Hilarie Burton Hilarie Burton

She spent six seasons playing One Tree Hill's tortured Peyton Sawyer — now, Hilarie Burton is happy at last.

"I go to work and just laugh!" marvels the actress, who begins a recurring stint on White Collar tonight (9/8c, USA) as Sara Ellis, a bitchy, ritzy insurance investigator from Neal's past. "I went from playing this dark, moody, artsy character to this totally different realm. I'm wearing 6-inch heels, supertight dresses, and I look pissed most of the time. I've been watching RuPaul's Drag Race for tips from the divas!"

Hopefully they had some advice on keeping the boys at bay, because even Burton's icy alter ego may not be immune to Neal's steamy appeal. "Having to resist Matt Bomer is, wow, you're gonna see what an actress I am!" she says. So does that mean no hanky-panky for the pair? "Not yet, but give me time. I'm trying to work my magic. And I would appreciate it if you put that out there," jokes the bawdy Virginia native, confessing that she would love to share some sexy scenes with her costar. "I'm gonna totally give it to him...if it's written in!" Now that would get us all hot under the Collar.

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