2. Her parents, a computer-systems analyst named Mykhailo and a school teacher named Luba, are Ukranian immigrants. As such, she regards herself Ukranian-American.
3. She spoke only Ukranian until she went to kindergarten. She remembers a childhood fill of folk stories, singing, and dancing. She even performed with a Ukrainian folk dancing ensemble called Syzokryli.
4. Vera is the second oldest out of seven children, and the oldest daughter. 18-year-old Taissa Farmiga—of The Bling Ring and the first season of American Horror Story—is the youngest of the family.
5. Vera and Taissa are incredibly close, despite their 21-year age difference. “Taissa is the person you take with you to choose your Oscar gown and then take to In-N-Out Burger,” Vera has said of her little sister. “As much of an age difference as there is, she is one of my best friends in the world.”
Above: Vera as Alex in Up in the Air.
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