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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 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian-born parents.

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 age 15 and, apart from a 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). She has since starred in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (2013), Jorge Dorado's Anna (2013), Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls (2015), Hannah Fidell's 6 Years (2015), Ti West's In a Valley of Violence (2016), and Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply (2016).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (22)

Aunt of Fynn (b. 2009) and Gytta (b. 2010), via sister Vera Farmiga.
Taissa 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.
Farmiga speaks English fluently and Ukrainian partially.
Farmiga attended public school until the fourth grade when her mother began homeschooling her along with two of her siblings.
Taissa is pronounced 'tie-E-sa'.
American Horror Story (2011) was her first audition.
She is the youngest of seven siblings.
Her parents are Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo (Michael) L., a computer-systems analyst, and Lubomyra (Luba) Spas Farmiga, a schoolteacher.
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.
She can play the guitar, cook, 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).

Personal Quotes (6)

[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.

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