Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

Vera Farmiga talks ‘Bates Motel’,’ the high stakes and life after the Oscar nod

During a roundtable discussion with THR, Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga discussed

bates-motel-vera-farmiga1The Bates Motel audience thrives on those plot points and twists…too,” Farmiga said to The Hollywood Reporter in the May 21 interview discussing the shocking and unexpected plot points.

“We started with very high stakes; this backward exploration of the great American tragedy, where the son kills the mother. But those are actually my least favorite moments to play as an actress. “Your brother’s showing up on your doorstep and you have a history of incest. Go!” My favorite moments are the more restrained moments.”

After her success in Up In The Air, which earned her an Oscar nomination, the roles didn’t seem appealing.

“There was a point in my career where there was a wonderful [Oscar] nomination [for Up in the Air], but no work came. And the kinds of things that were landing on my table were things that potentially could have had a really big cheese factor. The Conjuring was that. But it’s just a matter of application, the spin you put on it. And Bates could have been horribly wrong, and at first I scoffed. But after the third page, I thought, ‘OK, there’s something here.'”

She jokes about getting the role, says working while pregnant was some of the hardest times and confessed she wanted the role in 12 Years a Slave.

Check out the full discussion HERE

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