Neil Patrick Harris on his first gay sex scene on camera in ‘Uncoupled’, Fake Penises and Joining ‘Doctor Who’

Neil Patrick Harris shows a side of himself we’ve never seen before.

In Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman’s new Netflix series “Uncoupled,” Harris stars as Michael, a gay New York real estate agent whose partner of 17 years Colin (Tuc Watkins) leaves him.

As Michael navigates dating again, tales of love, heartbreak, middle age, and unexpected sexual encounters unfold.

Harris is seen in various states of undress. In fact, the actor has his first on-camera gay sex scene on “Uncoupled,” starring former “Sex and the City” movie Gilles Marini.

“We kissed in that first scene, and then between takes he said, ‘Oh, that’s right? Is it true what they say?’ “recalls Harris. “And I said, ‘What are they saying?’ And he said, ‘I heard it’s better to kiss another man than a woman and I can see that now. It’s true what they say. My knees buckled and I thought, ‘Gosh, thank you very much.’ »

The cast also includes Tisha Campbell, who plays Michael’s best friend and business partner, as well as Emerson Brooks, Brooks Ashmanskas and Marcia Gay Harden. Tony winner legend Andre De Shields appears as Michael’s neighbor Jack.

For this week’s edition of the “Just for Variety” podcast, I sat down with Harris at Netflix’s New York offices just hours before he hit the red carpet at the show’s world premiere in Paris. Theater.

Here are some important points:

On family life

Harris says he wasn’t looking for more work when he was offered “Uncoupled” because he’s trying to spend more time with husband David Burtka’s 11-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. Filming in New York helped close the deal.

“I just want to be able to prioritize these next five or six years with them before they go off to college,” Harris says. “I know even before that they will want more independence and not necessarily want to spend time with us. I didn’t want to have to go to Atlanta to film something for six weeks and then have a week off and then go to Toronto to film something, which I did.

“Sex education

Darren Star may have created “Sex and the City,” but Harris says he wasn’t as familiar with the hit HBO series as one might assume.

“It’s the same way I don’t know the ‘Golden Girls,'” Harris admits. “It’s the same way I don’t know Barbra Streisand. My gaydom started with ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Les Miserables’ and musical theatre. It didn’t really start with Judy Garland.

The naked truth

Harris says he wasn’t too worried about his nude scenes in “Uncoupled.”

“I legitimately feel more comfortable in my own skin now than I did five years ago,” he says.

Oscar Underwear

Harris remembers stripping down to his underwear for a skit when he hosted the Oscars in 2015.

“I apparently chose to do this, which I thought was funny at the time,” he says. “And then I realized that was just the image people were using when they were talking about me as the host of the Oscars and I was wearing really nice suits. I had a really good wardrobe for that. .

Harris had to wear two pairs of white tights. With just one pair “with the bright lights shining directly on them, you kind of saw through it.”

picture perfect

When it came time to find a photo of his private parts for Michael to post on gay app Grindr, an image of a prosthetic penis was considered.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we just find a good picture of someone online?’ Harris said, adding, “I had to be pretty humble about it. It was a bit insecure because you don’t want to pick a huge dong because it’s like its own weird meta joke. You don’t want to choose a little dong because it’s its own weird joke. [We needed] something normal, medium size. But in the next scene, the guy says it’s a nice penis. So it must have been nice. I do not know. It was very weird to choose.

True stories

During one scene, Michael meets a dermatologist who suggests injecting Botox into his buttocks to make anal sex more comfortable.

“I laughed so hard when they just told me this story was unfolding, so to speak,” Harris says. “I said exactly what you said, ‘Is that a thing?’ And apparently it is. Hopefully we don’t turn it into something bigger.

For the record, Richman spoke on the matter during the premiere, sharing that most — if not all — of the connections are inspired by real-life experiences discussed in the writers’ room.

Note from the “doctor”

Harris recently returned from filming the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ in Wales. Showrunner Russell T Davis offered her a role after they worked together on “It’s a Sin,” HBO Max’s limited series about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. ‘Sex Education’ star Ncuti Gatwa will debut as the new incarnation of the Doctor.

“I got to meet him and interact with him a bit and he’s gorgeous,” Harris says of Gatwa. “He’s going to be the first gay doctor, which is going to be super cool, sexier doctor.”

“Decoupled” is now available on Netflix.

You can listen to the full interview with Harris above. You can also find “Just for Variety” wherever you download your favorite podcasts.


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