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SUPERMAN: UNBOUND Role: Superman/Clark Kent Status: Completed On DVD/Blu-ray: 5/7/13
WINTER'S TALE Role: Peter Lake's Father Status: Filming In Theaters: N/A
SPACE STATION 76 Role: Ted Status: Post-Production In Theaters: N/A
THE NORMAL HEART Role: Felix Turner Status: Pre-Production In Theaters: N/A
WHITE COLLAR Role: Neal Caffrey Status: Filming Airing: Hiatus
We aren’t going to lie here — we watch White Collar, but we’re a bit hazy on the plot lines. It’s hard, really, to focus when hottie Matt Bomer, who plays con-man Neal Caffrey with such devious aplomb, is on screen.
So, color us amped when we got the chance to chat with the suited-up smokeshow at last night’s Park & Bond dinner; the intimate three-course meal at Minetta Lane’s cozy Perla celebrated the shopping site’s “NYC’s Most Stylish Dads” feature — and, no brainer, Bomer really leads the Big Apple pack.
And, when he wasn’t schooling us on “sartorial porn” (his words, not ours….swoonage), Mr. Matt proved that he’s way, way more than just a pretty face. Read on for our quick-hitting Q&A, where Bomer talks all things children (he has three kids with husband Simon Halls), menswear, and his perfect Father’s Day present.
Tell us about how you find a suit — a lot of dudes don’t know how to find the perfect one.
“Well, one thing I’ve certainly learned from being on the show is the importance of a tailor. If you like a suit, just because it doesn’t fit you off the rack doesn’t mean that you should give up on it. A good tailor can make anything work. For me, it depends from designer to designer: I feel like a lot of times I’m picking something for a specific event so that will be my guide process to which designer I wear. If I wanna pop of color, I’ll go Paul Smith; if I want something a little more traditional that I’ll feel more confident and comfortable in, I’ll go Tom Ford… it just depends.”
And what about for everyday wear, who are some of your favorite designers?
“Casual look? I love the stuff that Michael Bastian does for GANT. Especially in the summertime, the colors he uses…it fits well and it’s fun, you know? It says summertime to me. But in my personal life, I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. I really like hoodies and jeans and tees, but when I’m stepping it out, it just depends. I love Billy Reid, he has a lot of great stuff this summer.”
Do you have a stylist?
You do it all yourself?
Where else do you shop?
“I used to live in the West Village so a lot of my life — because I’m so busy shooting most of the time — was confined to Bleecker Street, between Ralph Lauren, James Perse, Marc Jacobs, GANT, Jack Spade, and Brooks Brothers.”
And how are you involved with Park & Bond?
“Well, the reason I wanted to be here tonight is because all the proceeds from these ties that they’ve made, from great designers like Ovadia & Sons go to Boys Club of New York, an incredible organization which has obviously been around for a long time, and gives people a chance to become responsible members of society and get a foot up in the world and make something with their lives.”
When you say it’s amazing to be acknowledged as a Dad, what do you mean by that?
“I think there are a lot more guys in New York who are a lot more stylish than I am, so I’m lucky to be on a show that features a lot of sartorial porm, and I’ve learned a lot from that, I have a lot of help on the show, but you know, more importantly than that is to be acknowledged as a Dad. Dad sounds good, man!”
Do you have any parenting tips for living in New York City?
“Oh man…We have three boys so everything is so kinetic. They’re so outdoors-orientated so there are days when we just have to find an outdoor venue, run around Sheep’s Meadow, or go to things like the Intrepid Museum where they can see all things like the airplanes and space shuttles. My advice for being a parent in the city is just doing the research to find out what the best outlook for your kids’ personality is.”
Do you think there is advantage to raising them in the city, versus the suburbs?
“Culturally, I think there is such an advantage for kids to grow up in a metropolitan environment, especially in New York City. I mean, this is the hub of all culture in America in my opinion. They are exposed to so many things, that teach them a lot of lessons about life, art and culture from a very young age. It gives them an edge up in some ways. At the same time, in an environment where so much is going on, you have to figure out how to shelter them within that environment.”
Do they take style cues from you, or do they have their own fashion sense?
“You know, our oldest, I think he’s seen a lot of marketing material for White Collar, so he has this fascination with ties, and he has this old Thom Browne thing going on where we’ll say we’re going out for dinner and he’ll come down in a polo shirt, a tie, blue blazer, shorts, and black skinny loafers. We just embrace it and say you look fantastic. He’s seven. It’s incredible, if that’s what you wanna wear, do it.”
So you let your kids dress themselves?
“Absolutely. I wanna let them cultivate their own sense of expression in the world, and style is a great way to do that.”
Do you go shopping with them?
“Well you know, they’re boys, they’re seven and four so they don’t have a whole lot of patience for shopping per se, but to be honest with you, and I’m not just saying this because I’m here tonight, I do a lot of my shopping for them on Gilt. It’s an easy way to get things especially with the hours I do, I don’t have the time to go door-to-door to do their shopping, so I just do it online and try them on, it’s awesome.”
