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The Bates Motel Q&As include live Q&A sessions that took place on social media platforms. It allowed fans to ask questions and receive answers from the cast members and writers of Bates Motel.

Twitter[]

Freddie Highmore (2015)[]

Ask Freddie 2015

On March 8, 2015, it was announced that Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates) would be answering questions the following day on Twitter.[1] On March 9, 2015, Freddie Highmore took over the Bates Motel Twitter account.[2] The Q&A session started at exactly 3pm EST and lasted 56 minutes.


— @HeyItsLukeGreen: What's the most challenging thing you've had to since playing Norman Bates?
— Freddie: In the third season when Norman dresses up as Norma for the first time.[3]


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— Freddie: She's wonderful, so effortlessly natural and gives such varied performance in every scene.[4]


— @justiney14: Do you enjoy filming in Vancouver?
— Freddie: Vancouver is a great place, but it is pretty rainy and gray, and dark. The time of the year that we shoot anyways.[5]


— @alafarmiga: Do you still watch Psycho to get Anthony's expressions for Norman Bates or now you do it by yourself?
— Freddie: I re-watch the film before the start of every season. But our Norman isn't an exact replica.[6]


— @lostinverona: What to you think about the relationship between Norma and Norman?
— Freddie: They're relationship has always been close, but this season they're more intimate than ever.[7]


— @lcsversclub: Which season has been your favorite to film? Season 1, 2 or 3?
— Freddie: This season! it's the best season by far, and Norman changes the most throughout it. [8]


— @lcsversclub: Have you met Vera's sister, Taissa?
— Freddie: Yes, and I have hung out on a couple of occasions. She's brilliant.[9]


— @JJRiot88: What is your favorite episode of Bates Motel so far?
— Freddie: The 6th episode of this season is amazing![10]


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— Freddie: sexual. performative. deadly. [11]


— @apr_ilam: If you could play any other actor on the show who would it be? And why?
— Freddie: Sheriff Romero[12]


— @Atomikk: So, are you done with all of your schooling? Any films coming out that you're in?
— Freddie: I graduated last summer and I'm going to start on this new BBC mini-series in London next week.[13]


— @supremeenya: Do u have a friendship with Olivia Cooke as well in real life? :)
— Freddie: Yes, we get along incredibly well, we live in the same building in Vancouver.[14]


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— Freddie: You'll have to watch and find out, 9pm tonight![15]


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— Freddie: The first thing that hit me was how lucky I was that I would be playing such an iconic character.[16]


— @iNickElia: Can you describe what it is like to work with Max Thieriot?
— Freddie: Max and I live next door in Vancouver, we're always hanging out on and off set. His Dylan this year is phenomenal.[17]


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— Freddie: I hope they're aren't' too many[18]


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— Freddie: Yes, all of Hitchcock's horror films are fantastic![19]


— @xloststars: Who plays the most pranks on set?
— Freddie: Max[20]


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— Freddie: No[21]


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— Freddie: I'm not sure I'd recommend anyone marrying Norman.[22]


— @taytammaro: Do we ever see Bradley again?
— Freddie: Yes, she's back this season.[23]


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— Freddie: The range of situation and emotions that he experiences and the way that he slowly goes mad.[24]


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— Freddie: Not doing too much too soon, but we do do a lot![25]


— @arnoassassin134: Are we going to see a more psycho Norman?
— Freddie: Without a doubt.[26]


— @B_Sarah_: Can you say hello or any word in Arabic? 😊
— Freddie: I don't know how to get Arabic script on here![27]


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— Freddie: Out of all the suggestions for new names, this one is the most bizarre.[28]


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— Freddie: Not in general, but Vera and I sometimes laugh after the more intimate scenes between us.[29]


— @TayaMck: Considering Bates is a creepy show, must ask are you a scary movie person? Love you <3
— Freddie: Yes, I enjoy the classics.[30]


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— Freddie: No, that's impossible.[31]


— @JMESMCVOYS: Is the relationship between Dylan and Norma gonna continue to thaw?!
— Freddie: Yes, because Norma starts to confide in Dylan instead of Norman, and Norman doesn't take too kindly to that.[32]


— @veerizon: Were you nervous to sing "Mr. sandman" last season knowing that so many people would see it on TV? X
— Freddie: No, because Norman was never supposed to be a very good singer anyways.[33]


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— Freddie: Yes, but that good side to him is slipping ever future away.[34]


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— Freddie: Doesn't look like it, unfortunately.[35]


— @nbhdesi: Creepiest part of the set?
— Freddie: The basement or the stairs.[36]


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— Freddie: The end starts to become very much in sight, by the time we're done with Season 3.[37]


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— Freddie: Not particularly, it's just making sure that Norman is constantly evolving.[38]


— @TayaMck: Do you ever get homesick while filming? Love the show, & you <3
— Freddie: Yes, I miss London, the gloomy Vancouver weather always makes me feel at home.[39]


Vera Farmiga: Freddie you forgot your spare contacts and Axe deodorant at our house, shall I send them? xxV
— Freddie: Hahaha I don't use Axe, but thought you might find a use for it. Keep the contacts for Season 4.[40]


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— Freddie: Red[41]


— @aantxnia: Favorite country?
— Freddie: Spain[42]


— @xloststars: Is there a lot of pressure on recreating such an iconic character?
— Freddie: Because Bates Motel is set in the present day we felt more free to play around with the characters.[43]


— @uncastshadow: I am having trouble figuring out what to do with my life, does Norman know what to do with his life?
— Freddie: No, he does embrace the role of motel manager tonight.[44]


— @HOMIClDALQUEEN: Have you ever read a fanfiction about your character? 😊
— Freddie: No, but I'll have to check them out.[45]


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— Freddie: What's funny about Norman is that he can be both[46]


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— Freddie: I'll be on a plane back to London, but I hope you all enjoy the fantastic first episode![47]


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— Freddie: Yes, but whenever I see Bates, I'm always so intrigued with what everyone else is getting up to.[48]


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— Freddie: You'll have to ask Vera[49]


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— Freddie: There was one scene in this upcoming season, when I was meant to be sleeping, but I found it all incredibly funny.[50]


— @mrsflickerman: Can you tell us something about the creepiest scene from this season?
— Freddie: The opening shot tonight of Norma and Norman spooning in bed, set the tone nicely.[51]


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— Freddie: I try to stay in it both on and off set so that it becomes second nature.[52]


— @babyvval: Why does Norman Bates have an iPhone??
— Freddie: As opposed to a flip phone?[53]


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— Freddie: It has been lovely, thank you![54]


— @ClaraKabala: How many seasons do you think the show is going to have? (I'm nervous cos I love #BatesMotel so much)
— Freddie: If enough people keep watching it live, then hopefully many more.[55]


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— Freddie: I think one psycho is enough for now.[56]


— @MaryNiehaus99: Blue & black or white & gold?

Ask Freddie 2015 question by Trixya


— Freddie: I think I saw green and blue![57]


— @simmoslxter: Ever think about getting a Twitter?
— Freddie: Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell - if these two have anything to do with it...[58]


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— Freddie: I prefer live animals.[59]


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— Freddie: Bradley needs Norman's help.[60]


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— Freddie: "are we doing an ok job?"[61]


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— Freddie: Maybe, yeah come to think it. By the way, Juno's real name is Dexter.[62]


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— Freddie: I was really never sure what I wanted to be.[63]


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— Freddie: Yes, especially when it starts to come alive later on this season.[64]


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— Freddie: Some interesting new comers check into the motel and disrupt the family.[65]


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— Freddie: Another year at university.[66]


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— Freddie: Yes[67]


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— Freddie: You'll find that out tonight.[68]


— @feralflamemuses: What actors and actresses do you most admire, and why?
— Freddie: I just can't stop thinking about how lucky I am that I work with everyone on Bates. I admire them.[69]


— @marinaplease: What's your favourite kind of chocolate or candy? :)
— Freddie: Anything chocolate is great![70]


— @thieirot: What do u consider most complicated about being your character?
— Freddie: His duel personality and the way that he confuses fiction and reality.[71]


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— Freddie: I think we get pretty near the top of the scale by the time we're done.[72]


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— Freddie: Hopefully he'd recognize a lot of his own work and be content with the stuff we added.[73]


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— Freddie: I don't do anything to my eyebrows.[74]


— Freddie: Thanks so much for guiding me through my first live Twitter Q&A. Enjoy the show tonight and make sure to watch![75]

Facebook[]

Freddie Highmore (2016)[]

Freddie Facebook live 2016

On April 29, 2016, it was announced that Freddie Highmore would be answering questions live on Facebook on May 3.[76] The Q&A session started exactly on 5:11PM EST and lasted 52 minutes.[77][78]


Sydney Frantz: Hi Freddie, you're my favorite actor of all time and my biggest inspiration. You are so humble and yet soooooo very talented. Psycho is my favorite movie and you portray the role of Norman outstandingly. My question is - Do you think Norman is actually happy for Dylan and Emma's relationship, he doesn't care because he has bigger problems to handle or do you think he is actually jealous? And do you see Norman jeopardizing their relationship in the future? You know, other than him murdering her mom...
Freddie: Thank you! Now that Norman's home, we will very quickly discover his true feelings about Emma & Dylan's relationship. - Freddie


Kayla L Preston: Hi Freddie, how are you? What is your favourite part about playing Norman? By the way, you are doing a great job! Bates Motel is a very great show!
Freddie: Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying the show. I've loved developing Norman's more machiavellian side this season while at the same time hoping to keep him empathetic. -Freddie


Martha Caria: I love your acting, you were born to be the Norman Bates. Now tell me, Norman is happy to return home?
Freddie: What did it look like at the end of episode 407?? Perhaps Norman has a plan up his sleeve... -Freddie


Jennifer Gaworecki: Hey Freddie! You are amazing actor and I love you on Bates Motel!! How is it playing a dark character like Norman? :)
Freddie: Thanks! Despite what many people seem to think, I've never had too much trouble separating the reality of my life from Norman. -Freddie


Elaine O'Shea: Hey Freddie, love from Ireland. Your portrayal of Norman is terrifying, just how I like it. Is there any particular direction u would personally like to take the character next?
Freddie: There certainly is...but we can't reveal that just yet... -Freddie


Michelle Vallieres Azevedo: Hey Freddie ,,,I am a huge fan of the show ! Since day 1 , I want to know where is Emma s mother buried ? In the ground where the big hole is for the ingrown pool? Or in the house somewhere? I really look forward to Monday nights. I have gotten lot of others hooked on Bates Motel . Please don't make us wait so long for the next season. Love Michelle Azevedo. ❤️
Freddie: The hole would've been a much better place! -Freddie


Tinha Cornelius Fitzgerald: Bates Motel with Freddie playing Norman is a great show. I have seen Bates Motel and the house on a tour of Universal Hollywood! Are most the scenes done on stage?
Freddie: We have our own interior and exterior house built out where we shoot in Vancouver. -Freddie


Carmen Rivera: You are a good portrayer of Norman Bates!! The whole cast is GREAT!!! I can't wait for the following week of Bates Motel to see what's going on!! Will you be going back to the institute for your blackouts???
Freddie: Thank you! In tonight's episode, Norman is very much focused on being home and the discoveries he makes there. -Freddie


Brittany Reed Bowman: Did you do any research for this role? If so what? 😁 Love your portrayal of Norman Bates!! I'm a huge fan!!
Freddie: All of the writers have done a lot of research on DID and hopefully you find that that's been incorporated into this season. -Freddie


Connee Eastlund: So Freddie is there any regrets on becoming Norman bates and is there any one you could bring back that you killed?
Freddie: Is Jiao dead or alive? -Freddie


Amy Schlesener: You do and amazing job as Norman Bates. How many times did you watch the original psycho movie? Did you study Anthony Perkins performance? Do you think he would be a fan of your performance as Norman?
Freddie: I hope so! -Freddie


Nicolle Guazzelli: What has been the biggest challenge playing Norman in Bates Motel? Was there any research done by you or did it come naturally?
Freddie: My approach has always been to prepare heavily and then feel free to let that all go on the day. - Freddie


Teresa Wheaton: Hi Freddie. I just dig the character you play in Bates Motel. You are an excellent actor. How do you feel about Norman suffering from DID? Did you have to study all the 📚 on the topic?
Freddie: Whilst Norman shares many characteristics with a person suffering from DID, it's putting that illness in the context of his own personal circumstance. -Freddie


Adam Puckoris: Freddie, how many times have you seen Psycho to accurately portray your best Anthony Perkins (as Norman Bates)
Freddie: I can't remember exactly but it must be around 10! -Freddie


Kerri Kadow: Hi Freddie! Love your portrayal of Norman Bates. The writers always keep us guessing and ramp up the suspense. Is there one actor/character on the show with whom you wish you had more scenes?
Freddie: Norman has never actually met Chick and Ryan Hurst brings so much to the show. -Freddie


Cora Paiero: Which character on the show do you personally relate with the most and why? 🙂 PS: as a longtime Psycho fan and Bates Motel fan, I'm so proud to see how well you portray Norman and how far you've come as an actor!! 🙂
Freddie: Hopefully everyone on the show is relatable. What makes Kerry and Carlton's writing so effective is that even though the characters interact in a slightly heightened reality, they never descend into becoming caricatures. -Freddie


Gisele Giret: Hi Freddie! How do you prepare yourself for interpret Norman Bates? Can you justify Norman's behavior?
Freddie: By now, we're all so comfortable with the characters we inhabit in the show and the interesting thing is to develop them further and see how they evolve over time. I think Norman's evolution this season is his biggest journey yet. -Freddie


Jovita Evans: Love the show and your character, you do a wonderful job playing Norman Bates! Is Norman jealous of Norma's relationships with other men?
Freddie: I think he might be... -Freddie


Trina Marie: Hey Freddie! You're an amazing actor and I love you and your work! Is there anything you do before a take to get into the character of Norman Bates?
Freddie: Thank you! I'm glad you've been enjoying the show. I don't have any idiosyncratic forms of preparation - it's more about making sure you're emotionally there in the moment. -Freddie


April Kelleher: UK here! I love this show🙂 your portrayal of Norman bates is outstanding, did you accept the role straight away or take time to consider?
Freddie: Kerry & Carlton sold it to me immediately! -Freddie


Amanda Colin: Freddie, how do you get into character to be Norman? And do you study the original psycho film on how the original Norman Bates acted to take some tips for this role?
Freddie: While I have never tried to mimic Anthony Perkin's iconic performance, it has of course has always been a source of inspiration. I re-watch Psycho before every season. -Freddie


Laura Garcia: Hi Freddie, I applaud your performance as Norman Bates👏🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Do you think Norman's Obsession towards his mother will get worse now that Romero is married to Norma? And can you give us a little Sneak peak of tonight's episode? You are an amazing Actor!✨✨✨💕
Freddie: Thank you! Tonight's episode ultimately boils down to that very triangle. So if you watch tonight, you'll certainly get the answer you're looking for. -Freddie


Christine Ouellet: Freddie, you do such an amazing job at portraying Norman Bates. You make the 'crazy' side of Norman so believable. How do you 'flick that switch' so easily? How do you prepare for the scenes where one minute your Norman then the next your Norma?
Freddie: Thank you! 🙂 The trickiest of becoming Norma for me is always the moment of transition - trying to see the change occur in Norman's eyes without it coming across as unrealistically rushed. -Freddie


Eric W Cunningham: Freddie you're an amazing Norman! I enjoy every moment you're on screen. Have you ever had an strange interaction with someone because they recognised you as Norman Bates?
Freddie: It's always funny when someone recognizes you from somewhere but they're not sure where exactly. -Freddie


Carolina Bess: You're a great actor...your portrayal of Norman Bates is great. How does Norman feel about Emma and Dylan being together?
Freddie: That's a great question and something that will be explored tonight. - Freddie


Laura Levine Mydelski: Freddie, I absolutely love your portrayal of Norman on Bates Motel. What has been your favorite acting scene so far?
Freddie: I loved the scene in Dr. Edward's office earlier this season, when Norman transitions into Mother. One of the wonderful things that Kerry has encouraged this season has been longer scenes than ever before and that's the perfect example of one. -Freddie


Kelleigh Reilly: What was it like to write your first episode of Bates Motel?
Freddie: I'm incredibly grateful to Carlton and Kerry for giving me the opportunity to write an episode. I've loved being involved in the wider creative process and am in fact doing this chat from the writer's room in LA where we are already discussing season 5. -Freddie


Alexandra Rist: Freddie, I love you and I love Norman. You are an incredible actor and I look forward to watching Bates Motel every Monday. What do you think makes Bates Motel more unique than other shows?
Freddie: Thanks! Even though Bates Motel seems to be a horror/thriller series on the surface, I like the fact that at its heart, it's a romantic tragedy. -Freddie


Lisa Malone: Hey Freddie Fredster, do you ever slip up with your British accent whilst filming? I love bates motel and I love you !!!!!!
Freddie: I try to stay in the American accent as much as possible, both on and off set. So hopefully there aren't too many slip ups! -Freddie


Carline Marie: Hi Freddie!! I love watching Bates Motel! Although it's a serious show, do you guys ever joke around on set to lighten the mood? Or are you always in character?
Freddie: By this point, we're very much a close knit group and of course, there are those lighter familial times we all get to spend together. -Freddie


Freddie: It's been great speaking to all of you! Thanks for submitting your questions. I have to head back to the writer's room. Tune in tonight at 9/8c! -Freddie

Reddit[]

Kerry Ehrin and Freddie Highmore (2017)[]

Kerry Reddit live 2017

On February 21, 2017, it was announced that Kerry Ehrin and Freddie Highmore would be answering questions live on Reddit.[79][80] The Q&A took place on February 23.[81]


FoodieTomjanovich: Hi Freddie, do you feel like you can relate to Norman in any way? Are there any traits or mannerisms of Norman's that you can see in yourself? Hopefully none of the murderous qualities. Happy Thursday.
Freddie: Definitely. I don't see Norman as a serial killer in any way. He's just a young guy running a motel living with his mother doing his best in the world. Norman's a nice guy. He's nice and hopefully lovable. - F
Kerry: He's always trying to do the right thing. Mental illness is not easy to conquer on your own living in the middle of nowhere. - K


Freddie Reddit live 2017

[deleted]: Would you say the interactions between Norman and Norma are emotionally taxing for you? Especially in season 5, now that all of his interactions with Norma have this undercurrent of sadness to it, since it's all in his mind.
Freddie: I think all bigger scenes (which there are lots in Bates Motel) are challenging. You put real emotions into them and in some ways acting should be seen as a form of therapy, it can be very cathartic. Like after a big cry, you feel better. I get to vent my anger in Bates Motel, and then in my real life I'm endlessly happy. I never stress about anything.


Belacsw: Kerry, in which scene did Romero really fall in love with Norma? Or was it love at first sight?
Kerry: Personally, I think he started to fall for her around episode 6 of the first season. When he went into his office later that season and tried to play ball with him on a criminal level and he slaps that down, at that point she already has a little pull on him. I think that's when they both allow themselves to see it. - K


Frajer: How closely do you feel you have to follow the movie Psycho ?
Kerry: Carlton and I have always felt like we had to honor the material but not be beholden to it. To honor the essence of it and certain sensibilities but we didn't want to be bound to it. We wanted to create our own universe.--KE


[deleted]: Freddie, Kerry & Mother: What was the best part about filming in Vancouver?
Kerry/Freddie: I really love Vancouver. It's beautiful. The crew was amazing. Inspirational crew. People who came back year after year. Everybody came back every year. A collective belief in what we were doing. Really inspiring.


squidles1999: Freddie & Kerry: If you could use one song to describe the show, what song would it be? I would choose Bohemian Rhapsody lol
Freddie & Kerry: There have been so many great songs in the show. Mr Sandman. Dream Lover. You belong to me. --FH and KE


