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• Has six siblings, Vera is the second oldest of seven.

• Daughter of Ukrainian immigrants.

• Toured with a folk-dancing company in her teens.

• Didn’t learn English untill she was six years old.

• Was raised in an insular Ukranian community in Passaic, New Jersey.

• Graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School: Class of 1991.

• Graduated from Syracuse University.

• Used to wear contact lenses, she told us on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” , July 19, 2007), that she has had Lasik eye surgery.

• Grew up in a Ukranian-speaking enclave in New Jersey.

• Ex-husband Sebastian Roche co-starred with Vera on Roar and they eloped to Bahamas to get married when the show ended in 1997.

• During high school, she went from wanting to be a shepherdess, to an ophthalmologist, a music therapist, and a concert pianist.

• Last name pronounced far-MEE-guh.

• Attended Syracuse University with actors Taye Diggs, Larissa Thurston, and producer Terry Dinan.

• Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.

• Her husband Renn Hawkey plays in the band ‘Deadsy’.

• Gave birth to her first child at age 35, son Fynn Hawkey on January 15, 2009.

• Returned to work two months after giving birth to her son Fynn in order to begin filming Up in the Air (2009).

• 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.

• Confirmed that she was pregnant with her second child in May 15, 2010.

• Gave birth to her second child at age 37, daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey on November 4, 2010.

• Was five months pregnant with her daughter Gytta when she completed filming on Higher Ground (2011).

• Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Gytta in order to begin filming Goats (2011).

• Sister of Taissa Farmiga. She is known for playing Violet Harmon on FX’s American Horror Story.


  • Current Projects

    Bates Motel - 2013/2015
    Vera as Norma Louise Bates
    Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
    Genre: Drama
    Photos - IMDB - Official Site

    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist - 2015
    Vera as Lorraine Warren
    Not yet released
    Genre: Horror
    Photos - IMDB

    The Locals - 2015
    Vera as Lillian Goldberg
    The Locals is a comedic love story set in the Bronx about two three generational families; one Jewish, one Italian. Ironically, these families as most Jews and Italians have so much in common; love of the gab, love of food, they talk with their hands, they feed you with guilt and fill your hearts with cultural humor that somehow bridges the divide between all cultures and all generations. A New York based Romeo and Juliet with modern a twist that harks to the hilarity of Moonstruck and the lovable absurdity of familial dysfunction in Little Miss Sunshine.
    Genre: Comedy
    Photos - IMDB

    Facing The Wind
    Vera as unknown
    Bob Rowe is a model husband and father whose profound psychic unraveling leads him to commit an unimaginable act of violence and his subsequent search for redemption.
    Genre: Drama
    Photos - IMDB

    Prima
    Vera as unknown
    Chubby Jesse Urchin shocks everyone except her ex-dancer mother Corinne when she is accepted into the prestigious Battleboro School for Dancers. As Corinne struggles to acclimate to her posh stomping grounds of old, Jesse learns that to get to the top she must kill or be killed when she suddenly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of prima ballerinas.
    Genre: Comedy
    Photos - IMDB

    The Geography of Hope
    Vera as unknown
    A 1970s-set story centered on two crooks (Eckhart and Harris) hiding out in Baja, Mexico and their experiences with several American women.
    Genre: Crime | Drama
    Photos - IMDB

    The Judge - 2014
    Vera as Samantha
    Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
    Genre: Drama
    Photos - IMDB - Official Site


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