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Taissa and Vera Farmiga's Siblings: Inside the Family of 7 Brothers and Sisters

Titi Dokubo
Jul 27, 2022
09:10 A.M.

Taissa Farmiga and Vera Farmiga are a part of a large family of seven siblings. While Taissa Farmiga is the youngest sibling, the "Up in the Air" actress Vera Farmiga is the second oldest. Here are all the details about Vera Farmiga and her siblings.


Vera Farmiga is the Ukrainian-American actress who made her screen debut in "Return to Paradise" in 1998 after graduating from the Syracuse University School of Performing Arts in 1995.

While Vera Farmiga and her younger sister Taissa Farmiga are well known in Hollywood, some fans were surprised to find out they are sisters as they were usually mistaken for mother and daughter. However, they come from a large family and have five other siblings.

Taissa Farmiga and Vera Farmiga at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Judge" on October 1, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Taissa Farmiga and Vera Farmiga at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Judge" on October 1, 2014 | Source: Getty Images


Vera and Taissa are sisters and famous actresses who share a strong resemblance despite the 21-year-age difference. The stars were born to first-generation Ukrainians.


While their mother, Lubomyra "Luba" Farmiga, was a schoolteacher, their father, Mykhailo Farmiga, was a systems analyst turned landscaper. They were born after the second world war.


Vera's maternal grandparents were affected during World War II. After they were displaced and kept at a displaced person camp in Karlsfeld, Germany, they fell in love.

Vera was born on August 6, 1973, in New Jersey, as her parents had moved to the United States in search of a better life. The actress grew up in a Ukrainian community and did not learn to speak English until she was six because their parents wanted them to have a solid Ukrainian foundation.

Growing up, they moved around a lot before they settled on farmland in Wilmington. After high school in 1991, Vera already knew how to play the piano and was a professional Ukrainian folk dancer who toured with a folk-dancing group.


She wanted to study optometry but ended up studying acting and graduating from the Syracuse University School of Performing Arts in 1995. In 1996, she made her Broadway debut as an understudy.


A year after her Broadway debut, they cast her as the female lead in "Roar," a series that became her television debut. Vera made her feature film debut when she starred in "Return to Paradise" in 1998.

She has appeared in movies such as "Up in the Air," for which she received an Academy Award nomination. The actress has also starred in "Bates Motel," "The Departed," "Down to the Bone," "Goats," "The Conjuring," "Orphan," and more.


In 1997, during the production of "Roar," she met actor Sebastian Roché, and after the series ended, they eloped to the Bahamas that same year. By 2004, they had divorced and had no children.

On September 13, 2008, Vera married musician, songwriter, film producer, and occasional actor Renn Hawkey, and they live in Hudson Valley, New York, with their two children.

Their son Fynn McDonnell was born on January 13, 2009, and their daughter Gytta Lubov Hawkey was born on November 4, 2010. When Vera is not acting, she loves reading, playing piano, jujitsu, boxing, and spending time with her pet angora goats.


Taissa is the last of the Farmiga siblings and was born on August 17, 1994, in New Jersey. She was homeschooled, learned the American Sign Language, and has a higher English proficiency but is not as fluent in Ukrainian as her oldest sister.

She initially had no interest in being an actress and wanted to be an accountant. But Taissa was persuaded by Vera to take a role in Vera's directorial debut in "Higher Ground."


After her performance received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, she decided to pursue acting, and that same year, she landed a leading role in "American Horror Story." In 2016, she made her stage debut in "Buried Child."

Taissa has since starred in "The Bling Ring, "Anna," "The Final Girls," "6 Years," "In a Valley of Violence," "Rules Don't Apply," "Murder House," "Coven," "Apocalypse," and more. In 2018, when she starred in "The Nun," she joined her sister to become a part of "The Conjuring" universe.

On August 8, 2020, Taissa revealed that she married her best friend of six years, director and screenwriter Hadley Klein in an intimate ceremony at their Los Feliz, Californian home.



Nadia Farmiga Vera's younger sister is closest to the actress in age. The mother of two was a mechanical engineer but switched careers and is now in the food and drinks business with her husband.

She and her Brazilian husband, Wilson Costa, opened Misto as they both have over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry.

Their business, a pop-up catering and event concept, loves all cuisines and fuses Brazilian and Ukrainian flavors with locally sourced ingredients.


The Farmiga middle sister is Laryssa, Vera's second youngest sister. She was born with spina bifida, a congenital disability in which a developing baby's spine and spinal cord do not form properly.

She is not a celebrity and prefers to stay out of the spotlight, unlike her older sister and younger sibling, Taissa. She is a private person and rarely posts information on her Facebook page.


Vera might be the oldest of the Farmiga daughters, but she has an older brother, Victor Farmiga. He is the eldest of the seven Farmiga children and a private person.


His Twitter account is protected as he only allows a close few to get to know him. However, from Vera's tweet, they have a close bond as he gifted her a video of the "Inside Bates" promo on his birthday in 2016.

Vera also has two younger brothers who fall in the middle of the seven Farmiga siblings. Her younger brothers are Stephan Farmiga and Alexander Farmiga.

Compared to the very public lives of Vera and Taissa, the Farmiga brothers prefer to stay out of the limelight and live low-key lives. It is also hard to find their open pages on social networks, and they do not appear on the pages of their relatives.

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