Vera Farmiga: The 'Bates Motel' Cast Has Formed a Family Offscreen, Too
Max Thieriot, Vera Farmiga, and Freddie Highmore (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Images)
"Bates Motel" is a family affair on- and offscreen. In Monday's new episode (9 p.m. on A&E), just as Norma Bates's family dramas take a temporary back seat to her date with nice guy George (guest star Michael Vartan), a new arrival threatens her new happiness: her brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson), who abused Norma when they were younger.
Happily, the family vibe behind-the-scenes is a much less complicated one.
In part 2 of our recent interview with Vera Farmiga, the "Bates Motel" star tells Yahoo TV about how she has genuine love for the actors playing her TV sons, how her TV and real-life families have become intertwined, and which of her TV sons reminds her of a certain Golden Globe-winning actor.
You have such great chemistry with both Freddie Highmore [Norman] and Max Thieriot [Dylan]. Was that instant?
Honestly, I think chemistry is a funny thing to talk about, because a part of me believes that it's mostly willingness. If the writing is sublime, if it's on the written page and then you're willing, it's just a matter of taking … chemistry is being so keen to each other and taking all social cues and paying attention to the nuance of their performance and reacting. I think both boys are incredibly talented. Obviously, Freddie had a lot to do first season and Max gets to really show off this second season. The plot for him, his narrative this year, is quite spectacular, and what he does with these scenes is mind-blowing. There have been occasions where literally I'm bereft of words, because I'm in a scene with him and all of a sudden I have this mind blowing moment where I'm watching him as an audience. There's been a couple times, and there's proof in dailies, where I just stop. I don't say my lines, because I'm just so enthralled.
But back to chemistry, I also find them both to be very charming boys, very openhearted. I think that makes it easy for me to befriend them, and create a trust. They're both very sharp as actors, so I rely on them to get me into places as well. I really, really like them, and I respect them both as men and as actors. You're seeing a genuine love there.