Finally, what do you want for Father’s Day?
“Oh, I have no expectations for any gift. The kids always do something really nice for us, a book of photos, a picture frame of them, which is great, but to me the most important thing is to spend time together. A BBQ out back, spending time in the pool, it’s awesome.”
When USA Network’s White Collar returns this Tuesday at 9/8c for Season 4, the con man is living the life in a beachfront mansion on an exotic island while romancing a local beauty (played by Alias‘ Mía Maestro). But as star Matt Bomer tells TVLine, not everything is as idyllic as it seems. And once the dapper fella makes it back to New York City, he’ll be plagued by questions about his own past.
TV Line: How is island life treating Neal?
[Laughs] You know, it’s very Dickensian for Neal. It’s kind of the best of times, and the worst of times. The good news is he’s living the dream, and the bad news is he’s living the dream in his early 30s. So while he’s enjoying this life he’s constructed for himself, it’s also a little early in the game for him to be this retired guy on an island. He misses aspects of his collaboration with Peter (Tim DeKay) and his life back in New York, the culture and the diversity there.
TV Line: So he’s itching to get back?
Don’t get me wrong – he’s Neal Caffrey, so he’s obviously made the absolute best of the situation he’s been given. He has the nicest pad. He has an amazing morning routine, a very leisurely life. There are aspects of that he really enjoys because they are things he fantasized about for so long. He kindled a little island romance for himself, going nice and slow on island time. Then things get interrupted, and as annoying as that is – even though he won’t admit it – there’s a welcome aspect to it as well.
TV Line: How much of a threat is Mekhi Phifer’s FBI agent to Neal?
We don’t really realize what a huge threat he is until the second episode. We hear about how dangerous he is and how renegade he is, how it’s martial law with him in a way. He sets the terms of what’s legal and what’s not. Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson) take that with a grain of salt until they encounter him and realize, “OK, he means business.” There’s something very specific that happens in the second episode that I think will make people take his character very seriously, very quickly.
TV Line: Obviously, Neal is going to somehow find his way back to New York. What can you share about how that comes about?
It will involve Peter and a madcap, high stakes escape in typical White Collar fashion. [Laughs] It’ll be suspenseful, and it’ll have a big cliffhanger.
TV Line: Is it safe to say the possibility of walking free from the commutation hearing is off the table?
I’ll tell you this: In typical Neal fashion, he has to figure out the best way to get back into the FBI’s good graces so he’s not back in the clink. It all ends up cooking together in one big game plan – the return and a way for him to get back into their good graces.
TV Line: What does this mean for Peter and Neal’s relationship?
It’s closer than ever in some ways — and they’re more at odds in some ways, too. It’s out on the table that they respect each other and they care about each other. But at the same time, their poker game this season is more high stakes than ever and ends up coming to a boiling point in Episode 9, where they really are at odds. But they figure out a way to get through it and, as usual, their unconventional pairing is what ultimately always brings them back together because each has something the other wouldn’t think of, couldn’t think of, something that they need.
TVLINE | Neal has quite a few ladies on his plate in the new season. Where do Neal and Sara (Hilarie Burton) stand then?
I think their relationship had some closure at the end of Season 3 in a really poetic and adult way. But the writers found really creative ways to bring her back into the picture in Season 4. She’s in three [episodes] of the first 10, and Hilarie is fantastic. They have some fun little sparks that happen here and there over the course of the season. [Ed. Note: Burton is booked for four episodes.]
TVLINE | Alex is also back. Is that a welcome return?
Yes, I’m so happy that Gloria Votsis is back! I missed her terribly in Season 3. She’s one of my favorite characters because she is so badass, but at the same time so vulnerable. They have a similar dynamic where no one really trusts the other person, but at the same time they really like working together and being around each other. And obviously, their relationship has benefits that Neal and Peter’s does not. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Jeff Eastin told me that Season 4 is going to be a lot about Neal’s pursuit of his family. What’s driving that search?
First of all, he met Ellen last season, which opened a lot of floodgates as to, “Who am I? Where did I come from? Am I predestined to be this person? How bad was my dad? Can I overcome it on my own? How much of being bad is genetic and how of it is learned [or] acquired?” For him to really collaborate with the FBI on the terms he wants, there are aspects of his past and blanks he needs to fill in before he can proceed. When he comes back [to New York], he’s pursuing full throttle all these answers as to who he was, who his father was, why he left. How did he leave? Was he guilty? Was he a bad person? Was he set up? Was he framed? To me, the way I play it is he has to put these things to bed and have closure on them before he can move forward as a man.
TVLINE | Jeff once said, “[Neal] wants to be good but he was born bad.” Do you think he’s inherently bad?
