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May 06, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot Says “We Haven’t Seen the Last of Uncle Caleb”

Season 2 has only just begun and already ‘Bates Motel’ has dropped a massive plot twist on its fans by revealing that Norma’s brother Caleb is also her son Dylan’s father. Talk about a messed up family tree.

So what could all of this mean for the rest of the season? Series star Max Thieriot (Dylan) and newcomer Kenny Johnson (Caleb) opened up about such questions during a recent conference call and shared a little insight into all of the drama.

Speaking of which, now that Dylan knows the big bad truth, how is this going to affect his relationship with Norma? “It’s a big trial moment now for Dylan,” Thieriot explains. “They’ve had so many speed bumps in their relationship in general, but now this is probably the biggest thing they’ll have to try and cross and he doesn’t want to get over it.”

Not that anyone could blame him, of course, especially since he already felt like the black sheep of the family to begin with. “He’s all of the sudden realizing that maybe this is why he’s always felt like an outsider,” Thieriot reveals. “Maybe this is why he never really fit in and he felt like he was always on the backburner to Norman because of where he came from.”

He continues, “Right now he’s just extremely angry and frustrated and confused, going through a million different emotions, so definitely I think this is a changing point for Dylan…that will ultimately define his character.”

But fans who have grown to root for this character shouldn’t worry. Thieriot assured TVRage that the changes we’ll see may actually end up being for the better.

“This isn’t the change of Dylan as to where we change how we feel about him…he always puts on this tough facade, so we get to see a little more of this vulnerable, human side to him. So if anything, it brings the viewer a little bit closer to Dylan and allows them understand a little more about him. To possibly see another good and positive side to him.”

As for dear old dad, Johnson admits that Caleb was just as shocked by the news as Dylan was, which explains his main reason for bolting, at least for now. “You know, you can only run for so many years and finding out that might be his child is obviously a shock,” he remarks. “I think he just needs to get out, clear his head, and wrap his head around it for the moment.”

And when it came to facing Norman during his latest blackout episode, Johnson thought it felt pretty realistic — not to mention downright freaky.

“It was pretty wild,” he divulged. “[Freddie Highmore] was able to filter that whole thing, which really kind of stunned me. At the beginning, Caleb is looking at him like ‘What the hell is this kid talking about?’ Then the more we got into the information, the more I realized he was filtering Norma through him, which was really intense and wild, and a really tricky scene to play, but he did it beautifully.”

And despite the less than friendly welcome Caleb’s received on-screen, behind the cameras they’re all as thick as thieves. In fact, when it comes to Thieriot and Johnson’s relationship it’s a full-on bromance.

“From the minute that Kenny showed up, the two of us really hit it off,” Thieriot says. “I think that really translated over to all of those scenes where I know him as Uncle Caleb and we’re bonding and I’m able to reach out and find out more about the family that I’ve never known. A lot of that came naturally and I think Kenny and I had a good flow and gel to all of our scenes where we were able to connect on-and-off-screen and relate to each other.”

But now that Caleb has supposedly hit the road, is that the end to the story? “We can’t tell you that!,’ Thieriot exclaims, while adding, “You haven’t seen the last of Caleb.”


March 30, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on TV Rage: Max Thieriot & Kenny Johnson Discuss Season 2’s Surprising Twist

Norma’s going to have some explaining to do on Monday’s episode of Bates Motel.

The previous episode ended with a huge confrontation between Norma (Vera Farmiga) and her oldest son Dylan (Max Thieriot), who was furious that Norma wouldn’t give her estranged brother Caleb (guest star Kenny Johnson) a second chance. When Norma tried to explain that Caleb raped her repeatedly as a child, Dylan flew off the handle and called Norma a liar, which led to a brawl between Dylan and his half-brother Norman (Freddie Highmore). As the fight escalated, Norma was forced to drop a major bombshell: Caleb is Dylan’s father!

So, how will Dylan react to the news? Will this end his relationship with Norma once and for all? And how much can Dylan even worry about his home life while his work seemingly puts him in more and more danger? chatted with Thieriot about all that and more. Plus: Is Bradley (Nicola Peltz) really out of the picture?

How does the revelation that Dylan is Caleb’s son affect the season?
Max Thieriot:
 It changes everything! It throws a huge curveball into their family dynamic. It changes how he thinks about himself and how others perceive him as well.

How will this news impact his relationship with Norma? Does he understand why she would hide the truth?
Thieriot:It will disrupt their relationship. This is another thing Norma had been keeping from him and [it’s] the biggest yet. He does understand, but at the same time, he doesn’t understand why she would bring a child into the world that will instantly be despised because of the circumstances.

Will Dylan try to get close or learn anything about his real father?
Thieriot: Possibly over time. But right away he is totally hurt and repulsed.

