Ladies get ready because hottie Matt Bomer returns in the USA show White Collar this Tuesday! Oh yes my DVR is set to watch this guy back in the role it seems he was born to play. Find out more about Matt and the upcoming season when you read my interview with him below. There are pictures and a video for you to check out too.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A interview with White Collar’s Matt Bomer. Let me just say he was fantastic to talk to and I had a great time. He is not only very good lucking but he is extremely funny as well.
Q. Who can we see guest starring this season of the show?
A. We have Andrew McCarthy, who plays sort of Neal’s mentor from the past who taught him lot about both creating his persona and a lot of hard lessons as well. I’ll leave it at that. We have Paul Blackthorne. We have Billy Dee Williams who is in a really fun episode with Diahann Carroll. He plays somebody from June’s past who comes back and is sort of a glimpse into the world Neal would have if he continued on a more crooked path. Ross McCall is back. Adam Goldberg is in it. Gloria is back and we have Richard Shipp too.
Q. You were fantastic singing at the Kennedy Honors. Are you going to be singing this season?
A. Yes. I do sing with Diahann and Billy Dee in that episode. It was an incredibly surreal moment. Billy Dee is fake playing the piano and he’s the best fake piano player I’ve ever seen in my life. He had such a look of just unconditional support when he would look up at me when I was singing and it really bolstered me. I wish that I could take him everywhere with me when I sing. Diahann is amazing, she is obviously a legend and incredible and it was a real honor to get to sing with her. We are singing One For My Baby and One More For the Road.
Q. How does it feel to be involved in such a big mystery around the show especially in terms of the status of Mozzie?
A. I feel like we’re always sort of dancing around the secrets involved with the mythology of the show and that’s a fun aspect of it. Jeff is always outdoing himself as a writer and every time we get the mid-season finale or the finale script, we always look at each other and go, “Really?” He’s almost like the writing equivalent of the guy at the party who takes the joke one step too far, but then that night you think about the joke and you realize it was actually really profound and kind of amazing. He’s incredible that way. He’s always surprising us. I don’t like to know too far ahead of time what’s going to happen because I like the element of surprise as well. Then I also don’t have to dance around the mystery quite as long.
Q. Can you talk about how you got started on White Collar?
A. I went into a room, met with Jeff Eastin, auditioned and then had to test twice for it. Jeff Eastin thankfully was in my corner from the get-go and stuck by me. We hashed it out and thankfully, I got the job. I had it for—I don’t know—maybe a month or so before I met Tim. I just remember it being so incredibly fun. There were a lot of great actors that came in to read that day, but it was so fun with Tim. I think we’d both been around the block in TV enough to know that we were going to be working long hours together and that this should probably be really fun. Tim was amazing. I knew from the second we did the scene that he was going to be the guy.
Q. How have things changed since the show began and how would you like to see things change?
A. I don’t really feel like much has changed for me personally other than it’s great to have the support of fans who are interested in the stories we’re all trying to tell, which is amazing and a great feeling. In terms of character, now that we’re starting to really put a lot of major story arcs to bed, I would love to dip into Neal’s past a little bit more and maybe see some of his family members come into play and see what kind of conflicts that brings up between he and Peter. I wouldn’t mind seeing him be a little bit of a man-whore, to use a little bit of the James Bond tactics to maybe do whatever it takes to solve the case.
Q. It seems like the show started as a show about Neal and Peter and it’s become more of a real ensemble piece. How are you enjoying the fact that you get to work with your co-stars more frequently?
A. I think it makes the day really fun and it has added a lot to the show. It opens up a lot more relationships. We get to work with Hilarie, who brings so much to the table, and Gloria who’s relationship is so different than that of Neal and Peter’s. It breaks things up. It’s more of a window into the character when you see how they behave with a lot of different people. It’s kind of fun to get to explore those relationship dynamics. At the end of the day, for me it always is fun just to kind of come back to home base and do a nice Peter and Neal walk and talk down the streets of New York.
Q. The premiere opens the door to Neal’s past. How do you feel about opening that big curtain to see his beginnings of the con?
A. I think for me it was so interesting and amazing that Jeff was able to squeeze so much into one hour of TV. I think he was smart in that it’s a lot of really nice little glimpses into the past or enough snippets to sort of piece together where he came from and why he is who he is. The nice thing about it is it also leaves the door open for a lot more flashbacks to fill in a lot of holes.
Q. Hilarie Burton is back can you talk a little bit about how Neal and Sara’s relationship is going to develop this season?
A. I think Hilarie’s fantastic. She brings so much to the role. She’s the real deal. She’s gorgeous, and she’s in it. Hilarie has brought this amazingly intelligent, challenging, super Type-A character to life that Neal finds really intriguing and ultimately on some level I think wants to tame. It’s a really fun dynamic to get to play with her and she’s such a great actress. It’s really kind of moment to moment with her, which is always fun and keeps me on my toes. We have a lot of fun stuff that we get to do with each other and their relationship will grow. There will be a lot of tension there, maybe a little sexual frustration and then maybe some sexual frustration release; I don’t know. I’m just saying maybe.
Q. Do you watch yourself on the show?
A. It fluctuates for me as well. I watched the first season really intently because the learning curve was so steep and so much of that first season was a lot of throwing spaghetti against the wall, seeing what worked, what didn’t and what could I learn as an actor. What part of the character that I was trying to bring out was working and coming through and what wasn’t, but I don’t like to watch myself at all. I try to just do it intermittently when it’s something that I can—it’s not an aesthetic thing or anything it’s just I’m really hard on myself. Sometimes it’s more difficult to watch myself. Every now and again I’ll think, “Oh, let me check it out,” but generally I don’t like to watch myself at all.
Q. In light of this next new episode that we have coming up do you think Neal is seeing more of the wisdom of doing things legally?
A. I hope so. I mean I think that’s sort of the long-term trajectory certainly in Neal’s character, is starting to see the benefit that his expertise has in helping the FBI and helping better people’s lives. The great thing about Jeff Eastin’s writing is usually when you think it’s going to go one way you never know what could happen next. I think he is, but I think one of his feet is still planted somewhat firmly in the world that skirts the law or the typical moral parameters of getting what you want.
There you have it my friends my interview tithe the oh so good looking Matt Bomer of White Collar. You can see Matt in all his glory again when the USA hit show returns this Tuesday. In the meantime enjoy the below pictures and video.
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