When Hilarie Burton's One Tree Hill character was written off the show, it wasn't just Peyton who went missing -- it was the actress herself!
Yes, Hilarie completely avoided the public spotlight for nearly a year, started dating actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and recently shocked us all with news that the two had had a baby. But all that is about to change.
TV Guide reports that Burton, 27, has been cast in a recurring role on the USA hit, White Collar. Currently attached for six episodes, she'll play Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator and foe to Matthew Bomer's lead, Neal.
Do you think the new gig is a good fit for Hilarie? What other shows would you want to see her on?
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