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By Suzanne

Tiffani Thiessen

Transcript of Interview with Tiffani Thiessen of "White Collar" on USA Network 7/19/10

I love this show, and all the actors in it. She was very sweet on the phone! Hope you enjoy it...

SPEAKERS
Tiffani Thiessen Ė Elizabeth Burke, White Collar

PRESENTATION

Moderator We have our first question from Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation.

J. Steinberg On White Collar, Neal, you have to say, is such a charming, handsome man, but Elizabeth is a married woman. Do you think itís possible for men and women to be friends without there being a sexual connection?

T. Thiessen I do believe so, being that Iím married myself. I think itís 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. Theyíve been married for ten years and they have such a good rapport with each other and itís a marriage on TV that I really quite enjoy to watch, because you donít see a lot of TV couples like that.

I think it definitely shows a lot that she can be friends with someone like Neal. Heís definitely a very charming, beautiful man, which is always fun to look at. But I always have this funny, cute saying that I always tell reporters that I say you definitely want to date Neal, but you want to bring Peter home to your family. You want to marry someone like Peter. Do you know what I mean?

J. Steinberg This show has garnered such online support, I mean, there are so many tweets andó

T. Thiessen Itís amazing. Nowadays this whole digital media, itís crazy.

J. Steinberg I was going to ask you, youíre a part of Twitter already.

T. Thiessen I am. Iíve been a little slow on it lately. I havenít had too much time but Iím going to try and start getting up on it again.

J. Steinberg I was wondering, why is it so important for you to interact with fans via Twitter?

T. Thiessen I think itís 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 itís 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 someoneís life without it being too overdone and too personal. You get to control it, which is what I like about it.

Moderator Our next question is from Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier.

J. Maloni Obviously you are currently in the filming process, but heading into the season what were some of the things that you were looking forward to, that you were excited about for Elizabeth?

T. Thiessen Itís 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 couldnít travel or fly because I was really, really pregnant when the season started, we actually ended up shooting, which Iím 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, thatís where youíll start to see my character on an event, because I couldnít be right in New York City to shoot with the rest of the cast.

Iím a bit away, Iím 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 Iím not as pregnant and shooting me from the waist up and not really showing. I actually havenít seen the cast and I actually leave next week to go back to New York and finish off the season with them, so Iím excited.

J. Maloni What would you like to see happen with your character as the season progresses? I know we talked a little bit last time about maybe some extra back story, but what are some of the things that are high on your list for her this season?

T. Thiessen I think definitely being that I havenít been able to get into that back story this first part of the season because Iíve been away, I definitely would love to explore that a lot more. I would love to explore a little bit more of the history between Peter and Elizabeth and how they met. And possibly maybe a little bit more, I think what theyíre wanting to do, which Iím excited about, is really starting to see me interact more with Mattís character as well as Willieís character. You saw that toward the end of last season, where I was working a lot with Willie, which I think the audience really likes. So I think theyíre going to continue probably doing that this season when I get back to work.

Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.

J. Ruby Can you talk about how you started on the project? Did you audition?

T. Thiessen Oh, yes, I auditioned like everybody else. Itís kind of a funny story. Itís kind of a long process, which Iím 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 hadnít 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 ďWhatever happened to White Collar, that show? I was supposedly on the short list.Ē And they said, ďOh, they actually wanted to go a different route. They thought you were too young.Ē 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 doesnít 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 didnít 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.

J. Ruby Would you ever be interested in writing or directing for the show?

T. Thiessen I would. Iím not a writer at all, and Iíll be totally honest with you itís nothing that I want to pursue because Iím just not a great writer. But directing is something that I actually started quite a few years ago actually. I did a short film that actually got into the Tribeca Film Festival and quite a lot of the prestigious film festivals, and so being that itís been a little busy working, and now with a child itís been kind of hard to pursue that. But I would love to, and White Collar would definitely be on my list that I would love to do. There are more and more women directors out there, which I love working with, and I think we always can use more women directors out there and in every position as well. So I think it would be really nice.

