Tiffani Thiessen Is A ‘White Collar’ Worker

by | October 22, 2009 at 9:51 AM | TV News

The USA Network hardly seems to ever miss.

From ‘Burn Notice‘ to ‘In Plain Sight‘ to ‘Royal Pains‘, the cable network has seen everything its launched over the last few years stick.

For actors like Tiffani Thiessen, who recently dropped the Amber and signed on to the networks new hour-long drama ‘White Collar‘, that entails commitment you might be doing the same series for a while.

Of course, the tolling of the series grind is not an unfamiliar career situation for the former beauty-pageant denizen, who notably spent four years of her youth as Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell before enlisting in a six-year bad-girl arc as Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills 90210.

For their part, TV networks and production companies love an experienced, hardworking actress who audiences seem to like, and they’ve been steadily trying to get Thiessen back into regular series rotation since 2000, when the original 90210 signed off.

Indeed, Thiessen, 35, has been inked to a number of regular TV gigs, including ‘Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place’, ‘Fastlane’ and ‘Good Morning, Miami’ all of which succumbed to cancellation after a season or less.

Watch a sneak peek of White Collar below:

Now comes ‘White Collar’, which stars Matt Bomer as a clever criminal mastermind who gets out of jail on the condition that he uses his skills to help a skeptical FBI agent (Tim DeKay).

Thiessen will play the agents wife in the series, which premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on USA and doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon.

Fancast caught up with Thiessen over the weekend at her Los Angeles home, as she was playing with her two dogs and packing her bags, preparing to head back to the shows New York-based set.

So the pilot USA has been presenting doesn’t seem to have very much of you.

It’s true, in the pilot, you don’t see me that much. And I don’t work every day like the boys do (Bomer and DeKay). But they’ve been kind of developing my role. You see me more and more involved in the triangle (between the two stars) as season one goes on.

Threesome?
No, no, no (laughs). I’m just kind of a grounding voice for the boys, who are always bickering. Its going to be a lot like ‘Burn Notice’ very character-driven and fun.

So do you like splitting time between New York and L.A.?
Im very bi-coastal! We’re a little more than halfway done with shooting season one right now, and I’m going back and forth as much as I can, and my husband is coming to visit me a lot. It’s not a bad situation to be in. But our home is here in Los Angeles. Our dogs are here. Our lives are here.

How many dogs do you have?
Two. Buck and Pearl. They’re rescue dogs, 5 years old. Great Dane mixed with Lab and Golden Retriever. They’re brother and sister. Sweet dogs and great workout buddies.

Do you take them with you to the Big Apple?
Its a little hard. We looked into doing Pet Airways, but that’s not convenient for us. And they’re not city dogs. We live on almost an acre of land (in Los Angeles).

It’s been a while since you did the series grind of any length of time. Are you dreading that?
I really haven’t worked, like crazy worked, in a long time, which is nice. I’ve been concentrating on my marriage, traveling a lot, being with my family and friends. It just so happens that I found project I really like, I fought for it, and got it. I love the people I’m working with. And I’m finally playing a role that’s closer to my heart. I really wanted to do this project.