Karen McClaren

played by Taissa Farmiga
Character Biography

21 years old, an ambitious budding young journalist looking for her first big break. She’s our lens into the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles.  Karen hits the Sunset Strip in search of a story and unknowingly finds herself in the middle of the biggest one of her life - the target of the serial killer.  Under the guidance of paparazzi hound Diver Hawkes, Karen becomes the mouthpiece for the victims while maintaining a direct line to the killer in question.

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Actor Biography

Taissa Farmiga was a breakout at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in a memorable role for her feature debut in “Higher Ground,” which launched her career. At the young age of 20, she has established herself as a solid film and television actress.

Farmiga stars as the lead central character, ‘Max,‘ in the South by Southwest Film Festival favorite “The Final Girls,” starring opposite Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Malin Akerman. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, premiered at the 2015 LA Film Festival and will be released in October. On September 8, Netflix will release Hannah Fidell’s indie drama “6 Years,” starring Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. Netflix acquired the film following its premiere at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. She recently wrapped production on the western drama “In a Valley of Violence,” with Ethan Hawke, John Travolta and Karen Gillan, as well as Warren Beatty’s next directorial feature, starring opposite Annette Bening and Lily Collins. The story will follow the Howard Hughes affair during the latter years of his life with a young woman.

In 2014, Farmiga appeared in the American biographical crime drama about ex-convict James Burns, “Jamesy Boy,” directed by Trevor White and starring Mary-Louise Parker and Spencer Lofranco. In 2013, she starred in Sofia Coppola’s satirical crime drama “The Bling Ring,” with Emma Watson, Katie Chang and Leslie Mann, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She also starred with Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia in “At Middleton,” a romantic comedy directed by Adam Rodgers, as well as in the psychological thriller “Anna,” opposite Mark Strong.

On television, she starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Coven.” She appeared in the series along with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts. Farmiga played teen witch ‘Zoe Benson.’ She also starred as ‘Violet Harmon’ in a house full of unexplained activity haunted by its former inhabitants for the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Murder House.”

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