Moderator The next question is from Lena Lamoray with LenaLamoray.com.

L. Lamoray My favorite scene from last season is when you met Mozzie for the first time. What has been your favorite scene or episode and why?

T. Thiessen Wow, thatís hard because I have quite a few that I really like. But I will say towards the end of the season the episodes, like the last three episodes where I did get to work with Willie and I got to work with Matt a lot more and just all the conflict that was happening and the suspense that was happening with the Fowler character, that was actually probably the most fun. There was so much going on because I was pregnant at that time and I donít think anybody knew at that time, or maybe my cast just found out and the producers and stuff. But it was a lot of fun because I was working with Willie finally, which I had never gotten to work with in the beginning of the season, and Iíve known Willie for a while. So it was really fun to finally actually get to work on screen with him. I definitely would say those are probably my favorite episodes for sure. Iím in complete agreement with you.

L. Lamoray What do you think about the relationship between Peter and Mozzie? Are you going to be interacting with them as the season progresses?

T. Thiessen Iím hoping. Yes, I love that. I think Willie really is a great addition to the show. He really brings a whole other side to the show, and I love working with him. I know the guys love working with him, Matt and Tim love working with him. So I would love to continue working with him, and I think thatís what theyíre plan is. I havenít been able to be in the first part of the season just because I was pregnant and I was just gave birth almost five weeks ago, so Iím actually leaving next week to go back to New York to finish off the season with them. Iím really excited to see everybody and get back into work again. It will be interesting to juggle the whole motherhood and work, but Iím ready for it for sure.

Moderator Our next question is from Allison Toner with Poptimal.com.

A. Toner What do you like most about White Collar and your character, Elizabeth?

T. Thiessen I think probably the biggest thing that I was drawn to her character, even from the beginning when I read the script and even more so now that weíve gotten to know her a lot more on the show is that she plays a woman that I strive to be every day. She really is a woman who takes her marriage, itís very important to her and her relationship with her husband and her home life, but as well really balances her career. And I strive to do that every single day of my life, and now that I add the title ďMotherĒ to it itís even more so.

Sheís very diplomatic, which I really like. Sheís very reasonable. She seems to be a person that has a sense of knowing where to go down the middle when sheís helping the relationship between Peter and Neal, and I like that about her a lot. Sheís almost like a little therapist or something. She always takes the middle road of really trying to get the boys to see both sides and I like that about her a lot. Sheís very diplomatic. I like that sheís passionate. Sheís extremely passionate about everything that she does, and her marriage, her career and her relationships and all that. I donít know, I really admire her a lot.

A. Toner Do you enjoy filming White Collar in New York?

T. Thiessen I do. I absolutely do. Iíve always had such a love for New York City ever since I was young and going there when I was younger, and to be able to say that I actually live there half the year, I absolutely love it. It was my husband that I really had to get him to fall in love with it as much as I do. Heís from Texas and itís very, very different than California and Texas, but heís actually really starting to fall in love with it as well. And weíre excited that we get to raise our little girl half the year in New York City and half the year in Los Angeles. Theyíre two great cities and Iím excited for her to be able to really get the culture from both.

Moderator Our next question is from Katlin Higgins with Pop Culture.

K. Higgins Earlier you just said that you nearly werenít cast for White Collar because you seemed young. Do you ever feel like itís hard to break away from your youthful teen image?

T. Thiessen I think you hit the nail on the head. I think thatís exactly what people think of me at first. Because it was funny, when I auditioned for it and then to hear that they were actually bringing in girls that were younger than I was, I think people tend to forget how old I am, and maybe itís my good genes, knock on wood, I hope thatís part of it too. I donít know.

Iím 36 years old. Iím not in my 20s anymore, let alone my teens. But I think youíre right. I think when you have a successful show, and thankfully so far Iíve had two and going on my third, that people sometimes have a hard time taking you out of that once itís over. But I worked really hard to get it and luckily I won the job. I won them over.

