Vera Farmiga may get to be close and sexy in films with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and George Clooney — but her real love is at home on her sustainable goat farm in upstate New York. “In another life, I was a shepherdess,” she said back in 2007. “I like being off the grid. I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land.”
Farmiga, 36, lives on the farm with her rocker-turned-carpenter husband Renn Hawkey and their four-year-old son, Fynn. The family maintains a herd of Angora and Nubian goats, all female, and breeds them — which is where the quest for goat semen comes in. “My mission was to find the best goat semen in the States,” she told the UK Times Online. “And that’s when my husband Renn and I started dancing with the nitrogen!”
According to the article, the Up in the Air star and her husband were so taken with the cool smoke effect that was dispelled from the nitrogen, that they danced around the room to enjoy the moment. Unfortunately, left at room temperature, the semen spoiled — and now Farmiga is back on the hunt.
Eventually, she hopes to one day sell organic goat’s cheese and goat’s milk soap from her prized Angoras and Nubians.
You can see her next as the romantic foil to Keanu Reeves in the comedy Henry’s Plan. Oh, and if you’re curious, here are Farmiga’s instructions on “How to Milk a Goat“.