Rihanna went live on Instagram for 45 minutes during the premiere of her Bates Motel episode last night (March 20th). She commented her own acting in the show and interacted with fans by answering questions.
Rihanna plays a Marion Crane who is a modern version of the character, one who fits perfectly, and specifically, into Norman Bates’s ever more rapid descent into madness — and one who was customized for Rihanna’s casting.
“I think the fun thing about television is that you’re in the tailoring business,” showrunner Carlton Cuse says. “If you’re doing your job well, you’re writing your show to fit the person that you’ve cast. We knew we wanted to do Marion Crane; we just didn’t want to do a carbon copy of Janet Leigh. We were thinking a lot about who we could get, and then the Rihanna opportunity popped up, and it was like, ‘Oh, this is the perfect solution.’ She has such a different vibe and is so contemporary and so strong and so engaging. Once we knew it was Rihanna, we executed the script with her in mind.”
Tune-in at 10 ET/PT for Rihanna’s second appearance as Marion Crane on March 27.