Who Is Vera Farmiga's Husband, Renn Hawkey?

From the late 1990s to the early 2000s, society saw the burgeoning of one of the most polarizing genres to date: nu-metal. A genre marked by the inclusion of rap vocals, down-tuned electric guitars, phat basslines, and groovy drums, nu-metal defined the sound of a generation — much to the dismay of its contemporaries. With bands like Slipknot, Disturbed, and the reviled Limp Bizkit (who still has massive crowds rocking — take that, haters!) leading the charge, nu-metal provided a haven for those with an affinity for bewildering genre-blending.

As Limp Bizkit infused rap, jazz, and metal into one sonic package, nu-metal saw a wealth of innovation when it came to mish-mashing genres seamlessly. And nothing says late '90s-early '00s like the good ol' industrial sound (see: Powerman 5000), which quickly trickled its way into nu-metal. But for every Fear Factory, there was a Deadsy — and that's no slight at the latter ensemble (there's only so much room in what quickly became a crowded genre).

Bursting onto the scene with their 1997 self-titled record, Deadsy provided a tasty sampling of industrial-tinged nu-metal (with not-so-subtle progressive rock elements). Known for their hit single, "The Key to Gramercy Park," Deadsy's sound was strongly influenced by synthesizer maestro Renn Hawkey — who is also notably wed to actor Vera Farmiga. And with Farmiga's penchant for appearing in horror films, it makes sense why she tied the knot with a fellow cultural oddball. So who exactly is Vera Farmiga's husband, Renn Hawkey? Keep scrolling to find out!

Renn Hawkey is a musician and actor

Never one to shy away from the arts, Renn Hawkey has made a career playing up to his creative talents. A synthesizer player, Hawkey made a name for himself as the spacey sound maker for nu-metal outfit Deadsy from 1995 to 2007 (per last.fm). The group rose to prominence with the hit single, "The Key to Gramercy Park," which featured Korn's Jonathan Davis. Owing up to the group's nu-metal pull at the time, the music video was also directed by pioneering Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst, as last.fm notes.

After a decade-long hiatus, Hawkey and Deadsy officially reunited and rocked San Quentin State Prison (we're sure Johnny Cash would be proud) alongside stoner rock stalwarts Queens of the Stone Age. But while Deadsy was put on ice, Hawkey continued making music in the interim and even ventured into Hollywood like his wife, the ever-talented Vera Farmiga. In 2011, Hawkey served as co-producer and music director for Farmiga's directorial debut, "Higher Ground," which received critical acclaim despite an underwhelming showing at the box office.

Hawkey even put aside the synthesizer on occasion to make some on-screen appearances. Per IMDb, his first acting role came in the form of 2003's "The Singing Detective," where he played Dark's Bass Player. His second (and most notable) role came in the form of 2015's "The Returned," an A&E series that saw Hawkey play Paul Koretsky. The series, however, was short-lived and was canceled after Season 1.

He and Vera Farmiga live in rural bliss on a farm

Outside of Renn Hawkey's career, he's busy being a father of two and loving husband to "Conjuring" star Vera Farmiga. Farmiga, who was previously married to "Supernatural" actor Sebastian Roché from 1997 to 2004 (via IMDb), found herself smitten upon meeting Hawkey on the set of 2004's "Touching Evil" (per Emmys). The two eventually tied the knot in 2008, welcoming son Fynn in 2009 (via IMDb), while daughter Gytta Lubov arrived in 2010 (via TODAY).

While Hawkey has been relatively quiet about fatherhood, Farmiga has been vocal about her maternal experience. Farmiga, who began working on "Up in the Air" two weeks after giving birth to Fynn, told USA Today in 2010, "I could never reclaim these first precious moments of maternity. (But) I needed to pay my mortgage. It wasn't an option. I had to do the role." And despite taking up the role immediately after giving birth, Farmiga ultimately nabbed over 30 award nominations (including at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes!) and a handful of wins for the role (via IMDb).

And though the power couple has had successful careers, Hawkey and Farmiga actually live in relative privacy — raising their children on an Upstate New York farm, where they herd goats and split firewood in their free time (per New York Post). And owing up to their private lives, Hawkey eventually traded in his synthesizer for a more hands-on career — one as a carpenter (per IMDb).