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Daemon’s TV recently got a chance to talk with Hilarie burton about her upcoming six-episode arc on USA’s
WHITE COLLAR. With her first episode airing on Tuesday, August 10 at 9pm, she had plenty to dish about her character, Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator, who has a past with Neal and Peter.
Hilarie burton talked about coming back to টেলিভিশন after taking a বছর off, her experience working on ‘White Collar,’ what’s coming up for her character, the previously talked about possible romance between her character and Neal, and much more. So enjoy the interview and don’t forget to watch White মণ্ডল on Tuesdays at 9pm on USA.
আপনি mentioned that আপনি were a অনুরাগী of the প্রদর্শনী beforehand. I’m guessing it’s exciting to be now on it.
Hilarie Burton: Yes. It’s a প্রদর্শনী that’s really smart. I like the procedural crime shows overall. I went to college and was interested in psychological forensics. I thought I was going to chase serial killers for a minute. So I like the TV shows where আপনি don’t actually have to do the dirty work because it’s a really depressing profession. But the shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and all the ‘Law & Orders’, even the ‘CSI’s', all that stuff is interesting. ‘White Collar’ is smart like a lot of those shows but also has a sense of humor. So it’s not totally depressing. আপনি can watch a marathon of it and not want to slit your wrists afterwards. So I’m happy to be a part of the প্রদর্শনী that has dark and light sides to it.
How did আপনি get involved with ‘White Collar’?
Hilarie burton : I left ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ and took some time off to get a life and then… I প্রণয় working. I especially প্রণয় working in television. There’s a camaraderie and a teamwork element that’s different from film. Film is fun. Film is like summer camp. আপনি go away somewhere for a couple of weeks and আপনি make new বন্ধু and আপনি get to stay somewhere you’ve never lived before, if you’re shooting out on location. It’s camp. When আপনি work in TV you’re in it for the long haul so that teamwork element and that family environment develops. That’s what I really like about television. I was kind of having a hankering to get back into that. I started auditioning slowly and I think that ‘White Collar’ was my third অথবা fourth audition. It just worked out that I got the job. I ended up going back to work much quicker than I anticipated. Normally আপনি have to audition for a while before আপনি start landing stuff again. I was really pleasantly surprised that I was what they wanted and it was just a great fit. They’re such nice people there and every actor says that. Every actor tries to sell আপনি the whole, ‘Oh, we have the best time and it’s the nicest people.’ Most of the time they’re lying but these guys are really phenomenal and so gracious and kind and talented. It’s a really awesome team of people. I was a fan, too, and so as a viewer it’s so much আরো fun to watch when আপনি know that they really are good guys in real life. The worst thing is when আপনি have a crush on someone on TV অথবা আপনি just think someone is an amazing actor and then আপনি find out that they’re mean to their crew অথবা that they’re a diva, but these guys are so awesome. It makes আপনি root for them even more, like, ‘Yeah, catch him Neal!’ It really makes it that much আরো fun to watch.
Can আপনি talk about your character on the show? I understand that she’s an insurance investigator?
Hilarie Burton: Yeah. This has been a very big change for me professionally because I’m used to playing moody artist types অথবা the quirky friend, the screwball character, the one that’s a mess. There’s nothing messy about this character Sara Ellis that I’m playing on ‘White Collar’. She’s an insurance investigator which basically means that she’s doing the same thing that Peter does but she works for a private company. So Peter chases white মণ্ডল criminals for the government. I chase them for an insurance company. My character looks up to Peter quite a bit. I kind of work on the other side, the private side of things. She is well dressed and very fast paced and can be bitchy and can roll with the boys. There’s nothing wilting অথবা emotional about this woman. She’s tough and if she’s going to প্রদর্শনী her soft underbelly to someone she’s got to really trust them. It’s interesting to watch the dynamic, not only between Sara and Neal but also Sara and Peter, who’s someone she looks up to. So I’ve had a lot of fun working with Tim [DeKay] and Matt [Bomer] because with them every single take is different. I get to try different angles myself which is such a refreshing workplace to step into after having not worked for a year.
I’m sure that was a nice break though.
Hilarie Burton: It was great. আপনি have to stop and regroup and figure out what আপনি want and I think that I have a clear sense of that. I actually ব্যক্ত to my team, I said, ‘Look, I want to work on a প্রদর্শনী that already exists. I want to do an arc so that I don’t have to feel the responsibility of having to carry every episode of something and ideally I’d like to go to work back on the east coast. I miss New York.’ Then all of a sudden this job showed up out of nowhere. It’s that whole ‘Field of Dreams,’ if আপনি build it, it will come situation. I feel good about that.
How does Sara get involved with Neal and Peter in the first place?
