'Horror' star impresses critics

Taissa Farmiga, star of "American Horror Story".

Taissa Farmiga, star of "American Horror Story".

BILL HARRIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

It wouldn't have taken Taissa Farmiga very long to be creeped out by the haunted house her character inhabits in American Horror Story.

"I wouldn't even have lasted five minutes," said Farmiga, 17. "People died in the basement? OK, not my house."

In fact, it was Farmiga's character who was most in favour of the Harmon family moving in, even after hearing of its history as a "murder house." So it's kind of all her fault.

"I know, right?" Farmiga said. "I don't know what Violet was thinking, or wasn't thinking. I think she's insane."

What hasn't been insane is the reaction -- mostly positive, always visceral -- American Horror Story has elicited in its first season. The season finale airs Wednesday, Jan. 18 on FX Canada.

The first season wrapped up in the United States on FX just before Christmas, and if you're been watching on FX Canada, it probably has been difficult to avoid spoilers online or in the news, since the series has been the focus of much buzz and debate.

FX Canada didn't launch until about a month after American Horror Story debuted in the U.S. However, the plan for season two is for Rogers-owned FX Canada to air American Horror Story simultaneously with the U.S. broadcast.

For now, if you're in Canada, and if your local cable or satellite company provides FX Canada, and if you haven't found a way to watch the season finale online already, then you're just a few days from finding out the ultimate fate of Violet, her dad Ben (played by Dylan McDermott) and her mom Vivien (played by Connie Britton).

Farmiga is virtually brand new to the acting game, and winding up on American Horror Story has been akin to a professional athlete winning a championship in her rookie season.

"I realize that, I know there are actors who are struggling to find work and struggling to follow their passions," Farmiga said. "I just discovered that this (acting) is a passion of mine. It was in Sundance (at the annual film festival) that I actually decided to become an actor, which was (about a year) ago."

Vera Farmiga -- who is known best as George Clooney's love interest in the 2009 movie Up In The Air -- is Taissa's older sister. Vera talked Taissa into playing the younger version of Vera's character in the film Higher Ground, which also marked Vera's directorial debut.

Taissa was surprised by how much she enjoyed acting, and after her performance in Higher Ground was praised at Sundance, she was hired by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story's co-creators.

"I didn't have any expectations for the show, I had no idea what was going to happen," Farmiga said. "Now to be hearing all these reviews, I'm so blessed for everything that's been happening to me.

"And I'm just kind of going with it, you know? I still can't believe it half the time. It feels nice to be home for a minute to take a break from all that and just be my 17-year-old self."

With her whole life in front of her, Farmiga now has ambitions to stick with acting, rather than running of to become a lawyer or a doctor or something.

"First off, I could never become a doctor," Farmiga said. "Blood? Even the fake blood on American Horror Story, I'm kind of ready to hurl.

"I'm not the biggest horror fan. I get scared so easily. If I'm just walking on set and someone taps me on the shoulder, I scream and jump and freak out."

Coincidentally, that's the state of mind many people are in after watching an episode of American Horror Story, which is not like any other show on TV.

"That's great, then," Farmiga said. "They did their jobs, Ryan accomplished what he wanted."

 


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