Vera Farmiga in sheer purple at the The Conjuring 2 premiere: fug or whimsical?

I didn’t particularly want to talk about The Conjuring 2 (here’s the trailer), although I’ll probably go see it because my standards are low, I love scary movies and my summer is shaping up to be rather boring. I am here to talk about Bates Motel because holy sh*t that show is amazing. I watched this season’s finale a few days after it aired or I would have run a recap. The ending was beyond shocking, which is a feat because we know how the story goes. I was yelling at my screen at several points. I’m not going to post spoilers because I know a lot of you haven’t seen it and I want to encourage everyone to get into this show before the final season airs next year. You can watch the first three seasons on Netflix. I want Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga and Bates Motel to win all the TV awards this season.


Vera, 42, wore this purple sheer blouse with a bright fuchsia pleated ruffle and a giant flower at the neck and I don’t even hate it. Maybe it’s the fact that she does not seem to care at all and even matched her bra to the shirt. She paired it with oversized wide leg pants and platform pumps. Plus this movie is set in the 70s so it may be a cheeky nod to her character. There’s something scary about this blouse, like only someone crazed would wear it, but she’s the straightwoman on Bates and judging from the trailer she plays a similar role in this movie. Those of you who watch Bates Motel, look at her eyes. You can’t unsee it right?


This is Vera with her husband, Renn Hawkey, they’ve been married since 2008 and have son Fynn, 7, and daughter Gytta, 5. Renn works as a carpenter and musician and was also on A&E’s The Returned.


I mention Vera’s husband because I saw that her onscreen Bates husband, Nestor Carbonell, came out to support her which is nice! Sidenote: Nestor always looks like he’s wearing eyeliner and mascara to me, but I’ve heard him deny that he wears any eye makeup. He’s just naturally purty.


Vera returns to her role as part of the husband and wife paranormal investigative team Ed and Lorraine Warren. The original Conjuring and this sequel are supposedly based on real hauntings from the 70s which Ed and Lorraine investigated. Lorraine, 79, was a consultant on the film and she came out to the premiere, her photo is below. Here’s Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Lorraine.


Conjuring 2 is getting ok reviews and is currently at 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics say that it’s not as good as the first but that it’s still scary. Maybe I’ll watch the first one on Vudu before deciding whether to go see this.

Oh and Vera and Patrick Wilson have a joint interview with The Knoxville News. They talk about weird occurrences on set and whether they believe in ghosts and the paranormal. They’re both rather noncommittal but say they’ve had strange unexplained things happen. Patrick said that a child actor on the first movie had mysterious bruises and Vera explained that she was so scared working on Conjuring 1 that she couldn’t sleep and would check in on her children frequently throughout the night.



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  1. Mrs. Welen-Melon says:

    It’s what Endora would wear if she were a member of the Red Hat Society.

  2. Locke Lamora says:

    That is one ugly shirt. I like the pants.

    Fynn and Gytta? Are those names purposely misspelled or are they actually spelled that way?

  3. Carol says:

    I like the colors but other than that…. kinda fug.

  4. BFDL says:

    I can’t believe Vera is only 42. I thought she was in her late 40′s about 5 years ago. She always had this sexy, older woman vibe.

    But what is going on with her career? She was doing scenes with Leo and now this?

    • Kitten says:

      “What is going on with her career?”

      Um Bates Motel? I take it you haven’t seen it. It a really good show and she is f*cking PHENOMENAL in it. Truly, one of the best lead acting performances I’ve seen on a TV show in years.

      • Ruth Dunbar says:

        Norma 4 ever.

      • Esmom says:

        She is amazing as Norma, a tour de force. I am only at the beginning of Season 3 so I just got spoiled by a little tidbit, which I probably could have predicted anyway, but I love her style on the show. It’s such a cool mix of retro and now, as is the whole tone. The show is kinda bonkers, I love it.

  5. Rocío says:

    Bates Motel by far the most underrated show on TV. Love it! Love Vera!

    • Kitten says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s what American Horror Story wishes it was, what it should have been, but what it will never be because it lacks the truthfulness and balance of BM as well as the complexity and dimension of the central characters.
      Bates Motel is creepy, scary, uncomfortable yet surprisingly moving. It manages to be campy but…REAL somehow.
      It’s an amazingly good show and Vera is mind-blowingly awesome as Norma Bates.

      She’s seriously one of my favorite actresses right now.

      • Esmom says:

        “Campy but real” is it exactly. Hysterically funny one minute, heartbreaking the next.

    • Lauren II says:

      Vera is an underrated actress. Her screen presence is mesmerizing.
      Vera is the only reason i continue to watch Bates Motel.

  6. Nancy says:

    The late Norma Louise Bates can wear whatever she wants to wear. She is a force of nature. I agree with above post, Bates Motel so underrated. Freddie and Vera can do no wrong.

    • Kitten says:

      GAH! STOP IT PLEASE, Nancy!
      Haven’t seen the newest season. PLEASE no more spoilers or we will be in a fight!

