Published: Sunday, 09 January 2011 17:16 | Written by SciFi Vision
USA Network's hit original series, White Collar, returns with all new episodes from season two next week. The mid-season cliffhanger ended with Mozzie (Willie Garson, Sex and the City) having been shot, and now Neal Caffrey, played by Matt Bomer (Chuck; Tru Calling), and Peter Burke, played by Tim DeKay (Tell Me You Love Me; Carnivàle) work to find the shooter and continue to look for answers about Kate's murder.
Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay sat down with the digital media to discuss the upcoming season of White Collar, which returns next Tuesday. The two actors have a great camaraderie on screen as well as off. This was very evident in the interview. DeKay joked that they "went to therapy once a week."
Unfortunately, the two didn't give away much in terms of plot for this season. DeKay joked that we can "expect commercials every 15 to 18 minutes," but also commented during the interview that the two questions people ask him about the show the most is "What's Mozzie's fate?" and "What's going on with the music box?" and said, "It's exciting. I feel like I keep giving the same answer of "Oh, you won't be disappointed, let me tell you—" It's very difficult. You want to answer it for these people, at least I do, so it's difficult to evade that question all the time. I'll be glad when it airs."
However, they did tell the media that there is an upcoming episode dealing with the characters backstories. Bomer also added, "I think I can safely say that a lot of really big storylines that we've been exploring over the past couple of seasons really get brought to a head and closure on a lot of things. We get a glimpse into a lot the characters' pasts and see why they are who they are and how they got that way. We get to see, as usual, sort of a liquid trust dynamic between Peter and Neal. Then obviously also we get some resolution to Mozzie's incident relatively quickly."
They also revealed that this half of the season brings both new guest stars and returning favorites, such as Andrew McCarthy, Hilarie Burton, Diahann Carroll, Richard Schiff, Paul Blackthorne, Billy Dee Williams, Ross McCall, Adam Goldberg, Gloria Votsis, and Alexandra Daddario.
According to Bomer, McCarthy plays "sort of Neal's mentor from the past who taught him a lot about both creating his persona and he taught him a lot of hard lessons as well. I'll leave it at that."
Bomer continued to talk about some of the other guest stars such as Billy Dee Williams, who appears in an episode with Diahann Carroll and 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."
Bomer gets to sing with the two of them in that episode, which both actors really enjoyed. DeKay commented, "When [Bomer] and Diahann sang that song everybody on set just got quiet because we had to rehearse it. The whole crew just went into a spontaneous applause."
Bomer has great respect for Carroll. "Diahann is obviously a legend and incredible and it was a real honor to get to sing with her."
Bomer revealed that the song they sing in the episode is One For My Baby and One More For the Road. The two gave us a taste of their singing as well during the conference.
Hilarie Burton is also back as Sara Ellis in the season premiere, about which Bomer said, "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. Yes, and she's gorgeous to boot; a really, really great girl. We have a lot of fun stuff that we get to do with each other and their relationship will grow and 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."
The two also talked about auditioning with Jeff Eastin (creator/executive producer) for the show, and DeKay expanded about Eastin's writing. "There was a strong heart to this show that I was concerned that they didn't want to turn their backs to—that Jeff and company wanted to make sure that that stayed strong throughout the show, throughout the pilot and it did."
"I think the great thing about having somebody like Jeff at the helm is that you know whatever it is, it's going to be fun and interesting and well written. You get what you get and you don't get upset," added Bomer.
Both Bomer and DeKay are always surprised by what Eastin does with the storyline, especially with the last scene of the last episode this season, but wouldn't reveal anything about it. The surprises to them though, are a good thing. "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," said Bomer.
White Collar returns with all new episodes next Tuesday, January 18th, at 10/9 central on USA Network. To learn more about Bomer, DeKay, and the upcoming episodes, be sure to read the following transcript of the full interview between the two actors and the media, below.
QUESTION: I was wondering if either of you could talk a little bit about who we can see guest starring this season.
MATT BOMER: We have Andrew McCarthy.
TIM DEKAY: Andrew McCarthy, of course, yes, and that's been in TV Guide so that's—
MATT BOMER: Who plays sort of Neal's mentor from the past who taught him a lot about both creating his persona and he taught him 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.
TIM DEKAY: I was just going to say Adam. Yes, Adam plays a great role in this as well.
MATT BOMER: Gloria [Votsis] is back and we have Richard Shipp.
TIM DEKAY: Hilarie is back.
QUESTION: You guys have such great chemistry together on screen and you seem to get along decently well off screen. How do you guys continue to maintain that?
