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Matt Bomer: Hot Under the Collar

The "White Collar" actor talks about playing a con man — and a male stripper.

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Men'sWeek issue 06/14/2012

Matt Bomer isn’t a conventional dad. He’s the star of the hit show “White Collar” on USA, for one thing, and he’s co-starring in a movie about male strippers, called “Magic Mike,” out June 29, for another. He’s also gay, having come out during an awards speech in February, thanking his longtime partner Simon Halls, who is co-parent to their three boys: seven year-old Kit and four-year-old twins Walker and Henry.

“It’s fantastic and kinetic and the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” said Bomer, 34, of fatherhood. “Every day is an exciting adventure that starts at 6:30 until they go to bed at 8 or 9. They were supposed to see me in New York this week, but one of our twins broke his arm and I had to fly home to Los Angeles. There’s never a dull moment.”

This week, e-tailer Park & Bond celebrated Bomer as one of New York's most stylish fathers. He's also in the midst of 70-hour work weeks at Silvercup Studios in Queens filming the fourth season of “White Collar,” which begins airing July 10. Halls, a prominent Hollywood publicist who counts Tom Ford and Ryan Murphy as clients, holds down the fort in Los Angeles. While they share an industry, Halls is “above his pay grade,” Bomer noted of any professional advice the two give each other.

 

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Playing a con man who’s switched gears to assist the FBI, Bomer has earned plenty of notice for his sleekly tailored looks on “White Collar.” Former costume designer Stephanie Maslansky and current costume designer Karen Malecki have outfitted the actor in Paul Smith, John Varvatos, Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford on the show and this season Malecki splurged on some custom-made suits by New York’s Michael Andrews. “It’s pretty fortunate they let us spend a little bit,” said Bomer, who gives plenty of input into his on-screen outfits, going so far as creating books of tear sheets from magazines for Malecki. One season, he even crafted a collage of potential looks for his character, Neal Caffrey.

Earlier this month, Bomer presented the Menswear Designer of the Year award at the CFDA Awards, for which he donned Calvin Klein. “For a business that is so cutthroat and competitive, they really know how to celebrate each other,” he observed of the ceremony.

Off-duty, the actor likes supporting emerging designers like Todd Snyder, Billy Reid and Michael Bastian — and was even wearing a Patrik Ervell shirt during this interview. Still, he noted, “I never feel more confident and comfortable than when I’m wearing a Tom Ford suit.”

There are no Tom Ford suits in the upcoming “Magic Mike,” in which Bomer spends much of his time removing articles of clothing — as do co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello.

“It’s intimidating taking off your clothes for a group of strangers. But it was an ensemble-building experience and we were like a band of thieves that instantly bonded,” said Bomer.

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