Violet Harmon’s recent attempt at an overdose of pills — coupled with her conspicuous absence from the last episode — has some fans of FX’s American Horror Story (Wednesdays, 10/9c) speculating that the troubled teen has joined boyfriend Tate in the ghost world. Tonight, that mystery will be addressed.
“You never know with Ryan Murphy,” Taissa Farmiga, who plays Violet, says of the show’s crafty cocreator. “He can be thinking one thing and then just pull something else right out from under you. But yes, you definitely get your answer in this episode.”
Officially, FX’s synopsis for the horror thriller’s 10th episode says that Violet will “learn the rules of the house.” Farmiga elaborates, saying that courtesy of Tate and other resident spirits, “Some secrets start to be uncovered, and there are so many of them….. Violet is just trying to take it all in, but it’s a lot. And it’s dark.”
Though one might think the decidedly dark fare would present the biggest challenges to Farmiga, who is 17 and had only one acting credit on her resume prior to this summer, she says it’s instead the emotional scenes – including a real humdinger airing this week – that weigh on her.
“Emotional scenes are kind of fun for a while – it’s nice to get a good cry out – but Violet has been pretty emotional in the second half of this season,” she notes. “And all of that emotion gets to you.”
The downright scary scenes, meanwhile, “are fun to play,” she maintains, because the set pieces so easily set the mood. “That basement is kind of freaky!”
That said, Horror Story does like to get its freak on and often, so Farmiga admits that “there have been moments” where she and TV mom Connie Britton might trade looks between takes à la “This is so crazy!” But thanks in part to a smiling crew and cast, she says, “You just jump back into it” for the next scene.
Working alongside the likes of acting vets such as Britton, Dylan McDermott and Frances Conroy, let alone two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange, “has been great,” Farmiga raves. “Sometimes I wish I could just sit down and watch them, to see how they play out a scene, but then I remember, ‘Wait, I’m in this scene, too,’ and you’ve got to act.”
Farmiga very recently wrapped the season after filming her role in the 90-minute finale set to air Dec. 21. Of that capper, she will only say, “There’s a lot going on…. They start to finally wrap things up, so you get your answers. But I’ve got to say, the ending is kind of dark.
“It’s happy… and it’s not,” she continues, measuring her words carefully. “I mean, this show isn’t really ‘happy,’ so you shouldn’t be expecting all sunshine and rainbows.”
As for Season 2, which FX greenlit a while back, Farmiga confirms that “the last few minutes” of the finale will hint at what’s to come.
And as that season-ender airs, Violet’s portrayer can expect to hear from her big sister, actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), who fast became a fan of the far-out drama.
“She was shooting in Romania when I first started, but she caught up when she got back, and she always texts me during the show,” the younger Farmiga shares. “It’s nice to have her support!”