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By Suzanne

Interview with Tiffani Amber Thiessen of "White Collar" on USA 11/11/09

This is a very fun show, and Thiessen is great as the wife of the FBI agent. I was not able to participate in this conference call interview, but I am posting it here for your enjoyment anyway. I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did!

 White Collar - Tiffani Thiessen Q&A Session
November 11, 2009/1:00 p.m. EST

Moderator: Our first question will come from the line of Jamie Steinberg from Starry Constellation. Please go ahead.

J. Steinberg: Hi, itís a pleasure to speak with you today.

T. Thiessen: Thank you, honey.

J. Steinberg: Congratulations on your addition as well.

T. Thiessen: Thank you very much. Itís exciting news indeed.

J. Steinberg: Iím sure. What made you want to be a part of this show?

T. Thiessen: Ever since I read the script, which has been a little over a year ago now, I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the characters. I fell in love with the show, and more and more, when the cast was brought together, the more excitement I had for the show and wanting to be a part of it. This is really the first time I feel like in my whole entire career which has been over 25, 26 years of doing this that I finally feel like Iím kind of playing a role a little closer to home for me, which is kind of exciting.

J. Steinberg: Was there instant chemistry when everyone began working together? I know youíre very close working together with Tim and Matt as well.

T. Thiessen: We are, from day one. I of course had met Tim through the testing process of us being put on screen and doing our scenes together, and we had chemistry from day one. I absolutely adore that man and then met Matt, actually, after we had already started shooting the pilot. We actually were on the same flight going to New York to shoot the pilot last year.

Then Willie Garson I actually had known just being in the business for so long. We had met prior, and Iíve always really enjoyed him and loved him, so I was really excited to know that it was actually really kind of a special cast that we were putting together. I couldnít be more thrilled with everybody Iím working with. Itís really a nice group of people. Being away from home, it makes it so much nicer when you actually like the people youíre working with.

J. Steinberg: Wonderful, thank you so much.

T. Thiessen: Youíre welcome.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Joshua Maloni from Niagara Frontier Publishers. Please go ahead.

J. Maloni: Hi, Tiffani. Thanks for your time today.

T. Thiessen: Absolutely.

J. Maloni: Iím definitely enjoying the show.

T. Thiessen: Good, Iím so glad.

J. Maloni: It feels like thereís more to your character than what weíve seen. I almost feel like maybe sheís hiding something.

T. Thiessen: Oh gosh, Iím so curious to know what you think Iím hiding.

J. Maloni: What sort of background can we expect as we move along?

T. Thiessen: I think youíll start to see background on all of our characters, especially the guys. Surely, this show is definitely the guysí show. Itís Matt and Timís show, and Willie and I definitely play more of a supporting role, but you will definitely see much more of me in the further episodes as youíre coming along. Last week or two weeks ago you saw a little bit more of what I really do for a living and kind of my career, which is really nice to kind of see because we really never saw that in the pilot, and it was something that we kind of came up with actually after we shot the pilot.

Theyíre definitely putting more of what I do outside of my relationship with Tim into the show a little bit, and thatíll continue on even, hopefully, in seasons from here on out, which hopefully thereíll be five to ten years of White Collar. In general, I canít give you exact specifics, ideas of whatís going to be happening, but I can promise you youíll see a lot more of her.

J. Maloni: Thatís cool. What about any sort of action scenes. Do you get involved in any of the sort of cops and robbers element of it?

T. Thiessen: I donít think so. Itís really not part of my character and my storyline in this show. Again, Iím definitely a supporting role, especially being that Iím the wife of Timís character, but you will see a lot of a triangle in a sense of what I can do and help with Mattís character as well, especially, I think, when it involves the storyline of Kate. Youíll see that a lot as well.

J. Maloni: Okay, looking forward to it. Thank you.

T. Thiessen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Erin Stranyak from Exclusivemagazine.com. Please go ahead.

E. Stranyak: Hi, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Hi.

E. Stranyak: Thank you for joining us today.

T. Thiessen: Thank you.

E. Stranyak: First of all, Iím sure Iím the millionth person to tell you this, but it never gets old. I want to say congratulations on your pregnancy.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much. We are absolutely thrilled.

E. Stranyak: Now, as a first-time mother, how do you think that it will play out balancing your roles and responsibilities of motherhood and your part on White Collar?

