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.— Vera Farmiga
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In the quiet moments, the discoveries are made.
But I think for me, why I was drawn to the piece is, at the core of the story, it's a love story to me - between Ed and Lorraine, between these two families who are asking for help and us who are in the business of giving help.
I do love directing. I'm only comfortable working in the independent film arena for a very small budget where I have creative control and I can put my stamp on it.
When you encounter sophistication in the creation of a female character, you thank the writers and you claim it.
I love Saturday nights with my best friend and a big bowl of pasta, wanting a good scare, something that will say, 'Listen, your life is not as bad as this. Your life can be so much worse'.
When you're breastfeeding a child, you don't have the same retention as you do when you're not.
The more people know about you, the more face-time you get in the media, the harder your job becomes to create a character in whom people suspend disbelief.
Chekhov, when it's done well and you're ready for it, can actually be quite funny.
My husband is my best friend; he knows my sensibilities.
There's just a deeper level of sophistication in the writing of female characters on TV.
I just wanted to make sure that yes, that those horror - they worked as a genre.
To me, I just wanted to be touched by the film in the way that I saw plausible. Which is the story about compassion - giving and receiving it in those desperate times of need.
I was very studious and square in college.
It's thematic in my career, if you look at most of my choices.
It is some level of exploration of maternal angst and maternal heroism.
My personality is just innately even-keeled.
I'm not such a huge daredevil. Which is not to say I'm not a passionate woman. I don't know, maybe it's my physiological makeup, but I don't like the feeling of anything in my system, other than a glass of wine now and then.
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.
You know what's more difficult to do organically? Laughing.
It's actually one of the hardest things to do on camera.
I think that films about faith made for faith-based communities have a certain tactic.
There really are three types of religious movies: the ones that make fun of it, the ones that vilify it and the ones that literally preach to the converted.
Do I observe holy days and holidays? Yeah, the ritual is very important to me.
It's part of being Ukrainian Catholic. So every holy day we're baking pierogis and not eating meat.
The nature of evil, the nature of it, it exists.
It exists and I think within us we have the tools. If we have the will, we can combat it. I think the power is within us and it lies in our own conceptualization of God and positivity and compassion and love.
Whether youre making a million dollar film or a $100 million film there is never enough money, theres never enough time.
Honesty is not synonymous with truth.
I think all religions can agree on certain definitions of God and concepts of God, like God being the god of love, the great 'I am' energy.
I bet you could look at every single thing I've ever done and reduce it to that parenting schematic.
You ought to have a perspective when you're making a film.
I'm incredibly spiritual. There are like tens of thousands of denominations; I don't fit in any one of those denominations comfortably. But I have a very personal relationship with God.
The depth of exploration of the male psyche and the female psyche is uneven.
I see further, deeper renderings of what it means to be a man.
I've done TV, but never where you're given this much time to live with a character, to study the tone and hone it and repair stuff, to go back and watch old episodes and go, "Oh no, that's a misstep. That's a victory. I should do more of that, less of that."
I just hate one-dimensional portrayals of religion;
it's too cheap and easy to do, and ignores the nuances that go into having a belief system.
I cherish each director that I have. I want to be maneuvered out of my comfort zones. I don't have the time to prepare.
I grew up in a Christian home. The strictness comes with religion in general. Whether you grew up Jewish or Orthodox Jewish or Muslim, there are certain rules and regulations. But my parents instilled in me the importance of defining God for yourself.
I love to be surprised.
I always thought Uncle Vanya could be a stoned masterpiece.
I have a two-year-old who just turned three, and my four-year-old just turned five. I have the same irrational feelings taking them to pre-school. It's this charged combination of stress and joy and anxiety and excitement. When they're away, you've got a sudden loss of purpose and this ever-present fear about the kid's welfare. The departure of our children from our nest is not an easy thing.
Whenever I wore it there were some questions whether the outfit was just too over the top. I'm like, "Do you know who you're dealing with here, and her eccentricities, her style, her flair?" These little things were sometimes those - I love it. I love having a real-life model. But I also do flush it out with my own personal experiences and my own essence, and hopefully they mesh together.
Patrick sort of had a very pragmatic, practical, Ed-like approach and went down to see.
Just because I’m telling a story about a woman losing faith is not my rebellion against what I grew up in. If anything, it really affected the way I approached the story, and in fact, approach everything. I don’t judge my characters.
Ruminants are a perfectly normal thing to possess when you live in upstate New York. It's just moving scenery. It's kind of like the equivalent of Great Danes. It's the way you keep your grass mowed. It's the way you keep your weed-whacking to a minimum.
I'm thinking about anything and everything.
I'm making stuff up in my head, I'm using sense memory. Sometimes when it doesn't come and you've got no choice because you're getting paid to do it, you grasp at straws. It's always easy now with my kids. I just create some "what-ifs" in my head, something horrible that would devastate me as a mother.
It's a delicate thing for me, with how involved I am in social media and being a part of people's lives in a way that they want me to.
Esquire needs to be more like a mommy blog
I cannot even imagine college. I'm white-knuckling it just letting my son go to kindergarten for eight hours a day.
It's terrifying to be the lead. There's a moment of excitement, and then pure terror.
There are some times when I think acting can be a noble profession.
And when those rare roles come along, like Down to the Bone, you have the opportunity to be of service.
Yeah, I think it's like any God-given gift.
You writers have the gift of perception. If you don't use it, you're going to lose it. And it's the same thing with you [Lorraine], it's God-given.
You dont necessarily have to be religious to pray.
Esquire's all about mommy issues now. Breastfeeding, vaccinations, playdate etiquette.
You dont have to be gay to be attracted to your friend.
It's such a measure of your solidarity with Ed, that when you would give lectures, he would be wearing a tartan tie that matched. And I demanded that outfit, I thought it was so punk - her long skirt, she looked like a Scottish queen, so regal.