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Keck's Exclusives: Michael Vartan Checks in to Bates Motel

What's this? Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) smiling and appearing genuinely happy? That's right. The perpetually unlucky-in-love motel proprietress finally lands the affection of a decent gentleman during Bates Motel's second season (premiering March 3 on A&E). And not just any man, but Alias veteran Michael Vartan, who joins the spooky show in its third episode as...

William Keck
William Keck

What's this? Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) smiling and appearing genuinely happy? That's right. The perpetually unlucky-in-love motel proprietress finally lands the affection of a decent gentleman during Bates Motel's second season (premiering March 3 on A&E). And not just any man, but Alias veteran Michael Vartan, who joins the spooky show in its third episode as the recently-divorced George. "He's everything she ever hoped for in a man," Farmiga says.

"She's finally finding some stability with a partner after a pretty bad track record," Vartan says of Norma's new romance. "Hopefully she won't mess it up." The two meet at a party thrown by George's sister, who's trying to play matchmaker. "He is immediately taken by Norma and is very intrigued by how mysterious she is," Vartan says. "We go on a double date with the sister and her husband, and Norma struggles to fit in."

Vartan, a fan of the twisted series, naturally assumed the worst about George: "Before I accepted the job, I asked the producers, 'Be honest with me. He's going to turn out to be a complete psycho, right?' And they said, 'Sorry. He's just a really nice guy with no weird skeletons in his closet.'"

That doesn't mean there aren't a few significant questions that need answering. "I know George lives in a gigantic house and has a lot of money, but I never found out his last name or what he does for a living," says Vartan. "So stay tuned to see if Norma's happiness collapses."

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