      • Nancy says:

        Sorry Kitten. I was sitting there watching every episode in real time. But, it’s not like we didn’t/don’t know Norma’s fate. Next season is the last and I will be sad, so much garbage on. Vera, Freddie and Nestor are such good actors. Going to see the Conjuring this weekend and believe it or not I’m not even a fan of scary stuff.

      • Kitten says:

        Aw next season is the last? LAME.
        I’m gonna be binge-watching this season as soon as they have every ep available online.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      I agree, “The Bates Motel” is an amazing show, and so well acted. I love Vera, she is so good on it.

      The only other actress whose performance measures up to Farming’s on “Bates Motel,” is Eva Green on “Penny Dreadful.” The are both deserving of getting awards.

    • Flowerchild says:

      @ Nancy

      Yes she can and did that top is god awful.

      • Kitten says:

        Meh. I agree with Nancy that when you’re as talented and as beautiful as Vera, you can wear whatever the hell you want. She doesn’t strike me as the type to give an eff about what anybody thinks of her outfit.

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for the spoiler. I come on this website for fun, not to have the whole season of a show I look forward to watching ruined.

      • Nancy says:

        Kelly I didn’t intend on spoiling anything. I sure didn’t give the deets of the last episode. Vera will very much be on the last season and I’m not trying to ruin it. We all know how things went in the movie but don’t know how the show will make it happen. We only have to wait another ten months to find out. Truly sorry..

  7. burnsie says:

    I remember Nestor from Lost. He just has super thick eyelashes, so it always looks like he’s wearing mascara and eyeliner

    I just got into Bates Motel, I’m only a few episodes into Season 1 but it’s sooo good. I love Twin Peaks and this seems right up my alley

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I saw a promo with the BM cast and they made him wipe his eyes and show that no makeup smeared off, it was funny. Loved him as Richard on Lost, too!

  8. Melody says:

    I have a Cate Blanchett/Tilda Swinton level crush on this woman, so please use the Meryl Streep fashion kid gloves with her, or I will be forced to defend her honor.

    • Lucky says:

      Vera is oxygen.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I did Melody! That’s why I was nice about that fug blouse, plus I really do feel that way, it’s like she can look good in anything.

      • imqrious2 says:

        Just an FYI, Celebitchy: I can confirm Nestor’s eyes are NOT rimmed in liner. I met him when he was doing “Suddenly Susan” (my bro in law was a writer on the show). Nestor’s eyes are AMAZING. (Why does it seem to be mostly boys who have those dark lashes?? Not fair! :-) ).

    • mayamae says:

      When I saw Orphan, Vera reminded me so much of Cate. There’s a real similarity there. And when I saw the first season of American Horror Story, “Violet” reminded me so much of Vera, I knew they had to be related. And they’re sisters.

  9. delorb says:

    Is that who this is? I saw the promo for this movie and I wondered why Elizabeth Olsen had taken the role.

  10. karen says:

    I love Vera, love Bates and loved the first Conjuring movie ! She can do no wrong for me. I just finished Lost, and Nestor looked exactly the same, he’s got amazing eyes. In one of the seasons there is even a joke where they refer to him as “captain eyeliner” or somesuch.

  11. QQ says:

    I am BIGGGG into Horror movies and I absolutely love they came back for this ( Idc I almost just draw the line at torture porn a la Saw BUT Martyrs showed me it can be done well to a certain end)

    That Blouse its terrible but I Like her acting and her generally

    Also Ive always thought Nestor Carbonell’s eyes are a Dream

  12. Hotpockets says:

    I love Bates Motel! It’s such a good show that I binge watched the first 3 seasons in about two weeks. I haven’t started watching the last season, so yes, no spoilers. I was trying to make my husband get into watching it, but he won’t, he is also bothered by Nester’s guy liner…which we always wondered if he has eye makeup on or is that just a natural thing?

  13. lucy says:

    I love her. She can do no wrong. I even think she is working this ensemble. It’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what’s on the inside. She’s got it! <3

  14. themummy says:

    The outfit is bad, but wow…I think she’s beautiful…

  15. Citresse says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Vera!!!!

  16. Creme1 says:

    They did very well with the first film – good production, story, and acting (Patrick Wilson and Vera, to me, have a lot of chemistry had served well as the “good” characters and as the emotional centre of the story). However, it was missing that extra something to make it really edgy. I think maybe the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. Vera looks eccentric here. I think she’s always been more indie/small films rather than major hits, though she did do The Departed.

  17. Velvet Elvis says:

    Looks like her grandma picked something from her own closet and said, “Here you go Vera, this would look so pretty on you.” But who cares…she’s always stunning!

  18. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Bates Motel finale was CRAZY! I felt dumb about being shocked..I’m still shocked actually. Psycho, indeed! They all deserve nominations at the very least. Oh and I love both her on-screen hubs, Nestor and Patrick.

  19. I Choose Me says:

    Honking for Vera. That outfit is fug but she looks lovely from the neck up.