Taissa Farmiga

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Taissa Farmiga
Born(1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 19)
Clifton, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active2011–present
RelativesVera Farmiga (sister)
Renn Hawkey (brother-in-law)
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Taissa Farmiga
Born(1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 19)
Clifton, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active2011–present
RelativesVera Farmiga (sister)
Renn Hawkey (brother-in-law)

Taissa Farmiga /fɑrˈmɡə/ (born August 17, 1994) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the film Higher Ground, directed by her sister,[1] 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.

Early life

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.[2] After her performance in the film was acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival,[3] she decided to pursue an acting career.[4] In May 2011, she was cast as Violet Harmon in the first season of American Horror Story.[5][6][7][8] 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.[9] She appeared in the indie dramedy film Middleton,[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[13]

Farmiga returned to the third season of American Horror Story,[14] 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.[15] 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."[16] 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."[17] 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.[18] 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.[19][20] The film will be released in North America on June 6, 2014 to select theaters and video on demand providers. The film has been renamed to 'ANNA'.

Dread Central reports that Farmiga has signed on to a comedy horror flick called "The Final Girls" opposite Malin Akerman.[21][22]

Personal life

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."[23][24] Farmiga speaks English and Ukrainian, and took American Sign Language classes for three years. She enjoys snowboarding and hiking.[25][26]



2011Higher GroundYoung Corinne Walker
2013Bling Ring, TheThe Bling RingSam Moore
2014At MiddletonAudrey Martin
2014Jamesy BoySarah
2014MindscapeAnna Greene
2015The Final GirlsPre-production


2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseViolet Harmon11 episodes
2013–14American Horror Story: CovenZoe Benson13 episodes


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  2. ^ Farmiga, Taissa; Farmiga, Vera (August 2011). Vera Farmiga and Sister Taissa Take to Higher Ground. Interview with Oliver Trevena. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Friedman, Roger (26 January 2011). ""Up in the Air" Star Vera Farmiga Has Directing Triumph at Sundance". Showbiz 411. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Levine, Sheri (December 19, 2011). "American beauty: Taissa Farmiga is anything but an American Horror Story". Postmedia News (Canada.com). Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. 
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  10. ^ Kit, Borys (2012-06-19). "Three Actors Join Indie Dramedy 'Admissions'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  11. ^ Rome, Emily. "'Middleton' stars Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia in a tale of self-discovery". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
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  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Warner, Denise (2013-01-23). "'American Horror Story': Taissa Farmiga in season 3 talks - EXCLUSIVE | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  15. ^ Stack, Tim (January 2, 2013). "'American Horror Story': The secret to season 3 is in tonight's episode – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ Stack, Tim (January 3, 2013). "'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on this week's major character deaths and hints about season 3 – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ Adam, Pasha (2013-10-07). "American Horror Story: Coven Premiere, "Bitchcraft"". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jorge Dorado shoots Mindscape for Jaume Collet Serra". Cineuropa. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  19. ^ "Mindscape - Estrenos De Cine". Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mindscape Trailer Puts Mark Strong Inside Taissa Farmiga's Memories - CinemaBlend.com". Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/81636/20140228/american-horror-story-season-4-cast.htm
  22. ^ http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/74288/american-horror-storys-taissa-farmiga-and-malin-akerman-are-final-girls#axzz2uwjIuMG7
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  24. ^ "Higher Ground". Sonyclassics.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  25. ^ "5 Things You Don't Know About Taissa Farmiga - Yahoo! omg!". Omg.yahoo.com. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  26. ^ J J Anisiobi (2013-03-13). "Vera Farmiga shows younger sister Taissa the ropes as the stylish siblings attend premiere party of Bates Motel | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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