Comic-Con: Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga Won't Stop Defending Norma's Parenting Skills

Vera Farmiga has long thought of the relationship between Norma and Norman Bates not as Oedipal but as "a really bizarre love letter between a mother and a child." At today's Bates Motel panel at Comic-Con, the actress, whose performance as Norman's high-strung mom just earned her an Emmy nomination, continued to make her case. "In her defense, she is the mother of a child with mental issues," she said. In her research, Farmiga said she Googled "parents of psychopaths and "there was a wellspring of information, so many testimonies. That's where my compassion for the character came from." But her co-star Freddie Highmore says the two actors disagree on the nature of Norma and Norman's extra intimate relationship, i.e. he thinks it's pretty creepy!

Highmore: "I think it's slightly dodgy, she thinks it's really nice."



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