You know who we love? Vera Farmiga. Whether she’s playing an aloof frequent flyer in Up in the Air, the wife of a Nazi SS commander in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the infamous Norma Bates in Bates Motel, or real life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring—which, incidentally, hits cinemas this Friday—her work as an actress is always astonishing. Precise and unfathomably complex, her performances bring the characters she plays to life in the most riveting way possible.
But though we’ve been watching her on both the big and small screens for years, she tends to fly under the radar. So we decided to do a little digging into this mysterious, talented woman. Did you know, for instance, that her first language isn’t actually English? Check out these 25 facts we bet you didn’t know about Vera—and be sure to catch The Conjuring in theaters this weekend!