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White Collar - Interview with Hilarie Burton



Guest star turned series regular, Hilarie Burton had a lot to say in a recent interview, conference call style with the blogosphere about the new season of White Collar. Burton talks about the romance between Sara and Neal, the show's newest guest star, Eliza Dushku, and more! Read an excerpt below and the entire interview here.

What can we look forward to from Sara in Season 3?
Well, I think the beginning of Season 3 there's still a little bit of that cat and mouse between Sara and Neal. She doesn't necessarily trust him right away. But I think that as they get closer and start to have just more fun together, a friendship, a bond builds where you see her lighter side.

And we've done little things along the way to try to make her more approachable. The wardrobe isn't as glamorous as it was last year. We certainly were trying to create an aesthetic that created a wall. Her language isn't necessarily as clipped. She's not as formal as she was last year.

So hopefully the audience will start to feel more comfortable with her as someone who's around more often as she peels back the layers.

Can you tell us more about the relationship between Sara and Neal in the beginning of the season. Will we get to see them explore their relationship in the beginning or will their work get in the way of it?
No. I'm going to kiss him if that's what you're asking. I think that at the end of last season Sara turned a corner and made a clear decision that she wasn't going to be intimidated by his relationship with Alex and that she wasn't going to step aside.

I mean she's a very assertive woman. And she sees something in Neal that she finds redeeming and attractive and maybe a little bit dangerous. And those are all things that suck her in. Whether those things get her in trouble down the road...that's yet to be seen. But, you know, with Neal' track record, you look at all the women he's been involved with, Kate and Alex and by way of their involvement with him, they've gotten hurt. So there's an element of danger when it comes to dating Neal and Sara needs to be aware of that.

Besides Matt Bomer, what other actor do you have the most screen time with?
Well this year I've been spending a lot of time with my dear friend Willie Garson, which, it's kind of a two for one deal. When you're with Neal, Mozzie's always around.

And so I get to spend a lot of time with Mozzie, which is a treat because Willie is a friend outside of work as well. And I'm his mascot. I just follow him around and laugh at him because he's a funny dude. So I have been having a lot of fun playing with the boys. They're a good time.

On Eliza Dushku Guest Starring:
She's a babe, right... She certainly is someone who had some really wonderful shows and she's beautiful girl. And her boyfriend Rick Fox worked on One Tree Hill with us.
So it's all two degrees of separation here. She worked with Matt on Tru Calling. And so it should be fun. Anytime you bring a new variable in, it's a really good time and it energizes everyone else.

So to have another girl come in and maybe have a cat fight like we talked about earlier in the interview, that's not a bad day at work. That's fun.


Read the entire interview here.
Stay tuned for the Season 3 premiere of White Collar, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 9/8c on USA!



Melody Simpson
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