'Bates Motel' Star Vera Farmiga Thanks 'Two Lunatic Composers' for Her TV Success [Exclusive Video]

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Performer of the Week: Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga earned an Oscar nomination for 2009's "Up in the Air," and now she's up for an Emmy for her role on the A&E drama "Bates Motel." Understandably, she couldn't stop dishing about her return to TV.

The Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee gave us a recap of her TV roots, saying, "I started in television with 'UC: Undercover,' with 'Touching Evil' ... and I'm just on the hunt for really complex roles, and I wanted to be challenged."

After a steady movie career that included roles in "Safe House," "Orphan," and "The Departed," the small-screen challenge came in the form of a demanding role as Norma Louise Bates, the mother of a 17-year-old Norman Bates, in the modern-day prequel to the 1960 film "Psycho."

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"This presented itself to me, and it's really, you know, it's been written by two lunatic composers," Farmiga said. "And I'm a pianist, and you look at things musically, and there's just so many dissonances and complex chords."

This isn't the first time the well-versed actress has used musical analogies to describe her role. She previously told Entertainment Weekly, "I am so challenged by this role and terrified. If you told me this is what I would get to execute as an actress... It's just really really wild what they've written. [Executive producers] Kerry Ehrin, Carlton Cuse, they're two lunatic composers, and they continue to write dissonant, crazy melodies for me to play. I'm psyched."

But this was no bittersweet symphony. Returning to TV was a no-brainer for the actress, who revealed, "You just thank them very much and say yes."

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"I think culture is shifting the way we watch film and television," she added. "I don't know, I love the process of and how it morphs to have that. And it's boutique. It's 10 episodes, so it doesn't feel like a huge commitment."

Of course, the show is so good that it's been renewed for a second season, so that may be more of a commitment than the choosy actress originally bargained for. But it's music to our ears.

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