Vera Farmiga has suffered on the big screen in some dark roles, portraying everything from a drug-addicted mom to a mental patient. Now, she’s pushing it to the limit again opposite Peter Sarsgaard in Orphan.
In the horror flick, Farmiga plays a woman haunted by the still-born birth of her baby who later adopts a young girl to fill the void. The actress told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf what it took to put herself through the agony.
“When I was getting ready to do this film, I was desperately trying to get pregnant and wanting to be a mother. Meanwhile, I ended up spending time on grief Web sites where women talked about what can go wrong as they went through coping with the loss of a baby after a miscarriage. You realize…”
Cybill Shepherd heated up her image playing a bisexual mom shaking up societal boundaries on the racy Showtime series The L Word. Now she’s a divorcee who shakes up stately Smith College when she returns to finish her degree in The Hallmark Channel’s Mrs. Washington Goes To Smith.
At 59, the indomitable actress, who’s still pursuing her singing career, has the same determination that drives her character. Shepherd told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf how the movie fulfilled her own wish list.
“There were two things I got to do in the movie that I’ve always wanted to be able to accomplish, that were my dreams. One was to go back and finish my college degree after taking a lot courses along the way. The other one was to …”
Katherine Heigl may be facing her character’s mortality on Grey’s Anatomy, but the Emmy-winning queen of medical drama can be daringly funny, and she proves it in the R-rated comedy The Ugly Truth opposite Gerard Butler.
In person, Heigl has shed her blonde locks for a brunette look. She told Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf why she’s always up for a change of color.
“I just like to shake things up, and your hair is one way to do it. I love to change my hair color, but no one will let me. Now that Izzie’s bald on Grey’s, I can do what I want. To me, hair shades are like shoes. I like the variety…”
Gerard Butler is learning how to handle the truth. Rumors that he and Jennifer Aniston are an item have forced him to confront personal questions about his intimate relationships.
His character in The Ugly Truth comes off as blunt and so full of himself that he wouldn’t have any trouble bragging about his conquests. But Butler admitted to Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf that sometimes, no matter how you answer, you can’t win.
“That’s how I live my life. Conan asked me about Aniston, who is my co-star in the movie I’m making now, and I just said, ‘Yeah, we’re getting married. What the hell.’ Tell a joke, that’s my technique. But, I’m careful to also say that I’m marrying…”
Nicolas Cage couldn’t say no to Jerry Bruckheimer, the uber producer who gave him his first chance to be an action hero in The Rock and Con Air.
Only this time, Bruckheimer is venturing into 3-D animation with G-Force, a family film starring a trio of guinea pigs trying to save the world. Cage had his choice of roles, and Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out why he wasn’t interested in playing a guinea pig.
“There was no way on earth I was going to be one in this movie. I didn’t want to be one of those cute cuddly domesticated little animals. I’ve never found guinea pigs interesting. I mean, no offense, but I think they’re obnoxious. I need an animal…”