T. Thiessen: You know, thatís a very good question in the sense that I really donít know being that I am a first-time mom, so itíll be a very different kind of thing for me being that Iíll be working and being a mother at the same time. There are millions of people who do it. My mom did it herself, so I know I can handle it, but itíll be a very new experience, so itís hard to say what is going to be like. Itíll be all brand new for me.

E. Stranyak: Okay, great. My second question is the onscreen relationship between you and Timís character, Peter, seems to be loving, but also a bit strained by his professional commitments. Now, with the charming and charismatic Neal Caffrey entering the picture, how do you think this partnership will affect Elizabeth and Peterís marriage as the show develops?

T. Thiessen: I donít know if I would actually use the word strained. I think in every marriage thereís always the challenge of making time and making priorities in their relationship when people have careers, and what you will start to see more and more is my career, being that it takes up a lot of my time as well. I think itís going to give a lot of, not so much looking into Peterís career and how it affects our marriage. Thereís also my side of it as well.

I think she is very understanding to that. Sheís been living with it for so long and knows what he does for a living, and she knows what she married. I donít think thereís a strain to it. I think thereís a challenge. I think probably the challenge is the word I could use for that. I think what Neal brings into it is that I think my husband on the show is very kind of black and white in the way he thinks, and I think Neal is definitely much more colorful, and I think he will definitely teach my husband a little more of the colorful side of being romantic and all those things that you do need in a marriage as well.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Jim Halterman from Jimhalterman.com. Please go ahead.

J. Halterman: Hi, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Hi, how are you?

J. Halterman: Iím doing great. Glad to see you on TV again. I love seeing you.

T. Thiessen: Thank you. Thank you so much.

J. Halterman: Yes, you bet. I know you did a short film a couple years ago that you directed, and I wanted to know is that something you still want to be doing? Is there a chance maybe you could direct an episode of White Collar?

T. Thiessen: I do. Youíre so sweet. Yes, they definitely know directing is something thatís in my thinking of wanting to do more and more, and it all really just depends on time and all that. I wanted to make sure that when we started the show my focus was on my character and what Iím doing as an actress. Now with my new role coming as a mother, itís going to be a little more challenging, but itís definitely something I want to do more of, so yes.

J. Halterman: Okay. Youíve been in the business for a long time since you were very young. If you werenít in the entertainment business, what else would you want to be doing?

T. Thiessen: Itís so funny. Last year when we did the pilot, we really didnít know what Elizabethís character was going to do for a living. They had some ideas, and they kind of changed it, and then I had come to Jeff Eastin, our creator of the show and said, you know, itís funny. I think it could work, but itís something Iíve always wanted to do if I wasnít an actor. Iíd always wanted to be an event planner, and I think it could work really well for Elizabethís character being that sheís in New York City. We could really show the city in a different light, and they loved it. I have to say funny enough, that was my idea, and thatís exactly what I would do if I wasnít an actor.

J. Halterman: I love it. All right, best of luck with your pregnancy.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much.

J. Halterman: All right, thank you.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Sarah Fulghum from Totallyher.com. Please go ahead.

S. Fulghum: Hi, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Hi.

S. Fulghum: What would you say to those that havenít seen White Collar yet to convince them to watch?

T. Thiessen: Oh gosh, well, besides having really cute guys on the show, itís definitely the type of TV and movies that I like to see. Iím a huge fan of The Thomas Crown Affair and those kinds of feels of movies and shows and 48 Hours, which is so interesting, Catch Me If You Can, things like that. If people are really into those kinds of movies and those kind of story-telling, they have to watch this show. It is so absolutely entertaining. The characters are so rich and so fun to watch and follow.

As well as you see New York City in a completely different way. Itís shot in a beautiful way. Itís interesting, a lot of shows that are shot in New York City can be a little more dark and gray, and this show really, I think, kind of captures New York City in a really beautiful light, and itís nice.

S. Fulghum: Itís such a good answer.

T. Thiessen: Thank you.

S. Fulghum: Switching gears a little, I read that your husband is from Houston, Texas.

T. Thiessen: That is correct.

S. Fulghum: I am actually calling you from Houston, Texas.

T. Thiessen: I love Houston. Houstonians are some of my favorite people.

S. Fulghum: Thatís great to hear because I was going to ask you if he still has some of that Texas pride and if itís rubbed off on you, which apparently it has.

T. Thiessen: He seems to think that weíre definitely having a half-Texan, of course, and we visit Houston quite often because of my in-laws who I really, truly have the best in-laws in the whole entire world, and I know that has a lot to do with the fact that theyíre Texans. He definitely has Texas pride. Like I said, we go back quite often, and I feel Texas is definitely my second state.

