Vera Farmiga, younger sister take on "Higher Ground"

Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:23pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After Vera Farmiga was nominated for an Oscar for her performance opposite George Clooney in the 2009 film "Up in the Air," the actress was offered the chance of a lifetime -- not just to act in a film, but to direct it as well.

The result is indie drama "Higher Ground," due in theaters on Friday. The film is inspired by Carolyn Brigg's memoir "This Dark World," in which a young woman enters a community of evangelical Christians, then begins to question her faith.

"Ground" follows lead character Corinne (Farmiga) over a span of 20 years. Farmiga, 38, made the film a family affair with husband Renn Hawkey a producer and musical director and her sister Taissa, 15 years-old at the time and with no prior acting experience, playing young Corinne.

"Higher Ground" debuted at 2011's Sundance Film Festival, launching Farmiga's second career as a filmmaker and a budding acting career for Taissa. The 16-year old now stars in upcoming TV series "American Horror Story" from the creators of "Glee."

Reuters sat down with the sisters to talk about their experience of working together on "Higher Ground."

Q: Who asked whom to be in the movie?

Taissa: "Vera texted me and was like, 'Hey, do you wanna play the younger version of me in a movie I'm directing?' I was a typical 15 year-old. I wasn't up to much, so I said 'Sure.'"

Vera: "Well, there was a bit of a negotiation..."   Continued...

<p>Director and cast member Vera Farmiga and her sister and cast member Taissa Farmiga pose for a portrait while promoting their upcoming movie "Higher Ground" in Los Angeles, August 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>