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The Word: Vera Farmiga’s life hasn’t changed since Oscars

Vera Farmiga made waves when she appeared opposite George Clooney in 2009’s “Up in the Air.” So, her life must have changed dramatically, right? Not so much.

Vera Farmiga made waves when she appeared opposite George Clooney in 2009’s “Up in the Air.” Her portrayal of Alex, a seductive frequent flyer, garnered her nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. So, her life must have changed dramatically, right? “Not at all,” she answers simply while doing press for her new film, “Henry’s Crime.” “I feel like the same types of projects are coming to me. I mean, your quote might go up, but there are so few great roles for women and there are so many talented actresses vying for those roles. It’s a struggle for everybody. “

But Farmiga has been doing just fine. In addition to “Henry’s Crime,” she also appears in “Source Code” with Jake Gyllenhaal, and has just wrapped up her directorial debut with the indie “Higher Ground” — which she filmed while pregnant. “I am the best mom I can be because I’m creatively fulfilled,” she told me while we discussed work and motherhood. “I can do this because my kids travel with me. But where the real struggle comes in? Packing. To have two different types of amusements and puzzles and toys — packing is probably the worst of it. And there’s so much traveling. I gave birth in November and we’ve all been on the go since.”

Biggie’s pockets

Fourteen years after Biggie Smalls was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting, the FBI has released docu­ments on the murder (the Los Angeles Times has the complete forms). What was disclosed in the heavily redacted papers: The rare bullets used were sold only in California and New Jersey. Also de­tailed, the contents of Biggie’s pockets at the time of death: a Georgia driver’s license, a pen, 0.91 grams of marijuana, an asthma inhaler and three condoms. Typical Biggie, no?


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