Published On: Mon, Aug 11th, 2014

‘Bates Motel’ season 3: Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell on Norma Bates and Sheriff Romero

Fans are clamoring for more steamy relationships on A&E’s hit show Bates Motel. Stars Vera Farmiga and Nestor Carbonell sound like they agree, but their characters may need some more time.

Bates Motel A&E teaser poster

Bates Motel A&E teaser poster

“I know a lot of people are eager to explore that, and I am, but I want them to do that in a way that is simmering,” Farmiga says during the Zap2it group interview.

There were some teases of a possible romantic interest between the two in Season 2, and Farmiga found it “sexy” because Carbonell’s Sheriff Romero “never says anything.” “He’s a man of very few words, and then he opens his mouth and lets the fact that he’s been watching me undress just roll out, without apology,” Farmiga says. “I look forward to where they take it.”
“I think the writers are open to it. As long as [Norma] keeps misbehaving, I’ll be chasing her,” Carbonell says with a laugh. “I think he fancies himself a guy who can do it all. He’s got a big opinion of himself.”
Vera cautions the fans not to rush things.
“I just want them to take their time with that because they are both two very guarded people and both very controlling, and that’s why it’s so exciting to watch,” she says. “It’s this game of tug-of-war, and so you’ve got these two very willful, very controlling people holding this rope filled with tension. As soon as someone lessens the tension, the game’s going to be over.”
The show is a prequel to Psycho, set in modern times, and Carbonell notes that Romero doesn’t know the truth about Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) being a psycho, but if he did, he would try to bring Norman down if he did know.
“If anything, I think if he discovers that Norman is as messed up as we all know him to be, I think he probably thinks that he can ‘fix him,’ which is really quite pathetic,” Carbonell says.
Bates Motel is set to return in 2015.
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