Taissa Farmiga

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Taissa Farmiga (born August 17, 1994) is an American actress.

She began her career in film in the drama Higher Ground (2011), which was directed by her sister Vera Farmiga, and she subsequently made her television debut in the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), which earned her a reputation as a contemporary scream queen. She has appeared in three other American Horror Story seasons: Coven (2013–2014), Roanoke (2016), and Apocalypse (2018).

Farmiga has since appeared in films such as The Bling Ring (2013), Mindscape (2013), At Middleton (2013), The Final Girls (2015), 6 Years (2015), In a Valley of Violence (2016), Rules Don’t Apply (2016), What They Had (2018), The Long Dumb Road (2018), The Nun (2018), and The Mule (2018). She also voiced the superhero Raven in the animated films Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017). She made her stage debut in the Off-Broadway revival of the drama play Buried Child (2016).

Although Farmiga initially planned to become an accountant, she was persuaded to appear in her sister Vera’s directorial debut drama Higher Ground, playing the 16-year-old version of the lead character Corinne Walker. Shortly after its premiere at the 2011 Sundance, and following rave reviews for her performance, she was signed to talent agency ICM Partners. That same year, Farmiga starred in the first season of FX’s anthology series American Horror Story, launching her to worldwide prominence. In American Horror Story: Murder House she portrayed Violet Harmon, the troubled adolescent daughter of Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) – a role she secured in her first professional acting audition. 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. The film opened in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, to generally positive reviews.

Farmiga next portrayed Audrey Martin, an uptight teen touring a college campus, in the romantic comedy At Middleton, co-starring with her sister Vera and Andy García. The film premiered at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, receiving a mixed to positive response from critics. She then returned to American Horror Story for the third season of the series, American Horror Story: Coven (2013–2014), portraying Zoe Benson, a young witch afflicted with a dark and dangerous power; she received acclaim for her performance. Farmiga had her first starring role as Anna Greene in Jorge Dorado’s psychological thriller Mindscape, 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).

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. The second was Hannah Fidell’s heavily improvised romantic drama 6 Years, in which she starred as Melanie Clark. 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. Her performances in all these films were acclaimed, and Farmiga was listed as one of the breakout stars of the festival. 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). The series was cancelled after three episodes, with the remaining unaired episodes later debuting on Hulu.

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