A Minute With: Taissa Farmiga on troubled witches in 'Coven'

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Taissa Farmiga has made a name for herself playing troubled teenagers and in "American Horror Story: Coven" she returns to familiar territory as a complex young adult, but this time she has special powers.

Farmiga, 19, was thrust into the spotlight in the first season of FX's anthology thriller series "American Horror Story," where she played Violet, the troubled teenage daughter of a couple tormented by the supernatural presences in their house.

Farmiga also starred in this summer's "The Bling Ring" about a gang of teenagers who rob celebrities' homes.

In "Coven," premiering on Wednesday, Farmiga plays Zoe, a teenager with a powerful and destructive ability, which she discovers with tragic consequences. She is shipped off to a school for witches in New Orleans, overseen by headmistress Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and her demanding mother, Fiona, played by "American Horror Story" Emmy-winner Jessica Lange.

Zoe and her new classmates, played by Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer, learn to embrace their powers as modern-day witches, navigating a world where being burned at the stake is no longer as big a threat as cameras and social media.

Farmiga talked to Reuters about returning to the series, tackling sexuality and taking tips from her Oscar-nominated elder sister, Vera Farmiga.

Q: How does it feel to return to the "American Horror Story" franchise, and what's been the biggest change for you?

A: I was there at the very beginning then I took a little break but it's nice to be back with the crew and cast and just to be on this crazy show. I love it. It feels nice.   Continued...

 
Actress Taissa Farmiga arrives at the premiere of FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian