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  NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES: White Collar Q&A Session
  July 6, 2010/1:00 p.m. EDT

Matt Bomer –White Collar
Tim DeKay –White Collar
Chrissy Fehskens – New Media Strategies


Moderator           Our first question coming in is from Stevie Wilson at

Stevie              Watching the two episodes that were coming in, you did some time again.

Matt                Yes.

Stevie              That’s kind of interesting. Then as that particular episode progresses,

                    obviously Willie and Tim’s character have a conversation at the very end

                    about how they’re kind of watching your back and making sure that you’re

                    being able to adjust to the fact that Kate’s been killed, which is all this
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         new information all in one episode that one has to process, and how is

         your character dealing with this?

Matt     What I think those particular events sort of set in motion this season is that

         Neal’s big struggle is between doing what’s legally right and what he

         thinks is just. So his big struggle this season in terms of avenging Kate’s

         death is whether to do the right thing legally or what he feels is right and


Stevie   Okay, and that’s pretty much how the season’s going to go?

Matt     Well, in terms of that particular storyline; yes. Is that what you’re asking?

Stevie   Well, yes, kind of. What I’m asking really kind of the justice that he is

         seeking versus what is legally doable given his personal situation, and

         having a nice little tag around his—the little thing around his ankle, makes

         it difficult to do that.

Matt     Well, I think you just asked and summed up your own question.

Stevie   Yes, I think I did. Sorry about that.
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Matt        Is there anything else I can answer for you?

Stevie      Yes. You’ve got new additions to your cast.

Matt        Yes. We’re very excited about that. First of all, we have Marsha

            Thomason back on a regular basis, which is wonderful. She’s a fantastic

            actress and gorgeous and so great to have on this show. And then we have

            Hilarie Burton who makes a recurring guest arc this season as sort of—I

            guess from my character’s eyes, she plays a high class repo man, an

            insurance repo man, who’s basically out to settle an old score between

            herself and Neal. So it’s kind of fun and contentious and slightly

            flirtatious and all those things, hopefully.

Moderator   And our next question is from Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier. Go

            ahead please.

Joshua      Matt, I just was wondering, so many of my magazines coming in the mail

            these days have you on the cover or featured very prominently. How does

            it sort of feel to be the center of the cable universe these days?
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Matt     Well, I don’t perceive myself that way in any light. Thankfully, I’m so

         busy with work that I don’t have time to process too much of that stuff.

         But it’s great that people are responding to the show and Jeff’s writing,

         most importantly, and know we’re hopefully getting the word about our

         show out there because we work really hard on it, and I speak for myself

         and Tim and the cast and Jeff when I say that we’re really proud of the

         stuff we’re working hard to put out there, and thankfully, or hopefully, the

         word is getting out.

Joshua   I want to ask you sort of a, I guess, philosophical TV question. I really

         enjoyed season one, but there were a couple of things that I was kind of

         surprised to see. I mean, obviously you’ve been around TV. You know

         sort of that it takes a long time usually for there to be payoffs in a series,

         and I thought there were fairly big payoffs last year. You know, Peter,

         you guys had the mid season break. He could have been a bad guy. You

         sort of wrapped that up in the next episode. Neal and Kate; obviously

         that’s not going to happen now. What do you think about the payoffs and

         I guess the quick reveals for the audience?

Matt     I love that Jeff Eastin answers the question he asked in the first episode,

         and I agree with you. There were big payoffs and I think Tim and I were
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            both were looking at each other going, ―Where are we going to go from

            here?‖ But then we did, and now we’re at the mid season finale this

            season going, ―Oh my God! Where are we going to go from here?‖ So,

            fortunately we have a great writer in Jeff Eastin who likes to answer the

            questions he presents pretty concisely and pretty briefly, so I’m just happy

            to be along for the ride.

Moderator   Ladies and gentlemen, we have been joined by Mr. Tim DeKay as well.

            Our next question is from Mr. Matt Carter with

Matt C.     This question actually goes out to both of you and that’s how do you guys

            see Neal and Peter’s relationship kind of shifting and evolving now,

            especially with kind of the changing dynamics with Kate, and even with

            Mozzie having a little bit more of a role now?