TIM DEKAY: We went to therapy once a week.
MATT BOMER: Couples therapy.
TIM DEKAY: Yes. It really—
MATT BOMER: It's worth it.
TIM DEKAY: It is.
MATT BOMER: We meet our deductible pretty quick and from there on out it's just a co-pay and it's worth it.
TIM DEKAY: Because we're both in the union so that helps.
MATT BOMER: That helps. That's good. I think Tim is inherently a generous person and very generous of spirit and he brings a real sense of play to the work. I try to do the same. I know he lifts me up on my off days and—
TIM DEKAY: Oh, and you lift me up on my off days. No, listen, we have a blast. We have fun together, but in the end, we respect each other.
MATT BOMER: Yes.
TIM DEKAY: I mean as far as the work is concerned. It's just like any other relationship, if you don't have that then there is no ground to it.
MATT BOMER: As much as the trust dynamic is liquid between Peter and Neal, I think Tim and I pretty much ... each other.
TIM DEKAY: Yes. Yes, that's good. Therein lies a big difference.
QUESTION: Matt, you were fantastic singing at the Kennedy Honors. Are you going to be singing this season?
MATT BOMER: Yes. I do sing with Diahann and Billy Dee in that episode...It was an incredibly surreal moment.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, it was a great moment. It's one of those moments on the set where— Matt has sung before—fun singing around the set, just being goofy—but when he and Diahann sang that song everybody on set just got quiet because we had to rehearse it. The whole crew just went into a spontaneous applause. It was just one of those moments like, "Oh, wow, that's neat." Then Billy Dee Williams at the piano doing an amazing job faking it.
MATT BOMER: 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.
TIM DEKAY: And fake the piano.
MATT BOMER: Diahann is amazing; I mean she's a legend. He'll fake the piano and the real pianist will be offstage. Diahann is obviously a legend and incredible and it was a real honor to get to sing with her.
QUESTION: The working relationship between Peter and Neal is sort of an unusual one at best. Do you think this sort of relationship could exist within the FBI?
TIM DEKAY: Well, because of my technical consultant, Tom Barton, he has expressed to both Jeff Eastin and me certainly relationships like this, to the extent that the CI or Criminal Informant just comes into the house and pours a bowl of cereal. I don't know if it goes that far, but Tom certainly has talked about how he's received Christmas cards from people in prison that he's worked with. That's where Jeff's inspiration came from. Who knows, maybe there is a relationship like that out there.
QUESTION: Usually USA likes to promote their episodes, but this one there is really nothing that we can find. I just want to know, how does it feel to be involved in such a big mystery around the show especially in terms of the status of Mozzie.
TIM DEKAY: Usually there are two questions people ask me about the show it's, "What's Mozzie's fate?" and, "What's going on with the music box?" It's exciting. I feel like I keep giving the same answer of "Oh, you won't be disappointed, let me tell you—" It's very difficult. You want to answer it for these people, at least I do, so it's difficult to evade that question all the time. I'll be glad when it airs.
MATT BOMER: Yes, I feel like we're always sort of dancing around the secrets involved with the mythology of the show and that's fun. 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.
TIM DEKAY: Exactly.
MATT BOMER: 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.
QUESTION: Can you talk about how you both got started working on White Collar?
TIM DEKAY: Well, Mattie was first.
MATT BOMER: I went into a room and met with Jeff Eastin and 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.
TIM DEKAY: You had the job for a while, didn't you?
MATT BOMER: I did. I had it for—I don't know—maybe a month or so before I met you.
TIM DEKAY: Right, usually it happens faster than that. At the time, I was doing the New Adventures of Old Christine, doing a recurring on that. I got a call to do a chemistry read. I was excited because I thought, "I think I skipped a step there", which was good, as opposed to just going in and auditioning. Then I went to the casting director's office and Matt was there in the waiting room and we chatted then and—
MATT BOMER: I told him I was a huge fan of his work...Both stage and screen.
TIM DEKAY: I thought, "Oh, this guy certainly has great taste," and I thought, "All right, well, this should be fun," and went in there and as I've said many times as soon as we read the scene I thought, "Holy bleep, don't screw this up, Tim, because this could be something really special."
MATT BOMER: 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 you. 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 DEKAY: Yes.
MATT BOMER: Tim was amazing. I knew from the second we did the scene that he was going to be the guy.
