Tiffani Thiessen is One Hot Mama (July 22, 2010)
Tiffani Thiessen is an integral part of the cast of the red-hot show, White Collar, which airs on USA Network, Tuesday at 9/8c, and she happens to be a mom for the first time which proves there is nothing she can't do.
She has been the part of a few very popular series over the years, and now she's a part of a show that took off almost instantly and even though she's an actress in demand she wanted to be a member of this cast as soon as she read a script.
"Oh, yes, I auditioned like everybody else. It's kind of a funny story. It's kind of a long process, which I'm sure a lot of actors say is the case. But I went in and I read the script and absolutely fell in love with it and just really was adamant about wanting to do everything I could possible to try and get the job. So I went in and auditioned for it and I was put on what they call a short list, but they wanted to cast the husband first, which they hadn't found Tim yet.
"I think about a month or two goes by and they finally cast Tim, and so I was waiting to get that phone call again to come back in, and what they do is like a chemistry read. I never got the call, and so I called my agent and I was like "Whatever happened to White Collar, that show? I was supposedly on the short list." And they said, "Oh, they actually wanted to go a different route. They thought you were too young." Then I started hearing some of the girls that were actually going in and auditioning with Tim and they were actually younger than I was. So I was like, wait a minute, that doesn't sound right.
"So I actually thought I lost the job, but then supposedly they never found the girl, they were definitely trying to go younger and it didn't work, and so they called me back again. I did a chemistry read with Tim and we totally hit it off, and I knew it was my job, I knew I was going to get it, I had a feeling in my gut, and I did. It was, again, like a long process but definitely worth it because in my mind from the moment I read the script I really wanted this job."
Just like a married couple she and Tim work well together and it's nice to see a happily married couple being portrayed on screen.
"I do believe so, being that I'm married myself. I think it's quite easy, actually. I think if your marriage is strong and you have a good trust basis between the two, which is a lot of what we try to portray the relationship between Elizabeth and Peter to be, then I absolutely think you can.," she said confidently. "They've been married for ten years and they have such a good rapport with each other and it's a marriage on TV that I really quite enjoy to watch, because you don't see a lot of TV couples like that."
Because she is a new mom working here into this season was a bit of a challenge.
"It's a very different season for me than it was last year. I just gave birth five weeks ago, almost five weeks ago, so I actually have been away. What we did was because I couldn't travel or fly because I was really, really pregnant when the season started, we actually ended up shooting, which I'm sure you might have seen on the premiere episode this season, my one scene, a lot of those episodes in the first six episodes I shot here in Los Angeles on a studio with a green screen behind me. The two scenes I did with Tim and then the rest of them I did where I was pretending to be in San Francisco, that's where you'll start to see my character on an event, because I couldn't be right in New York City to shoot with the rest of the cast.
"I'm a bit away, I'm not in the first six episodes that much, but it was really interesting to see how they can maneuver me in the sense of making me look like I'm not as pregnant and shooting me from the waist up and not really showing. I actually haven't seen the cast and I actually leave next week to go back to New York and finish off the season with them, so I'm excited."
If you want to know what Thiessen is doing next? Just follow her on Twitter.
"It's amazing. Nowadays this whole digital media, it's crazy," she said with real surprise in her voice. "I am. I've been a little slow on it lately. I haven't had too much time but I'm going to try and start getting up on it again.
"I think it's a definite new media that has really sparked a whole new kind of connection between actors or musicians or anybody in the entertainment business or even politicians. I follow Ann Curry, I love it. I love hearing her voice. I love hearing her news, her opinions. I think the public really enjoys that.
"To me I think it's a much more honest way to really connect with your fan base without it being the horrible magazines out there that might not get the truth right. At least this gives a little bit of an honest glimpse into someone's life without it being too overdone and too personal. You get to control it, which is what I like about it."
Fans know what they like and they like Tiffani and she continues to have a terrific career as a result.