Hilarie Burton: The সেকেন্ড that we meet Sara we understand that she has a past with both of them. Peter is someone who because they work in the same kind of field, they’re both going after white মণ্ডল criminals, they’re very aware of each other and I’m sure they’ve crossed paths in the past going after the same guy. Neal on the other hand is one of the most notorious thieves in Manhattan and so as someone who chases thieves he’s a target for my character. It’s really hard when your target is super good looking and really charming and now all of a sudden is being endorsed দ্বারা the FBI. My character I think has a lot of trouble wrapping her head around the fact that this guy that she’d প্রণয় to put into prison is being escorted around and teamed up with someone like Peter who she respects so much. So right away when we meet her আপনি know that there’s a past between all the characters and she has definite opinions about how she feels about Neal.
There’s been mention that she might be a প্রণয় interest for him. What about that?
Hilarie Burton: I think that’s the প্রশ্ন that everyone asks. I think that every girl who gets cast on ‘White Collar’ has high hopes that she’ll be the one that Neal falls for after Kate’s death and I’m no exception to that at all. He’s dealing with a very huge tragedy and so I think it’d be tasteless for him to automatically hook up with another woman. I think it would invalidate his feelings for Kate which motivated him for the whole first season. But having ব্যক্ত that I’m signed up for six episodes so who knows what happens over the course of six episodes. That’s a half season. I have high hopes for it. We’ll see what Jeff Eastin wants to do with it, but Matt is a lovely man and so nice and so fun to work with. So it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if I had to go to work and pretend that I loved him. I’m sure that there are worst things that I can do in the world.
Right. ‘It’s season two. Let’s সরানো on from Kate.’
Hilarie Burton: Yeah. ‘Enough of this Kate lady. I’ve got so much to offer.’
Also, he’s not only now partnered with Peter but he’d also have a girlfriend that’s walking the right path. It would be interesting.
Hilarie Burton: The women that he’s been tied up with in the past, Kate and Alex, are both on the wrong side of the law. So it would be a huge jump in Neal’s lifestyle for him to buddy up with somebody that would make him walk the straight and narrow.
How many episodes have আপনি shot so far?
Hilarie Burton: I’ve shot two and they’re shooting them kind of out of order. I’ll be totally honest with you, aside from the two that I’ve shot I have no clue what they have planned for me. It’s exciting because now I’m watching the episodes that I’m not in and I’m like, ‘Oh, okay. That makes sense now.’ I like the secretive element to the production of this প্রদর্শনী because as an actor when আপনি have all the উত্তর two weeks into production আপনি get bored. That happens a lot of times when আপনি work on a movie. আপনি know everything that’s going to happen. When আপনি work in TV আপনি don’t. For six years on ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ I never knew what I was going to do the পরবর্তি week. So on this show, especially because it’s got that undercover element to it, আপনি never ever know what’s going to happen and it makes it that much আরো fun when আপনি get your script the night before. It makes going to work exciting.
How do আপনি prepare when as an actor আপনি might be going in the opposite direction আপনি thought your character was going to go?
Hilarie Burton: There are different actors for different kinds of job. I’m an actor that I think does very well under that kind of pressure. I attribute that to a lot of my training at MTV. We did live টেলিভিশন and they would flash a cue card at us and say, ‘Learn this information in the পরবর্তি thirty সেকেন্ড and go,’ and you’re live and আপনি only get one take. That adrenaline rush is something that I really thrive on. Having those last মিনিট script changes and the improvisational element reminds me a lot of theater. I grew up doing theater and so I প্রণয় it. I think it’s great. Some people might hate it. People that have trouble learning lines probably hate it. That’s not to say that one way is better than the পরবর্তি but I have a lot of fun with it and don’t find it frustrating. The challenge is cool. So, yeah, it’s a প্রদর্শনী that’s a nice fit for me.
Was it hard to jump into the middle of a প্রদর্শনী that had one season under its belt, being the new girl on set?
Hilarie Burton: Totally. I had never been on that end of it. ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ was one of the first things that I auditioned for and I got it. It’s still on the air. I did it for six years. I never had to do a pilot season. I never had to test for anything. There’s this whole part of the industry that I was blessed enough to not have to deal with. To jump on a প্রদর্শনী that’s someone else’s, I was very intimidated and nervous that I wasn’t going to do a good enough job অথবা that they weren’t going to like me and so quickly those fears were squashed because Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer are the most welcoming and kind men. They’re everything that leading men on a series should be অথবা leading anybody on any project should be. They’re positive leaders. They keep the crew morale up all দিন long. They’re so kind to the new people like me who could very easily be intimidated. They’re beautiful and funny and really, really talented and they make আপনি feel good about your work. So I’m very in প্রণয় with those guys. I have a big old crush on them.
That’s good because আপনি have four আরো episodes to shoot.
Hilarie Burton: Yeah. Wouldn’t it be terrible if it was the opposite and I was like, ‘Yeah, they’re all right. They’re actors.’
Can আপনি talk about the difference between starring in a network প্রদর্শনী like ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ and then a cable প্রদর্শনী like ‘White Collar’?
Hilarie Burton: In my experience so far I think there’s just a lot আরো freedom on ‘White Collar’. ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ was always on the bubble. It was always under the microscope. It was always, like, ‘Are we going to pick this প্রদর্শনী up? Are we not going to pick this প্রদর্শনী up?’ So as a প্রদর্শনী we kind of had to cater to the powers that be to try to make them happy in an attempt to try and get picked up. So there’s a lot of nervousness on that প্রদর্শনী because we never knew what our future was. ‘White Collar’ has been such a supported প্রদর্শনী on USA and I think that Jeff Eastin is so well respected that they trust his vision. So even when we’re on set and one of the actors has an idea অথবা wants to change a line অথবা wants to experiment with something it’s not a big deal. It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah. That sounds neat. Let’s try it.’ That freedom and liberty to be creative and express yourself, that’s what makes the দিন fun. That’s what makes অভিনয় fun, that journey that আপনি take. So the first দিন on the set I was nervous to make suggestions and then দ্বারা the time that I was done it was like, ‘Can we try this,’ and everyone was on board. It’s just that open line of communication really makes the difference in how the দিন goes and makes আপনি feel good when আপনি go home.
Would আপনি want to be a regular another network প্রদর্শনী অথবা are আপনি just wanting to keep guest starring?
Hilarie Burton: I প্রণয় television. It’s really fun and I like stable work. As an actor it’s such a rare thing and I’m not afraid to say it. I’d প্রণয় to get a couple আরো চলচ্চিত্র under my বেল্ট but where I’m at right now I’m really happy and so if something was developed that came along that was I really into, perhaps a procedural where there was crime to be solved like all those other shows I প্রণয় so much, I’d certainly be into that. I was very fortunate that in my career the right thing has always come along at the right time and has fit my lifestyle and fit where my head was at. I had no doubt that that’s a thing that will continue to happen. I don’t want to push anything অথবা make predictions that’ll throw me off course but I like TV.
Do আপনি have any other projects coming up অথবা just the show?
Hilarie Burton: I’m in contract negotiations right now. There’s a little romantic comedy that’s going to be shooting in Chicago once I মোড়ানো ‘White Collar’. My contract isn’t done with it and so I don’t know if I’m allowed to mention that I’m doing that but it’s very much in the same vein as ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, all the John Hughes films. It’s definitely got that nostalgic Cameron Crowe, John Hughes feel to it. I didn’t get to do a whole lot of funny stuff on ‘One বৃক্ষ Hill’ and so I’m trying to play around with some of that. That project is called ‘One Small Hit’ and then I have my production company [Southern গথ দেশীয় Productions] that’s still based out of Wilmington, North Carolina and we’ve got our hands in all different sorts of things. It’s just all about raising money right now. We took a little hiatus from that because no one has any money in our current economy but we’re getting back into that and in the meantime we’ve been helping a lady we were introduced to named Mary Jo Shipman develop a southern নকশা show. She’s an incredible interior decorator and so I’m using আরো of my এমটিভি skills, my hosting skills, my production skills from এমটিভি to script out her প্রদর্শনী and help her with format and all that kind of stuff. So we’ve been keeping busy.
If আপনি could guest তারকা on any other প্রদর্শনী which one would it be?
Hilarie Burton: God. That’s really hard. Listen, I never used to watch টেলিভিশন and then I started dating my boyfriend and he made me fall in প্রণয় with TV again. আপনি figure as someone who works in television, that I’d be addicted to it. Season one of ‘True Blood’, I was so infatuated with. I haven’t gotten to see any of the new season because we don’t have HBO where we’re staying. So I don’t know anything that’s going on there. I really প্রণয় ‘Criminal Minds’. That’s so good. All we watch is criminal shows. Any place that I can play a badass cop, that’s where I want to be. All of those shows, if any of that crazy intro সঙ্গীত is there count me in. I’m ready to catch some bad guys.
Hopefully আপনি can get your very own procedural show.
Hilarie Burton: We’ll see, yeah, and then I can come প্রথমপাতা and try to talk the talk and everyone will laugh at me, like, ‘Hilarie, you’re not a real cop. It’s ridiculous.’ I’ll feel like I’m making a tiny dent in the criminal world. We’ll just catch fake criminals.