As his hit show, How I Met Your Mother, comes to an end, Neil Patrick is ready to embark on the next journey of his career, the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. The character he is set to portray is an East German transgender glam rock singer, and while this is certainly a departure from Barney, we know that Neil will do a stellar job in this new role.
As he sheds the sexy suits and and preppy clothes for heavy mascara and tons of attitude, he explains to the magazine that he has some serious insecurities about reviving Hedwig on stage: “I have never thought that 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 to masculinity-it’s why I like guys…In doing this I’m bringing up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself.”
Despite fears of masculinity, Harris has to admit that he’s going to look incredibly sexy in this new role. And trust me, I’m not the only one who thinks so. He explains “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.” Harris who has two kids- Gideon and Harper with fiance David Burtka.
When asked about saying good bye to How I Met Your Mother, Harris stated that “I won’t ever be able to play someone like Barney again because he’s so unique, but we had over 200 episodes. And my exclusivity deal is done with Fox.” He waits another beat, and smiles. “So finally I’ll be able to do more p0rn.”
I really, really like NPH’s honesty about doing full-on drag for Hedwig and the issues it has raised for him. I like the way he talks about his sexuality because… it’s non-event, and yet you can tell he’s still learning about his own preconceived notions about sexuality.
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(All images via Out)