Polished Edge: Max Thieriot of ‘Bates Motel’ on A&E Network
Q: On A&E Network’s “Psycho” prequel, you play Dylan Massett, the older half brother of teen Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). What sort of a guy is he?
A: He’s a rough, kind of mysterious country boy, who just came from working on a fracking crew up in North Dakota. He shows up on his motorcycle. He’s been through a lot; he’s weathered. They play up all my scars on the show, make them look like they’re more (than they are). But I have a bunch of scars on my forehead and eye.
Q: Where did they come from?
A: I wish I could say cooler things. One of them was riding a dirt bike into barbed wire, over my eye. The other eye was from surfing; I was in Panama. The other one is not so glorious. I was lifting weights, and I dropped a weight on my head.
I need to come up with some better stories, like, “I was in a fight with a guy who was 6 feet 8 and weighed 280 pounds. I won, but I split my eye open. It’s not a big deal.”
Q: What’s your own background?
A: I grew up in the country, in Sonoma County, California, by the coast. I grew up on 40 acres, a farm, with animals. We also had a thousand-acre ranch. The ranch, we didn’t grow anything. On the 40 acres we grew grapes and horses and sheep and stuff. When I’m at home, I wear Chippewa boots, Wranglers and a Ben Davis shirt probably, most days, or plain old Hanes T-shirts.