K. Higgins You also said that you enjoyed watching you and Neal on TV and you said that you were a good couple to watch. Do you watch the show yourself?

T. Thiessen I do watch the show. Itís funny, itís actually a show that I would normally watch even if I wasnít on it. Itís the kind of TV that I absolutely love. Itís the type of films that I go and see. Iím a total James Bond fan. I love the buddy cop films. I love when you have shows and film that have the combination between comedy and drama and suspense, and to me when you have something that has all of that it really makes for good entertainment.

Moderator Our next question is from Nancy Harrington with Pop Culture Passionistas.

N. Harrington Iím actually here with my sister, Amy, whoís my writing partner. We wanted to know, it seems sometimes like Elizabeth trusts or believes in Neal even more than Peter does. Why do you think that is?

T. Thiessen I think itís the case of when someoneís out of the tight loop when a situationís happening they can actually see it a little clearer. I think thatís the case with Elizabeth. I think, like I had mentioned before, I think sheís a very diplomatic, very honest woman who can see both sides.

Last year I think you saw a lot of scenes where she was definitely trying to get her husband to see Nealís side, and I think youíll start to hopefully see a little more where Iím going to be doing the same thing for Neal, where Iím going to get him to really see my husbandís side on a lot of things. I think sheís that kind of woman. I do think thereís a side of her thatís almost like a little therapist, that sheís the voice of reason, where she sees everything a little clearer because sheís not quite in the loop that tight.

N. Harrington We were also wondering, was there any conversation when you found out you were pregnant about keeping the pregnancy in the script and giving Peter and Elizabeth a baby?

T. Thiessen Yes, we did talk about it loosely. But it was really a decision that we all agreed upon, and I was actually happy with it too, that I think theyíre a couple that, theyíve been married for ten years and I think theyíre just one of those couples that donít have kids, that they are very much involved in their careers and each other and they like the way things are, and I donít think they need to add kids to make their marriage any more successful than it already is.

The other thing about it is that itís a show that, I guess itís so much about the characters, but we never really envisioned Peter and Elizabeth to have children. I donít envision seeing scenes with Peter and a child and all that, even though itís so funny that in real life he has kids and now I have a child. But itís their characters. Theyíre so young at heart and I donít know, I find them to be a cool, sexy couple. They remind me of my aunt and uncle who never had kids and they travel freely and they get to do what they want, and thatís how I see them.

Moderator Our next question is from Matt Newlin with Starpulse.com.

M. Newlin The fans of White Collar are passionate, die-hard fans, even after just one season. Theyíre really on it, and the blogs and Internet, people are really excited about the first episode of the new season. What do you attribute that to? Why do you think people are just so in love with the show and why it took off so quickly?

T. Thiessen You know, itís kind of what I had said with another question earlier, is that itís TV that I love to watch. Itís got a little bit of everything. Itís very character driven, which USA strives as a station to be, which you get invested in all different types of characters, you have a little bit of everything. I love that you have the suspense and the fun of the show, but you have the home life and the relationship between Peter and Elizabeth, and you have this great, fun character like Willie. You have everything, which I think really makes for good entertainment. I think that has a lot to do with it. Of course itís not hard to look at Matt an hour every week on a show.

I think there are a lot of reasons. I really think the biggest reason of all is the writing. Our writers are so on top of it and they really make such great scripts that we just so enjoy portraying for them live. Itís amazing, we have so much fun, and also the chemistry between all of us. Iíve been a fan of Timís work for so long and thatís why it was really exciting to finally get to work with him. Iíve known Willie and Iíve been a fan of his as well. And Matt, to really see this up and coming guy come out and break the whole entertainment business, heís unbelievable. Heís got that kind of charisma that we all love to see on screen. So itís a good combination of all of it. Itís hard to pinpoint it for one thing, but I think itís a combination of all of it.

M. Newlin I know you werenít able to work with Tim Matheson so much on the first episode of this season but having a veteran actor like that is probably a huge catch for the show. Is he slated to direct any more episodes this season? Can we see him come back, obviously not as a character, but as a director?

