Taissa Farmiga

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

Taissa Farmiga (/təˈsə fɑːrˈmɡə/;[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] 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.[3][4] Her older siblings are Victor, Vera, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, and Laryssa; the latter of whom was born with spina bifida.[5][6][7][8] She attended public school until fourth grade, after which she began homeschooling.[9] Farmiga has stated that she understands the Ukrainian language but can only partially speak it. She is proficient in American Sign Language, having taken classes for four years.[9]

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.[10] 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.[10] Farmiga's father was born in Ukraine and raised in Argentina.[11] He was scouted to play professional soccer for the Argentine national football team, but moved to the U.S. after suffering a knee injury.[11] Her paternal cousin is visual artist Adriana Farmiga.


2011–15: Beginnings and American Horror Story[edit]

Although Farmiga initially planned to be an accountant,[12] she was persuaded to appear in her sister Vera Farmiga's directorial debut drama Higher Ground, playing the 16-year-old version of the lead character.[13] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011, to critical acclaim.[14][15] Shortly after, and following rave reviews for her performance, Farmiga was signed to talent agency ICM Partners.[16] In May 2011, she was cast in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, launching Farmiga to worldwide prominence.[17] She portrayed Violet Harmon, the troubled adolescent daughter of Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott),[18] a role she secured in her first professional acting audition.[19] American Horror Story: Murder House premiered on October 5, 2011, to positive reviews.[20] Farmiga then joined the cast of Sofia Coppola's crime satire The Bling Ring, based on the real life group of the same name. She portrayed wild child Sam Moore, a character modelled after 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 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 then 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.[2] The short also premiered at SXSW on March 14, 2015, to a positive reception.[35] Her performances in all three films were acclaimed, and Farmiga was listed as one of the breakout stars of SXSW.[36][37] 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.[38] The series premiered on October 27, 2015, and was cancelled after three episodes due to low ratings.[39] However, the remaining episodes were released in December 2015, through Hulu.[40]

2016–present: Stage debut and continued film roles[edit]

Farmiga began 2016 with her stage debut, performing as Shelly in the Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's play Buried Child, opposite Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Nat Wolff.[41] The production runs from February 2 through March 27, 2016.[42] She then stars as Mary Anne in Ti West's Western film In a Valley of Violence, alongside Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, which will premiere at South by Southwest in March 2016.[43][44] Farmiga will voice the superhero Raven / Rachel Roth in the DC Comics animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans, set for direct-to-video release on March 29, 2016.[45] She is also set to appear in the all-star cast of Warren Beatty's highly anticipated untitled romantic drama film, portraying the daughter of Ed Harris' character.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Farmiga's older sister is Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga, and the two consider each other best friends.[47] Through Vera's second marriage, she is the sister-in-law of musician and film producer Renn Hawkey.[48] Farmiga was previously the sister-in-law of actor Sebastian Roché.[3]



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 Share Krystal Short film
2015 6 Years Melanie Clark
2016 In a Valley of Violence Mary Anne Completed
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Raven / Rachel Roth Voice; 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 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Award Work Result Ref
2012 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Ensemble in a Drama Series American Horror Story: Murder House Nominated [49]
2014 Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries American Horror Story: Coven Nominated [50]
2015 Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Final Girls Nominated [51]


