In part one of "Hilarie Burton Discusses Her Latest Role on USA’s White Collar," Burton talked about her character Sara Ellis in great detail, as well as what she thinks of her leading man, Matt Bomer.
In part two, Burton continues her love-fest for her co-workers, whether or not she has plans to return to One Tree Hill, and advice for those wanting trying to make it as an actor in New York.
Being the new kid on set can be hard, but Burton said during the call that her female cast-mates (Tiffani Thiessen, Marsha Thomason, and Gloria Votsis) welcomed her with open arms.
“The females on the show are the warmest most graceful inclusive women. Anytime you’re the new kid walking into a situation you have no idea what’s going to happen once you get there, and Tiffani and Marsha, and Gloria, they were so kind and so warm, so I might be a little bit biased. I think that they can’t do anything wrong. They’re incredible,” she said.
“Tiffani and I both have babies, and when I met her and she was like 'Let’s have play dates.' And our kids met and, and she brings her husband to work and she’s so proud of what she has accomplished at home. It’s not about what she’s accomplished at work; it’s about what she’s created in her private life.”
Burton said that she enjoys working with family-oriented people, because they are helping her balance out her work life and her home life. She feels that her fellow cast-mates have “really figured out how to exist in this industry wholesomely.” She also discussed the leadership that is shown by Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay on the set of White Collar, and how the tone they set affects everyone else.
“They have an energy that’s infectious. One of them is in every single scene of the day, and so one of them is representing the show at all times. And the crew’s momentum, and the rest of the cast’s momentum and mood is, is largely influenced by the leaders on set. And Matt and Tim and such positive leaders and it doesn’t matter how tired they are, Tim will work all week long, not get off work ‘til very, very late, hop on a plane and then go coach his son’s little league games. And then fly back on Sunday and go right back to work not having slept. And I think everyone really respects that and it sets a good tone and it makes work really fun and it makes everybody want to work hard for each other. When you see someone else working that hard, it makes you want to live up to that,” she said.