So, does this reveal set Dylan down a darker path?
Thieriot: Yes. However, his final outcome from this card he’s been dealt will reveal the type of person Dylan is.

It’s interesting you say that, because Dylan has changed so much from his first episode to now.
It was a tough character when I was first reading the script. In the first two or three episodes, you really want to hate this guy. He comes in and throws a wrench into the spokes of this relationship between Norma and Norman. He’s rude and really over-the-top mean and says a lot of terrible things to his mom. All of a sudden, we start showing these different colors and sides to this guy, and we want the audience to like him … or relate to him. [The writers walked] a fine line because you don’t know if the audience is ever going to change their mind.

Especially when Dylan is still mixed up in a very dark and dangerous drug operation.
Thieriot: He’s trying to do what he can to survive and make money and live. On the other hand, unlike some of the people in the business, he has some moral issues with what they’re doing, with people dying for no reason. But he’s gotten himself in deeper than he expected, and he’s been warned that he can’t get out. Until he can figure out what a long-term exit strategy is, he’s just trying to stay low-key.

Is he not afraid of that danger catching up with him?
Thieriot: He definitely thinks he’s in over his head. He saw all this money he was making… but he didn’t realize what the repercussions were and the danger of what he was getting himself into. But he seems to always land on his feet. Where other people are dying, he seems to end up being alright in a lot of these situations.

Dylan could have made his bosses happy by turning over Bradley once he learned she killed Gil. Why didn’t he?
Thieriot: Besides the fact that he obviously has feelings for Bradley that he’s trying not to act on, he also feels for her going through this trying time with the loss of her father. Since Dylan comes from a broken home, he understands that and can see she has these problems.

Does Dylan feel complicit in Gil’s murder in some way?
 I think he definitely feels some guilt. He knows he’s partially responsible for this because of the information that he gave to her. He didn’t expect her to do anything like that. He tried to help her, but it obviously backfired and has gotten him even deeper.

So, that’s just another reason to get her out of town.
 Right. He’s already been linked to her last season. He knows it’s risky to get in deeper with Bradley, and if anyone finds out that she’s the one who’s responsible, he’s got a huge mess here.

Does Dylan think that he’s solved his problem by sending her away? Or is there still some fear rolling around in the back of his mind that she might come back?
 He definitely still worries about that. The only way he could for sure know that he’s covered all of his bases is if Bradley’s dead. And if he were anybody else in the business, that might [already] be the case.

If push came to shove, does Dylan have that in him? Could he kill Bradley to protect himself?
 That’s hard to say at this point. I don’t know if that’s in him. But that being said, people always say to me, “Dylan is the normal one.” I don’t know about that. One thing’s for sure: He’s still Norma’s son.


March 25, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on TV Guide Interview: What’s Next for Dylan After the Daddy Bombshell?

March 20, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on Max Thieriot Talks Bates Motel Season 2 with Popsugar

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.”


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.”


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

It’s been a while since we last saw Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga’s Norma Bates following the dramatic season finale of Bates Motel’s first season that saw the poor Miss Watson apparently murdered. But what will happen in season two?

Well the A&E press release for the show’s second season has been released and it hints that the season will “dig deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family.” To be honest I don’t think we could expect anything less but what exactly will be happening during the season?

As it happens the press release goes on to give us a slight idea of what to expect saying “Picking up from last season, Norman is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother. Meanwhile, Norman’s brother Dylan, (Max Theriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates and Emma (Olivia Cooke), complicates her relationship with Norman.

And it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of this come to fruition in the first episode. The leaked first episode synopsis reads “Norman fixates on Miss Watson’s death; Norma worries about the future of the motel when plans for the bypass move ahead of schedule; Bradley is driven to extremes as the searches for her father’s killer.”
But what else do we know about the first episode? Well, according to TV Line there are going to be a lot of questions answered, but even more questions asked, with the important question on everyone’s lips being who killed Miss Watson and more specifically was it Norman Bates? According to TV Line the matter of Miss Watson’s murder will be in the forefront of episode one but will be addressed quickly, “Bates Motel’ season 2 premiere will answer the identity of Miss Watson’s killer-whether or not it’s Norman Bates -will be unravelled.”

We’ll also be seeing new character Nick played by actor Michael O’Neill who will be guest starring as Nick throughout the series as Miss Watson’s vengeful father who is out for the blood of the person responsible for his daughter’s murder. He won’t be the only one out for revenge as Bradley is continuing her search for the person who set her father on fire, maybe the two paths will cross?

On top of the existing murders TV Line also reveals that Miss Watson’s murder won’t be the only one in the first episode affecting the characters “by the end of the hour, a new homicide will take centre stage” which will throw the small town of White Pine Bay out of loop. Well, it wouldn’t be ‘Bates Motel’ without people dropping like flies would it!


February 14, 2014 Author: Holly Comments Off on What to expect from the show’s second season and first episode of Bate Motel