Thieriot Connection

Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced today the 20 participants from film, television, music and sports who will compete in the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. The 38th annual charity race will take place April 12 on the 1.97-mile street course in downtown Long Beach, Calif., as part of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

The field of racers will take to the streets in 210-horsepower Scion FR-S race-prepped cars navigating high speeds and demanding turns to benefit “Racing for Kids,” a national fundraising program supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States. The announced field of intensely competitive individuals includes:

  • Eric Braeden (@EBraeden): Emmy award-winning daytime superstar most recognized as Victor Newman on the popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”

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  • Adrien Brody: Academy award-winning actor for his role in “Pianist.” Most recently seen in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Academy Award-winning “Midnight in Paris.”
  • Corbin Bleu (@CorbinBleu): Actor, model, dancer, producer and singer-songwriter who performed in the “High School Musical” film series and was the first runner-up in the 2013 Fall season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
  • Brett Davern (@BDavv): Actor who stars as Jake Rosati in MTV’s hit series “Awkward.” Other credits include the films “Movie 43” and “Born to Race: Fast Track.”
  • Colin Egglesfield (@CEgglesfield): Actor best known for his roles on “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Client List,” and “Melrose Place,” plus films such as “Open Road,” and “Something Borrowed.”
  • Carmelita Jeter (@CarmelitaJeter): American sprinter and three-time Olympic Gold medalist, often dubbed “the fastest woman in the world.”
  • Cole Hauser (@ColeHauser): Television and film actor who stars with Johnny Depp in the soon to be released “Transcendence.” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “A Good Day to Die Hard,” are among his other action film credits.
  • Tricia Helfer (@TrutriciaHelfer): Actress recently seen in the television show “Killer Women,” she also starred in “Battlestar Galactica” and “Burn Notice.”
  • Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan): Emmy award-winning New Zealand-born television personality best known for his role as host of the popular series “Amazing Race.”
  • Vanessa Marcil (@VanessaMarcilM): Actress best known for her roles in “General Hospital,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Las Vegas.”
  • Brian McKnight (@ItsBMcKnight): Multiple Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, producer and R&B musician.
  • Lisa Stanley (@LisaKearth): Entertainment reporter on K-EARTH 101 FM morning show with Gary Bryan. Also featured on TV’s “Hard Copy” and radio’s “Rick Dees Show.”
  • Max Thieriot (@MaxThieriot): Actor who currently stars as Dylan Massett on “Bates Motel.” Other credits include the film “House at the End of the Street” and “Catch That Kid.”
  • Nick Wechsler (@Nick_Wechsler): Actor seen currently on ABC’s “Revenge” as Jack Porter. He also starred in “Roswell” and had recurring roles on “Without a Trace” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
  • Sam Witwer (@SamWitwer): Portrays vampire Aidan Waite on the North American remake of “Being Human.” He was also seen on “Battlestar Galactica” and “Smallville.”

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March 07, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot Joins the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race

When it premiered in 2013, “Bates Motel” pulled off something of a coup. In all of the years since Hitchcock’s “Psycho” stunned audiences in 1960, audiences have seen a string of sequels, plenty of derivative works and a wholly unnecessary, almost identical, if star-studded, remake of the film that first brought Norman Blatch’s novel to life. None of those efforts struck a chord with audiences the way A&E’s modern day prequel has, perhaps, because none of them built a world around Norman as the gripping series did in season one, and by all accounts, will continue to do in season two.

After completing a jam-packed panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, the series’ cast and creators took to a similarly crowded press room for a series of roundtable interviews. Max Thieriot and Olivia Cooke represent two entirely new characters introduced by “Bates Motel”.

Thieriot is Norma’s elder son, Dylan Massett, whose personality is quite as fiery as hers, and who finds his way to his mother and brother in White Pine Bay, even in spite of Norma’s efforts to leave him behind. Still, Thieriot doesn’t think Dylan begrudges Norman their odd familial situation.

“I have a brother who’s much younger than me. Even though there’s times where maybe we don’t get along, I think there’s kind of a bond between brothers that’s kinda hard to break, you know, deep down,” he said. “So, I think even though he [Dylan] is a little envious, a little jealous and kinda wishes that Norma would care about him as much as she does Norman, I think he still loves him because he’s his brother.”

Meanwhile, Cooke is Norman’s smart and sassy gal-pal who holds a flame him, but soon finds that her romantic feelings are far too one-sided.

“It’s annoying when you watch a character and they just keep going back to the same person after they’ve been rejected so many times. I think she [Emma[ going to keep her distance from now on,” Cooke said of her character’s attraction to Norman. “She’s too smart to let that happen, I think she wants to experience things very quickly and she’s clearly not going to get that love from Norman. Maybe it’ll just be a happy dream that never happens.”

And speaking of love prospects, Thieriot, doesn’t think it would behoove Dylan to continue down a romantic path with Bradley, the apple of Norman’s eye.

“I suspect if I get it on with Bradley, he’s going to off me, but, at the same time, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. So, I don’t know, we’ll see. If [Dylan] explores that too much, especially openly, it’s not going to end well for him, because it’s pretty apparent that Norman’s in love with her. He seems to jump into a lot of situations without thinking about the repercussions, but maybe he’ll be able to dodge a bullet,” Thieriot said.

Thieriot did add that Dylan may hold back where Bradley is concerned out of brotherly love. “I think he’s begun to form this relationship with Norman that he never had, you know, and I think even though Dylan can kind of be crude and a lot of things, he still has a sensitive and caring side to him, underneath it all.”

Both Cooke and Thieriot shared the sense that the romantic entanglements, and other concerns that those of us who are not budding serial killers and residents of White Pine Bay can empathize with give the show an infusion of reality.

