Exclusive: ‘White Collar’ Nabs ‘Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton

by | May 24, 2010 at 9:32 PM | TV News

Hilarie Burton and Matt Bomer (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Hilarie Burton and Matt Bomer (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Careful, Neal Caffrey – it appears your heart is about to get stolen.

Beloved ‘One Tree Hill‘ alumna Hilarie Burton – who just so happens to be one of the coolest gals out there – has booked a multi-episode run on USA Network’s ‘White Collar,’ Fancast has learned exclusively. And she’ll be playing no less than a romantic interest for Matthew Bomer‘s “reformed” career con man.

Specifically, Burton has been cast in a six-episode arc as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator-slash-white collar bounty hunter who has a bit of a score to settle with Neal. Yeah, it turns out that before he got thrown behind bars, Neal stymied her attempt to track down a stolen priceless painting – perhaps having pinched it himself.

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Now that Neal is back out on the streets, Sara has locked her crosshairs on him anew. As a game of cat-and-mouse flares up, so do some criminally intense sparks.

In other words: This. Is. Going. To. Be. Hot.

Burton’s other credits include ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ and she also is a founder of Southern Gothic Productions. And just FYI, she’ll be going back to blonde for the ‘White Collar’ role.

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