S. Fulghum: I love that. Thank you so much for answering my questions.

T. Thiessen: Youíre welcome.

Moderator: Thank you. Our next question will come from the line of Alix Sternberg from thetvchick.com Please go ahead.


A. Sternberg: Youíve played a wide variety of characters. How do you think these roles have prepared you to play Elizabeth Burke?

T. Thiessen: Itís funny. I think Iíve made this statement before a few times, but it is really true is that this is the first character in over 25 years of me doing this that I actually feel like itís the closest to me that Iíve played in all the different shows and movies that Iíve done in my career. I think itís more about myself and my own experience that I can bring to Elizabeth. She has this really solid wonderful marriage. I feel like I have that with my own husband. Sheís career-driven, which I feel like I am. Itís all those things that you put towards a character like her that I feel that are definitely very much me.

A. Sternberg: Yes, and my other question is USA Network has some big hits out there right now. How does it feel to be a part of the network?

T. Thiessen: Absolutely exciting. I tell them this all the time that I feel blessed to be on such an amazing network. This is the first time Iíve ever done a cable show, and Iím utterly thrilled and over-the-moon with the fact that theyíre so supportive and theyíre so behind their shows, and they really do give such a great chance of us really trying to make it. Itís nice. Itís nice to feel like weíre really wanted in a sense and really have a lot of passion behind us. Itís a lovely, lovely feeling.

A. Sternberg: Thank you so much.

T. Thiessen: Youíre welcome.

Moderator: Thank you. Our next question will come from the line of Stefen Blitz from Forcesofgeek.com. Please go ahead.

S. Blitz: Hi, Tiffani. How are you?

T. Thiessen: Iím good, honey. How are you?

S. Blitz: I have two questions. For the first one is you mentioned that Elizabeth is the closest to your personality. Do you know if your pregnancy will be incorporated into the show?

T. Thiessen: I donít know. Thatís actually going to be up to the writers and the executive producers and USA and Fox and everybody involved. Iím going to be still somewhat not too pregnant along when weíre finally coming to the end of the season. We really donít have too much more left, so itís really up to them if they want to. Iím open to whatever they feel. We tried to time it to a certain degree so I wouldnít show too, too much.

S. Blitz: Awesome. Weíve also grown up watching you as youíve grown up in front of the camera. Whatíre the challenges that you have if any in creating a new character knowing that you have a career behind you?

T. Thiessen: Yes, well, itís bittersweet at times. Thereís good and bad. There are people who of course followed my career and who have loved the shows that Iíve done in the past and are always up to seeing something new of myself or any of my past co-stars, which is really wonderful. Then thereís always people who have opinions, and of course, thatís how the world works, and thatís A-OK.

Some people were really open and loving to the fact that Iím actually playing a role thatís quite different than what Iíve played in the past. Like I said, itís definitely much more close to home for me, this character, but some people had a hard time with it. Some people didnít believe the relationship between Tim and I, which is so funny to me because we had chemistry from day one, but thatís how the entertainment business works. Thatís how people are, and thatís okay. Everybody has their opinions.

S. Blitz: Thank you very much and best of luck to you, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much, honey.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Kiko Martinez from Extra, Chicago. Please go ahead.

K. Martinez: Hi, Tiffani. Thanks a lot for taking the time to talk.

T. Thiessen: Of course.

K. Martinez: Well, weíve seen on the show that Neal has escaped from prison for love. Whatís the most romantic thing a guyís ever done for you, and then maybe what is the cheesiest thing a guyís ever Ö.

T. Thiessen: Oh, gosh. Well, my husband himself is definitely romantic. I mean, he is romantic almost every day whether itís leaving me cute little notes somewhere throughout the house or the way he proposed to just the day we got married. He was amazing and romantic in everything he did, so Iím blessed to have a husband like that. The cheesiest, God, that would be really hard. I wouldnít want to out anybody because I feel like anybody who wants to put themselves and their heart out there is a wonderful thing, and we shouldnít put them down for it, right?

K. Martinez: Nobodyís ever recreated a Caribbean vacation on the rooftop for you before?

T. Thiessen: No, they have not. No, that would be a first.

K. Martinez: Youíve been on a few shows that have been a little short lived in your career. What makes White Collar something you think can surpass a couple of seasons?

