Source: Staying In
Date: January 18, 2010

Has White Collar‘s suave con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) met his match in Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton)? Even as they work together in the season premiere (Jan. 18 at 10 p.m., USA Network) to clear Peter’s name, it’s clear that the tension between the two characters is hardly gone. Sara is a character “that Neal finds really intriguing and ultimately on some level, I think, wants to tame,” said Bomer during a conference call.

“It’s a really fun dynamic to get to play with her and she’s such a great actress,” he added. “It’s really kind of moment to moment with her, which is always fun and keeps me on my toes. And she’s gorgeous to boot.”

And you know what happens when you put two beautiful people together, right? “Their relationship will grow and there will be a lot of tension there,” he said. Of the sexual variety? “Maybe a little sexual frustration and then maybe some sexual frustration release. I don’t know. I’m just saying maybe,” teased Bomer.

At USA Network’s Characters Breakfast at TCA last week, I pressed Bomer further, pointing out that there’s a promo for the show featuring Sara and Neal getting very up close and personal.

“There’s a lot going on with him. I mean my mindset was always really until he had closure with Kate’s death, he couldn’t really move on in a healthy manner,” he replied, adding, “But that’s not to say he doesn’t have a little fun in the meantime.”

Now that Neal’s getting closer and closer to finding the man responsible for Kate’s death, maybe that closure and a little more fun with Sara isn’t so far-fetched.

“Look, when you’re working long hard hours with somebody who happens to be as attractive as Hilarie Burton, who’s playing a character who’s so smart and self-assured and strong and everything that Neal finds attractive because he wants to tame it, some things might happen in the wee hours. That’s all I’m going to say,” he continued.

While he thinks the dynamic between the characters is fun – “I hope they continue to explore that,” he said – he also has another idea for what, or whom, Neal can do.

“I also think it’d kind of be cool for Neal to be a manwhore for a little while and just do whatever it takes to get the case solved,” he said.