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Taissa Farmiga on women in horror

American Horror Story and The Nun star Taissa Farmiga returns to the horror genre in the new film, "We Have Always Lived in the Castle." Hear what one of horror's leading actresses has to say about playing complex women — and what it is that scares her. 😱

Actor Taissa Farmiga on women in horror

Taissa Farmiga is an American actress. She began her career in film in the drama Higher Ground which was directed by her sister high profile actor Vera Farmiga, and successively made her television debut in the FX series American Horror Story: Murder House, which earned her a reputation as a contemporary scream queen. Taissa Farmiga portrays complex women that incorporate feminism in the horror and thriller genres — she's starred in American Horror Story, The Nun, Anna and The Twilight Zone. Her latest, We Have Always Lived In The Castle, is based on the novel by Shirley Jackson.

So we asked… what scares her?

“I genuinely do not like the dark. I do not like being alone in the dark. I do not like nighttime. I guess the darkness scares me because I just, I don't like when I can't see something, I don't like the unknown, like, I hate the ocean. I do not like the idea of the big vast open water, I hate it. But, you know, I don't think I have any fears where it's like paralyzing, or I can't handle it.”

For those of you that don’t know American Sign Language is more than just waggling your fingers and moving your hands hoping that someone will understand you. Taissa studied ASL for three years so it’s fair to assume t she’s still pretty good at it.

Her older sister Vera was a big reason why she became an actress since she saw something in Taissa that made her think that this might be the right course for her. It does help having family in the business, especially if they’ve got enough pull to make it possible for other family members to get a shot at making it in cinema entertainment.

“I do find in the horror genre that you are given more opportunities to show complex characters… It's just an opportunity to be someone that doesn't have to rely on a man to save them or bring them happiness.”

Brut.

05/16/2019 10:21 AM
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102 comments

  • Kleber P.
    7 days

    Bae

  • Brut
    6 days

    Get to know another young star of the screen, Elle Fanning.

  • Haider H.
    6 days

    Indian military horrors in Kashmir. Criminals

  • Haider H.
    6 days

    Thag foundation

  • Faiz M.
    6 days

    I Like you

  • Amina D.
    5 days

    🤤

  • Patricio d.
    5 days

    Hoping she improved her acting a bit, sometimes she looks a little forced. Still waiting for it, horror movies are always welcomed🤗

  • Batou K.
    5 days

    that thought for the ocean says a lot about her... she confuses character and personality... I immediately thought of the lyrics of the song Swim Good of frank ocean "I'm about to drive in the ocean I'ma try to swim from something bigger than me Kick off my shoes and swim good, and swim good Take off this suit and swim good, and swim good, good"

  • Phati M.
    5 days

    Love her since bates motel <3

  • Hanane M.
    5 days

    I JUST watched that movie and I must say taissa is one hell of an actress <3

  • Ladyy Y.
    5 days

    Je l'adore autant que sa sœur...décidément, les Farmigas excellent en horreur.👌

  • Fernando G.
    5 days

    this is the sister of Vera Farmiga?

  • Ferme L.
    5 days

    aouuuuu sa mère aussi aouuuuuuu

  • Waseem S.
    5 days

    Beautiful

  • Nessa N.
    5 days

    Saliste en Brut (?

  • Paul C.
    5 days

    our Horror Queen Taissa 💗

  • Ali R.
    5 days

    Awesome actress.. strong expressions always.

  • Aly F.
    5 days

    I still stan haha

  • Raju M.
    4 days

    Beautiful

  • Rabin R.
    4 days

    She's the prettiest white woman I've ever seen