T. Thiessen: Well, I think a few reasons. People are already enjoying it. Weíve had a lot of great feedback and a lot of great critics really loving the characters and the storylines and the show and us on it, which is exciting, the fact that we are on a network like USA. They are so behind us, and they really put us out there, and itís nice to have the passion behind us because I think that helps a lot. These network shows, sometimes they donít give it a chance, and itís nice to know that we have somebody whoís really given us a chance. I think we, knock on wood, I think youíre going to see us for awhile.

K. Martinez: Thanks a lot, Tiffani. Appreciate it.

T. Thiessen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Courtney Schinke from Raked Reviews blog. Please go ahead.

C. Schinke: Hi, Tiffani. Itís a pleasure talking to you today.

T. Thiessen: Thank you. You, too.

C. Schinke: On television, there tends to be a fine line between that perfect supportive spouse thatís believable and the one that is so over the top that youíre like, no one in this world exists quite like this, and you are actually doing a wonderful job being that supportive spouse that we definitely believe. How do you strike that balance, and how do you plan to keep it going?

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much first of all. Thatís very sweet of you to say. That means a lot to me because I really try, and Tim and I both have long talks about this as well as our creator, Jeff, that we really wanted this to be a relationship that does work on TV, not one that has a lot of problems, not one that you constantly see drama, which you see a lot on TV.

Funny enough, Tim and I come from marriages that work, that really do work like that, so I think we really take it from just our own experiences. Timís been married for quite some time to a wonderful woman and has two great kids. My husband and I have this wonderful relationship and humor has a lot to do with it, communication, all those things I feel that are so, so important. I take those just being from my parents whoíve been married for over 45 years. My grandparents were married for 67 years. Itís important, so I feel like I take from my own life and really try to bring what I can to the relationship and the characters.

C. Schinke: Thatís really great.

T. Thiessen: Thanks.

C. Schinke: Have you had a favorite moment so far, either one thatís coming up that we can keep an eye out for or one thatís already been aired?

T. Thiessen: Wow, thatís hard. I think there are a couple episodes coming up that Iím definitely a little heavier in, which is kind of nice to really get to explore my character a little bit, but each episode is so exciting and so fun, and itís such a ride that itís hard for me to pick out one more than the other or one little bit more than the other. Thatís a hard choice. I have to think about that a little longer, and I know we wouldnít have time.

C. Schinke: Thank you, and congratulations again on the baby and show.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Amy Steele from Entertainment Realm. Please go ahead.

A. Steele: Hi, Tiffani. Itís really nice to talk to you.

T. Thiessen: You, too, honey.

A. Steele: My question is what is it like to work on such a male-dominated cast?

T. Thiessen: Itís great, actually. Itís not my first time, so I feel like Iím definitely, I have the experience. With past shows, I did a show called Fastlane that was literally me and two guys. Itís funny. I donít know why, but I tend to gravitate to shows that have a lot of male co-stars. I grew up with two brothers, so I guess itís just normal for me to be around guys. Itís fun. Itís where I feel comfortable, I have to say.

A. Steele: Then, being over 30 in Hollywoodó

T. Thiessen: You can say it, over 35.

A. Steele: I just turned 40, so I stilló

T. Thiessen: Thatís exciting. I love it.

A. Steele: What kind of pressures do you think that women or you, yourself, still face as far as looks and beauty pressures and things like that?

T. Thiessen: Youíre right. Itís all there. It will never go away. I donít think our business and the entertainment business in general will ever just be okay with how people are. I think weíre in a business that critiques everything we do, and you kind of just take it with a grain of salt. I look at my grandmother, and I think sheís aged beautifully, so I hope that I could be a smidgen of how sheís aged.

Thereís nothing you can do. All you can do is take of yourself and do the things that make you feel good and make you healthy and age appropriately, but thereís always going to be people out there are going to say something, and thereís nothing you can do about it. Like I said, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

A. Steele: You look great, and thank you very much.

T. Thiessen: Thank you.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Conception Allen from Blast magazine. Please go ahead.

C. Allen: Hi, Tiffani. Thanks for talking with me.

T. Thiessen: Of course.

C. Allen: Everyoneís asked the questions that I already was planning, butó

T. Thiessen: Thatís what happens when you go towards the end, right?

C. Allen: Yes. You mentioned that you had some influence on the career of your character. That being said, are you going to be able to also provide future input into shaping and developing her as well? I know that the producers and writers have the job of carrying that out, but would you have a chance to put some input into that?