“I think it’s honestly fun to watch. I find it hard for me to watch anything that I’ve been part of, but I enjoy watching this every week,” Thieriot said. “It’s fun. The characters are unique. It’s hard sometimes to like and to sympathize with characters that are killing people, but you do. I think there’s a lot of different characters that you can connect with and that are relatable in a certain way.”

Cooke agreed. “Aside from the killing, they’re all going through such real things, Norma’s trying to start up a business, Norman’s having heartbreak at school and trying to decide between how to go about these feelings that he has. It’s really quite real,” she said.

At the time of the discussion, Thieriot and Cooke knew the details of the first two episodes of season two, but had to stay relatively mum, even about those early episodes. Thieriot did comment on the possibility of his character killing again, after all. saying it runs in the family wouldn’t be too far of the mark here.

“He doesn’t show a lot of remorse, and he’s killed two people. I guess one of them was in self-defense, but the other one was definitely not,” he said.

I think he could (kill more people), because I don’t think it really affects him. I think you kind of expect when someone takes another human being’s life it will have an impact on them and really affect them mentally. And I think that he’s obviously a little bit twisted and it doesn’t really affect him. Maybe he could…as long as he can kind of justify it as being legitimate in his mind. ‘Cause it wasn’t like a senseless murder, it was ‘I killed this guy cause he killed my partner’ and ‘I killed this guy because he was attacking my family,’ and that’s it,” Thieriot added.

But for as well as they know their characters–Cooke happily declared on the spot that Emma loves Matt Smith when hypothetical Comic Con activities came up–the show surprises the cast quite as much as it does the audience.

“The most surprising thing to me, I think, is the black humor, the dark comedy aspects of it. That’s what really brings the show to light, there is so much death…so when they’ve got the hint of…the light aspects and the comedy, that really comes through,” Cooke explained. “For example, when Emma gets stoned, you don’t see that coming, and that’s kind of what brings it up.”

“[When] you’ve been working 15 hours straight and it’s pouring rain and it’s freezing, you get to enjoy those moments,” Thieriot agreed.

“The show is constantly changing,” he said. “It’s really exciting ‘cause it has all of these different elements that play into it and make it really unique.”

Cooke agreed adding that even as the cast received the scripts to read they got to enjoy all of those changes that keep the audience on their toes. “We could never predict the show.”

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February 25, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Olivia Cooke and Max Thieriot Talk Bates Motel

Max Thieriot is no stranger to the screen having appeared in movies such as The House at the End of the Street, Chloe and Foreverland. The 25-year-old can currently be seen as Dylan Masser in hit A&E Network series Bates Motel.

The hit show is a modern retelling of the younger years of iconic serial killer Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his relationship with his emotionally unstable mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). For the series the new character of Dylan Masser (Max Thieriot) has been introduced as the older half-brother of Norman.

We caught up with Max to talk all things Bates Motel, discuss his character Dylan and to find out what’s in store for season 2.

Bates Motel has just been released on Blu-ray and DVD here in the UK. Tell us what the show’s all about.

The show is about the life and the early days of Norman Bates, his mom Norma and his brother Dylan. It’s about the three of them living together and it’s basically the progression of Norman Bates and why he became the psycho we know him to be now.

What attracted to getting involved in the show in the first place?

For me Psycho is such an important piece of film for our industry. Hitchcock is a huge icon in this industry as well so that was the initial interest. Vera (Farmiga) had already signed on and I was a big fan of her work. I think she’s just extremely talented. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, the writers and producers of the show, had a lot of success and had written really great stuff on television so it was the whole team and the scripts were really well written.

For me the character of Dylan was different and a totally unknown element to the show. He’s something the viewer wasn’t expecting and wasn’t used to. He’s sort of a window into the life of Norma and Norman and their strange relationship and the madness that happens in their house. He was a character we had a lot of freedom in coming up with and could mould him because he is unknown and new. There was a lot I was interested in and excited about.
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February 04, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Theiriot Talks Dylan in Bates Motel Season 2

Congratulations to Max, who’s finally getting the recognition he deserves!

You’d think in a series about Norman Bates that the actor playing Norman Bates (a solid Freddie Highmore) would steal the show. But Thieriot, who plays Norman’s older half-brother Dylan, has become the A&E hit’s breakout star. You want to shield him from the madhouse that is Norma and Norman’s life.

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January 01, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Makes Best of 2013 Breakout Stars of E!Online

Events that Max attended at Comic Con yesterday have been added to the gallery.

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Appearances > 2013 > July 20: A&E’s “Bates Motel” Party at Comic Con
Appearances > 2013 > July 20: Bates Motel Panel at Comic Con
Appearances > 2013 > July 20: Bates Motel Press Line at Comic Con

July 21, 2013 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max attending Comic Con Events

Max is currently at San Diego Comic Con and I’ve added 4 high quality images from the Vikings party he attended last night. Don’t forget the Bates Motel panel is today, hopefully some images will surface from the panel!

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Appearances > 2013 > July 19: All Hail Vikings at San Diego Comic Con 2013 – Vikings Party

July 20, 2013 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max at the Vikings Experience During Comic Con

Max makes #24 on the list.

Notable TV roles: Dylan Massett, Bates Motel (A&E)

On a show where everyone’s only quietly creepy, Thieriot’s Dylan is refreshingly in your face, the most inconspicuous psycho in a town full of them. His character may be a little over the top, but along with on-screen mom Vera Farmiga, the lead performances on this show are becoming too good to ignore. If the show’s popularity rises next year, look for him to become a breakout along with it.

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July 13, 2013 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max makes Complex’s Top 25 Underrated TV Drama Actors