Taissa Farmiga (born August 17, 1994) is an American actress. Her name is pronounced as "Ta-EE-sa".
Taissa was born and raised in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Farmiga attended public school until the fourth grade when her mother began homeschooling her along with two of her siblings. In total, she has six siblings. Her parents are Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo (Michal) L., a computer-systems analyst, and Lubomyra (Luba) Spas Farmiga, a schoolteacher. Taissa's father was born in 1942 and her mother in March 1949; thus they were already 52 and 45 years old respectively when they had Taissa, their youngest. The Farmigas first had four children (one of which is actress Vera Farmiga, the second oldest) and then with a 10 - year gap between child No. 4 and child No. 5, another three children. Taissa does not speak fluent Ukrainian, but does understand some of the language.
Her only prior role was playing the teenage version of her older sister, Academy Award nominee Vera (who is 21 years older than Taissa), in Vera's directorial debut, Higher Ground. Her "salary" for acting in Higher Ground was a 2004 Toyota pick up truck that Vera still owned. Another sister of Taissa, Laryssa, her grandmother, and her nephew (Vera's son) also star in the movie. Laryssa is three years older than Taissa and was born with spina bifida.
Taissa on playing "Violet Harmon"
“Emotional scenes are kind of fun for a while – it’s nice to get a good cry out – but Violet has been pretty emotional in the second half of this season. And all of that emotion gets to you.”
The downright scary scenes, meanwhile, “are fun to play,” she maintains because the set pieces so easily set the mood. “That basement is kind of freaky!” Farmiga admits that “there have been moments” where she and TV mom Connie Britton might trade looks between takes à la “This is so crazy!” But thanks in part to a smiling crew and cast, she says, “You just jump back into it” for the next scene.
Working alongside the likes of acting vets such as Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Frances Conroy, let alone two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange, “has been great. Sometimes I wish I could just sit down and watch them, to see how they play out a scene, but then I remember, ‘Wait, I’m in this scene, too,’ and you’ve got to act.”
Work on American Horror Story
She portrays three different roles in American Horror Story. Her first role was Violet Harmon in Murder House, and her second role was Zoe Benson in the third season, Coven, and the eighth season, Apocalypse. Her third role was Sophie Green in the sixth installment of the show, Roanoke. She is set to also star in Ryan Murphy's spin off of American Horror Story, American Horror Stories as previous role Violet Harmon along.
Farmiga is the youngest of seven children, the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mykhailo, a computer-systems analyst, and Ljuba Farmiga, a schoolteacher. Her older sister is the Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga and her brother-in-law is a musician, Renn Hawkey. She was born and raised in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
In May 2019, she was reported to be engaged to screenwriter and director Hadley Klein. As of 2020, Taissa and Hadley are married.
- Taissa Farmiga is one of the twenty-five cast members that portrayed the same character in different seasons. She portrayed Violet Harmon in Murder House and Apocalypse. She also portrayed Zoe Benson in Coven and Apocalypse.
- Farmiga, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts and Jessica Lange are the only four cast members to appear in all episodes of Coven.
- Pilot - Violet Harmon
- Home Invasion - Violet Harmon
- Murder House - Violet Harmon
- Halloween: Part 1 - Violet Harmon
- Halloween: Part 2 - Violet Harmon
- Piggy Piggy - Violet Harmon
- Open House - Violet Harmon
- Rubber Man - Violet Harmon
- Smoldering Children - Violet Harmon
- Birth - Violet Harmon
- Afterbirth - Violet Harmon
- Bitchcraft - Zoe Benson
- Boy Parts - Zoe Benson
- The Replacements - Zoe Benson
- Fearful Pranks Ensue - Zoe Benson
- Burn, Witch, Burn! - Zoe Benson
- The Axeman Cometh - Zoe Benson
- The Dead - Zoe Benson
- The Sacred Taking - Zoe Benson
- Head - Zoe Benson
- The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks - Zoe Benson
- Protect the Coven - Zoe Benson
- Go to Hell - Zoe Benson
- The Seven Wonders - Zoe Benson
- Could It Be... Satan? - Zoe Benson
- Boy Wonder - Zoe Benson
- Return to Murder House - Violet Harmon
- Traitor - Zoe Benson
- Fire and Reign - Zoe Benson
- Apocalypse Then - Zoe Benson
- Vera Farmiga on David Letterman
- Taissa Farmiga, Vera Farmiga on "Young Hollywood", Taissa is Currently dating Jamesy boy and Middleton co-star Spencer Lofranco.
- Luscombe, Belina, "That's the spirit", Time Magazine, 29 August 2011
- Webb Mitovich, Mitch, "Did the Horror Story Daughter Give Up the Ghost? Taissa Farmiga Teases Twist Plus Season Finale", TV Line, 7 Dec 2011