August 17, 1994 |
Clifton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Relatives||Vera Farmiga (sister)
Renn Hawkey (brother-in-law)
Taissa Farmiga // (born August 17, 1994) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the film Higher Ground, directed by her sister, and came to prominence playing Violet Harmon in the FX television series American Horror Story debut season, Murder House. She has subsequently appeared in films such as The Bling Ring and Mindscape. She most recently portrayed Zoe Benson in American Horror Story's third season, Coven.
Farmiga was born in Clifton, New Jersey, the youngest of seven children born to Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo Farmiga, a computer systems analyst, and Luba Farmiga, a schoolteacher. She was raised in the Whitehouse Station section of New Jersey's Readington Township.
Farmiga initially had no ambitions to become an actress, stating: "I never wanted to be an actor. Acting had always been Vera's thing, not mine, but when we were at Sundance, I decided I officially loved acting." She was persuaded to appear in sister Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground, playing the 16-year-old version of her sister's character. After her performance in the film was acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival, she decided to pursue an acting career. In May 2011, she was cast as Violet Harmon in the first season of American Horror Story. The series debuted in October 2011 and was met with critical acclaim, being nominated for two Golden Globes and seventeen Emmy Awards.
Farmiga had a leading role in the drama Jamesy Boy, about a young suburban street gang member who gets sent to a maximum security prison and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a convicted murderer. Farmiga plays the main character's love interest, Sarah. She appeared in the indie dramedy film Middleton, about a man and a woman who meet and fall in love while dropping their children off at college. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 17, 2013. In 2012, she joined the cast of The Bling Ring as Nicki's (Emma Watson) friend Sam, which is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between 2008 and 2009, coming away with over $3 million from the likes of Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton. The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Farmiga returned to the third season of American Horror Story, In January 2013, series creator Ryan Murphy hinted that a clue about the third season would be hidden in the tenth episode of the second season. In a later interview discussing that episode, he stated: "One of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo and Juliet youth story with Violet and Tate in the first season. I want something like that again and we're doing something like that in the third season." Farmiga portrayed Zoe Benson, a young girl who finds out that she is a witch and is then forced to go to a special school called "Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies" in New Orleans after her discovery of her magical powers. American Horror Story: Coven premiered on October 9, 2013 and The Huffington Post said about Farmiga's character: "Farmiga effortlessly plays the mix of innocence, sardonic wit and tragedy required to make her character work." Farmiga had her first starring role in Mindscape,produced by Jaume Collet-Serra, alongside Mark Strong, about a man with the ability to enter people's memories who begins working on the case of a brilliant but problematic teenager to determine whether she is a sociopath or the victim of trauma. The world premiere was held at the 46th Sitges Film Festival on Oct 13, 2013 receiving critical acclaim from audiences in its native Spain. The film opened at the Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer. Warner Bros. released the film in Spain in January 2014.
Farmiga is the sister of Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga, and her brother-in-law is musician Renn Hawkey. The sisters consider each other their best friends. Farmiga told Teen Vogue that her sister is "my stylist, my everything". Her sister feels similarly: "Taissa is the person you take with you to choose your Oscar gown and then take to In-N-Out Burger. As much of an age difference as there is, she is one of my best friends in the world." Farmiga speaks English and Ukrainian, and took American Sign Language classes for three years. She enjoys snowboarding and hiking.
|2011||Higher Ground||Young Corinne Walker|
|2013||At Middleton||Audrey Martin|
|2013||Bling Ring, TheThe Bling Ring||Sam Moore|
|2015||The Final Girls||Pre-Production|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Violet Harmon||11 episodes|
|2013–14||American Horror Story: Coven||Zoe Benson||13 episodes|
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