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Published On: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013

Vera Farmiga talks ‘Bates Motel’ season 2, what’s ahead for Norma Bates

Vera Farmiga plays Norma Bates, the Mother of the famed serial killer in the TV series, Bates Motel, a prequel to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. Talking with Deadline about her different projects, she began by reflecting on what got her on board with the role.

Bates Motel A&E teaser poster

Bates Motel A&E teaser poster

“I think I was looking for a career tweak. I have so many other interests in life, and no role is more challenging, rewarding and inspiring than my real-life role as a mom and a wife, so I pretty much just look at the most remunerative offers these days. (Laughs.) But seriously, if I’m going to step away for 18 hours a day, there better be some sort of a paycheck or spiritual salary being offered. And Bates Motel surprised me. (The role) made me reflect so deeply on the love I feel for my children. I was craving a deeper level of, I don’t know, virtuosity. The writers presented me with this deeper level of sophistication, the creation of Norma, and I pounced on the opportunity. Also, I was craving all that cable serial television has to offer, which is the risk and the wackiness, the unorthodox.”

While Farmiga briefly discusses the challenges of playing the iconic character, she seems excited about the road ahead when asked what’s ahead for Norma.

“Other than downstairs in a root cellar? (Laughs.) It’s the great American tragedy, and we know where that story inevitably leads. And it’s grisly. It’s grim. We know that Norman’s going to become some sort of version of the guy in Psycho, and that Norma’s going to become some sort of version of that skeleton with the updo, but how are we going to get there? For me to answer that question, I’d have to divulge a major plot point. It’s like Chopin. It begins and it ends with dissonances, but in between I want to strike all those beautiful chords that make the story so complex.”

Farmiga even directed an episode.

Check out the full interview here

Bates Motel will return in 2014 for its second season.

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