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I think God gave us senses of humor, and we should use them.
– Vera Farmiga
Offers come all the time, but I’m pretty particular. I really have to be wowed by a character I encounter in a script, or a storyline. I really do need to feel inspiration, otherwise I’m just happy planting perennials and making goat cheese.
When I look at female characters, I want to recognize myself in them: my trials, my tribulations as a mother, as a lover, as a daughter.
Whether we call it religion or faith, we all battle for a balanced integrated soul.
There are women who make things better, there are women who change things, there are women who make things happen, who make a difference. I want to be one of those women.
Do I pray? Yes. Prayer is very important to me.
We are all seekers in some way. There are those of us who think they have all the answers and there are those of us who may never get an answer.
You don’t have to be gay to be attracted to your friend.
The limelight is a tricky place, because you can’t believe what’s going on around you. You stop observing. You stop perceiving. You stop extending yourself, and you become isolated.
Am I ambitious? I used to be afraid of that word but now I think ambition is a good thing.
I grew up in a Ukrainian Catholic-turned-Christian household, and that is my family’s faith.
Music is what our feelings sound like.
The biggest research of all when I do a character is self-examination. You look at yourself and you ask, ‘How am I similar to this person and how am I different?’
I think maybe I was a shepherdess in a past life.
It’s true: I don’t remember what life was like before parenthood.
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.
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 love to be surprised.
I’ve never felt the breath of God – you can take that statement literally or metaphorically – more than when I was yearning for a personal, intimate connection to something bigger than me.
I don’t have a caustic sense of humor. What I find funny, that humor comes from a much gentler place.
Normally, I rely heavily on my director to massage me out of my actor comfort zones.
Sometimes I attract roles that are necessary either for personal growth or enlightenment.
We’re all sick of holy wars and bloodshed because religion is supposed to give us life and a better life and is supposed to bring out our best self. When it results in mass destruction and hatred and anxiety, it’s the antithesis I think of what religion was designed to do.
Editing is not a part of the filmmaking process I’ve ever been privy to as an actress.
I look for struggle in the roles I choose – struggle and perseverance.
Someone once told me that religion is like a knife: You can stab someone with it, or you can slice bread with it.
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’ve always believed that if you are precise in your thoughts, it’s not the lines you say that are important – it’s what exists between the lines. What I’m compelled by most is that transparency of thought, what is left unspoken.
I have the best husband a wife could possibly have. He’s the best father my children could have.
My only real advice to Oscar nominees is, ‘If you haven’t actually seen a competitor’s film, don’t fib and say you have and blow smoke up their wahooziewhatsits.’ Always best to be frank and tell them the truth.