TIM DEKAY: The thing was I also felt that good writing shows a lot of different layers and certainly, Jeff's does. There was a strong heart to this show that I was concerned that they didn't want to turn their backs to—that Jeff and company wanted to make sure that that stayed strong throughout the show, throughout the pilot and it did. That was something that came out in the audition. I thought, "Oh, these guys—" because at the bottom of it they really like each other.
MATT BOMER: Yes.
TIM DEKAY: Then there were all these tests and you sit in the waiting room and you see other guys who are reading and you think, "Oh, he's going to get it. He's my idea for the role."
MATT BOMER: Yes.
TIM DEKAY: You play all those crazy, stupid games. You know what, I had to admit, I didn't play that game with this show.
MATT BOMER: I didn't either. I mean, I was nervous as hell, but I think I just went into to have as much fun as possible.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, exactly.
QUESTION: When we've done these conference calls with you guys in the past, it was really sort of in the early stages of the show when everything was sort of being established and you guys were finding your fan base. Now that you have established the show and now that you guys have had success with it, how have things changed, or how maybe would you like to see things change? Not necessarily on set so much, but just even with the development of the characters.
TIM DEKAY: I don't know. That's a tough one.
MATT BOMER: 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.
TIM DEKAY: I feel as far as character, I think Jeff and the writers have met everything that I had hoped for. The big story arc with the music box was something that I didn't expect or even see. I find it wonderful. I too, would like to delve into some more of Peter's background and we did an episode where Jeff and I both went to the University and got into both Peter's and Neal's background.
MATT BOMER: Oh, yes, your blue collar upbringing—
TIM DEKAY: Yes.
MATT BOMER: —in a White Collar world.
TIM DEKAY: Those are fun because what it comes down to is I think the more Peter and Neal know about each other actually it strengthens and lengthens the relationship because these two just love to dig. Peter would love to meet a family member of Neal's. He'd love to sit down and get to know his mom or dad or brother or sister.
MATT BOMER: I could go on and on with my ideas, but I think the great thing about having somebody like Jeff at the helm is that you know whatever it is, it's going to be fun and interesting and well written. You get what you get and you don't get upset.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, but we had to look for something. Like Jeff answers it. I mean it's one of the most exciting moments of the week is to crack open that next script.
MATT BOMER: Yes. To crack open a cold one and then crack open that next script.
TIM DEKAY: Try not to pour that cold one on that script.
MATT BOMER: There might be a ring here or there.
QUESTION: It seems like the show started as a show about the two of you and it's become more of a real ensemble piece. We're wondering if you're enjoying the fact that you get to work with your co-stars more frequently?
TIM DEKAY: I certainly do and yet I like that in the end that it's about Peter and Neal; that's the base of it. I love it when Elizabeth (Tiffini Thiessen) gets involved with a case and I love that Diana (Marsha Thomason) is back and working on the case. She adds such an intelligence to it.
MATT BOMER: Yes and a sexiness.
TIM DEKAY: I love that Jones (Sharif Atkins) is involved more and that Peter and Mozzie have found a way to dance together.
MATT BOMER: Yes. I think it makes the day really fun and it has added a lot to the show. It opens up a lot more relationships and 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.
QUESTION: With so many awesome USA shows out there, which one would you like to cross White Collar over with, and how do you think that would work out?
TIM DEKAY: I think my immediate response goes to Royal Pains because it'd just be nice to go out to the Hamptons for a few days. Then again, it would be nice to go down to Miami and shoot some things in Miami.
MATT BOMER: Yes, I think Burn Notice would be a really natural fit just because of the worlds that our characters live in and inhabit, but to be honest with you I love all the shows they have. It would be really fun and an honor to get to work with on any of them—to cross over on any of them.
TIM DEKAY: It'd be fun to do some World Wide Wrestling as well.
MATT BOMER: Well, yes, I mean that goes without saying.
TIM DEKAY: Yes.
MATT BOMER: Tim, you're about to get us into a tag team wrestling match.
TIM DEKAY: I can you just see me reaching over the ring, "Tag me, tag me, come on."
MATT BOMER: Peter and Neal's trust dynamic, WWE Wrestling.
QUESTION: I know the second episode this season is that long talked about backstory episode. I'm kind of wondering if there is anything that was revealed in that episode that surprised you or maybe didn't match up with what you had in mind for your characters.
TIM DEKAY: For me there was not anything that didn't match up. No.
MATT BOMER: I think for me the way I met Mozzie and the way we sort of came to become friends was pleasantly surprising. I thought for some reason that maybe we'd gone back a little bit farther than that, but it was fun. Getting to see Willie in several different toupees and facial hair arrangements was sort of the highlight of that episode for me, one of many highlights of that episode.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, and he said he brought them out from his closet and let production use his old toupees.
