Just how blue are Vera Farmigaâs eyes?
Interviewed by: Greg Goldstein
Just how blue are Vera Farmigaâs eyes? Theyâre like a translucent mountain stream babbling softly down… oh, the heck with it. Theyâre really blue, okay? The striking actress, whose screen debut came in 1998âs Return to Paradise, plays a stalked murder witness opposite Robert De Niro and Ed Burns in next monthâs thriller 15 Minutes. Thereâll be no Warholian clichĂ©s here, but clearly this actressâs time has come (sorry, couldnât resist).
Jerseyâs Own: Farmiga, 27, is the second-oldest of seven children born and raised by immigrant parents in the tightly knit Ukrainian community of Passaic County, New Jersey. She didnât even learn English until she was six. As a teenager, she toured with a folk-dancing company before finally deciding on acting.
Favorite Ukrainian Expression? âItâs something my grandfather used to say: âDonât touch the s— and it wonât stink.ââ
Xena-phobic: While playing a dreadlocked Celtic warrior on a âreally badâ 1997 Fox series called Roar, she fell in love with her onscreen nemesis, actor Sebastian RochĂ©. They eloped to the Bahamas when the show ended and are now renovating a former mobster hideout on 100 acres in New York state. âIâm living in a trailer in a barn with no insulation,â she reports. âItâs so glamorous.â
The Eyes Have It: She plays a Czech immigrant hiding from killers in 15 Minutes, and though her eyes were beautiful enough to be written into the script (a comment is made about how arresting they are), sheâs blind without contacts. âAs 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.â
I Like L.A. in June. How About You? âI canât do Los Angeles. Iâve always been the anti-Barbie. I donât 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.â
Lights! Camera! Clearasil! Youâd think kissing Ed Burns wouldnât be a chore. Youâd be wrong. âI had a big zit on my cheek, and the director tried to find the right camera angle to hide it,â she says with a laugh. âThen, as a joke, Eddie comes in burping with coffee breathâit was the most unromantic thing. The kiss didnât even make it in the movie!â