During the press junket for the impending New Line Cinema/Warner Bros film The Nun, actress Taissa Farmiga recalls a real-life supernatural experience she had while working on the set of the FX series American Horror Story.
Farmiga starred in season one of American Horror Story: Murder House and season 3 American Horror Story: Coven. It was just announced recently that Farmiga will reprise her role as Violet from season 1 and Zoe from season 3. As fans wait with bated breath for the eighth installment in the series which is due to air September 12th on FX, she recalls a personal experience she had while on the set of the series.
So we’re filming in New Orleans, which there is so much voodoo, and spirits, and soul down there. So, I’m living in this old warehouse that had been turned into loft apartments. I’m filming a scene, episode two, we have [Evan Peters] character back together, Frankenstein. I didn’t think anything of it, we have to chant in Latin again. Emma Roberts turns to me in the hair and makeup chair, and she’s like, “So, are you scared? Do you think we’re going to draw something out?”. I was like, “What do you mean? No, I know my lines, I’m good.”. She’s like, “No, no, no, like when we’re chanting Latin?”.
So, she’s the one who opened me up to this. I blame her.
We finish shooting, I get home, and it’s a little after two. Also, to point out Vera [Farmiga], my sister just recently told me she was doing research for The Conjuring, she told me that witching hour is around 3 AM. So, I was excited to go to bed before then. I’m passing out, I’m laying in bed, I’m passing out, it’s like when you lay in bed, and you can’t fall asleep. I’m like just so close to being in dreamland, and all of a sudden I’m wide awake. My eyes aren’t open, but I feel wide awake, and I hear someone walking. On the wood floors, you hear a creak, I’m like okay that’s bullshit. It’s fine.
All of a sudden I feel something. I’m sleeping on the left side of the bed, all of a sudden I feel someone grab the covers. I have the sheet folded over, someone is grabbing right there, right there, and it starts pulling.
I freak out. I turn the light on. There’s nothing there, I don’t see anything, but I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep for the rest of the night.
A reporter asks: “Was the covers actually pulled down?”
Yeah, the covers were moving. It was dark so it’s based on feeling. I had the light turned off, so I couldn’t see well. You can feel if someone is pulling the covers.
That was the only time I ever experienced anything, but I don’t know? I just let it go, I guess. The next night I slept downstairs in the other bedroom.
In the new horror film The Nun, a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, and a priest with a haunted past, as well as a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows, are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2. The Warner Bros film The Nun opens in theaters on September 7, 2018.
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