MATT BOMER: Yes, shake out that toup and put it on a Styrofoam head and tuck it under his arm and bring it on into work.
QUESTION: 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 and how do you think that's going to really affect Peter and Neal? Is Peter going to be shocked?
MATT BOMER: Well, it's the second episode back. 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.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, there was something Jeff said. I don't know if I can make a direct quote, but he said, yes there are some big answers that were given in this flashback and just also tastes of the past, as Matt said, that allow us to do more flashbacks. I think that's Jeff's intention.
QUESTION: I know there is obviously a lot of mystery and secrets with the show, but I was just wondering what you can actually tell us about what to expect when the episodes start airing again.
TIM DEKAY: You can expect commercials every 15 to 18 minutes. I don't know. What can you expect? Just more fun. That sounds incredibly intelligent and insightful, doesn't it?
MATT BOMER: I think I can safely say that a lot of really big storylines that we've been exploring over the past couple of seasons really get brought to a head and closure on a lot of things. We get a glimpse into a lot the characters' pasts and see why they are who they are and how they got that way. We get to see, as usual, sort of a liquid trust dynamic between Peter and Neal. Then obviously also we get some resolution to Mozzie's incident relatively quickly.
TIM DEKAY: We do and I think that Jeff and the writers came up with a fantastic, creative, exciting way to have that happen.
MATT BOMER: Yes. All I can say is that in the last episode of the season I never—I mean, if you locked me in a padded room for five years and made me continually guess where this season was going to end I never would have come up with this. It was astounding and amazing and surprising and incredibly fun where—
TIM DEKAY: You're talking about the very, very, very last scene?
MATT BOMER: Yes.
MATT BOMER: The last scene in the last episode in general.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, when I read the last episode I did everything I could not to call my wife, my dad, just—"You won't believe this. This is incredible," but I didn't want to do that because then they would just bug me and say, "Well, what is it? What is it? What is it?" So I didn't, but yes. Yet, Jeff and the writers were able to shut the lid on the music box—no pun intended—and within one second turn around and open up this other one that just was astounding. I don't know, maybe I'm setting the bar too high.
MATT BOMER: No.
TIM DEKAY: The last episode is really boring, really boring. Let's set it low. If we set the bar really low people will be happier. Does that make sense?
MATT BOMER: Sure. I'm with you. I got your back.
QUESTION: We have Hilarie back in the season premiere, so I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about how Neal and Sara's relationship is going to develop this season. What's it like having this challenging female character to play off?
MATT BOMER: I think it's fantastic. She brings so much to the role. She's the real deal.
TIM DEKAY: Yes.
MATT BOMER: She's gorgeous, and she's in it, and she 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.
TIM DEKAY: Oh, I like that. Oh, that is good.
MATT BOMER: 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. Yes, and she's gorgeous to boot; a really, really great girl. We have a lot of fun stuff that we get to do with each other and their relationship will grow and 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.
QUESTION: What was it like filming your series on location in New York City?
TIM DEKAY: It's amazing. I've been asked before if this show could be shot somewhere else where would it be and I don't have an answer because I've never been on a show where the location, the city, is so much of a character. If we shot it somewhere else, it's as if you'd recast it and this is a character driven show and you couldn't recast it.
You couldn't shoot it anywhere else. It's just a blast to be in the city. We shoot quickly. We shoot in seven days for one episode so we are moving. We are shooting so that we can get a great angle. Russell Fine is fantastic that way. He's the director of photography and the directors are with him to they make sure we get some gorgeous building in the background for whatever location we find ourselves on.
We shoot that and then we move on. We're at some Gramercy Park the first half of the day and the second half of the day we're on some dock down at the Bowery. It's beautiful. I've seen parts of New York I never thought I would see.
MATT BOMER: Yes. It's a dream come true. To get to work in New York and see so many amazing locations and interact with New Yorkers in many ways and be a part of such an amazingly metropolitan energy that I think adds a lot to the show. I think it's the way we shoot the show. As well as the way Russell Fine shoots the show is a real celebration of New York.
New York is this gritty place filled with alleys, which there aren't really alleys in New York City. I hate to burst anyone's bubble on that, but the way Russell shoots the show is we look up at the city and we sort of celebrate the architecture and the people and the blue sky and the sunshine that's going on above the buildings as well.
QUESTION: How much of what goes on in a show do you think you could get away with in real life?
