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B.O.O. Role: Unknown Status: Pre-Production Release: June 5, 2015
Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer Preview White Collar’s Winter Season
Con man Neal Caffrey was a (charming) bad boy last year, keeping secrets from his partner and pal, FBI Agent Peter Burke. But his naughty behavior is our reward as USA Network’s White Collar resumes Season 3 this Tuesday at 10/9c with a tense winter opener. TVLine chatted with Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer about the new run of episodes, the latest obstacle that threatens their onscreen relationship, diva antics on the set (we kid!) and the stories they’d pitch for each other’s characters.
TVLine: Can you describe the winter season in one sentence?
Matt Bomer: Fast, furious, fraught with tension and suspenseful.
Tim DeKay: Period.
Matt Bomer: Ellipses.
Tim DeKay: [Laughs] It’s true. It is fast. Buckle your seat belts! We start off right from where we left off at the end of the midseason [finale] and then at the end of the episode, there’s another cliffhanger. It’s not as if we’re, “OK, see you at the desk tomorrow.” No, it’s, “What?!” So it’s fast. [Snaps fingers] It never stops. It’s relentless.
TVLine: Neal stole this treasure, lied about it and inadvertently got Elizabeth kidnapped. How will that affect Peter and Neal’s relationship?
Matt Bomer: That would be the “fraught with tension” portion in my description. Their relationship is definitely as strained as it’s ever been and actually comes to a physical confrontation at one point. But Peter also knows he needs Neal to help him out, and Neal cares a great deal about Elizabeth, so he’s going to do everything he can to help her, as well. So as dark and deep as they go, I think they always… They’re going to come back to good at some point.
Matt Bomer on TV Bromances & “Magic Mike” Thongs & Boundaries
AfterElton.com: One thing that I love about White Collar is you really see how invested Neal is personally in this world with Peter (Tim DeKay) and the FBI and how that constantly challenges him considering who he used to be and who he is now. Do you think he’s just totally moving away from his con artist past? Can he?
Matt Bomer: What makes [series creator] Jeff Eastin a great writer is that the first two seasons Neal’s conflict was always external. ‘Where is Kate? How can I find her? How can I save her?’ And then the second season was all about, ‘How do I avenge her death and get to the bottom of what created all this?’ And this season it’s been an internal conflict. “Do I stay or do I go?” Is it nature or is it nurture? Is it fight or is it flight? And so that’s been really fun to get to play and obviously Jeff Eastin does a great job of just keeping congruity in his themes and just making every episode stay on theme [and] by the end of these six episodes, we definitely get a big cliffhanger in terms of that. He makes a decision. But I think that once Elizabeth (Peter’s wife, played by Tiffani Thiessen) became involved and he realized how personal it was getting and how the fact that he had these personal relationships could cost him in terms of this job and he might even be bringing danger into these people’s live, it made him reconsider things.
AE: And now that he has a chance of losing that ankle bracelet and truly be free I’m guessing that’s a big part of what’s to come.
MB: Yeah, it sort of comes in the vehicle of Beau Bridges, who has very specific plans for Neal’s future and that obviously affects both Neal and Peter in different ways and it sort of influences what kind of decisions he’s going to make.
‘White Collar’ Stars Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer Building Green
The names Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer may sound familiar, as they should, since they are the hit stars of USA’s “White Collar.” When they aren’t playing an FBI agent and a crook turned government asset, they are taking care of the earth by going green when it comes to their homes.
When DeKay isn’t busy filming, he is taking time to build a new green home “and we’re going completely green.”
“The house that’s there is beyond help, and instead of demolishing it we’re deconstructing it, taking it apart and sending everything that’s salvageable to Habitat for Humanity and things like that,” the 48-year-old actor revealed.
Bomer, 34, who is currently one of the hottest rising actors in Hollywood, is also incorporating greenness into his lifestyle. He plans on installing solar panels for his pool and gave eco-friendly Christmas gifts to the children in his family this year. Each child got a reusable water bottle with their name on it. How fun!
“Rather than waste a bunch of plastic bottles, they have their own canteens,” he said.
“Magic Mike” director Steven Soderbergh has a feature in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly and a photo of Matt and his castmates are pictured.
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