T. Thiessen: Itís interesting. We are very lucky to be on a show (and thatís all of us across the board) that our executive producers and writers are very open to anything we have to say, which is so nice because not a lot of shows are like that. They believe a collaboration always works best, and not that we are there writing the show, nor is that what weíre supposed to be doing, but theyíre always very open to any time we have a question or concern or have an idea, theyíre always open. Itís nice to be able to get on the phone or sit down with them and talk with them about it, and we all feel that way, which is really great.

C. Allen: Your character is one of the, obviously, highlights of this show. Will we have, I know you said that she wonít necessarily be doing the action.

T. Thiessen: No, I donít see that unless something changes, but who knows. I donít see it, though.

C. Allen: Will we see maybe a centered episode around her, perhaps, maybe?

T. Thiessen: I donít know. Thatís a question that really I canít answer. Again, I say the show really is Matt and Tim. Itís their show, and it was from day one. I knew that coming in. I came in knowing that this role was supportive, which I was completely happy with.

Itís funny. Iíve been doing this for so long that I was actually okay not having to work every day and having the weight of a new show on my shoulders. As well as I really just fell in love with this character, and I fell in love with the cast that they started to put together, but youíll see definitely, thereís an episode coming up that Iím much more heavy in, and youíll see that every now and then that Iíll be a little heavier in certain episodes. Itís not something youíre going to see every week because, again, itís not my show. Iím a supportive role on the show.

C. Allen: Well, thank you so much.

T. Thiessen: Youíre welcome.

C. Allen: Itís nice to see you back on TV.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much, honey.

Moderator: Thank you. Our next question will come from the line of Lena Lamoray from Lenalamoray.com. Please go ahead.

L. Lamoray: Hi, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Hi.

L. Lamoray: Did you ever think that your event planning skills would be useful to the FBI, and when will they bring you in as an official paid consultant?

T. Thiessen: I know, really. I donít know. Thatís a good question. That could actually be kind of funny. No, it was actually when we shot that episode, it was an episode we shot a little later, and they really enjoyed the episode so much, they pulled it up and made it a little closer to the beginning of the show, which is great. It was really fun to do, and it was really fun to work more with Matt and the guys in general, which was great. Again, like I had mentioned, youíll see certain episodes that I might be a little heavier in, but the event planning thing is exciting because, like I said, Iíve always wanted to do that on the side or if I ever wanted to give up acting, thatís what I wanted to do. Itís kind of fun to live out a little bit of a dream of mine on my actual job now.

L. Lamoray: Now, what was the audition process like?

T. Thiessen: It was an interesting audition process. Iíll be totally honest. I went in and read for this before they even cast Timís role of Peter. I did great. I was put on a short list, and then months go by and didnít hear back because they hadnít cast the role of Peter yet.

Then, they finally cast the role of Peter with Tim, which I was ecstatic about because I was such a huge fan of Timís work that I was hoping to get called back again and be able to read with him. They actually had moved on and started looking at some other girls for the role. Funny enough, they were looking at girls younger than I was, which I thought was kind of funny. A month or so goes by, and they have not cast the role of Elizabeth.

I finally got a call again. They said they really wanted to bring me back again and see what the chemistry could be like between Tim and I, and we blew it out of the park. The moment I met him and we read, it just was right. It just fit perfectly, and so I read with him once for a chemistry read, and then I went in and tested for the show with him with a couple other girls. I was told that USA usually takes a few weeks to make decisions, but I was told later that night that I got the role, so I was very excited.

L. Lamoray: Thank you and congratulations.

T. Thiessen: Thank you, honey.

L. Lamoray: Bye-bye.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Latoria Ferguson from Blog without an Original Title, Please go ahead.

L. Ferguson: Hi, Tiffani.

T. Thiessen: Hi.

L. Ferguson: Congratulations on the pregnancy by the way.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much, honey.

L. Ferguson: I apologize in advance since every question I could possibly think to ask has already been asked.

T. Thiessen: Thatís a good thing, though.

L. Ferguson: What specifically about the White Collar pilot script drew you to it?

T. Thiessen: Itís kind of the type of storyline, kind of storytelling that I really, really enjoy. The Catch Me If You Can, The Thomas Crown Affair, those types of movies are always on the top of my list as well as James Bond and things like that. Those are the kinds of movies that I really tend to watch and really see myself. When I read the script, I was like, oh my gosh, this is such a show that I would watch, and I canít really say that about a lot of the shows that Iíve done in the past in my career.