_lish_: Freddie, in your opinion, what is the best scene between Norma and Norman?
Kerry: I think there are so many. One of my favorites is when he talks about moving to Hawaii and sing Pearly Shells, knowing in the back of his head that he's going to turn the gas on. It's creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. Writing that scene I was thinking about if you had a kid and you knew something terrible was happening the next day and you had to kill them for their own good how would you do that? He had to think about how to put her to sleep peacefully and was so well done by Freddie and Vera. - K
Freddie: In the first episode of this season when Norman comes home and they're at the dining room table and you get this sense of where their relationship is at, I feel that all the stories we've had are written with such nuance and and are never long but are done so well and so fun to play with Vera. It's really sad (not to be down about it!) that we won't working in a scene like that again. - F


anniechee123: Thank you all for doing this! Love the show and I can't wait to see what's next from you both! Norma always makes Norman eggs, bacon, and biscuits for breakfast. What's your favorite breakfast food?
Kerry: Tequila--KE
Freddie: I'm enjoying bacon rolls back in England. It's like a bacon/sausage roll. Circular roll, bread roll, with ketchup. I like pancakes, scrambled eggs. Marmite. --FH


Kylie07: Kerry! How was you knew Freddie will be perfect to be Norman Bates!!? (:
Kerry: Carlton and I skyped with Freddie- he was the first person we talked to and met with. We loved him. But we thought we can't just hire the first person we meet with! So we looked some more and read with some more people and it became increasingly clear at every point that he WAS Norman. he has very unique qualities that fit this role so well and we are so blessed and lucky to get him to do it. It would not be the same show without him. - K


Mrlicon101: Freddie, what was your experience working with Rihanna like? Love you, Freddie!
Freddie: Oh she was wonderful. It's hard to say too much without giving away what she gets up to in Bates Motel...but she was incredibly engaged, professional and always gave absolutely everything. She threw herself into the role and made her Marion Crane unique and special with arcs back to the original performance in Psycho, but she made the character her own.


sweetvfarmiga: Freddie, this character changed anything in you?
Freddie: It has awakened my darker side... I don't think so. I certainly changed since I've been doing Bates Motel, I was 19...and I just turned 25. There are huge events that happen in life that change you. And, the experience that Bates has had...but, it's hard to pinpoint any Norman traits that I've taken on my self and that's probably not recommended.


HalebLover: Freddie - What was the hardest scene to shoot in season 4?
Kerry: The hardest scene in season 4 for me was when Norma died. It was so hard but I got violently ill and couldn't go to set- I'm CONVINCED its because I couldn't stand to go see it- K
Freddie: I think some of the bigger moments with Dr. Edwards were challenging. For episode 10 Kerry and I chatted for a while about that one and tracked Norman through the entire episode to make sure everything lined up. It was an internal episode for Norman. - F


promovi: Freddie, what do you think it is that makes Norman often so irresistible to women throughout the seasons of Bates Motel?
Kerry: A. He's really cute. B. He sees them. The women who have been drawn to him, they're all kind of emotionally damaged, and I think that he feels like this quiet, safe place for them. They feel emotionally safe with him, which is ironic, because he kills people. - K
squidles1999: I mean if anyone gets to murder me in life, I hope it's Norman. I would totally be drawn to him to XD at least i would see someone beautiful before I died.


xomartu: Freddie, What's your favorite Norman Bates quote?
Freddie: *Laughs* Mother! The funeral scene when Norman is giving the eulogy, it perfectly encapsulates that dark humor...balanced with that heartbreaking insanity underneath it is. On the surface, it's all incredibly funny. --FH
Kerry: That low guttural noise he makes. Whenever he gets close to a girl, he breathes and it comes out like a gurgle noise. That noise will always remind me of Norman Bates.--KE


