Hawkeye stars Vera Farmiga and Tony Dalton have officially debuted on Hawkeye, Marvel Studios’ six-episode holiday event on Disney+. Farmiga and Dalton play Eleanor Bishop and Jack Duquesne, who are engaged to be married despite the doubts that Eleanor’s daughter, Kate (Hailee Steinfeld), has regarding Jack’s morality. While Kate raises some valid points about her potential stepfather’s character, Jack’s uncle, Armand Duquesne III (Simon Callow), voiced his own concerns about Eleanor before Kate eventually discovered his dead body inside his home. When asked about Armand III’s view of Eleanor, Farmiga instead chose to address Eleanor’s ultimate priority.
“I’m not sure what you’re insinuating at all,” Farmiga tells The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh. “But is she a good mother? Because that’s her number-one task. So this is a mother who’s got to harness her daughter and teach her how to filter [her talents] for good. Because she’s going to get herself in big trouble if she doesn’t.”
In the opening flashback of Hawkeye‘s premiere episode, Kate’s life was permanently changed when she witnessed Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) heroics during 2012’s Battle of New York. Barton even saved her life from an incoming Chitauri threat. The moment also inspired Farmiga and Dalton to reflect on the most enduring heroes from their childhoods.
“When I was a kid, we were on this ranch, and there was this little dog that was drowning in a lake,” Dalton recalls. “And one of the farmers in the field jumped into the lake and rescued the little doggy because he couldn’t get out. I was like seven or eight, but I remember that as one of the first times I saw somebody do something that was sort of heroic. I still remember that very vividly to this day.”
Farmiga adds: “It’s little gestures of kindness. We lived in New Jersey, and we went into New York City to watch my first movie, Annie, on the big screen. And I watched my dad roll down the window to give a fiver to a homeless man. Little things like that were the first time I acknowledged that we’re capable of helping others.”
In a recent conversation with THR, Farmiga and Dalton also compare Marvel’s security to their other franchises, namely The Conjuring and Better Call Saul. Dalton also updates his production status on Better Call Saul‘s final season.
The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Vera Farmiga at the Los Angeles Premiere of Hawkeye.
September issue of TV GUIDE has a glimpse of The Sopranos prequel with a little mention to Vera Farmiga.
What a beautiful surprise, to wake up and see photos of Vera at the preview of “The Many Saints Of Newark”. Shining, wonderful lady.
‘The Many Saints of Newark’ star Vera Farmiga talks about climbing inside the mind of Livia Soprano, bonding with Michael Gandolfini, and more
Two decades ago, a twentysomething Vera Farmiga auditioned for a role on The Sopranos. She didn’t watch the show at the time, because she couldn’t afford cable and also liked to spend her Sunday nights studying lines for Monday morning’s auditions. But she knew the series was a big deal, and she had a good relationship with its casting directors, Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe. They brought her in during the groundbreaking HBO Mob drama’s fourth season to read for the role of Valentina La Paz, the wiseguy Ralphie Cifaretto’s mistress, who would eventually be seduced away by Tony Soprano himself.
She did not get the part.
“I remember it being very quiet in the room,” says Farmiga, “and I remember [Sopranos creator] David Chase just staring at me. I didn’t know if I killed it or they were lukewarm. I couldn’t discern it. Obviously, I didn’t kill it. It just wasn’t my time. Or maybe I sucked, I don’t know! God, even then it was regarded as the best TV show. Getting the role, Jesus, that would have been something.”
Things would work out OK for Farmiga. At 48, she is well-established as one of the best and most versatile actors working today, from her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Up in the Air through her job as one of the stars of the Conjuring horror mega-franchise. And now, the Jersey native has finally gotten a chance to join the Sopranos family in a very different capacity: In the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, she plays the middle-aged version of Tony’s controlling mother, Livia, who was famously brought to life in the series by Nancy Marchand.
“It’s particularly chuckle-worthy that eventually I got young Livia instead,” Farmiga observes. “His mom! Totally different kind of affair!”
Farmiga spoke with Rolling Stone from Toronto — where she’s filming the Apple TV+ miniseries Five Days at Memorial — about her Sopranos education, what her pandemic year was like, and her penchant for playing monstrous onscreen moms.
Read the full interview/article in our press library.