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Taissa Farmiga: A New Generation’s Scream Queen

by Piper St. James

If you don’t know Taissa Farmiga by name, your certainly know her by her work.  With her resume quickly filling up with roles in the horror genre, both on television as well as movies, it is quite possible Farmiga is on the fast track to becoming our next scream queen!

Her television debut came with the sensational FX horror drama American Horror Story in season one’s Murder House.  Farmiga was only seventeen at the time when she portrayed the role of Violet, the angst ridden daughter of the Harmon family who unknowingly move into a haunted house. Unbeknownst to them a rich history still lurks within the walls.  She was also the envy of many fangirls (and no doubt fanboys) who swooned over her on screen boyfriend Tate Langdon, portrayed by Evan Peters.

Their onscreen relationship, unhealthy as it may have been, oozed with the dark gothic romance every high school Goth yearned for.  The broken bad boy that only your love can fix and make better, who hasn’t been there?  Oh if he would only accept you into his heart so you could save him from his own self-destructing ways!  Not only did the premiere of American Horror Story catapult Farmiga into fame, but Peters as well.

Farmiga continued her rise to success in the American Horror Story franchise, each time playing a different character, each one being different from the last.  She took a starring role in season 3, American Horror Story: Coven where she played young witch Zoe Benson.  Zoe is a young witch slowly discovering her powers in a school catering to those with similar special abilities; and no, I’m not talking Harry Potter here.  She then made a brief appearance in American Horror Story: Roanoke.  The creators of the ongoing series enjoy re-using cast members and it would be no surprise to see Farmiga in a future season.

In 2015 she took the leading role in The Final Girls, a horror story crossed with comedy in a way only the most dedicated horror fans of the 1980’s could appreciate.  This movie was pure gold!  The comedy was balanced perfectly with the horror, and Farmiga played the straight girl.  She made every final girl’s journey; from unsure, awkward teenager to bad ass hero in the most graceful of ways.  Her emotions were accurate and believable, and her transition to bad ass wasn’t forced.

Most currently it has been announced Farmiga has accepted the role of Sister Irene in The Nun.  This latest movie is based in the collection of stories told by real life ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, and will continue along the storyline we first saw glimpses of in The Conjuring series.  The movie is set to release in July 2018.

Taissa Farmiga broke into the Hollywood scene confident and surprisingly fast as she acquired roles that surely the most experienced actors fought over.  It is no doubt in my mind we will be seeing this young actress as a leading contender for the scream queen of the new generation.

Read more about Taissa’s role in The Nun here!

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