T. Thiessen I donít know if heís slated for any more actually, because like I said Iím actually still in Los Angeles and I go back to New York next week to actually meet up with everybody again, since I just had the baby. But I did get to work with Tim for a moment, and funny enough he actually played my father in a movie years and years and years ago. So I actually know Tim very well.

M. Newlin Oh really?

T. Thiessen Yes, itís so funny, many, many moons ago. Heís a doll and heís such a great actor as well. He did such a great job on the first episode directing and acting in it. We would be absolutely fortunate and lucky to have him back. So I hope they bring him back, I really do.

Moderator Our next question is from Scotty Coppage with Cinemaniac.

S. Coppage What are the challenges for finding roles for women in their 30s? And are there more opportunities for women now than there were ten years ago as far as programming?

T. Thiessen Absolutely. I think thereís definitely much more in 30s and 40s both. I think youíre starting to find people really seeing that Ė hereís the thing. Itís hard for me to say and know the experience how it was ten, twenty years ago because I was only in my teens and my 20s, but I know from watching TV myself and watching film myself I see a lot more 30s and 40s on screen, which just makes me very, very happy. Itís what we should be watching.

Weíve got different niches. Weíve got the Disney kids and that whole teenage niche, and weíve got the young adults, and then we have the age of 30s and 40s, which is where I am right now, and I think itís important to portray those ages and those roles. And like I had mentioned before, one of the things that I really admire about the writers is that theyíve really made the relationship between Peter and Elizabeth a strong marriage, and I donít think you see that on TV very often. I really admire them for keeping it that way.

S. Coppage With In Plain Sight and Covert Affairs is USA Network a good place for actresses to be?

T. Thiessen Absolutely. This is the first time Iíve ever gotten to work for a cable network, and theyíve been one of the most passionate networks for their shows that Iíve ever worked with, and Iíve been doing this for 26, 27 years. I hate saying that sometimes. But yes, theyíre so extremely passionate and very connected to their actors and their writers and their shows. You can see it on screen. You can see it with the way they really publicize their shows and how theyíve gotten very involved with the media aspect of it. It really makes it nice for us knowing that weíre going and doing our job and knowing that theyíre really behind us.

Moderator Our next question is from Pattye Grippo with Pazsaz.com.

P. Grippo What I was wondering is, the first season, as weíve been talking about on this call, did very well with the viewers and the ratings and everything. Do you feel that that helped take the pressure off or does it actually add more pressure on all of you to keep that momentum going?

T. Thiessen I think there are two sides to it. I think thereís a part of you that definitely will take a little bit of the pressure off, but then itís like, okay, the pressure goes right back on for second season. You have to think about it all over again to make sure that you keep it up and try and do even a little better. You always strive to do a little bit better, and I think thatís definitely the case. But it was definitely a really nice feeling to know that last season we did well and people really responded to it and are excited to see a second season.

P. Grippo Then as a follow up, youíve been working in the public eye, letís call it, since you were very young. Have you ever wished youíd led a more private life? And what, if anything, would you have done differently if you could go back and re-do it?

T. Thiessen Itís funny, I thank God I came around when there was no TMZ and no US Weekly and things like that. So I donít feel like it was too, too bad for me. I also feel like Iím not in a place where people bother me too, too much. We get the occasional paparazzi outside our house and following us, but nothing crazy, which Iím very fortunate with. Of course that could all change, but I feel like Iíve gotten off pretty easy, so knock on wood it stays that way.

P. Grippo It sounds like itís not been too bad.

T. Thiessen It hasnít been too bad.

Moderator Our next question is from Suzanne Lanoue with the TV Megasite.

S. Lanoue It struck me as you were talking about Peter and Elizabeth having children, that actually Mattís character is kind of like his child.

T. Thiessen I think we definitely both feel like heís partially our child, yes. And at times I think we feel Willie is as well.