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  2. ^ a b Sundel, Jenny (March 11, 2015). "SXSW 2015: Taissa Farmiga Takes Off". Women's Wear Daily. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Mick (August 30, 2008). "Vera Farmiga: rare breed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ Smindak, Helen (October 15, 2006). "Actress Vera Farmiga: reaching for stardom". The Ukrainian Weekly. 
  5. ^ Savage, Sophia (August 22, 2011). "Vera and Taissa Farmiga Talk Higher Ground: Strength, Vulnerability, Self-Discovery, Courage". Indiewire. 
  6. ^ Neumyer, Scott (March 15, 2014). "Actresses Vera and Taissa Farmiga Are Sisters and Best Friends". Parade. 
  7. ^ Farmiga, Vera (April 30, 2014). "I love my lil sisters. #Nadia @t_farmiga #Laryssa". Twitter. 
  8. ^ Tucker, Reed (March 7, 2010). "Ascent of a women". New York Post. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
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  10. ^ a b "Nadia Spas Obituary". Courier News. Legacy.com. October 23, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Vera Farmiga's Family Affair of Acting". Associated Press. Yahoo! News. April 9, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
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  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 5, 2011). "'American Horror Story' Casts Young Leads". Deadline.com. 
  20. ^ Hale, Mike (October 4, 2011). "'American Horror Story' on FX: They Said It Had Good Bones". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (March 1, 2012). "'American Horror Story' Star Taissa Farmiga Joins Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'". Indiewire. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ Rosen, Christopher (May 16, 2013). "'The Bling Ring' Reviews: Sofia Coppola's Burglar Bunch Film Debuts At Cannes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kit, Borys (June 19, 2012). "Three Actors Join Indie Dramedy 'Admissions'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  24. ^ Rome, Emily (May 18, 2013). "Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia film 'Middleton' premieres in Seattle". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 7, 2013). "'American Horror Story' Adds Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga for Season 3". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  26. ^ Pasha, Adam (October 7, 2013). "American Horror Story: Coven Premiere, "Bitchcraft"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  27. ^ Hopewell, John (October 17, 2012). "Strong, Cox, Farmiga enter 'Mindscape'". Variety. 
  28. ^ Schobert, Christopher (June 3, 2014). "Review: Adequate Thriller 'Anna' Starring Mark Strong & Taissa Farmiga". Indiewire. 
  29. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 1, 2012). "'Horror Story' thesp Farmiga lands 2 roles". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ DeFore, John (January 16, 2014). "Jamesy Boy: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  31. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 27, 2014). "SPWA Acquires 'Final Girls' Starring Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga". Variety. 
  32. ^ Harvey, Dennis (March 14, 2015). "SXSW Film Review: 'The Final Girls'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  33. ^ Kilday, Gregg (June 12, 2014). "Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield Starring in Hannah Fidell's New Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  34. ^ DeFore, John (March 20, 2015). "'6 Years': SXSW Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  35. ^ Chang, Justin (March 17, 2015). "SXSW: 'Krisha,' 'Peace Officer' Win Grand Jury Prizes". Variety. 
  36. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (March 20, 2015). "The 14 Women Who Dominated the SXSW Film Festival". Variety. 
  37. ^ Smith, Nigel M.; Kohn, Eric (March 23, 2015). "The 12 Breakouts of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival". Indiewire. 
  38. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 25, 2015). "'American Horror Story' Alum Taissa Farmiga Joins ABC Anthology". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  39. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 10, 2015). "ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: 'Wicked City' Gets October Launch On Tuesday". Deadline.com. 
  40. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (December 23, 2015). "Hulu Streaming Un-Aired Episodes of ABC's Canceled 'Wicked City'". Variety. 
  41. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (October 8, 2015). "'American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga Joins Ed Harris, Amy Madigan In 'Buried Child' Revival". Deadline.com. 
  42. ^ "The New Group Extends BURIED CHILD with Ed Harris, Taissa Farmiga & More". Broadway World. January 29, 2016. 
  43. ^ Yamato, Jen (May 22, 2014). "Taissa Farmiga Joins Ethan Hawke, John Travolta In Revenge Western 'In A Valley Of Violence'". Deadline.com. 
  44. ^ McNary, Dave (February 2, 2016). "SXSW Unveils Lineup With James Caan, Ethan Hawke, Keegan-Michael Key Movies". Variety. 
  45. ^ Sands, Rich (January 18, 2016). "Roll Call: Meet the Cast of Justice League vs. Teen Titans". TV Insider. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  46. ^ Radish, Christina (September 2, 2015). "Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield Talk '6 Years', Future Projects, and More". Collider.com. 
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  48. ^ Dodes, Rachel (August 19, 2011). "Saving It By Directing It". The Wall Street Journal. 
  49. ^ "2013/2014 (18th) OFTA TV Awards". Online Film & Television Association Award. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  50. ^ "2011/2012 (16th) OFTA TV Awards". Online Film & Television Association Award. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  51. ^ "It Follows, Spring, and We Are Still Here Lead the 2015 Fright Meter Awards Nominations". Fright Meter Awards. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 

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