Then, the more and more I got involved with the show and just watching how it was being cast, I was really excited when they cast Matt. I had seen some of Mattís work and heard what kind of an up-and-coming, amazing actor he was. Willie, I had known, and Iíve always enjoyed his work. Then when they cast Tim, I was over the moon because Iíve always loved his work and some of the shows that heís done, and then just the character of Elizabeth, like I had mentioned as well. It was kind of like the first time I read a role where I was like, wow, this is really kind of more me. I could actually be playing someone closer to home for myself, which was kind of a nice change for me.

L. Ferguson: Okay, thatís good. I realize that youíve been working a lot with Tim and Matt, obviously, because theyíre the leads, but have you gotten to work a lot with Willie and Natalie who just joined the cast?

T. Thiessen: I havenít. I got to work with Natalie once or twice, I think, a few weeks ago, which was fun, very briefly, though. Willie, I still have not worked with and I donít know if weíll ever see the two of them in the same scene together because their story lines are so separated, but it would be fun because I love Willie, and Iíve know Willie for years. On our off days, we spend a lot of time together. Weíre actually quite good friends. Itís just funny how we donít actually work together on the show.

Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Damon Caparosso from BSC Review; please go ahead.

D. Caparosso: Hi, Tiffani. Thank you for taking our call today.

T. Thiessen: Of course.

D. Caparosso: I have a question, and actually touches a little bit on Fastlane which you mentioned earlier. Now, in Fastlane, you were actually the badge-holding cop, and now on White Collar, youíre the wife of the man with the badge.

T. Thiessen: Right.

D. Caparosso: You mentioned that youíre a little bit closer to Elizabeth Burke from your own standpoint, but from an acting standpoint, which one of those two roles has actually been more difficult for you?

T. Thiessen: Definitely Fastlane. Fastlane was much harder for me to do. It was a very new thing for me to do that kind of role where Iím talking a ton, but I will say on the flip side of it, the action part of it that I got to do and the different kind of characters that I got to play inside my character was really, really fun. I canít say one is more fun than the other, but I will say Fastlane was much more difficult.

D. Caparosso: Okay, and I guess my second question is, I know we donít have a lot of time, but can you tell us maybe a funny or interesting story that has happened behind the scenes of White Collar.

T. Thiessen: I canít even mention one. Thatís hard. Itís so hard to mention even one because the guys, Tim and Matt are two goofballs. I canít even tell you, and Willie, too, but I just donít get to work with Willie as much. I get to see Willieís humor off set when weíre just hanging the two of us, but Matt and Tim, itís always a singing-fest, dancing-fest, a joke-fest when weíre not literally in the scene working. Itís quite enjoyable, it really is. I feel very blessed and very lucky to be working with the people that Iím working with.

D. Caparosso: Thank you very much and congratulations again.

T. Thiessen: Thank you so much, honey.

Moderator: Our last question will come from the line of Kiko Martinez from Extra, Chicago. Please go ahead.

K. Martinez: Hi, Tiffani. My favorite scenes in the first few episodes have been the watch, when you give him the watch.

T. Thiessen: Yes, I like those, too.

K. Martinez: And also when you take away the watch, but that second one, can you explain to me a little bit about that? It seemed a little bit more metaphorical..

T. Thiessen: The second when I gave him his watch back, you mean?

K. Martinez: Correct.

T. Thiessen: Yes, it turned out to be such a great scene, and it was such a nice story line to really see the intimacy and the realness between Peter and Elizabeth, which was really nice. I think Elizabethís character is always worried about her husband because of what he does for a living. I think sheís used to it, but I donít think it takes the worry away from her, and I think it was her way of letting Peter know that she needs to know heís okay. I do it to my husband all the time where Iím shopping for him, and I may buy him things that I think are great, but theyíre not my husband, and I think it was her way of letting him know that I was wrong, and I totally took it in a wrong way, and I need you to be you, especially on such an important day. It was a really nice touch. I actually really enjoyed that scene.

K. Martinez: Then I wanted to know, are you a fan of eccentric baby names, or are we going to get closer to something like Jessica and JohnÖ

T. Thiessen: Weíre tooling around with a ton of names. We havenít come up with anything solid yet. We do have some favorites, and I promise you, theyíre nothing crazy. Weíre very traditional people, me being from California and my husband from Texas. Yes, youíre not going to find any freaky names. I promise.

K. Martinez: Good. All right, well, thank you very much, and Iím calling from San Antonio, so Ö.

T. Thiessen: There you go, another great town. I go to Fredericksburg all the time, and I love it.

K. Martinez: Great, well, thanks a lot again.

T. Thiessen: Thanks.

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