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Vera Farmiga has built a substantial career for herself as an actress, playing a range of diverse characters.
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Rose Hill, she worked on her first series Roar that same year. Farmiga played a Celtic woman who joins in the fight against the Romans during ancient times. Heath Ledger also starred in the short-lived show.
Return to Paradise with Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, and Anne Heche. She landed a series of supporting roles, working with Richard Gere in the critically maligned drama Autumn in New York (2000) and with Christopher Walken in the independent film The Opportunists (2000). The following year, Farmiga appeared opposite Edward Burns and Robert De Niro in the crime drama 15 Minutes.
In 2004, Farmiga wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with her performance in Down to the Bone. She starred as a mother who battles a drug addiction and won a Special Jury Prize at the festival for her work on the film. Soon after, Farmiga got a chance to work with legendary director Martin Scorsese on The Departed. She played a police psychologist who becomes involved with two law enforcement officers (played by Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio).
Farmiga's career continued to flourish with numerous roles in many independent films, as well as a few big studio projects. "It's just that when it comes to having a career in this business, we women have the shelf life of seafood, and . . . guys have the shelf life of Twinkies. When the work presents itself, you have got to take it," Farmiga explained to Interview magazine.
Up in the Air (2009), Farmiga attracted international acclaim. She played a sharp and charming frequent-flying executive who becomes involved with a human resources consultant (played by George Clooney) who travels the country firing employees for companies.
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