For nearly 20 years, Matt Bomer has been one of the hardest working actors on television (and he’s made a great impression on the big screen, too!). That’s why over at USA we are thrilled by the news that he’ll be returning to the network that helped shape him into the leading man we know today!
In Season 3 of The Sinner, in which he’ll star opposite Bill Pullman as Det. Harry Ambrose, Bomer plays an expecting father and seemingly upstanding resident of Dorchester, New York -- the upstate town where Ambrose is brought after a gruesome car accident and growing mystery. Through the investigation following the accident, Jamie will rely on Ambrose for support. While the rest of his character’s details are currently kept under wraps (as if often the case with The Sinner’s seasonal leads like Jessica Biel and Carrie Coon), it’s clear that Bomer’s previous credits have prepared him to go toe-to-toe with the great Pullman. Below, we’ve rounded up seven reasons why we can’t wait to see him in The Sinner Season 3!
The Sinner marks a homecoming for Bomer.
While he was a working actor in New York City for several years prior to his USA Network debut, it was Bomer’s top-billed role as Neal Caffrey on the six-season run of White Collar that shot him to leading man status. (He even won a People’s Choice Award in 2015 for his performance in the Jeff Eastin- and Travis Romero–created procedural.) He starred as Neal, a world-class con artist and white-collar thief who is released from prison on the condition that he helps the FBI -- and specifically, the man who first put him behind bars -- catch other like-minded criminals. As suave and funny as he was slimy and, well, criminal, Neal was a scene-stealing, breakout role for Bomer. So when it comes to The Sinner’s third season, we say: Welcome home!
He’s a master of his craft…
After first falling in love with acting at age 17 while in a regional production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Houston, TX, Bomer went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. (Another little-known fact: he went to high school with Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace, so the acting bug might’ve been in the water!) While an actor with Bomer’s God-given looks (more on those later) can sometimes coast on their physical appeal in Hollywood, Bomer placed value in learning the craft of acting from the start, and it shows in his performances today.
...And he’s got the awards to prove it!
Need further proof that that his education is put to good use? In addition to the People’s Choice Award, Bomer won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2014 for his supporting turn in HBO’s heartbreaking LGBTQ drama The Normal Heart. He played Felix Turner, a closeted New York Times writer who succumbs to HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.
He cut his teeth in the soaps of the 2000s.
It’s often said that soap operas are some of the best training grounds available to actors. As face-paced as they are melodramatic, front-of-camera talent are expected have pages of lines memorized within hours and turn hair-trigger emotions and plot twists into juicy, edge-of-your seat television. After moving to New York City right out of college, Bomer soon landed work on both All My Children and Guiding Light.
Bomer is very easy on the eyes.
It’s no secret that Bomer is gifted with natural beauty and leading-man looks. In fact, People magazine named him 2009’s Sexiest Rising Star, and he’s been ranked in numerous “hottest TV actor” lists in the years since. His looks were especially put to good use in stripper dramedies Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, so at the very least, The Sinner will have him adequately playing a small-town heartthrob!
He puts his weight behind LGBTQ projects and causes he believes in.
As part of Hollywood’s too-small handful of out-and-proud actors (he’s married to publicist Simon Halls, and they have three children), Bomer knows the power that can come from telling stories onscreen of his community for wider audiences. In addition to The Normal Heart, he also had an arc on the short-lived The New Normal from Ryan Murphy (with whom he also worked with on American Horror Story: Hotel), he can currently be seen recurring on the rebooted Will & Grace on NBC, he was on Broadway last season in queer classic The Boys in the Band and prior to that 8 from Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and he co-starred in the indie feature Anything as a transgender woman. Even in a society where marriage equality and LGBTQ allyship has become the new norm, queer representation in mainstream art is still an important tool in the face of hatred and bigotry.
Need more super news? Bomer was once cast as Superman.
It’s not just you who thinks Bomer has a striking resemblance to Clark Kent, the famous human alter-ego of DC Comics’ Superman. He was slated to star in a 2002 feature film version of the Krypton-born superhero that was eventually scrapped before retooling and recasting for Super Returns in 2006 and Zack Snyder’s contributions to the franchise thereafter. He did, however, play a version of Superman in a little-seen Japanese Prius commercial, and today, he co-stars as Negative Man in another DC Comics’ property, Doom Patrol, on the DC Universe streaming platform.
We can’t wait to see Matt Bomer star in The Sinner when returns to USA Network!