S. Lanoue Peter makes a great dad.

T. Thiessen Yes, he actually does, even in real life. Heís got two of the greatest kids.

S. Lanoue Iím sure. Actually, it also struck me as you were talking about them wanting younger or thinking you were younger, because it doesnít surprise me because you look so young.

T. Thiessen I appreciate that. Thank you.

S. Lanoue Is it all just genetics or what do you do to make yourself look so young?

T. Thiessen I think a lot of it has to do with the genetics. If you saw my mother and even my grandmother, they have great genes and they look so much younger than what they really are. So I definitely attribute a lot of that to that, but I try to take care of myself. Water I think is the best medicine for anybody and I drink a ton of water and I think that has so much to do with it. I think people walk around dehydrated all day long a lot of the times, and we donít really stress about how much water intake is such an important thing in our bodies. And just physical activity, I work out and try to really take care of myself. I try not to over stress myself too much. Itís all of those things. I think all of those really contribute to trying to look your best, you know?

Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.

J. Ruby What would be your ultimate dream role to have in the future? Or maybe thereís somebody specific youíd like to work with that you havenít yet.

T. Thiessen Itís so hard. Back in my late teens, early 20s I always wanted to be a James Bond girl. Thatís totally different now. My life has changed so much, my priorities have changed. I donít know if I really have a dream role. I think itís more about really Ė and I have to say White Collar is definitely something that I can say really kind of fills that Ė is that I want to go to work every day with people that I like. I want to go to work every day where thereís a role that I really enjoy and I believe in.

I donít think itís really specific to one particular actor that I want to work with or a particular role any more like it used to be. Like back in the day, like I said, I wanted to be a James Bond girl and I got really close to it too, but I didnít. But now itís just really about enjoying who I work with, the kind of atmosphere that Iím working in, and the character. Thatís why I think nowadays I tend to really try to be somewhat picky any more to what I do, not just going out to get a job. And sometimes you have to do that, you have to work just to work. But Iím very fortunate to say that Iím actually working at a job that I absolutely love and enjoy and everybody there I enjoy so much and I feel very blessed.

J. Ruby Itís always great to love what you do.

T. Thiessen Youíre absolutely right, and not a lot of people can say that so I feel very fortunate.

J. Ruby Can you talk a bit about working on Fastlane with Peter Facinelli?

T. Thiessen Yes, Fastlane was another really fun, great show. It was hard work, actually. We had a lot of stunts and a lot of long hours, very different from White Collar for me. I know the boys, Matt and Tim canít say that, but for me I donít work every day on that show. Fastlane was definitely a harder show, but it was totally adrenaline, really fun, it was great, very stylish. Stylish in the sense like White Collar, but much more in the sense of just the drive of the stunts and things like that. It was a great show. I was actually very sad that it went off. I still to this day get a lot of people not understanding why FOX took it off the air.

Moderator Our next question is from Kelly DiMarco with Series.NU.

K. DiMarco What do you think Elizabeth really thinks of Mozzie and Neal?

T. Thiessen Oh, wow. I think she thinks a lot of things. I think thereís a part of Elizabeth that really feels a sense of, I donít want to say the word sorry, but sheís really trying to understand Nealísó I think she does understand it, but I think thereís a sense of her that feels that thereís a part of him that really wants a little bit of what Peter and Elizabeth have. I think he has such a hard time trying to gather that, or even process that, that I think thereís a part of her that feels bad for him because in her mind everybody deserves that, everybody deserves to have a great relationship in their life.

And then Willie I think is just pure entertainment. I think she finds him quite enjoyable to hang out with. I think they love the banter between the two. I think they love to test each other. I think itís another form of the relationship between Neal and Peter and I think you can see that a little bit with Elizabeth and Mozzie, which is kind of fun.

K. DiMarco How do you think Elizabeth feels about Peter working with Neal and Mozzie? Theyíre not your normal FBI fare.

T. Thiessen Yes, I know. I think probably in the ten or so years that theyíve been together that sheís probably seen so many types of things that her husband has had to go through that I think she takes everything with a grain of salt. I think thatís actually really the smartest thing she can do.

