The film had a limited release and went on to make 2,863 in the US alone.
That same year, Burton appeared in the Fox Searchlight Pictures drama The Secret Life of Bees as Deborah Owens, the deceased mother of Dakota Fanning's character.
Filming also took place in Wilmington, North Carolina in April and May that same year.
The film premiered at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2010.
Burton gained wider recognition with leading roles in the films Our Very Own, Solstice, and The List.
She starred as Sara Ellis on the USA crime drama White Collar (2010–13); and, in 2013, she had a recurring role as Dr.
On January 23, 2012, Burton guest-starred on the ABC police comedy-drama Castle, in season 4: episode 13 titled "An Embarrassment of Bitches" as Kay Cappuccio, a reality television star who is accused of the murder of a famous dog trainer.
Burton was switched back to the recurring cast in the fourth season.
Lauren Boswell on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
In 2014, she appeared in the short-lived ABC drama series Forever as Molly Dawes, and a recurring role in the short-lived CBS sci-fi drama series Extant as Anna Schaefer in 2015.
The film had a limited release on May 20, 2011 to positive reviews from critics and over ,971 worldwide.
In July 2010, Variety announced Burton would have a recurring arc in the USA Network crime drama series White Collar as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator in the second season.