Taissa Farmiga

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Taissa Farmiga
Born (1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 21)
Readington, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Taissa Farmiga (/təˈsə fɑrˈmɡə/;[1] born August 17, 1994) is an American actress, who made her film debut in the drama Higher Ground (2011). She made her television debut in the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011). She has subsequently starred in the films The Bling Ring (2013), Mindscape (2013), The Final Girls (2015), and 6 Years (2015).

Early life and family[edit]

Farmiga was born and raised in the Whitehouse Station area of Readington Township, New Jersey.[2][3] She is the youngest of seven children born to Ukrainian American parents Lubomyra (née Spas), a former schoolteacher, and Michael Farmiga, a retired computer systems analyst.[4][5] Her older siblings are Victor, Vera, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, and Laryssa; the latter of whom was born with spina bifida.[6][7][8][9] She attended public school until fourth grade, after which she began homeschooling.[10] Farmiga has stated that she understands the Ukrainian language but can only partially speak it.[10] She is proficient in American Sign Language, having taken classes for four years.[10]

Farmiga's maternal grandparents, Nadia (née Pletenciw; 1925–2014) and Theodor Spas (1921–90), met at a displaced Ukrainian persons camp in Karlsfeld during World War II.[11] At the time, Theodor was working as a mechanic for the United States Army. Her grandparents emigrated to the U.S. in 1950 when Farmiga's mother was an infant.[11] Farmiga's father was born in Ukraine and raised in Argentina.[12] He was scouted to play professional soccer for the Argentine national football team, but moved to the U.S. after suffering a knee injury.[12] Her paternal cousin is visual artist Adriana Farmiga.


Although Farmiga initially planned to be an accountant,[13] she was persuaded to appear in her sister Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground, playing the 16-year-old version of the lead character.[14] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011, to critical acclaim.[15][16] For starring in Vera's directorial debut, Farmiga was given a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck as payment.[17] In May 2011, she was cast in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, launching Farmiga to worldwide prominence.[18] She portrayed Violet Harmon, the troubled adolescent daughter of Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott),[19] a role she secured in her first professional acting audition.[18] American Horror Story: Murder House premiered on October 5, 2011, to positive reviews.[20] Farmiga then joined the cast of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, based on the real life Hollywood Hills burglaries in 2008 and 2009. She portrayed Sam Moore, a wild child teenager based on Tess Taylor.[21] The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival on June 15, 2013, to generally positive reviews.[22]

In June 2012, Farmiga signed on to portray Audrey Martin, an uptight teen touring a college campus, in the independent romantic comedy At Middleton, co-starring with her sister.[23] The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 17, 2013, receiving a mixed to positive response from critics.[24] Farmiga then returned to American Horror Story for the third season of the series.[25] She portrayed Zoe Benson, a young witch afflicted with a dark and dangerous power. American Horror Story: Coven premiered on October 9, 2013, to positive reviews.[26] Farmiga had her first starring role as Anna Greene in Jorge Dorado's psychological thriller Mindscape.[27] The world premiere was held at the Sitges Film Festival on October 13, 2013. The film was released in the United States on June 6, 2014, to a mixed critical reception.[28] She next co-starred as Sarah, the main character's love interest, in the biographical crime drama Jamesy Boy.[29] The film was given a limited release in the United States on January 17, 2014, receiving mostly unfavorable reviews.[30]

Farmiga then joined the cast of Todd Strauss-Schulson's horror comedy The Final Girls, portraying the lead role of final girl Max Cartwright.[31] The film premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 13, 2015, to critical acclaim.[32] Her next film role was alongside Ben Rosenfield in Hannah Fidell's heavily improvised romantic drama 6 Years.[33] The film opened at SXSW on March 14, 2015, to mixed reviews from critics.[34] Farmiga starred as protagonist Krystal, a teenager who returns to school after an explicit video of her sexual assault goes viral, in Pippa Bianco's short drama film Share.[35] The short also premiered at SXSW on March 14, 2015, to a positive reception.[36] Her performances in all three films were acclaimed, and Farmiga was listed as one of the breakout stars of SXSW.[37][38] She subsequently co-starred as Karen McClaren, a young journalist who gets caught up in the hunt for a serial killer, in ABC's short-lived crime drama series Wicked City.[39] The series premiered on October 27, 2015, and was cancelled after three episodes due to low ratings.[40]

In 2016, Farmiga will star as Mary Anne in Ti West's Western film In a Valley of Violence, alongside Ethan Hawke and John Travolta.[41] She will then appear as part of the all-star ensemble cast of Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, portraying the daughter of Ed Harris' character.[42] Also in 2016, Farmiga is set to make her stage debut as Shelly in the Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child, starring opposite Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. The production will begin previews on February 2, 2016, and will run from February 17 to March 27, 2016.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Farmiga's older sister is Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga, and the two consider each other best friends.[17] Through Vera's second marriage, she is the sister-in-law of musician and film producer Renn Hawkey.[44] Farmiga was previously the sister-in-law of actor Sebastian Roché.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Higher Ground Teenage Corinne Walker
2013 At Middleton Audrey Martin
2013 The Bling Ring Sam Moore
2013 Mindscape Anna Greene
2014 Jamesy Boy Sarah
2015 The Final Girls Max Cartwright
2015 6 Years Melanie Clark
2015 Share Krystal Short film
2016 In a Valley of Violence Mary Anne Completed
2016 Untitled Warren Beatty project Sarah Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Violet Harmon 11 episodes
2013–14 American Horror Story: Coven Zoe Benson 13 episodes
2015 Wicked City Karen McClaren 4 episodes


Year Title Role Location Notes
2016 Buried Child Shelly The New Group, Off-Broadway Upcoming production


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