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Horror movies often have behind-the-scenes myths attached to them. The Conjuring ranks in the top 10 because the franchise gleans from Ed and Lorraine Warren’s real-life investigations. Demons, Satan, ghosts, and witches play a part in each story — on and off camera. How do the actors feel about dabbling in the paranormal? Vera Farmiga has some tales to tell, and one of them involves an odd bathroom occurrence.

Vera Farmiga attends the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards in December 2019 in New York City
Vera Farmiga attends the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards in December 2019 in New York City | Steven Ferdman/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Vera Farmiga thinks her bathroom is haunted

Vera Farmiga first stepped into Lorraine Warren’s on-screen shoes in 2013, and she’s familiarized herself with the backstories in The Conjuring universe. From Annabelle to Bathsheba to Arne Johnson, she’s acted out some frightening encounters in seven films. During a recent interview with MTV UK, she and co-stars Patrick Wilson and Ruairi O’Connor dished on the paranormal.

Wilson is a skeptic but admitted some strange things happened when they shot the first film in the series. Farmiga said she’s witnessed plenty of incidents, but she doesn’t always tell anyone. And then she highlighted a present-day problem.

“Like right now my toilet paper,” she began. “Every time I pull out a sheet of toilet paper, these five little claw marks fall to the floor. I am serious! Do you want me to bring the computer to show you?” Farmiga explained that small events like that happen all the time. Wilson expressed his doubts.  

“Patrick, don’t roll your eyes at me!” she said, which didn’t help sell her case, but’s hilarious to watch their exchange.

On the flip side, Farmiga believes she’s well-equipped to face a supernatural problem thanks to her Conjuring training. “I’m 1000% convinced that I can bind any demon after playing this role,” she said.

Farmiga also spoke about a creepy ‘old lady’

In a separate chat with Extra TV, Farmiga shared that she felt fortunate. Why? No spirits sat on her chest or attacked her. The closest she’s come to that is a few sleep paralysis episodes. What’s that?

When a person is in between sleep and wakefulness and can’t move, it can feel like a weight pressing down on their body. At times, it can be frightening, and some people have automatically connected sleep paralysis to demon activity.

Farmiga didn’t go that far, but she joked her sleep paralysis dreams have felt like a creature took a seat on her chest. She then reminded Wilson that she told him the story about it, and it involves “a little old lady in the back” who’s muttering some unintelligible words.


‘The Conjuring 3’: The Detailed Case of ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ and Arne Johnson

Watch Farmiga and Wilson in ‘The Conjuring 3’

The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Pulled from the true crime story about Arne Johnson, the film takes some creative liberties by adding in witchcraft and satanic worship. And of course, there are the customary body contortions that the franchise is known for whipping out.

Farmiga and Wilson reprise their roles as the Warrens, exploring demonic possession and a murder in a sleepy Massachusetts town. No toilet paper was harmed during filming.