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
At Middleton 2013 performer: "Chop Sticks" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Higher Ground 2011

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood 2009-2016 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
The Judge: Inside the Judge 2014 Documentary short Herself
Bates Motel Inside the Casting Room 2014 Short Herself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables 2014 TV Series Herself
Bates Motel: After Hours 2014 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2007-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2011-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Vivir de cine 2013 TV Series Herself
Bates Motel Comic Con 2013 Short Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Reel Junkie 2013 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Fast Lane 2013 TV Series Herself - interviewee
Hello! Hollywood 2013 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
ES.TV HD 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Herself (2014)
The Substance of Things Hoped For: Making Higher Ground 2011 Documentary short Herself
Charlie Rose 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2010 TV Series Herself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Moving Pictures Live! 2010 TV Series Herself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet 2010 TV Special Herself
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Guión busca estrella 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Mama's Little Devils: Bad Seeds and Evil Children 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Friendship Beyond the Fence 2009 Video documentary short Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2007-2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cinema 3 2008 TV Series Herself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Herself
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
Running Scared: Through the Looking Glass 2006 Video documentary short Herself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
Roar: The Making of 1997 TV Special documentary Catlin

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Herself
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Lorraine Warren in 'The Conjuring'
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Gracie Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Bates Motel (2013)
2014 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress in a Television Series Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Festival Prize Boston Film Festival Best Actress At Middleton (2013)
2011 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress Feature Film Higher Ground (2011)
2010 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film The Vintner's Luck (2009)
2010 Cinema Vanguard Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Up in the Air (2009)
2010 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Supporting Actress - Audience Award The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
2008 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actress The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
2007 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Departed (2006) · Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2006 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble The Departed (2006) · Leonardo DiCaprio
· Matt Damon
· Jack Nicholson
· Mark Wahlberg
· Martin Sheen
· Ray Winstone
· Alec Baldwin
· Anthony Anderson
· James Badge Dale
2006 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Ensemble, Motion Picture The Departed (2006) · Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2005 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Down to the Bone (2004)
2004 Best Actress Marrakech International Film Festival Down to the Bone (2004)
2004 Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Down to the Bone (2004)
2004 Jury Prize BendFilm Festival Best Actress Down to the Bone (2004)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2015 Gopos Award Gopo Awards, Romania Best Actress in a Leading Role Closer to the Moon (2014)
2015 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2015 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2015 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress in a Television Series Bates Motel (2013)
2015 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2014 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2014 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance The Conjuring (2013)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2014 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2014 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2014 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) TV Performance of the Year - Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2013 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Drama Bates Motel (2013)
2013 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Bates Motel (2013)
2013 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Bates Motel (2013)
2013 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Actress The Conjuring (2013)
2012 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Woman Director Higher Ground (2011)
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Overlooked Film Higher Ground (2011)
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Breakthrough Director Higher Ground (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture Higher Ground (2011)
2011 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Higher Ground (2011)
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Up in the Air (2009) · Jason Bateman
· George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
2010 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista) Up in the Air (2009)
2010 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year Up in the Air (2009)
2010 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Up in the Air (2009)
2010 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Up in the Air (2009)
2010 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2010 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year Up in the Air (2009)
2009 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Up in the Air (2009)
2009 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Up in the Air (2009) · Jason Bateman
· George Clooney
· Sam Elliott
· Zach Galifianakis
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
· Amy Morton
· J.K. Simmons
2009 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Up in the Air (2009)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nothing But the Truth (2008)
2009 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Acting Ensemble Up in the Air (2009) · George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Jason Bateman
· Amy Morton
· Melanie Lynskey
· Danny McBride
· Zach Galifianakis
· J.K. Simmons
· Sam Elliott
2009 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Actress Orphan (2009)
2007 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Departed (2006) · Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Departed (2006) · Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Departed (2006) · Anthony Anderson
· Alec Baldwin
· Matt Damon
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Jack Nicholson
· Martin Sheen
· Mark Wahlberg
· Ray Winstone
2007 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Female Newcomer The Departed (2006)
2007 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Actress Joshua (2007)
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Down to the Bone (2004)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Actress Bates Motel (2013)
2010 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Up in the Air (2009) · George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Jason Bateman
· Amy Morton
· Melanie Lynskey
· J.K. Simmons
· Danny McBride
· Zach Galifianakis
· Sam Elliott
2009 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2009 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Up in the Air (2009) · George Clooney
· Anna Kendrick
· Melanie Lynskey
· Amy Morton
· Jason Bateman
· J.K. Simmons
· Zach Galifianakis
· Danny McBride
· Sam Elliot
2006 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year The Departed (2006)
2006 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Departed (2006) · Leonardo DiCaprio
· Matt Damon
· Jack Nicholson
· Mark Wahlberg
· Martin Sheen
· Ray Winstone
· Alec Baldwin
· Anthony Anderson
2006 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast The Departed (2006) · Mark Wahlberg
· Jack Nicholson
· Matt Damon
· Anthony Anderson
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Alec Baldwin
· Ray Winstone
· Martin Sheen
2006 DFCC Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Departed (2006)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Up in the Air (2009)
2006 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Down to the Bone (2004)


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#Quote
1 I'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.
2 My 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.
3 I'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.
4 I'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.
6 I 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.
8 My 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.
11 Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning.
12 My 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.
14 What 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.
15 I just can't feel lukewarm about a character. I either despise her, admire her, or don't understand her and want to understand her.
16 As 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.
17 I'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.
18 There are some times when I think acting can be a noble profession.
19 I 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.
20 It's terrifying to be the lead. There's a moment of excitement, and then pure terror.
21 I 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.

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