Freddie Highmore Talks BATES MOTEL, Identifying with Norman Bates, Working with Vera Farmiga, and More

Posted March 18, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


The new A&E drama series, Bates Motel is about a guy named Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and how he unravels through his teenage years.  This series is based on the prequel to the genre-definiting film Psycho, which reveals secrets and the relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga).   The show also stars Max ThieriotNicola PeltzOlivia CookeNestor Carbonell and Mike Vogel.

Freddie Highmore has been interviewed and he spoke about why he was interested by the show and the character he plays. For instance, he was asked: When this was presented to you, did it immediately intrigue you, or were you hesitant about taking on such an iconic character?

FREDDIE HIGHMORE:  I was very intrigued.  He’s such an iconic character.  To be able to play him, I’m very lucky.  But, it wasn’t just the character.  It was also the people involved with it.  I spoke to Carlton [Cuse] and Kerry [Ehrin] beforehand, and Vera [Farmiga] is brilliant.  Also, the knowledge that A&E are so committed to it and are putting so much behind it, by not having to go through a pilot episode and trying it out, but instead saying they would do 10, from the start.  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.