Vera Farmiga Checks Back into ‘Bates Motel’
(l-r) Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore star in BATES MOTEL. ©A&E. CR: James Dittiger.

(l-r) Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore star in BATES MOTEL. ©A&E. CR: James Dittiger.

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—Vera Farmiga has established herself as one weird and complicated mother for the past two seasons playing Norma Bates, mother to mentally disturbed Norman (played by Freddie Highmore), in the “Psycho” TV series prequel “Bates Motel.”

Now that the third season of the A&E series is under way, the 41-year-old actress spoke about the most unusual character she’s played to date. Norma creepily fosters a co-dependent relationship with her oddball son (who turns out to be a serial killer in the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller “Psycho”). She says the stakes are going to be raised this season as Norman’s fragile psyche begins to crack.

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