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'Bates Motel' at Comic-Con: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga talk about the kiss

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Near the end of season two, A&E’s Bates Motel gave a tantalizing glimpse of teen Norman Bates experiencing the personality split integral to his later-life behavior. Since the character has already racked up a body count, the next question might be when he’ll begin wearing his mother’s clothes. In a discussion after the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel in San Diego Friday afternoon, star Freddie Highmore addressed the inevitable.

“It’s going to come at some point, isn’t it? I can see Norman sitting down in her room in front of the mirror and thinking ‘Oh, I’m going to put on her clothes and see what they look like,'” Highmore said. “Whether that’s this year or next year or the year after, who knows? I don’t know with any certainty at all. But, yeah, there’s certainly going to be the merging of the two parts of Norman’s life and of his personality… The furthest [he’s gone] was probably in the motel with Caleb when he starts speaking as her. And that’s when she’s kind of taken over his personality. I mean, maybe if there had been a dress around—who knows?” READ FULL STORY

Watch Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore audition for 'Bates Motel'

Finding the perfect actors for your show is a painstaking art: A few right moves, and you can back up an Emmy truck next to that Brinks truck. A couple of wrong moves, and the whole project is a disaster.

Bates Motel executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin certainly had their hands full when they set out to cast their contemporary Pyscho prequel for A&E. At Comic-Con on Friday, they treated the audience to a behind-the-scenes look at Bates’ audition process, screening footage of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, and Max Thieriot trying on their character for the first time. They show off their acting skills… and Ukranian folk-dancing skills… and Spider-Man impressions. Want to see a true horror show? Watch their auditions below. READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel' producers tease info about Norma's brother joining show

With the exception of excitement for Emmy-nominee Vera Farmiga, the cast of A&E’s Bates Motel were tight-lipped about what fans could expect from season 2 of the creepy drama when they stopped by EW’s video studio at Comic-Con over the weekend.

One enticing morsel of information? Fans may meet another member of the disturbing Bates family. “We made reference to Norma’s brother, so it might be that that guy shows up this season,” teased Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse.

Beyond that, when EW’s Dan Snierson asked for a three-word tease for what fans can hope to see next year, Cuse got cryptic: ” ‘Who am I?’… as a thematic question,” he answered. Watch the interview — and get executive producer Kerry Ehrin’s answer to the same three-word question — below: READ FULL STORY

Vera Farmiga talks about her Emmy nomination, the next season of 'Bates Motel,' and 'The Conjuring 2'

Vera Farmiga found out this morning that she had received an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Norma Bates, the matriarch of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel. But there’s no point asking Farmiga about her chances of beating the likes of Claire Danes (who was nominated in the same category for her performance in Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), or Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). “I can’t answer that question,” she says. “I have never seen an episode of any of them. Shame on me. But I’m just too busy!”

You can say that again. The mother of two young children has just finished shooting The Judge alongside Robert Downey Jr. and also stars as real-life paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in director James Wan’s new horror film The Conjuring, which opens tomorrow.

Below, Farmiga talks more about her nomination, the second season of Bates Motel, and the likelihood of her returning for the already-in-development Conjuring 2. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Vera Farmiga on playing a 'Psycho' mother for 'Bates Motel'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

We all know that Psycho’s Norman Bates had mother issues. But now we know why thanks to Vera Farmiga’s full-bodied performance as mama Norma on Bates Motel, A&E’s reboot of the famous Hitchcock thriller. Desperately clinging to her son like a manic depressive lioness, Farmiga portrays both a formidable heroine and an unstable mess.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You have a very successful film career — why take on a TV series?
VERA FARMIGA: I’m not trying out TV, I think my career was born out of TV way back with [Fox’s 1997 series] Roar and my first prominent job, my first big paycheck, or real paycheck rather, the start of my career was Roar. I supposed there are very few things on my don’t list: Don’t eat poisonous mushrooms, don’t do my own taxes, and I guess TV just wasn’t on my don’t list. And culturally, as well, things have shifted. For me then what I gravitate toward is character and challenge and I’m quite honestly wasn’t feeling challenged in a long time in this way, in this capacity. So man, I jumped at the opportunity.
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'Bates Motel': Freddie Highmore on playing a young Norman: 'People will probably start hiding the kitchen knives'

Poor Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). He’s a teenager being forced to move to a new coastal town under the watch of his imperious, entrancing mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga).

Oh, and they’re buying a motel.

These are the bones of A&E’s Bates Motel, a 10-episode “prequel” of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) that fills in the boyhood details of Norman, long before he began wielding a knife. The result is a razor-edged psychological thriller powered by uncertainty: What’s the deal between Norman and Norma? What’s the deal with the town?

It was that quality that attracted Highmore to the project: “You’re trying to discover what goes on inside their minds, what makes these characters tick and what side of the line does Norman and Norma’s intimate relationship fall?” he says. “And I liked the way that things are kind of suggested and hinted at as opposed to being too explicit.”

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