Summer Heats Up With the Boys of USA

A cop, a con man and a fake lawyer walk into a bar…and, no joke, every head turns. Still, it’s nothing new to see the trio in question — Michael Ealy, Matt Bomer and Patrick J. Adams — with other, equally good-looking buddies. On the cops-in-therapy freshman series Common Law, Ealy’s been sparking with costar Warren Kole as mismatched LAPD partners Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell. Bomer’s White Collar schemer Neal Caffrey has spent the past three seasons bantering and buddying up to Tim DeKay’s straitlaced Fed Peter Burke. And the SAG-nominated Adams is about to kick off his second season as legal-eagle poser Mike Ross opposite Gabriel Macht’s slickster attorney Harvey Specter on Suits. Together, this holy trinity of cheekbones and charm exemplify the easy-to-look-at and easier-to-love attitude of USA’s sunniest, funniest dramedies. Over drinks at a Manhattan hot spot the day before their high-seas cover shoot, the fellas shot the breeze with us about the network’s “blue skies” aesthetic, their on-screen sidekicks and the pitch-perfect cross-over episode.

TV Guide Magazine: That comedy-drama vibe?
Bomer: Everybody talks about the “blue skies” thing, but I find our shows to be like life. I don’t think anybody walks through life serious and stone-faced the entire time. People want to laugh.

TV Guide Magazine: Chemistry helps, too.
Bomer: I tested with Tim [DeKay], yeah. We hit it off right away.

TV Guide Magazine: You could actually be siblings.
Adams: A lot of people thought the show was about [brothers]…
Bomer: There goes the Season 2 mythology!

TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of mythology, we hear the new White Collar season will explore Neal’s backstory and the identity of his father.
Bomer: I can neither confirm nor deny those rumors.

TV Guide Magazine: Actually you can, since (executive producer) Jeff Eastin is the one who told me.
Bomer: Oh, OK then. Yes, we will be! [Laughs]

TV Guide Magazine: And the first two episodes filmed in Puerto Rico?
Bomer: We had an amazing time. It was so great to take the show to a new location. The rhythm of New York is so specific, so to slow it down to island time was really interesting.

TV Guide Magazine: As our Boys of Summer, any summer traditions you follow?
Bomer: I work during the week, fly home to L.A. to see my family on the weekends. Rinse and repeat.
Adams: Do you fly back every weekend?
Bomer: Pretty much. We always get a place outside the city for a few weeks, too. Somewhere in the country near water. So we’ll barbecue, hang out, have a good time.

For more on USA’s boys of summer, pick up this week’s issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands Thursday, June 14!

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Matt Bomer at Park & Bond

We think of Park & Bond as the Intersection of Men & Style. To celebrate Father’s Day, we’re exploring a more perilous crossroads, that of fatherhood & style. The New York dads manage to navigate it with elegance, individuality, and ease. From stylish leading man (and father of three!) Matt Bomer, to the brilliant photographer Ben Watts, to the legendary journalist Gay Talese, these gents prove that being a dad doesn’t have to mean wearing dad jeans.

With the omnipresent ads for White Collar, his USA show about a rakish but well-dressed con man who crosses over to the other side to help the feds, it’s arguable that Matt Bomer has done as much as any man in recent memory to raise the stock of the four-in-hand tie knot. It’s definitely proven influential to his son. “Our oldest has a fascination with ties,” Bomer says. “We’ll be going to a family dinner and he’ll come downstairs in a pair of shorts, a T-shirt, and a blue blazer with a tie. We let him rock that.” He and husband Simon Halls, a Hollywood publicist who counts Tom Ford among his clientele, are the parents to three: a seven-year-old and four-year-old twins. (What’s that like? “Busy,” he says. “With three boys, you’re constantly running around.”)

Bomer and his father bonded over sports—as a teenager, he played baseball, football, soccer, and tennis; swam, dove, and ran track—and sports have forged a bond between Bomer and his own son, too. (He calls the first Forty Niners game he took his oldest to, “One of the highlights of my life.”) He’s come to emulate his father in more ways than he might have expected. “One of the amazing things that happens when you’re a parent is you find yourself sounding exactly like your parents did. Not only sounding like them, but saying the things that you hated hearing when you were a kid,” he laughs. They diverge a bit on matters of personal style: the elder Bomer “really buys into the mythos of being a Texan” and “has moments with the ten-gallon hat,” while the younger cites Alain Delon and Marcello Mastroianni as influences.

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