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