Neil Patrick Harris Talks Insecurity, Women Still Loving Him & More in OUT April 2014
Inside the issue, the Emmy award-winning actor speaks on a variety of subjects such as being insecure about his new role as Hedwig in the Broadway play Hedwig and the Angry Inch, his new film Gone Girl (which I’m VERY VERY VERY excited about), how women still love him after his coming out, feeling awkward as the center of attention and much more.
Take a look at a few excerpts and the Michael Muller-directed photo shoot below.
On being insecure playing Hedwig:
“Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I’ve never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really. I’ve lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys. I’m not a super effete person, and I have to turn into that, and in doing so it brings up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself.”
On his new film Gone Girl:
“We had to rehearse the sex scene with David [Fincher], like every inch of it – ‘Then you put your mouth on his dick here, and then this number of thrusts, and then you ejaculate.’ It was weird because we’re technically breaking down the sex scene. He wanted it to be almost robotic, that we know exactly where we are, position-wise, where everything goes. And yet, through all of that, the whole ‘I’m gay’ element was never even thought about.”
On women still loving him after his coming out:
“I’ve found that a lot of girls have no issue with me being gay. They still want to marry me. And I love that.”
On feeling awkward as the center of attention:
“Do you know the feeling when a birthday cake is in front of you and everyone is singing ‘Happy Birthday’? There’s that weird, uncomfortable thing, of I’m not sure how I’m supposed to react. Am I supposed to look at every person or look at the cake? I want it to be over with — it’s that feeling that all the attention is on you, and they are waiting to see what your reaction is.”
On how he’s similar to his son Gideon:
“He asks ‘Why?’ now, for everything. We’re very similar. It seems he wants to break things down and figure them out. We both have kind of the furrowed brow — we want to get to the core of things.”