Tiffani Talks Expanding Her Family, Bringing Daughter Harper On 'White Collar' Set (March 18, 2013)

As an animal activist, actress, and mother, you'd think handling a schedule on just one coast would be difficult. But White Collar star (and one of our favorite actresses period) Tiffani Thiessen makes it look easy—and in her own words, it's exciting.

"I'll tell ya, out of all the places that I would want to be besides at in home in Los Angeles, its definitely New York. Look, New York is so beautiful and exciting. It really taps into every sort of artistic side of me," she tells me during a recent interview. "I love that my daughter gets to experience two really completely different sides of the world growing up. We love it. We absolutely love it!" Since the series premiered in 2009, Thiessen, her husband Brady Smith, and 2 and a half-year-old daughter Harper have split their time exactly six months in New York and six months in Los Angeles throughout the year.

"When I first had her I went back to work six weeks later, and nursed for quite some time and my little stinker of a little one didn't take a bottle or a pacifier, so she literally was with me constantly for the first year," she said of bringing Harper to set at times. "I give a lot of credit to my mother, who actually came with me. We didn't have a typical nanny situation. I actually had my mom, which I was so grateful for. She actually still comes with us and lives with us when we come to New York every single time. And now that she's older, of course she comes to visit. Not all the time, its not too much fun for a 2 and a half-year-old to sit on set (laughs). She'd much rather go to the park and do fun things like a 2 and a half-year-old would actually do, but she does come." Adding, "I have the greatest job that I don't have to work every day on the show because it is a pretty large cast now, I definitely play more of the supportive role and as a mom its kind of the perfect job for me that I don't have to work every day all day."

And yes ladies, that of course includes getting to act alongside the very handsome Matt Bomer. Referencing back to how she and some friends had a good ole' time at the movies for Magic Mike, she couldn't say enough nice words about the rest of the cast too. "He's one of the sweetest guys. He's Texan like my husband, a total gentleman. The whole cast, I would have to say, I'm very lucky to be working with the guys that I do. And we have the greatest crew. It really is one of the nicest jobs I've had in my career, so I hope it goes on forever."

It seems like she wouldn't mind keeping her beautiful daughter young forever too. "You know its funny. I knew that I would have an abundance of love for this child, but I honestly didn't know how much. I sometimes feel sorry for my husband (laughs) because I think he gets pushed to the side sometimes," she exclaimed.

"Your whole world changes and it really does become about this beautiful little thing that you've created and the older they get the more fun it really does become because they do become little people. It's just fun to see her learn and interact. She's going to pre-school now. It's really kind of been a really amazing experience and ride."

So, could more children be on the way? "Yes, I look forward to expanding the family," she revealed. "Not any time too, too soon, but of course I'm not going to wait too much longer. I'm not a spring chicken anymore!"

An animal activist, an actress, and now Harper. Motherhood has clearly been a great addition to her already hectic but exciting life.