MATT BOMER: I test my boundaries quite a bit, but nowhere near the level at which Neal does. I would venture to say about 5% of what I get away with on the show.
TIM DEKAY: You get away with in real life.
MATT BOMER: Yes, about 5%.
TIM DEKAY: So you only steal 5% of what Neal does?
MATT BOMER: I only pickpocket 5% of the people in Neal does. I only steal 5% of the art Neal does.
TIM DEKAY: Right, which isn't bad.
MATT BOMER: But the great thing is I only get caught 5% of the time, which is why I'm calling from a prison phone.
TIM DEKAY: Right, right.
MATT BOMER: That's not funny.
TIM DEKAY: Anybody have any more quarters?
QUESTION: You guys are great friends, and I don't know if you know this, but you're incredibly insightful about each other. I would like to flip the table a little bit and ask Matt what question that you think we should be asking Tim right now. What would be a great question that we should really ask him? Tim let me ask you the same thing.
MATT BOMER: This is going to be general and I apologize, Tim, but I'd say what's your favorite thing about Peter Burke. What's something about Peter that no-one would guess?
TIM DEKAY: My favorite thing about Peter Burke is that he has to nearly contain his giddiness when he's on a case that takes a lot of synapses moving. He just loves it. That keeps him going. I've said it before, there is almost a little disappointment when the case is solved. Almost a little bit.
MATT BOMER: I love it.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, because he just loves the chase. He loves it, loves it and loves it with Neal because there is a part of him that would love to go to that side, but knows he can't. So it's okay with him just to watch it and every once in a while somewhat dip his foot in that pool.
Then what was the second question?
MATT BOMER: What's something about Peter that people wouldn't guess that you don't mind sharing?
TIM DEKAY: Oh.
MATT BOMER: Well you kind of did in that answer as well.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, I think so.
MATT BOMER: Yes, you answered both my questions with one answer. You must teach me this trick.
TIM DEKAY: All right. My turn to ask Neal?
QUESTION: Sure. What is a question that you want to ask of him? Put him on the spot.
TIM DEKAY: If Neal were a flower, which—?
MATT BOMER: It would be a poisonous flower.
TIM DEKAY: But a beautiful one.
MATT BOMER: It would lure you in and then it would be poisonous.
TIM DEKAY: But poisonous only for—
MATT BOMER: Only for specific—not a broad spectrum poison, only a very specific poison.
TIM DEKAY: Right, that isn't necessarily lethal, but would—
MATT BOMER: Make you trip out for a couple of days?
TIM DEKAY: Yes.
MATT BOMER: Sort of like a peyote flower.
QUESTION: Speaking of putting you guys on the spot I'm trying to get some dirt. I knew that the episode where Neal is going to be singing is airing I think February 1st, Jeff Eastin said on Twitter. What are you singing?
MATT BOMER: We are singing One For My Baby and One More For the Road.
QUESTION: You mentioned Andrew McCarthy was going to be on. Given what happens in the last minutes of the first episode coming back from break, is it fair to say that he's going to play a kind of large role for the rest of the season?
MATT BOMER: Yes.
QUESTION: A lot of actors have said they don't like to watch themselves or they do. Which do you guys like? Do you watch yourselves on White Collar and other shows, or do you say, "Oh no I hate that, I'm not going to watch that."
TIM DEKAY: I don't like it, but I think I've come to learn for myself at least that it is an education for yourself as an actor, at least for me, to watch the stuff. We've got to come back to it. I've got to come back to Peter and if I'm watching it and saying, "Oh, okay this works, that doesn't work." Because it's such a group effort this filming, so, "I see they edited the scene that way so that was their intent for this scene. Oh I was right about that. I saw which way they wanted the scene to go and I was right," and then sometimes you think, "Oh, I missed it on that. This is how they wanted the scene to be seen more than—" in a different way than I did. I'm not crazy about watching myself, but I feel I have to.
MATT BOMER: 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 and seeing what worked and 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.
QUESTION: I have a question for Tim about your horseback riding in the return episode that we see. Is that something you've done before, or was it just on the moment this is what you're going to do in this episode?
TIM DEKAY: No, I've done that before. I don't know what the final cut is, but there was a lot of running the horse through Central Park. I used to ride when I was younger from like the age of eight until I went to college, but then I hadn't ridden for about 20 years. I knew the episode would be riding so they were nice enough to say, "Let's go out to upstate New York and you can ride and just—as the saying goes—get back on the saddle." I did and it was great. The next day I could barely get out of bed my legs were so sore.
