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Vera Farmiga's 'challenging' role

Published 13/01/2010 | 11:53

Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging
Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging
Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging
Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging
Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging
Vera Farmiga said her Up In The Air role was challenging

Vera Farmiga has admitted that playing a confident businesswoman in Up In The Air was "challenging".

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In Jason Reitman's comedy-drama, the New Jersey-born actress plays Alex, who not only seduces commitment-phobe commuter Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) but plays him at his own game.

"It was challenging to play a woman who is very much like a man; it was difficult for me, and it was a fine line to tread, to have this softness and in the end, she takes control of her sexuality," she said.

"Often at times when a woman behaves in this way, it can be misinterpreted - I appreciated that equal balance of power. I also loved walking this tightrope of wanton unapologetic sexuality and femininity. I thought that was a challenge and a treat to tackle," she added.

Vera - star of films like Orphan and The Departed - wanted to do a romantic role.

"I'm a sucker for good old-fashioned romance, and the female roles in the Reitman films are always the smartest, wittiest and most intelligent female roles you get to read," she said.

"I was hungry for a good old-fashioned romance where the woman can really go tete-a-tete with her male counterpart."

:: Up In The Air is released on January 15.

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