Vera Ann Farmiga is an American actress, producer, and director, who began acting on Broadway in the play Taking Side (1996). Her first TV series was Roar (1997(, and her first movie was Return to Paradise (1998). She is a psydo scream queen after staring in The Conjuring franchise, Joshua and Orphan.
The actress breakout role was in the film Down to the Bone (2004). Afterward, she was seen in various films, including The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Departed (2006), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), and Nothing But the Truth (2008). Farmiga’s performance in Up in the Air (2009) was highly praised, which also earned her a nomination for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The other movies which starred Farmiga included Orphan (2009), Source Code (2011), and Safe House (2012). The actress also directed the film Higher Ground (2011). Farmiga also played the paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.
Farmiga was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in Bates Motel.
EARLY LIFE OF VERA FARMIGA
Farmiga originated from Clifton, New Jersey. Her parent, both Ukrainian-born, are Lubomyra and Michael Farmiga. Her first language was Ukrainian. The actress attended St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic School in Newark, New Jersey and graduated high school in the Hunterdon Central Regional High School. After discovering her penchant for acting, Farmiga studied performing arts at Syracuse University.
Farmiga has six siblings, Victor, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, Laryssa, and Taisa, and her grandparents emigrated to the US when her mother was still a baby.
ACTING CAREER OF VERA FARMIGA
Farmiga’s first acting stint on stage included her role as Miranda in the American Conservatory Theater’s production of The Tempest. She was also a member of The Barrow Group. Her Broadway debut was in the play Taking Sides (1996). Afterward, she became a part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film, Rose Hill, taking the role of Emily Elliot.
The actress also had a role in the Fox TV series Roar and a guest starring role in Law & Order. Farmiga continued appearing in TV series, movies, and in stage. She was seen in the movie Return to Paradise in 199e followed by Autumn in New York in 2000.
The actress was also part of the movie The Opportunists, which came out the same year as Autumn in New York. Her next role was in the box-office hit 15 Minutes. The movie was followed by her appearance in Dust at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. Farmiga was also a part of the TV series UC: Undercover and the TV film Snow White: The Fairest of Them All.
Farmiga’s first starring role was in the movie Love in the Time of Money, which first aired at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. It was followed by the stage play Under the Blue Sky, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. After the play, Farmiga became part of the comedy movie Dummy in 2003. However, her breakout role turned out to be that of Irene Morrison in the indie film Down to the Bone, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. She was nominated for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
In the field of TV series, Farmiga appeared in HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels and in the American adaptation of Touching Evil, playing the role of Detective Susan Branca. Afterward, she played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The Manchurian Candidate. Afterward, Farmiga was seen again in film Neverwas, which was first seen at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.
Farmiga is known for creating short films for her auditions. This led to an invitation by Martin Scorsese for a chemistry read with Leonardo DiCaprio. The actress bagged the role of the police psychiatrist Dr. Madolyn Madden in The Departed, which turned out to be a box-office hit worldwide. Her performance in the movie earned Farmiga nomination for the Empire Award for Best Newcomer and shared the nomination for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
The actress starred in another thriller, Running Scared, in 2006. That same year, Farmiga was seen in the film Breaking and Entering, playing the role of an Eastern European prostitute. The movie was followed by her role in the Korean-American romantic drama, Never Forever, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. She also appeared in the movies Joshua (2007) and Quid Pro Quo (2008). Farmiga was praised for her role in Quid Pro Quo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2008, Farmiga was seen in the critically acclaimed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and her role in the movie earned her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. She would play afterward the role of a CIA operative in Nothing But the Truth, and her role led to her nomination for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Farmiga was seen next in the box-office hit thriller, Orphan, in 2009. The film received mixed reviews but the actress’ performance was praised. Afterward, she appeared in A Heavenly Vintage (2009), which was first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2009, Farmiga received recognition again for her role in the comedy-drama, Up in the Air. The film was box-office hit and was critically acclaimed. Her role in the film earned Farmiga several nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010, the actress was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Farmiga next played the role of Julie in Henry’s Crime (2009). The surrealist romantic comedy received mixed reviews but Farmiga’s performance was praised. Afterward, she became part of the sci-fi action thriller, Source Code, which was first screened at South by Southwest in 2011.
The first film that Farmiga directed was Higher Ground, in which she also played a role. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was positively reviewed by critics.
Farmiga’s next film was Goats followed by her role as a CIA operative in Safe House (2012).
In 2013, Farmiga took on the role of Norma Louise Bates in the TV series, Bates Motel. The role earned her a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television and nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Farmiga then played the role of Lorraine Warren in the box-office hit The Conjuring (2013), and she was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit-Performance. She appeared again in the sequel entitle The Conjuring 2 (2016).
In 2013, Farmiga starred with her sister Taissa in At Middleton, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. She was also seen in the movie Closer to the Moon (2015) and The Judge (2014).
Farmiga’s succeeding films included Special Correspondents (April 2016), Burn Your Maps (September 2016), The Escape (October 2016), as well as Boundaries and The Commuter, which are set to release sometime in the future.