[Laughs] As a parent of three children, I know there are certain aspects to personalities you come into the world with. I think Neal from day one was high energy, curious, willful, questioning, independent – all the things a parent probably fears in a child on some level. But those things are also great and enabled him to survive and thrive in the world. As an actor, I’m never interested in labels like “good” and “bad.” I’m more interested in what do they do and why do they do it. I think Neal was born with a really strong lust for life, and because of his family and where he came from, that might have led him down some darker roads. If he’d grown up in Greenwich, Connecticut, with an idyllic household with two parents and a sibling and a golden retriever… I think there’s some conditioning involved there.
In case you missed Matt on Character Chatter, Laura posted a transcript of his Q&A.
M: Hey everybody! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat tonight. I’m so excited to hear from all of you. I’ll try to get to as many questions as I can, and give some running commentary at the same time. Happy Premiere!! Q: If you could be any other character from WC, who would you be and why?
M: hmmmm…. I’d love to play both Peter and Mozzie for an episode. Peter, because it would be fun to be on the other end of things, and Mozzie because he has the easiest work schedule and gets to be funny all the time.
M: Treat, Tim, and I had to shoot the opening scene twice because of a discrepancy in his makeup continuity.
Q: what is the thing you like the most about neal caffrey?
M: He’s incredibly complicated, but he hides most of his feelings. That’s very challenging to play as an actor, but very fun as well.
Matt Bomer participating in the 2013 DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl
A rich gumbo of A-list celebrities and star athletes will gather together in New Orleans, home of Super Bowl XLVII, to compete in the Seventh Annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 2. The game play will take place in DTV SuperFan Stadium (at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World) on the world’s largest indoor beach comprised of more than a million pounds of freshly poured sand.
The DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, which is free and open to the public, has become the must-attend event of Super Bowl weekend attracting thousands of spectators who flock to the event every year to witness Hollywood’s biggest stars compete against former NFL greats in a wild flag football game where anything can happen.
For those watching at home, the pre-game show, game and post-game musical performance will begin airing live at Noon CST on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, NBC Sports Network, all of DIRECTV’s Regional Sports Networks (Root Sports Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh) as well as internationally on DIRECTV’s Pan Americana and DIRECTV Puerto Rico outlets.
Celebrities and athletes scheduled to take part in the game include rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Maria Menounos (host of EXTRA and New York Times bestselling author of “The EveryGirls Guide to Life”), Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie), Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis, Kevin Frazier (omg! Insider anchor), Rocsi Diaz (Entertainment Tonight), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), actress, author and talk-show host Jenny McCarthy, Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), comedian Artie Lange (The Artie Lange Show), NFL Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Warren Moon, former NY Giants Jesse Palmer and Amani Toomer, Heisman Trophy-winner and NFL great Eddie George with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
The fun begins at Noon CST when Dan Patrick and former New York Giant Michael Strahan host the pre-game show, presented by SHOWTIME®. Then, at 1 p.m. CST, celebrities and athletes will take to the field. The matchup, which is played over four 10-minute quarters, will be called by Patrick and Daryl “Moose” Johnston, entertainment reporter Erin Andrews and sideline reporter Tony Siragusa. Immediately following the game and trophy presentation, fans will fill the beach for a concert by international superstar Pitbull.
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Matt Bomer to Play Andrew Rannells’ Ex-Boyfriend on ‘New Normal’
The actor has booked a guest turn on Murphy’s freshman gay family comedy The New Normal, the prolific showrunner announced Wednesday via Twitter.
Bomer, who guest starred on the third season of Murphy’s Glee as Cooper Anderson, the older brother to Darren Criss’ Blaine, will play the “sexy ex-boyfriend” to Andrew Rannells’ Bryan on the freshman comedy. A specific airdate and episode count for Bomer’s appearance was not immediately available.
Rannells and Justin Bartha co-star as a gay couple who turn to a surrogate (Georgia King) for help growing their family.
The series, which has received a full-season order at NBC, could be heading toward not only a childbirth but a wedding as the on-screen couple based (based on Murphy’s life) got engaged during this week’s episode.
Akiva Goldsman has already locked in most of the primary cast for his directorial debut Winter’s Tale, but is bolstering the line-up with Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths and the legendary Hitchcock veteran Eva Marie Saint.
Tale, adapted by Goldsman himself from Mark Helprin’s novel, follows what happens when a thief (Colin Farrell) breaks into a mansion in Manhattan and falls for the dying young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) he finds there. But that’s just one aspect of the book, which flits between 19th Century New York and the present day.
Also on board are William Hurt, Russell Crowe and Will Smith, though the latter two will take on smaller roles as a favour to Goldsman.
Bomer and Griffiths are set to play Farrell’s parents (in flashback, naturally, given their ages), while Saint’s role is being kept shrouded in mystery for now. Goldsman aims to kick off filming next month.
Bomer, who is usually found in US TV drama White Collar, enjoyed success this summer as one the strippers in Magic Mike. Griffiths, who has mostly been known for Robin Hood and Collision over here, appeared in the most recent season of True Blood. She’ll also crop up in The Numbers Station. Saint, meanwhile, has largely retired from acting recently, though she did appear in Superman Returns back in 2006.