Tim         I think it’s like any other relationship that changes and evolves, but at the

            base of it, I just get the feeling that these two care for each other very

            much, and with that, they’re going to have a good time together. They’re

            going to be hurt by each other, and are going to possibly not trust each

            other to greater degrees than previously or lesser degrees than previously.

            But I think that’s to Jeff Eastin’s credit, in writing a very complex—you
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          know, people have said, ―Oh, this is a buddy-cop relationship that these

          two have.‖ I think yes, it is. But, I think it’s much more than that and

          that’s because Jeff Eastin has said, ―No, no, no. I want it to be more than

          that.‖ And I think he’s written something more than that.

Matt      I would echo that sentiment and just say yes, it’s about two guys who have

          a mutual respect for each other, who have a lot of differences but who

          compensate for each other’s differences in interesting ways, and who

          always end up, at the end of the day, having a pretty good time together.

          But the one dynamic that’s always shifting and changing between our

          relationship and between the series at large is that of trust.

Tim       Yes.

Matt C.   Well, final question is just kind of a quick thing to satisfy both the White

          Collar and Chuck fan in me, and that’s Matt, do you think that Neal

          Caffrey could take down Bryce Larkin in a fight?

Matt      Oh! Neal could outsmart him, but if you’re talking about a UFC cage

          match, Bryce would definitely win.
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Moderator   And our next question is from Rosa Cordero with

Rosa        Hi guys! I’m happy that I have you both on the line. What’s up? My first

            question is for Matt. Jeff Eastin teased us that you and your fabulous co-

            star, Diahann Carroll, would be singing on an episode this season. Has it

            already been shot and what can you tell us about it?

Matt        He teased me too. I’ve heard rumor. It would be an honor. She’s a

            legend and it’d be really, really fun to get to do something like that. I have

            no idea if it’s actually going to come to fruition. We still have eight

            episodes to find out or seven episodes to find out. So I guess as soon as I

            know, I’ll let you know.

Rosa        And Tim, in episode two of season two, there was that running gag about

            you and the mustache. Was this the creation of the writers, or did you just

            show up one day a little fuzzy and inspire the episode?

Tim         Yes, I showed up—that happens a lot. I’ll show up fuzzy and it will

            inspire people. No. It was completely by Jeff. I honestly think the

            twisted mind of Jeff Eastin thought, ―Oh, I bet DeKay would look goofy

            with a mustache. Let me write that.‖
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Rosa        It was a great episode. I’m really excited to see how the season— season

            one was such a solid season, but it just seems like, with these two episodes

            that we have been able to preview, the show is just getting better. And

            I’m really loving the banter between Peter and Neal. It’s just coming out

            to be—and we’re seeing a lot more Willie Garson, which I love. I’m very

            excited for the season. Good luck.

Moderator   Our next question is from Mr. Jim Halterman with

            Go ahead, please.

Jim         With a lot of these plot twists that come up anywhere in this season, do

            you guys always know they’re coming ahead of time so you can play that,

            or are you guys kind of in the dark too as well as the upcoming plot lines?

Tim         Jeff Eastin is good in that he’ll tell me a plot twist that’s coming up if he

            thinks it would be something Peter would know ahead of time, and if it’s

            something that would be a surprise to Peter, I’ll tell Jeff, ―Oh, don’t tell

            me. I don’t want to know.‖ And then it’s exciting to read it and exciting

            to play it. This one kind of came up on me, the one for the mid season,

            only because I think we’ve been so entrenched in shooting these first eight
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            episodes, that when I got the next episode—Oh wow! Oh right, this is the

            mid season, and then it was a page turner, I have to say.

Matt        I like not to know unless it’s something that I need to know specifically

            for how I color a performance, but at the beginning of the year, basically I

            just talk with Jeff and say, ―What’s the overall motivation for Neal for this

            season?‖ And then we go from there, and I get pleasantly surprised when

            I get the script, five minutes before we shoot it.

Jim         And Matt, the show’s definitely put you out there and everybody kind of

            knows who you are now. Have you adjusted to the kind of scrutiny on

            you and your personal life through all this?

Matt        To be honest with you, I don’t really pay any attention to it. My personal

            life is a source of incredible happiness for me, but it’s just that; it’s

            personal and I would never—it’s not for me to hock, or shop around to the

            highest bidder, and plus, it could never live up to the amazing mythology

            that everyone online has created for me. So, I’ll keep mum about it.

