Emmy-Nominated Movie Stars Pulling Double Duty: The Women
There was a time when downsizing for television meant a movie star's big-screen career was over. That's not the case these days, as top-notch talent pulls double duty.
Miniseries or TV movies usually attract celebrity names, such as this year's picks Alfre Woodard ("Steel Magnolias") and double-whammy Matt Damon and Michael Douglas ("Behind the Candelabra"). Lately, though, seasoned movie stars have been willing to take on television's rigorous schedule — and put out a movie or two on the side as well.
It seems hardly fair that such high-caliber stars are taking up the plum TV roles — but then again, we TV fans benefit. Here are a few from the pool of female nominees for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and a peek at current and upcoming film projects. (Click here for the men.)
Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel" and "The Conjuring"): The actress generated critical buzz in the indie film "Down to the Bone" (2004), and audiences took special note of her perceptive portrayals in "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), "The Departed" (2006), and "Up in the Air" (2009). Farmiga, who started on stage, has done her share of television stints: Her first series was the short-lived "Roar," co-created by 1970s teen idol Shaun Cassidy and Ron Koslow, and starring the late Heath Ledger.
As a paranormal-seeking clairvoyant in "The Conjuring," she seems happy to be in a horror show, but her "Bates Motel" character, Norma Louise Bates, actually appealed to her maternal instincts. "Seriously, if I'm going to step away for 18 hours a day, there better be some sort of a paycheck or spiritual salary being offered. And 'Bates Motel' surprised me. [The role] made me reflect so deeply on the love I feel for my children," she told Deadline. "Also, I was craving all that cable serial television has to offer, which is the risk and the wackiness, the unorthodox." Not to mention a shot at Lead Actress in a Drama Series.Below, a trailer from her latest film, "The Conjuring."
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
She recently finished filming "A Most Wanted Man," based on the John le Carré novel and starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Now she's a part of another kind of history, as Netflix marks its transition from service to player with "House of Cards." Like Farmiga, TV is familiar territory: She already has daytime Emmys from the soap "Santa Barbara," and now she has the nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama. Either way, it's good to see her back.