MATT BOMER: I remember seeing you hobble down the hall.
TIM DEKAY: Oh, I know it. Oh, my inner thighs—they were just killing me. I'll cut to the day we're shooting, I also had a bit of a cold coming on so there was just this moment where I realized, "Okay, I should take something for my cold," because I was a bit stuffed up, "and I also should probably take something for my thighs because they were killing me." I took everything at the same time and there was a moment where I was on the horse and they were about to say action and I had to run the horse under a bridge up over this hill. I was so woozy I thought oh this— I did everything I could just to stay on it. I thought for sure the medicine was just going to knock—I thought I was just going to pass out right on the horse.
MATT BOMER: Thank goodness Pippin knew his blocking.
TIM DEKAY: That was the name of the horse, Pippin.
MATT BOMER: I couldn't tell you were on medication at all. I thought you looked great riding it.
TIM DEKAY: Oh, well, thanks, but I thought that Peter would have a horse—I don't know—like Luke or Lightning, Trigger or Chestnut—something, but Pippin?
QUESTION: For Tim, you had a great con episode and when you see the chance to sort of tables turned, how did you feel about being the con man and of course "Burke's Seven" is great and I hope to see more of that.
TIM DEKAY: Thank you, I felt great about that. That goes back to that question Matt asked me. Peter gets giddy and it means that he gets to go to the other side for a little while, aw, that's a blast. Certainly as an actor, whenever you can go not just one step into the imagination, but in essence two steps into the imagination, when your character plays a character, that's even more fun as well. In the end that's what we love to do as actors is just dive into the world of pretend.
It was a hoot. You will see more of that. I think with everybody—and that also goes back to the relationships that are strengthening with the other characters—we all are jumping into a lot of different arenas. I think it makes for some good story telling.
QUESTION: My silly question is if you guys were going to do a duet together, what would you sing?
MATT BOMER: You have all the song books, so you'd have to really dig in there. To me it's very occasion specific because we do weddings, we do bar mitzvahs.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, we'd be more than happy to sing some for you, but our booking agent would not be happy.
MATT BOMER: No, no.
TIM DEKAY: What song could we sing—would we sing? I can't sing today. What's that song "Wherever he goes, whatever he—" Do you know that one?—"we'll always go through it together."
MATT BOMER: Oh, I like that.
TIM DEKAY: "We may not go far, but sure as a star—"
MATT BOMER: I don't know the song, but I love the sentiment.
TIM DEKAY: Yes, it's a great one. That one comes to mind.
MATT BOMER: I like that. I'll go with that.
QUESTION: You guys talked a little bit about who was going to be on the show this season, this upcoming season. You talked about which kind of shows you think White Collar would blend really well with that are also on the network. I was wondering what actors you'd like to work with in the future? Like anyone you want to have play someone's girlfriend, like does someone you'd like to have on maybe a small arc on the show that you haven't already had?
TIM DEKAY: Every time I'm asked this question I feel awful because I have a list of about 25 people, be it names that you would know and then names that maybe you wouldn't know, but are great actors that I know from theater or even way back in school. So, to give you two, my thought goes immediately to, "Oh, that's going to be printed and I didn't give them this name. Oh, I hope this person doesn't read that because I'd love to work with them."
MATT BOMER: Yes. I agree with Tim on that. There are a lot of great actors out there regardless of their recognizability or desirability who would be great on the show. We're open to anybody who wants to come play ball and have fun with us. I do have to say—I have to put it out there—if someone is going to play my dad I think Powers Boothe would be really good.
TIM DEKAY: Oh yes.
MATT BOMER: But that's just me, what do I know?
QUESTION: In light of this next new episode that we have coming up do you guys think that Peter is more understanding or appreciating of the art of the con and is Neal seeing more of the wisdom of doing things legally?
MATT BOMER: 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 there is a part—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.
TIM DEKAY: Joe, that's a great question. Really, that's the crux of the show. I mean that balance going back and forth on that line is—that's what we hope to keep the show living for many seasons.
MATT BOMER: My dad used to—whenever we were fishing he used to say, "Keep your line taut so the fish will bite." I feel like between Neal and Peter the line always has to be taut. It can never be somebody comfortable, inherently trustful dynamic between them. There is always that tension of the poker game. What are you going to do next? What cards do you have and what are you going to play? Are you going to go the right way this time? Are you going to take your own road?
TIM DEKAY: Yes, it's true. To keep that with a poker game, they can be at the table having a beer together and enjoy it, but that tension is always there—always.