Taissa Farmiga

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Taissa Farmiga
Farmiga speaking on stage at the Toronto premiere of The Final Girls
Farmiga at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19, 2015
Born (1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 23)
Readington Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Relatives

Taissa Farmiga (/tɑːˈsə fɑːrˈmɡə/;[1] born August 17, 1994) is an American actress. She began her career in film in the drama Higher Ground (2011), and subsequently made her television debut in the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011). Farmiga made her stage debut in the Off-Broadway revival of the drama play Buried Child (2016).

Farmiga has since appeared in The Bling Ring (2013), Mindscape (2013), At Middleton (2013), The Final Girls (2015), 6 Years (2015), In a Valley of Violence (2016), and Rules Don't Apply (2016). She has voiced Raven in Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017).

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 schoolteacher, and Michael Farmiga, a 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] Farmiga's maternal grandparents, Nadia (née Pletenciw; 1925–2014) and Theodor Spas (1921–1990), met at a displaced persons camp in Karlsfeld during World War II.[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]

Career[edit]

2011–2015: Beginnings[edit]

Although Farmiga initially planned to become an accountant,[10] 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 Corinne Walker.[11] Shortly after its premiere at the 2011 Sundance, and following rave reviews for her performance,[12] she was signed to talent agency ICM Partners.[13] That same year, Farmiga starred in the first season of FX's anthology series American Horror Story, launching her to worldwide prominence.[14] She portrayed Violet Harmon in American Horror Story: Murder House, the troubled adolescent daughter of Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott)[15][16] – a role she secured in her first professional acting audition.[17] Farmiga then joined the cast of Sofia Coppola's crime satire The Bling Ring, based on the real life group of the same name, portraying 17-year-old wild child Sam Moore.[18] The film opened in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, to generally positive reviews.[19]

Farmiga next portrayed Audrey Martin, an uptight teen touring a college campus, in the romantic comedy At Middleton, co-starring with her sister and Andy García.[20] The film premiered at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, receiving a mixed to positive response from critics.[21] She then returned to American Horror Story for the third season of the series, American Horror Story: Coven (2013–2014),[22] portraying Zoe Benson, a young witch afflicted with a dark and dangerous power; she received acclaim for her performance.[23] Farmiga had her first starring role as Anna Greene in Jorge Dorado's psychological thriller Mindscape,[24] which premiered at the 2013 Sitges Film Festival. She then co-starred as Sarah, the main character's love interest, in the biographical crime drama Jamesy Boy (2014).[25]

Farmiga subsequently starred in three films that premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest: the first was Todd Strauss-Schulson's horror comedy The Final Girls, in which she portrayed the lead role of final girl Max Cartwright.[26][27] The second was Hannah Fidell's heavily improvised romantic drama 6 Years, in which she starred as Melanie Clark.[28][29] The third and final film was Pippa Bianco's short drama Share, in which she played Krystal Williams, a teenager who returns to school after an explicit video of her sexual assault goes viral.[30] Her performances in all these films were acclaimed, and Farmiga was listed as one of the breakout stars of the festival.[31][32] She next appeared 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 (2015).[33] The series was cancelled after three episodes, with the remaining unaired episodes later debuting on Hulu.[34]

2016–present: Stage debut[edit]

In 2016, Farmiga made her stage debut as Shelly in the Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's drama Buried Child,[35] also starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.[36] She then starred opposite Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in the Ti West-directed revenge Western film In a Valley of Violence, playing a motormouthed young innkeeper who befriends Hawke's character.[37] The film premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest, and was met with positive reviews.[38] Farmiga made her voice acting debut as the superhero Raven in DC Comics' Justice League vs. Teen Titans, directed by Sam Liu, which premiered at the 2016 WonderCon.[39] She returned to American Horror Story for the sixth season of the series, American Horror Story: Roanoke, guest starring as Sophie Green in the November 2016 episode "Chapter 9".[40]

