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B.O.O. Role: Unknown Status: Pre-Production Release: June 5, 2015
A self-described T-shirt and jeans kind of guy, Bomer says he also appreciates his character’s impeccably tailored suits. “I’ve taken a lot of notes from him,” he says of Caffrey’s Rat Pack-inspired mix of vintage pieces and modern brand, like Paul Smith and Calvin Klein. “Throw on a tie bar, cuff links, and a fedora, and I feel like a different guy.”
Bomer, and admirer of Paul Newman says, “I like to look stylish, but never trendy. I don’t want to look at pictures of me 10 years from now and say, ‘What was I thinking?’” Here’s his take on balancing the modern and the timeless.
Choose Simple Accessories
A simple color palette can be undone by flashy accessories. Bomer chooses his carefully. “A man’s uniform is pretty standard,” he says, “so I like adding a cool tie or tie bar to let my personal style shine through a little.”
I added 6 HQ stills for “White Collar” Episode 1×12 – “Bottlenecked”.
Edited to add: Here’s another “White Collar” Episode 1×10 Sneak Peek!
Also, there’s a Tim DeKay interview by IESB.net I would recommend reading here.
IESB: What’s it been like to work with Matt Bomer? How did you go about developing your relationship together? Did it just come really naturally?
Tim: It did come naturally. I went in to read with Matt. Matt had already been cast, and they had chemistry reads for a number of other actors with Matt. The second I when in there and we started reading, I knew that we had a special working relationship where we both trusted each other and realized that both of us were on the same playing field. We both welcome change. I always draw the analogy that he and I are throwing a ball back and forth to each other, and it’s best when that ball is in between us and we’re not quite sure who’s going to catch it and who’s throwing it, but we both trust that the other person is going to be on the other side of that toss.
CMU grad enjoys twists and turns in White collar role
When he was in Pittsburgh at CMU, Bomer lived at different times in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Oakland, and he played a bag boy in a Giant Eagle TV commercial. He maintains contact with CMU professor of voice/speech Don Wadsworth, who served as his dialect coach when Bomer had to speak Italian and French in an early “White Collar” episode.
Although Bomer previously had a recurring role on NBC’s “Chuck” (as the spy Bryce Larkin) and starred in ABC’s 2007 series “Traveler,” “White Collar” represents a break-out role for the actor. USA put a lot of marketing money behind the show’s premiere, including huge billboard photos of Bomer that went up in the country’s largest TV markets.
“It’s obviously completely surreal,” he said of seeing himself two stories high. “But the great thing about it is it feels so good to have a network so strongly behind us. Whatever it takes, I’m happy with. I would much rather that than, ‘Oh, yeah, another one of our shows.’ There was a certain point where I wanted to lock myself in my studio apartment for a week or two, but I’m just thankful they’re behind us.”
The support has now extended the show to a second season. Production resumes in March or April in New York.