The clock haunts Farmiga after ‘The Conjuring’
By CINDY PEARLMAN For Sun-Times Media January 29, 2014 4:52PM
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It’s exactly 3:07 a.m. Your eyes fly open.
Is that a ghostly figure coming down the hallway? Or is it your dog Fluffy?
You are not the only one who unexplainably wakes up and checks the clock at exactly 3:07 a.m. after watching “The Conjuring.”
Actress Vera Farmiga, who starred in that tale of supernatural things going bump in the night, has her own issues with that time.
“Ever since I made ‘The Conjuring,’ I think I have some sort of subconscious alarm clock. A stupid alarm clock. It goes off at 3:07 a.m., which is when all the bad stuff happened in that very scary movie,” says Farmiga.
So what does she do about the early wake-up call?
“I’m renovating my house, so if I’m up at 3 in the morning a little scared, I figure it’s time to look at light fixtures and door handles. You might as well use the time in a wise way,” says Farmiga, who adds, “What a perfect time to check out paint samples.”
Farmiga has been making good use of her workday, too, with her series “Bates Motel” returning in early March and a new romantic comedy film with Andy Garcia out Friday. “At Middleton” is about two strangers who meet when they take their college-bound kids on a campus tour of Middleton College.
“You never see movies about adults,” sighs Farmiga, who has done a few of those, including her Oscar-nominated performance in “Up in the Air.”
“The adult demo is forgotten by Hollywood, which is why I really wanted to do ‘At Middleton.’ It’s about love and really pure emotions that happen after age 20. It’s about the pure love between parents and older children. For Andy and I, the film is a re-orientation of life between two older people.”
Farmiga says she had been dying to work with Garcia. “I went into this with such tremendous respect for him as an actor. One of the first performances I ever witnessed him in was in ‘When a Man Loves a Woman.’ That film had such a great impact on me. And as an actor, I found that he doesn’t walk in front of you or behind you. He walks beside you. You can really call him a friend.”
She says their chemistry was natural. “The script was drenched with chemistry,” she says. “If it’s on the page that’s half the game.”
Chemistry also came naturally with her younger sister Taissa Farmiga, who also stars in the film.
“She’s my best friend,” Farmiga says. “There are so many different roles we are to each other. I’d like to think that I’ve modeled joy and optimism to her, especially now that I see her fluttering away and growing up.
“She’s the last of seven children. It’s funny that she limited the amount of time my mom could be on the set, which is actually what this film is also about. It’s about how the role of a parent is so all-consuming and gargantuan. And when a child leaves home, you struggle with a profound sense of loss and identity crisis.”
Ask her about rumors she’ll return as ghost hunter Lorraine Warren in “Conjuring 2” and she doesn’t deny them.
“ It’s in the works and they’re working on a script. They’re even trying to work out schedules,” she says. “Lorraine is a remarkable historical figure, and there are so many more stories to tell.”
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