As you cans see, we have been getting a lot of interviews of Taissa promoting her HBO new drama series The Gilded Age lately. Be sure to check out Taissa’s interview with Collider chatting all things on new drama, as well, her career.
“For me I have such an interesting start with it because I don’t think the ‘aha moment’ of I need this in my life came until I was already working a bit. My older sister Vera’s obviously an actress and she directed her first film, this indie film called Higher Ground 10, 11 years ago, and it was my first job when I was 15, and it was to play the younger version of her character. I think I filmed the movie [in] eight days. She asked me to be in it and it was more just because I looked like her and she asked me to. I couldn’t say no. I was like, ‘Okay, this is a cool experience,’ and then after that I went back to my normal life.”
“I think it was the first time I worked with an acting coach, and it was for In the Valley of Violence. I was a little nervous because the character was a little bit bigger than anything I’ve done. In the Valley of Violence is done by Ti West who’s a great horror director, but it was kind of like a weird hipster Western movie, and it was the first time where I got to see how someone — not just going on natural instincts. You break down the scene, you break down the emotions and to me, the emotions started feeling like a mathematical equation. It was like, ‘Oh, if you had this and you’re feeling this and you add a little bit of this person’s response,’ you know? It kind of felt like an equation to me and I loved that. And it was after working with the coach and really building up my skills to do this job because, sure, you have natural instincts, but if you don’t work at it, if you don’t practice and if you don’t learn how to properly start approaching a scene, you can only run for so long. I had the natural part of it, but once I got the book smart part of it, it really just sort of cemented, ‘I’m so f*cking lucky. This is it! This is what I want to do!’ I don’t know what it was. By the end of the job I was like, ‘Oh, I want to hold onto this. I need to do everything I can to work hard and be able to keep moving forward.’”
“When I was auditioning for it, I had a hard time. I remember I read once with my husband. I didn’t like the tape … I tried to make the self-tape twice and I wasn’t happy with it. I don’t know why I wasn’t clicking or responding to Marion. I sent in a tape and I was like, ‘I feel fine about it. It is what it is.’ And then casting, the producers they really liked it, but it was like, ‘It’s clearly not right for Marion, but we really, really like you. Will you read this character?’ And I was like, ‘Okay! Why not?’ I was down to try it because, again, perfectionist, I felt like, not that I failed at the other tape, but I was like, I didn’t fully connect. So I was happy to have a second shot with Gladys and that taped in two seconds and I was like, ‘Oh, I know this girl. She’s so many versions of 16, 17-year-old Taissa.’”
I have updated the gallery with new stills for both episodes 1.01 and 1.02 of Taissa‘s character, Gladys Russell, in HBO‘s The Gilded Age, as well, a promotional image. Be sure to check it out below:
2022 | The Gilded Age > Episode Promotional Stills > 1×01 “Never The New” | Alison Rosa
2022 | The Gilded Age > Episode Promotional Stills > 1×02 “Money Isn’t Everything” | Alison Rosa
HBO has released a featurette Meet The Russell Household featuring Taissa‘s Gladys character scenes and interview.
2022 | The Gilded Age > Meet the Russell Household | Featurette | Screen Captures
The Gilded Age’s Taissa Farmiga on Downton Abbey and – yep – American Horror Story comparisons.
On the face of it, Taissa Farmiga’s latest TV role is worlds away from the scares of American Horror Story. The Gilded Age is supposed to be about romance and beautiful gowns, after all. But, if you scratch beneath that rich, luxuriant surface, you’ll find that The Gilded Age has a few horrors of its own too.
Almost everyone is trapped in a life they never chose for themselves, whether it’s Oscar, a gay closeted man forced to hide his identity, or Marian, who had to give up her life back home after her gambling addict of a father died. And then there’s Gladys. Poor Gladys is practically confined to her home, as beautiful as it is, and she’s entirely robbed of her agency by overbearing parents who don’t even try to understand where she’s coming from.
Digital Spy caught up with American Horror Story icon Taissa Farmiga to chat about Gladys’ plight in more detail. Along the way, we also discussed everything from those luscious, yet uncomfortable costumes to the possibility of a return to American Horror Story in the very near future.