Moderator   Thank you. Our next question is from Pattye Grippo with
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Pattye   The two of you have this great onscreen chemistry, and I was wondering,

         what is your relationship like in real life and do you spend time together

         outside of the show?

Matt     I don’t let Tim look at me, unless we’re shooting.

Tim      Yes, it’s just better for me, that way I know the rule. Matt will have other

         production assistants come up to me and remind me, ―Mr. Bomer does not

         want you to make eye contact with him.‖

Matt     Until they call action.

Tim      Until they—

Matt     No, Tim is actually my life coach. He doesn’t know it, but he is.

Tim      Oh, likewise.

Matt     I rely on him for advice and information on life on a seven day a week

         basis basically.
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Tim      We have a good time.

Matt     We do.

Tim      Yes, we have a very good time.

Matt     There aren’t many days when we’re not laughing pretty hard, so how

         could we complain?

Tim      There aren’t. Matt Bomer’s the funniest man—

Pattye   So let’s just say that you guys were put on the stand and asked to be a

         character witness for each other’s characters. What would you say about


Tim      Ah, so Peter would be a character witness for Neal?

Pattye   Exactly, and vice-versa.

Tim      It’s going to seem odd, but this is my first instinct and I think I have to go

         with it. One is smartest individual I’ve met. And two, one of the most
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         devoted. Yes, he’s one of the—oh my gosh! I think because of this

         question, I’ve hit something here that I think that Peter sees in Neal; that

         he respects and adores, for lack of a better word.

Matt     Oh, s…. We’ve got to do these blogger calls on a more regular basis.

Tim      Yes. He sees a strong devotion in Neal. And it makes sense. Look how

         devoted he was to Kate. Look how strong he stayed with Kate and was

         devoted to her. And if he can do that for her, he can do that for the

         bureau, and certainly for his friends.

Pattye   Makes sense. And what about the other way around? What does Neal


Tim      Peter the player.

Matt     He’s a player.

Tim      He’s slept with every single woman in the bureau.
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Matt        One lady to the next, Peter. I would say that Peter is incredibly intelligent,

            dedicated, devoted, a family man. I mean, he has the white picket

            existence that I completely admire and respect and wish that I could have,

            but don’t really ultimately believe that I can.

Tim         And Peter’s funny.

Pattye      Well, yes.

Matt        And he’s funny!

Tim         And he wears really good ties.

Matt        And he puts up with my bull….

Moderator   Mr. Curt Wagner with RedEye Show Patrol. Go ahead.

Curt        I wanted to ask what it’s like having Willie and Mozzie in more scenes

            and working with Peter, and you know, that for the season.

Matt        He’s a real pain in the ….
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Tim    Yes, he is. It’s great because—I just love the relationship of Peter and

       Mozzie. He’s this nuisance, but we need him every so often, and he’s

       good to go to. And he’s also one of these guys who does some—he goes

       above and beyond every so often, and Peter hates to say it, but he says

       thank you to him.

       And here’s the other thing about the world of White Collar is that even

       though Mozzie is a conspiracy theorist and there is a combative element

       between Mozzie and Peter, never, never, never would Peter ever not trust

       him with—no, let me rephrase this. There isn’t that element of violence,

       and because that element is not there between certainly Neal and Mozzie

       and Peter, it gives it great flexibility. It gives that relationship a great

       flexibility. Peter’s never worrying, ―Oh, Mozzie might draw a gun on

       somebody.‖ That’s just not there. And because of that, you’ve got much

       more leeway in the relationship.

Matt   I think Willie is great and fun and he always brings something extra to the

       role, and it’s been fun for Neal to get to bridge two worlds that were very

       different for him in the first season, and to see people who he respects and

       admires and likes working with in two very different ways, come together
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            and sort of being the intermediary in their dynamic at times, and also

            watching them get along famously at other times.

Curt        The followup: Tim, when are we going to see you in a wet t-shirt ….

Tim         I don’t know what you’ll—if this weather keeps up, you will see Tim in a

            wet suit because I will just sweat through everything and you’ll see Peter

            dripping as he does a walk and talk with Neal.

Moderator   Ladies and gentleman, that does conclude our conference for today.

            Thank you for your participation, for using AT&T teleconference

            executive teleconference service. You may now disconnect.

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