Taissa Farmiga was a breakout at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in a memorable role for her feature debut in Higher Ground. At the young age of 21, she has established herself as a solid film and television actress. In February 2016, Farmiga made her New York stage debut in The New Group’s off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winner from 1978, Buried Child. Scott Elliott directs the offbeat drama about a near-destitute Illinois farm couple and their two grown sons staring Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Nat Wolff. Farmiga plays the girlfriend to a visiting grandson who is caught off guard by the bizarre family dynamics.
Farmiga can next be seen in Ti West’s western drama In A Valley Of Violence starring Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Karen Gillan and John Travolta. The story follows a drifter, played by Hawke, who seeks revenge on a couple of thugs who killed his best friend. Farmiga plays a young woman who runs the local hotel and helps the drifter in his quest for vengeance. The film recently made its world premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival and is produced by Jason Blum.
In Fall 2015, Farmiga starred as the lead central character ‘Max’ in the South by Southwest Film Festival favorite The Final Girls. Playing opposite Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Malin Akerman, the comedy followed Farmiga along with the ensemble cast as they navigated themselves out of an 80’s Friday The 13th-style horror flick. The film also premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and the LA Film Festival. The film was directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Farmiga returned to television this past Fall starring alongside Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen in procedural drama Wicked City. Set in 1982 on the Sunset Strip, Farmiga played an aspiring journalist following a couple of serial killers terrorizing Los Angeles. In September 2015, Hannah Fidell’s indie drama 6 Years starring Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. The story unfolds as a young couple’s tragic love is tested as they plan their future after college. Produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, and premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival.
In 2014, Farmiga appeared in the American biographical crime drama about ex-convict James Burns, Jamesy Boy. Directed by Trevor White, the film stars Mary-Louise Parker and Spencer Lofranco.
In 2013, Farmiga starred in Sofia Coppola’s satirical crime drama, The Bling Ring, with Emma Watson, Katie Chang and Leslie Mann. Based on the famous Hollywood Hills burglaries in 2008 and 2009, the film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews.
18In October 2013, Farmiga starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Coven. She appeared in the series along with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts. Farmiga played teen witch ‘Zoe Benson,’ who attends a special institution in New Orleans that is devoted to training and educating the few remaining witches to keep their coven from extinction. The Huffington Post said “Farmiga effortlessly plays the mix of innocence, sardonic wit and tragedy required to make her character work.” In October of 2011, Farmiga starred as ‘Violet Harmon’ in a house full of unexplained activity haunted by its former inhabitants for the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Murder House. Also in 2013, Farmiga starred with Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia in At Middleton, a romantic comedy directed by Adam Rodgers as well as in the psychological thriller “Anna,” opposite Mark Strong.