First off, we have to talk about the costumes. Was there a standout favourite you enjoyed wearing on set?
It’s always such a hard question because, you know, so much attention and detail has gone into every single piece of every single outfit – from the buttons, to the stitching, to the colour of the ribbon, to the texture of the ribbon.
Over Gladys’ arc, the costumes sort of mirror where she’s going. She starts off in a very innocent place and a place where her mother has a lot of control over her. So she’s almost doll-like in a sense, or her mother dresses her up and manipulates her.
And towards the end of the season, she’s able to attain some freedom and find some independence. The costumes sort of mimic that. So towards the end, there are some really beautiful, beautiful pieces that I’m excited to see – they’re extravagant.
There’s one that I’m thinking of that is just large and random, in all meanings of the word.
But were the costumes sometimes uncomfortable to wear?
One hundred percent. There were absolutely times when it was ridiculously uncomfortable, and I just wanted to be off my feet, to not be in the corset. I think the hardest thing is getting used to living 12 or 14 hours a day in a corset.
I think overall, “Costumes” was accommodating. If you were like, “This is too much, I can’t take it” – they found a way to make it look beautiful but also… we do live in 2020 – or, at the time it was 2020. I need a little bit more comfort in my life [laughs].
What sets The Gilded Age apart from other costume dramas like Bridgerton?
One of the reasons I was stoked about this project from the beginning was that it was going to be done by HBO. And HBO, when they put their stamp on something, it’s done so, so well, in the way they invest in it, and the people they choose, the expertise they have, and the amount of money they can put into it.
I think there’s a lot of care and attention to detail. I think that makes a huge difference. I haven’t seen Bridgerton, so it’s hard to compare, but I think it’s a different time period and a different location. I think it’s just unique in its own way, because especially the people that you choose, they put their own stamp on it, while trying to stay true and dedicated to the accuracy of that time period as well.
With Julian Fellowes’ involvement in this and Downton Abbey, how do you feel about the comparisons viewers will inevitably make between the two shows?
I don’t mind comparisons. I think people are going to love different things, and maybe there are certain aspects that might feel similar. It’s all coming from Julian Fellowes’ mind, and he’s had a say in all of it.
I think part of it can definitely feel like, “Ugh, it’s Downton Abbey lifted and set in New York – set in an American backdrop, with American pieces of American history.”
How does somebody in the modern-day relate to a time-period thing anyway? There are a lot of universal themes, and I think the nuanced characters that Julian writes – it’s the relationships.
The relationships bring so much drama. While reading the scripts, was there ever a moment that you found particularly juicy or shocking?
Looking back – I was attached to this in 2019, and we were supposed to film in 2020, and there was the pandemic, so it got pushed a bit too late [in] 2020 and 2021. But I finally got to watch the first couple of episodes.
And since there’s been a bit of time since I’ve seen it, I actually got to watch it almost like an audience member. So I’m having those same moments of: “Wait, what happens next? I want the next episode. Oh, wait, I only have three.”
It’s the same experience. I think that’s what’s so fun about it. One aspect that’s really fun about Julian’s writing is how he draws you in at the end of it. It’s like: “I need more.”
One of the key relationships for Gladys is obviously with her mother, and it’s quite a fraught one. What was it like to play that out on set with Carrie Coon?
Oh my god, oh my god. I adore Carrie Coon. I don’t think I have enough positive things to say about her. She’s a phenomenal actress, but she’s also, as a person, one of the most kind-hearted people I’ve met, while, at the same time, she’ll bust your balls, and then also compliment you. And you’re just like, “I love you!”
Working with her was phenomenal. The relationship with the mother was definitely one of the biggest draws for me for Gladys. I really related to her desire to step out from her mother’s shadow, to step out from her grip, and experience the world independently, to form your own opinions on things, and such.
I think that Carrie bettered me as an actress, being able to go toe to toe with someone who was so talented, and also so real, and always so present.
Carrie and Morgan [Spector] have great chemistry, so any family scenes, I feel like they flew by. It just happened so naturally. And as an actress, that’s a very, very fortunate thing to be able to have and say.
Period dramas tend to be very precise when it comes to dialogue and how people behave. Despite that, were you given the chance to improvise at all on set?
