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Cast talks up what scared them about 'Bates Motel' set

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WeHo’s Soho House turned down its light on March 12 as celebs checked in to the “Bates Motel” preem party.

Freddie Highmore, who plays a young Norman Bates to Vera Farmiga’s mother in the contempo prequel to “Psycho,” reflected on the first time he saw the famous shower scene.

“I was 14 or 15 and I remember thinking about the emotional reaction it gets while avoiding being explicit,” Highmore said. “That suspense and the psychological thrill, where your brain fills in a lot of the details and you work yourself up, that’s the clever thing about the original film and hopefully ‘Bates Motel’ has some of that quality, too.”

This new A&E version of the motel is still scaring guests — but not for the reason you may think.

“It’s funny seeing the set in Vancouver with the motel,” Highmore added. “I mean, the worse thing about it is it’s right next to a rubbish pit, so the smell is probably what would put you off most from staying there, not necessarily the people.”

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