A Minute With: Vera Farmiga on movies, motherhood

Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:12pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Vera Farmiga first caught Hollywood's eye in low-budget film "Down to the Bone," then vaulted to fame when she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar in 2010, playing a traveling businesswoman in "Up in the Air."

It's been a busy year since "Air." This Friday, the 37-year-old stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in sci-fi thriller "The Source Code" playing a mysterious woman who sends Gyllenhaal on a deadly mission into the body of another man.

On April 8, she stars in romantic comedy "Henry's Crime" as a stage actress who falls for her leading man (Keanu Reeves), who is actually an ex-con planning to rob a nearby bank.

The Ukrainian-American actress also made her directorial debut with "Higher Ground" at January's Sundance film festival. She produced the film and takes the lead role of a woman who questions her faith as she goes from childhood to womanhood.

Farmiga sat with Reuters to talk about her three projects and being a working mother.

Q: "Source Code" is the first film you took after "Up in the Air." What made you want to take it?

A: "When I got to Los Angeles for the Oscars, I found out I was pregnant. Source Code came about and I grabbed it because I knew I'd be out of commission for the next nine months. It was a 10-day shoot that I could do in my first trimester."

Q: In most of the movie, your character is seen only on a computer screen, talking to Jake Gyllenhaal. How was that?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Vera Farmiga arrives at the premiere of her new film "Source Code" in Hollywood, California March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>