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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 17 August 1994Readington, New Jersey, USA
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Taissa Farmiga is an American actress, and the younger sister of Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, who is 21 years her senior. She was born in Readington Township, New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian-born parents Michael and Lubomyra (Spas) Farmiga.

Unlike her older sister, Taissa initially had no interest in becoming an actor. However, she was persuaded to make her acting debut in Vera's directorial debut film Higher Ground (2011). Also playing the lead, Vera wanted to cast someone who was physically similar to play the younger version of her character. Taissa was 15 years old and, apart from a second grade school play, had no previous acting experience. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Taissa's performance received critical acclaim. It was after Sundance that Taissa officially decided to pursue acting. At age 16, she landed a leading role as Violet Harmon in the Fox horror series American Horror Story (2011).

Farmiga has since starred in films from a range of genres, including Sofia Coppola's crime film The Bling Ring (2013), Jorge Dorado's psychological thriller Anna (2013), Todd Strauss-Schulson's horror comedy The Final Girls (2015), Hannah Fidell's romantic drama 6 Years (2015), Ti West's western In a Valley of Violence (2016), and Warren Beatty's comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply (2016).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (29)

Aunt of Fynn Hawkey and Gytta Hawkey, via sister Vera Farmiga.
Took American Sign Language classes for three years with her homeschool group and was an advanced student. She was part of a signing group called Signs of Hope.
Says sister Vera Farmiga serves as her stylist for public events. For her part, Vera told Teen Vogue: "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 (21 years), she is one of my best friends in the world".
Loves the outdoors and enjoys snowboarding and hiking.
Initially had no ambitions to become an actress, but was persuaded to appear in Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground (2011).
The daughter of Ukrainian immigrant parents, her mother was raised in the United States and her father was raised in Argentina.
Has played a younger version of her sister, Vera Farmiga, in Higher Ground (2011), and her daughter in At Middleton (2013).
Sister-in-law of Renn Hawkey.
Ex-sister-in-law of Sebastian Roché.
Grew up in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
Can speak English fluently and Ukrainian partially.
Attended public school until the fourth grade, when her mother began homeschooling her and two of her siblings.
Taissa is pronounced 'tie-E-sa'.
American Horror Story (2011) was her first audition.
Is the youngest of seven children. Her siblings, in age order, are Victor, Vera, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander and Laryssa.
Her parents are Ukrainian immigrants Michael, a systems analyst, and Lubomyra (Spas) Farmiga, a schoolteacher. Her mother emigrated to the United States with her parents when she was 14 months old.
Taissa's father was born in November 1942 and her mother in March 1949; thus they were already 51 and 45 years old respectively when they had Taissa.
Can play the guitar, and has mastered the art of making origami cranes.
Good friends with The Bling Ring (2013) co-stars Katie Chang and Claire Julien.
Her first professional acting audition was for the role of Violet Harmon in American Horror Story (2011), which she landed.
Originally intended to become an accountant, and had even began looking at college courses for accounting before being cast in Higher Ground (2011).
Among her favorite films are Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Black Swan (2010), and Inception (2010).
Vera offered her a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck in exchange for starring in Higher Ground (2011).
Was cast in The Conjuring 2 (2016)'s spin-off The Nun (2018), making Taissa part of the same film universe as her sister.
Has starred in two films directed by Hannah Fidell: 6 Years (2015) and The Long Dumb Road (2018).
Her sister Laryssa was born with spina bifida.
Though both her parents are Ukrainian-born, her mother grew up in the United States from infancy and her father was raised in Argentina.
Made her stage debut as Shelly in "Buried Child" (February 2016).
Her six siblings are named Victor, Vera, Stephan, Nadia, Alexander, and Laryssa. There is a 22-year age gap between the oldest child (Victor) and the youngest (Taissa).

Personal Quotes (14)

[on playing the strong-willed, feisty Violet in American Horror Story (2011)] The horror aspect, the scary parts, are easy for me. I mean I can get into that pretty easy, because I get scared. You have to invest yourself in these characters.
I was hoping, actually, that being on the other side of the camera in a scary movie, see how it's filmed and maybe you won't be as scared next time you watch one... didn't really work out! Because I know it's fake, but I just get so into it.
I get scared easily, so I'm not one for just sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and watching horror stories. But, I mean, I'm learning more. Maybe one day I'd like to be able to watch them.
American Horror Story (2011) is dark, so you shouldn't be expecting too much happiness.
I can't say that I fully relate to things that I play. Sometimes it's nice to spend half the day crying, then you don't have to do it in real life.
[on The Bling Ring (2013)] I just hope that it comes as a warning. Just for kids to see how bad things can get with social media and celebrity obsession, that you can't take things this far. Admiration is great, but there is a line not to cross.
You film a movie and you don't get to see it until about a year later. When you watch it, you just know that you were a different person then than you are now, and you know that you've grown. It's nice to know that you can take those experiences and learn from them, and incorporate them into the next one.
It's always a little awkward on your first day on set when you have a making-out scene. You just have to let yourself go.
When I was younger, I didn't have any aspirations to be an actress. A door was opened for me -- my older sister directed her first film and put me in it. I was intrigued by it. I enjoyed it. I liked trying to understand other people's emotions.
[on working with Jessica Lange] I was like, "I'm going to keep my head down and be a good girl." If you have someone that amazing in front of you, you just have to take what you can from it, but without being in the way, just observing.
I think that, before you walk out the door and into the world, you have to feel good. You have to figure out who you are, and I think fashion can help you do that. When you have more of a sense of who you are, you can take on the world.
When I was seven, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I guess every kid wants to be a veterinarian.
[on working between television and film] It's nice to have a steady job for a few months, be able to go shoot some indie movies that you really, really love, and say no to some things that you don't. To be able to have the freedom to do that is nice.
Vera would photograph me and our other siblings, and she said when she saw me on camera she saw something in me. I agreed because she's my big sister and I didn't want to get beat up.

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