Farmiga next co-starred as Sarah Bransford in Warren Beatty's ensemble romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply, which premiered at the 2016 AFI Fest to mixed reviews.[41] The project reunited Farmiga with her Buried Child co-stars Harris and Madigan, who portray her character's parents in the film.[42] She reprised her voice role as Raven in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, again directed by Sam Liu, which premiered at the 2017 WonderCon.[43] Farmiga is set to play Emma Ertz, opposite Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, in Elizabeth Chomko's drama film What They Had, set for release in March 2018.[44] She has been cast as the title character in Corin Hardy's horror film The Nun, scheduled for release in July 2018.[45]

Farmiga will portray protagonist Merricat Blackwood in Stacie Passon's film adaptation of Shirley Jackson's mystery novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle,[46] and will re-team with director Hannah Fidell for the comedy film The Long Dumb Road, alongside Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas.[47]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Higher Ground Teenage Corinne Walker
2013 The Bling Ring Sam Moore
2013 At Middleton Audrey Martin
2013 Mindscape Anna Greene
2014 Jamesy Boy Sarah
2015 The Final Girls Max Cartwright
2015 6 Years Melanie Clark
2015 Share Krystal Williams Short film
2016 In a Valley of Violence Mary-Anne
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Raven (voice)
2016 Rules Don't Apply Sarah Bransford
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Raven (voice)
2018 What They Had Emma Ertz In post-production
2018 The Nun Sister Irene In post-production
2018 We Have Always Lived in the Castle Merricat Blackwood In post-production
2018 The Long Dumb Road In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Violet Harmon 11 episodes
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Zoe Benson 13 episodes
2015 Wicked City Karen McClaren 8 episodes
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Sophie Green Episode: "Chapter 9"

Stage[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Award Work Result Ref(s)
2012 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Ensemble in a Drama Series American Horror Story: Murder House Nominated [48]
2014 Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries American Horror Story: Coven Nominated [49]
2015 Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Final Girls Nominated [50]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Sundel, Jenny (March 11, 2015). "SXSW 2015: Taissa Farmiga Takes Off". Women's Wear Daily. 
  3. ^ Brown, Mick (August 30, 2008). "Vera Farmiga: rare breed". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on September 3, 2008. 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. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Nadia Spas Obituary". Legacy.com. October 23, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
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  10. ^ Doty, Meriah (July 30, 2015). "Taissa Farmiga Talks '6 Years' and Sis, Plus Exclusive Trailer". Yahoo! Movies. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Laura (June 22, 2011). "The Family Farmiga". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ Friedman, Roger (January 26, 2011). ""Up in the Air" Star Vera Farmiga Has Directing Triumph at Sundance". Showbiz 411. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Miller, Daniel (March 30, 2011). "Agency Signing Round-Ups: 'Falling Skies' Star Connor Jessup to UTA; Vera's Sister Taissa Farmiga to ICM". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 5, 2011). "Duo Join Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story' FX Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
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  22. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 7, 2013). "'American Horror Story' Adds Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga for Season 3". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
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  25. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 1, 2012). "'Horror Story' thesp Farmiga lands 2 roles". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
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  27. ^ Harvey, Dennis (March 14, 2015). "SXSW Film Review: 'The Final Girls'". Variety. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  28. ^ Kilday, Gregg (June 12, 2014). "Taissa Farmiga, Ben Rosenfield Starring in Hannah Fidell's New Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  29. ^ "6 Years (2015)". Metacritic. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
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  40. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (October 18, 2016). "Taissa Farmiga, Finn Wittrock to Return to 'American Horror Story: Roanoke'". TheWrap. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  41. ^ Busch, Anita (July 14, 2016). "'Rules Don't Apply' Trailer: First Look At Warren Beatty's Star-Studded Film". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
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  43. ^ Kit, Borys (January 19, 2017). "Christina Ricci, Miguel Ferrer Join Voice Cast of 'Teen Titans' Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  44. ^ Kit, Borys (March 17, 2017). "Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon to Star in Drama 'What They Had' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
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