Moderator Our next question is from Melissa Lowery with NiceGirlsTV.com.

M. Lowery I was wondering what you thought about Elizabethís career, her chosen profession? Were you involved in deciding what she was going to do as a career?

T. Thiessen I was completely. It was my idea, absolutely. I brought that idea to the writers and our executive producer, Jeff Eastin. In the original pilot she was actually put as an accountant and they didnít like it, USA didnít care for it, so they took that out and didnít mention what she did for a living in the pilot. If you go back you donít even know what she does. So once it got picked up we really tried to explore what exactly would be the best fit for her and for the show, and they went into different arenas like being an actual probably a psychotherapist or all different types of things. I came up with the event coordinator only because Ė many reasons. One was I always wanted to do that and personally if I never acted again that was what I wanted to do for a living.

But secondly, I thought it fit really well with the city in the sense and also just the stylish aspect of our show and also to kind of use her at times, to bring her in, which they have used her before, with events and things like that. Because theyíre constantly having to Ė Neal goes in and does a whole fake thing half the time. Heís going in there playing and portraying someone else with these big parties and these beautiful events and things like that, and so sheís very aware of that kind of social high life kind of thing in New York City, so I thought it would fit really well and so far it fits great.

M. Lowery It really has. It was an unusual choice and one that I really like because of course I am a closet event planner. It seems like it was also kind of an interesting way for her to connect with Neal. Like you said, itís such a stylish show, in large part because of what he chooses to wear.

T. Thiessen Right, exactly. What he wears and what he does and what he knows about in the sense of food and wine and all that kind of stuff, and she can definitely play into that because she knows it as well.

Moderator Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with Media Blvd.

J. Ruby You started to say how you came up with your characterís job. Do you often stick to the script or do you sometimes improvise? Are they real strict with that?

T. Thiessen Theyíre not actually real strict with it. Hereís the thing, the funny thing is that the scripts are so good that we really donít need to actually change anything. But I will say our writers are very open to our ideas and even on the day when weíre shooting and if weíre playing around a little bit, theyíre all always very cool about that. Itís very collaborative. They really allow us to go both ways, and we feel the same way with them, which makes, again, another aspect of the show why it really works so well.

J. Ruby Do you have any other new projects besides White Collar coming up? And also, Iíve got to ask, can you tell us if the rumor of a Saved by the Bell reunion is ever going to happen?

T. Thiessen I donít think so on the second question. I donít think so. I think it was really great to do that reunion last year with People magazine and we got to see everyone Ė I definitely still talk to Mark Paul and Elizabeth and Mario Ė but to have us all together for People magazine last year was really fun and I think that was a reunion that we felt was enough. Weíre all doing our own projects and doing other things, so I donít think weíre going to see a reunion in what the public is thinking.

Then those other projects, mother is definitely the newest project that Iíve put on to my belt right now with my new almost five week old. But I also am just starting designing a baby furniture line company, a bedding company with a partner friend of mine, itís called Petite Nest. So itís going to be coming out hopefully the end of this year or the first of next year.

J. Ruby Could you tell us about something funny that happened on set? Maybe somebody played a prank Ö some kind of funny, memorable moment.

T. Thiessen Thereís so many itís hard to pick one. Every day thereís something funny. The guys, one of the things that they do constantly all of the time is they break into song. Theyíre always singing and playing around. So thatís a daily thing with them. Then any time you have scenes with Willie youíre always laughing. The ad libs that he comes up with and the zingers, as you would say, itís quite enjoyable and very entertaining. Itís hard to say specifically anything, especially these days with my baby brain, as I call it, because I canít remember anything anymore. But itís definitely a very fun set. Itís hilarious. We do tons of things.

Hereís one thing I do remember. We have this thing where one of the guys, I think one of our camera operators is in love with Swedish Fish, the candy, and we would constantly try and do a take where we would hide a Swedish Fish somewhere in one of the episodes, in one of the scenes. Of course it would always get caught and taken away, so I donít think any of them made it actually to film. But we were constantly trying to do that, whether we put it on our shirt or have it on our plate or have it in the background somewhere or whatever. It was really funny. That was one little thing that we used to do last year. It was just some entertainment that we would have in between.