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Freddie: I guess everyone always wanted Jiao to come back. I guess the question was if she ever really died. But I guess it's too late for that one. - F
Kerry: Blair Watson. I really liked Blair. - K


squidles1999: Freddie- What is it like going FULL mother.... like wig and everything?
Freddie: It was funny when Vera and I would wonder around in the same dress and wig... -F


soulzakate: Kerry, which is your favorite Bates Motel episode that you wrote?
Kerry: Oh gosh again, this is like asking which child do you love the most! I don't think I can answer, but the one that pops into my head is Norma Louise from season 3. It was very meaningful for me to write and was so interesting for me to get into that underbelly of who she really was and who she was before she came to White Pine Bay and trying to have this life of who she wants to be. Digging around in her emotional past and seeing her deal with it and trying to deal with it just gave us so many great complexities and contradictions for her character. The arrival of her brother especially, which is both devastating and rich. I wrote that ep with a fever in 48 hours. I also loved the whole Norman story of him for the first time ever being away from her and having a breakdown... Dylan realizing the fragility of his brother's psyche and of course the first connection of Dylan and Emma. -K


spookyrye: Hey Freddie and Kerry! First I want to say this is the best show created with the best cast and amazing writing but my real question is I know Vera has had some paranormal activity herself while filming both Conjuring films... Has anything creepy happened on the Bates Motel set? x
Freddie: Not that we're aware of... I don't think there are any ghosts or anything! It's just a lovely house. The saddest thing was seeing photos being destroyed 12 hours after we wrapped. There are real memories for people who had worked there for 5 years. -F
Kerry: It was like our home. To us emotionally, to see that place destroyed was devastating. - K


seviothelegenda: Hey Freddie! Love the show and everyone's acting, y'all are awesome :D What are you planning on doing after Bates Motel is over? Were you perhaps already approached by someone for a new project (movie/show)? Thanks and have a nice day!
Freddie: I think I'm still in mourning.--FH
Kerry: I'm doing development. Two projects. --KE


IMNOTJOKINGBITCH: If you could've changed one thing in the Bates Motel storyline, what would it be?
Freddie: In my own heart, everyone would live happily ever after. -F


PointlessStar: Did any of the cast and crew members keep any of the props? I think one of the room keys would've been a pretty cool souvenir! :)
Freddie: Oh yeah. I kept the manager's badge! Norman is more of a manager than ever before in season 5 so I was keen to keep the badge.- F
Kerry: I kept some things from the house but nothing of great significance (I just liked them!) I also have the bunny in Norman's room that belonged to Emma. I also have a Norma dress. - K


Targus656: It seems like I just got into the show only like a year ago, and I have been completely into it since season 1 was released on Netflix. What is your favorite season you have done? Least favorite?
EDIT: How did it feel for you when you got to direct an episode as well?

Freddie: Hmmmm.... I think season 4 and 5 have been perhaps the most challenging. Especially 5 because it's that sense of time running out and the countdown beginning. We wanted to make sure all the characters had a fitting conclusion. They were also the most fun to play for me. Norman changed and matured over these seasons and it was a lot of fun to play. - F
Kerry: It's kind of like asking which child is your favorite. I love them all for different reasons. I'm closest to the last two right now, but I have to say I sort of love season 2 because it was a time when Norma was starting to hope that she could live the life she had dreamed. I thought that was really lovely and my favorite episode was the trying out for the musical. I remember questioning the decision to have that episode. There's just a lot of good storytelling in season 2. -K


mattreyu: Freddie, how does it feel going from playing more lighthearted fantasy stuff (Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) to someone really dark like Norman Bates? Also, happy belated birthday fellow Februarian!
Freddie: I don't think that Norman is really dark. Bates Motel has more humor than anything else I've done. It may be a dark humor but there's as much humor as anything else. That is what makes it something special. -F
Kerry: I think Norman doesn't consider himself dark. He's very hopeful and optimistic, but the world around him is very dark. - K


EmmieK: Thanks for doing this today!! Bates Motel has some really great wacky humour (which I love). For Freddie, do you feel that this has shaped your writing style in any way?
Freddie: I don't think I would be able to have started to write without Kerry's support. I feel that doing Bates Motel and being a part of a long running tv show, showed me that writing and directing was something I really wanted to do. I always had a slightly unfocused sense of wanting to write one day in the future, but Bates Motel honed me in the sort of thing I wanted to write. --FH
Kerry: Freddie has an inherent idiosyncratic and wacky sense of humor, so it would have crept into anything he would have written...including dark things. It would always infuse in his writing, the way he looked at the character of Norman...little things in scenes that are so subtle. Little touches that made the character very endearing...that's pure Freddie.-- KE


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