Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2013

Freddie Highmore talks ‘Bates Motel’ Norman Bates and working with Vera Farmiga

The new A&E drama series Bates Motel gives audiences an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates, played by Freddie Highmore, handled his teenage years.

Freddie Highmore Norman Bates Vera Farmiga photoIn a March 18 interview with Collider, Highmore discussed the series, becoming Bates and his evolution in high school.

Everyone seemed to have so much confidence in it and willingness to back it, that it just made me think that it would be a fantastic thing to do.  I hope it will appeal to quite a wide audience, as well.  There is the level of psychological thriller with intense moments, and Norman is becoming a killer, but at the same time, he’s in high school and he’s just like anyone else.”

Vera Farmiga stars as Norman’s mother and is key to building a rapport with the young actor.

“We got on brilliantly.  She’s my new best friend.  We spend so much time together that, of course, if we hadn’t got on well, it would have been a problem.  And as an actress, it’s effortless, watching her work.  I’m sure it’s not, but everything seems so natural.  She has tiny little ticks and throw-away things, and she plays against emotion incredibly well.  A lot of this show is about that.  You don’t have to say, “I love you so much,” which some people do say sometimes.  But, a lot of what’s nice about the show is the stuff that’s unsaid, as opposed to the stuff that’s said, and what the subtext is to what they are saying.  There are so many undertones, as opposed to just the obvious.  There’s also that slightly manipulative side to their relationship, from both of them.”

Freddie Highmore Norman Bates photoHighmore intros the series and how the Bates duo are doing in their lives.

“Right from the start, Norman and his mother are starting with this new, fresh life, and there’s a lot of mystery behind it.  I don’t think we completely understand their past.  It’s revealed within the first 10 episodes, but from the start, there are a lot of questions that are unanswered, mainly about his dad’s death.  Norman is willing to give it a fresh start and he goes along with whatever his mom says.  That bond will be stretched between the two of them, but he’s so connected to her and loves his mom so much that he’s willing to give the fresh start that she wants a try.”

Check out the complete interview here.

The show also stars Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.

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