J. Ruby Was there ever anything that maybe got cut from the show that you wish theyíd kept in? Or maybe something that you wish theyíd cut out?

T. Thiessen I donít think there was anything that I wished theyíd cut out. I think most actors always feel that if there are scenes that are cut, they always tend to be a little sad about that because you usually shoot more than you need time-wise on a show, so usually itís always cut down more and not added, even though there have been one or two episodes I think where we did have to add stuff to the show because it was definitely too short. But most of the time the shows were longer and so they had to be cut.

I do remember that there was one scene, it wasnít so much that it was cut, it was changed. It was a scene between Peter and I where, and Iím trying to remember the episode again and with the baby brain Iím not going to remember the title of the episode, but it was a scene where it was, it correlated with the episode with Diahann Carrollís granddaughter and it was a scene where after the park, at the very end of the episode where Peter finishes his Ö, heís supposed to run up and meet me in a cafť and weíre supposed to play this banter where we donít know each other.

We ended up having to change it and put it in our home, and to me it worked beautifully and no one would notice the difference between the original way it was written and how it was supposed to be at a cafť, and it was so beautiful. I think we both were a little sad that we couldnít pull it off. But again I prefaced that no one would know the difference and the scene turned out just as great in our minds because we knew where it was supposed to take place and how it ended up was very different. Stuff like that happens all the time, though.

J. Ruby Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into acting?

T. Thiessen Really think long and hard if itís something you want to do. Look, any career if youíre that passionate about it and you really want to do it, then you should go for it, absolutely. I will say itís one of the hardest businesses, from what Iíve been told, even though itís the only business Iíve been doing my whole life. But knowing other people trying to break into it, I hear itís one of the hardest businesses to break into.

It makes sense, especially these days with our economy changing so much, thereís not as much TV being made and thereís a lot more reality these days, and not as many films being made. I find a lot of my friends who have been acting their whole lives having a hard time finding jobs these days. Itís a tough time right now for everybody, which is why I feel very fortunate to have a great job right now.

But again, going back into the passionate aspect of it, if itís something that youíre extremely passionate about, I think you should always follow your heart and always follow your dreams. My parents taught me that at a young age and I think itís so true.

Moderator Our next question is from Kelly DiMarco with Series.NU.

K. DiMarco Do you ever join in the chorus on set?

T. Thiessen I donít think theyíd want me to. The funny thing is, and Willie doesnít really either that much, but he does every now and then, but Matt and Tim actually have a lot of theater background, so they actually have good voices. Itís very different to play around like that when you have a good voice and then someone like me who doesnít have a good voice at all. Iím there to listen and laugh.

K. DiMarco Whatís a typical day on the set like for you? Give us an idea of what itís like.

T. Thiessen Last year was just I would come in to work, makeup and hair. My average is I would work two to three days a week at the most, because Iím a supporting character, like Ö character. But this year is going to be very different. This year is going to be juggling a new baby on set, having to go back and forth from working from the actual set to the dressing room to make sure the little oneís okay and nursing and all of those kinds of things. So itís going to be a very different season this year for me.

Moderator Christine Kovar with Maverick Media, please go ahead.

C. Kovar If you could press shuffle on your iPod or iPhone right now which song would you be most embarrassed if it came on?

T. Thiessen Oh, gosh. Most embarrassed.

C. Kovar Youíd lie about how it got there.

T. Thiessen If I had such a good memory, these days itís so bad. Iím trying to think. I would say any of my old 70s and 80s, I canít think of one specific one, isnít that terrible?

C. Kovar I have Russian Pop.

T. Thiessen Nice. Thatís actually a really great one. I was totally in love with the Go Goís. I was such an í80s girl, so even New Kids on the Block, that would probably be a little embarrassing maybe.

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