I feel like it was mostly scripted. I know there were a few moments here or there. It wasn’t necessarily improv, because it was sort of in the moment or in the day it was figured out with the director or whoever – if they had a writer helping out. Or when Julian had a line changed from afar. Because with Covid and everything, Julian wasn’t physically on set, but he was present, and he was watching, and he’d comment.
He’d either have a slight line change, or a critique for how you’re holding your sherry glass or your dessert fork.
But honestly, I love it. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I love continuity. It’s one of my favourite things in acting. So the dinner scenes, I loved, because we had to do everything specifically, like the way you hold the wine glasses, or any of the glasses you can only hold it from the stem, or the way you’re supposed to cut and transfer the fork… there were so many rules.
What are some of your favourite memories from working on season one?
For the most part, we kind of stayed in our little groups. So I think some of the best memories were when we had the ensemble scenes, which are sprinkled in throughout the season.
But when you get to have almost everybody of the, like, 25 series regulars or whatever it is in the same room – that was wild. That was a really humbling moment, to look around, and see everyone – they’re awesome. But to be like, “Oh, shit, I’m a part of this. We’re all in this together.” It was really, really cool.
I think my second favourite thing is all the dinner scenes, because Carrie and I, love to eat, and the food was so good. You’re doing dinner scenes, and you have to eat. They have to make it look beautiful for set decoration, right? And it tastes so good. So good.
They bring out these decadent desserts, and I was like, “Oh, I ate too much of mine. I need more.” And in between, you see us eating. It was a problem for the corsets, but we were very happy.
Would you be interested in returning for season two?
Definitely interested. I speak for most of the cast, that we had such a phenomenal time together, that we would love to jump back into this world and keep living it together.
I think for me, personally, I’ve done quite a few seasons on TV shows, but I’ve never been able to go back for the subsequent season with the same character, and the next year, with the second arc, and see how they grow.
On American Horror Story season one, I had Violet – I didn’t do season two. On season three, I had Zoe. Obviously, there was a moment where I went back for one episode and what have you, but it’s not the same.
So that would be phenomenal. Absolutely in a heartbeat, I would want to play Gladys again.
Are you planning on returning to American Horror Story one day? And if so, do you envision it as another cameo or would you rather take a lead role again?
It’s such a hard question to answer because American Horror Story is just a part of who I am. I played Violet when I was 17 when I was first getting into acting, and I was discovering myself. So whenever anyone mentions Horror Story, it’s like, “Ah, it’s a bit of home.”
It’s like a timing thing. I know there were talks previously, but then I was filming on this, and Covid, and the travelling and all these protocols.
So, yeah, I can never say no if it’s the right time and the right opportunity. And it’s like, sure, the idea of a cameo is fun, because we get to go in and meet up, and be like, “Hey, it’s me.”
But then it’s also like, I’m still best friends with some of the hair and makeup people, and the crew. You hear them talking about the show. And I’m like, “But I miss it.” It’s a funny mix of all those feelings, you know?
A promo for episode two of Taissa‘s HBO new drama series ‘The Gilded Age‘ has been released, also features what people can expect from this season.
As I’ve posted before, Taissa has been busy promoting her new HBO drama series ‘The Gilded Age‘ which debuted this monday, January 24. Be sure to check out some interviews bellow:
Taissa Farmiga has been quite busy this past week as she has been promoting her new HBO drama series ‘The Gilded Age‘. Check out bellow some behind the scenes photos shared by her hairstylist Brian Fisher on social media.
Inicio > Miscellaneous > 2022 > ‘The Gilded Age’ Press Tour | January
HBO has released promotional stills for the first episode of Taissa‘s upcoming drama The Gilded Age, titled ‘Never The New‘ that will be aired next Monday, January 24th.
The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife
Filmography:Television Productions > 2022 | The Gilded Age > Episode Promotional Stills > 1×01 “Never The New” | Alison Rosa
Check out the official teaser and trailer for Taissa’s upcoming TV Series The Gilded Age debuting on Monday, January 24 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
I have added to the gallery screen captures of Taissa’s character, Gladys Russell, featured in the trailer. Check it out bellow:
Inicio > Filmography:Television Productions > 2022 | The Gilded Age > Official Trailer | Screen Captures
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