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KF: Do you see Kate's murder as an ongoing subplot?

MB: Well, when you're playing a role, you have to think, "What is ultimately motivating the character?" And I think last season, a lot of it was, "Well, if I collaborate with the FBI, my leash gets extended, and I'll be able to go find Kate." And this season, it's really, "Well, if I collaborate with the FBI, my leash will get extended, and on the sly, I'll be able to figure out who killed her," and "How I can avenge her death?" So there's that, but the other thing is Neal's starting to take in the positive affects of what it means to help people out by using what he does so well to help the FBI. He's actually really positively affected a lot people's lives. I'm not going to say he's turned over a new leaf, but he's definitely taking that in as well.

KF: On White Collar, Neal seems to know everything about music, literature and all types of art. Since landing this role, have you developed a greater appreciation of the arts?

MB: I was definitely a patron of the arts to begin with, especially when it came to music and even some of the galleries around New York. But the character's definitely rubbed off on me a lot in the fact that, if I do get a day off, I'll run over to a gallery. I'll go to Guggenheim or the Met or somewhere and just take in some culture that way. One of my favorite places to hang out in New York now is Smalls Jazz Club because I always think of it as a place that Neal would like to haunt. It's underground. You can smoke cigars while you're watching—it's very Rat Pack—and two or three acts will go on a night. You can feel the subway rumble beneath you. It's pretty amazing. He's definitely rubbed off on me that way.

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