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Taissa Farmiga Bio
Taissa Farmiga (born August 17, 1994) is an American Actress. She began her career on film in the drama Higher Ground (2011), and subsequently made her television debut in the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House (2011), and her stage debut in the play Buried Child (2016).
Farmiga has since appeared in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (2013), Mindscape (2013), The Final Girls (2015), 6 Years (2015), In a Valley of Violence (2016), and Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply (2016).
Although Farmiga initially planned to become an accountant, 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. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2011, to critical acclaim. Shortly after, and following rave reviews for her performance, Farmiga was signed to talent agency ICM Partners. In May 2011, she was cast in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, launching Farmiga to worldwide prominence. 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. American Horror Story: Murder House premiered on October 5, 2011, to positive reviews. 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 17-year-old wild child Sam Moore. The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2013, to generally positive reviews.
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. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 17, 2013, receiving a mixed to positive response from critics. Farmiga then returned to American Horror Story for the third season of the series. 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. Farmiga had her first starring role as Anna Greene in Jorge Dorado’s psychological thriller Mindscape. 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. She next co-starred as Sarah, the main character’s love interest, in the biographical crime drama Jamesy Boy. The film was given a limited release in the United States on January 17, 2014, receiving mostly unfavorable reviews.
Farmiga joined the cast of Todd Strauss-Schulson’s horror comedy The Final Girls, portraying the lead role of final girl Max Cartwright. The film premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 13, 2015, to critical acclaim. Her next film role was as Melanie Clark in Hannah Fidell’s heavily improvised romantic drama 6 Years, alongside Ben Rosenfield. The film opened at SXSW on March 14, 2015, to mostly positive reviews from critics. Farmiga then starred as protagonist Krystal Williams, a teenager who returns to school after an explicit video of her sexual assault goes viral, in Pippa Bianco’s short drama film Share. The short also premiered at SXSW on March 14, 2015, to a positive reception. Her performances in all three films were acclaimed, and Farmiga was listed as one of the breakout stars of SXSW. 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. The series premiered on October 27, 2015, and was cancelled after three episodes due to low ratings. The remaining episodes were released in December 2015 through Hulu.
2016–present: Stage debut
In 2016, Farmiga made her stage debut as Shelly in the Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s drama Buried Child. Also starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, the production ran from February 2 through April 3, 2016, at The New Group, and was directed by Scott Elliott. The play was met with a mostly positive reception from theatre critics. She next starred opposite Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in the Ti West-directed Revenge Western film In a Valley of Violence. Farmiga portrayed Mary-Anne, a motormouthed young innkeeper who befriends Hawke’s character. The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016, and was met with positive reviews. Farmiga then made her voice acting debut as the superhero Raven in DC Comics‘ Justice League vs. Teen Titans, directed by Sam Liu. The film was released direct-to-video on March 29, 2016. She returned to American Horror Story for the sixth season of the series, American Horror Story: Roanoke, guest starring as Sophie Green in the episode “Chapter 9”.
Farmiga next appeared as Sarah Bransford, the fiancée of Alden Ehrenreich’s character, in Warren Beatty’s ensemble romantic comedy-drama Rules Don’t Apply, released on November 23, 2016. The project reunited Farmiga with her Buried Child co-stars Harris and Madigan, who portray her character’s parents in the film. She will reprise her voice role as Raven in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, again directed by Sam Liu, which is set for release on April 4, 2017. Farmiga will then portray the protagonist Merricat Blackwood in Stacie Passon’s film adaptation of the Shirley Jackson mystery novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
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