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Neil Patrick Harris's Latest Role Brings Up 'Homophobic Insecurities' | Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris: Playing Hedwig on Broadway Is Bringing Up Insecurities

Originally posted 03/12/2014 12:50PM

If playing a flamboyant transgender punk rocker sounds out of character for Neil Patrick Harris, you've got company. The star himself admits his upcoming Broadway role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch pushes him outside of his comfort zone – but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me," the actor tells Out for its April cover story. "I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I've never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really." (Notable exception: he ably accepted the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award in drag in February, although he donned a more traditional tux while attending a gala for the group Monday night.)

"I've lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys," he also tells the magazine. "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."

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Jackson Rathbone Proves He's the Unsung Hero of Twilight

Jackson Rathbone Proves He's the Unsung Hero of Twilight and More of the Most Important Random Things Online

Originally posted 11/01/2013 06:00PM

There's a lot more to Twilight than Edward and Bella.

No, really!

Jackson Rathbone's gilded smirk and arched eyebrow was secretly the best part of the hit vampire series. I mean, have you heard him say "Possibly" in Breaking Dawn? It's great! Anyway, he ate yogurt on YouTube this week (no, really!), poked a little fun at the franchise and proved that yes, Virginia, emo vampires do have a sense of humor.

Plus: Neil Patrick Harris and fiancé David Burtka could not be any cuter with their kids, Pete Wentz got his Miley on (sort of) and more of the most important random things online.

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Neil Patrick Harris: Coming Out Is a 'Very Individual Thing'

Neil Patrick Harris: Coming Out Is a 'Very Individual Thing'

Originally posted 10/29/2013 08:00PM

The coming out process is a very personal one and no one should be pushed into it, says Neil Patrick Harris.

"I don't think doing it in an exploitative way makes sense. I just feel like that whole world is very personal," the actor, 40, said Monday on Huffpost Live. "Here's a good analogy – if you're going to jump into the pool and you're not sure how to swim, it's probably not so effective to just push someone into the pool ... It's probably not the best way."

As for his own journey, Harris, who came out to PEOPLE in 2006, says he didn't want to cover up his love for his now fiancé, David Burtka.

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Emmy Host Neil Patrick Harris: My Kids Love Our Show Biz Lives | Neil Patrick Harris

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Emmy Host Neil Patrick Harris: My Kids Love Our Show Biz Lives

Originally posted 09/20/2013 09:15AM

Neil Patrick Harris and his fiancé David Burtka haven't specifically told their twins about their entertainment careers.

That said, Harris, 40, who is hosting Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, says their professional paths are pretty apparent because they've given their nearly 3-year-old little ones a very hands-on experience.

"I don't have any reason to tell them what we do for a living," the How I Met Your Mother funnyman told PEOPLE on Wednesday at an Emmy preview. "They've come to set. They know the crew. They got to come to the Tony rehearsals and watch the Cinderella dancers with all of their finest gownery and do their dancing, which was cool."

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Neil Patrick Harris: 'The Older My Twins Get, The More I Love Being a Dad' | Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris: 'The Older My Twins Get, The More I Love Being a Dad'

Originally posted 07/27/2013 08:00PM

Neil Patrick Harris admits that it took a while for him to adjust to being a dad to twins Harper and Gideon.

"The first year with them was complicated," he says in an interview with USA Weekend. "They were crying a lot."

But as the toddlers approach their third birthday in October, it's a whole different ball game.

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Jessica Simpson Gives Birth, Paula Deen Parties & More Mama Drama from the Weekend | Lady Gaga, Paula Deen

What You Missed Over The Weekend

UpdatePosted 07/01/2013 08:00AM

Jessica Simpson Gives Birth, Paula Deen Parties, & More from the Weekend

Originally posted 07/01/2013 06:00AM

Sometimes the best weekends are a total snooze.

Here are five things you might have missed this weekend if you, too, were catching up on your zzz's.:

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Why Is Neil Patrick Harris Embarking on a Cross Country Scavenger Hunt? | David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris Enjoying 40th Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Originally posted 04/02/2013 10:45AM

Neil Patrick Harris has embarked on the ultimate adventure – except he's got no idea where he's going.

The How I Met Your Mother actor is currently on a cross country scavenger hunt put together by his partner David Burtka for his birthday … three months early.

The celebration began on Saturday with a surprise party for Harris – who will turn 40 on June 15.

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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka's 'Adorable' Appearance at Madonna Concert | David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris

UpdatePosted 10/12/2012 12:55PM

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka's 'Adorable' Appearance at Madonna Concert

Originally posted 10/12/2012 06:00AM


Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Emma Roberts, Brad Goreski, Revenge's Ashley Madekwe, Pretty Little Liar's Shay Mitchell, Glee's Darren Criss and Mark Salling all attended A|X Armani Exchange's takeover of HYDE Lounge at the Staples Center for Madonna's "MDNA" concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

"Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were on their feet for 'Like a Prayer'," an onlooker tells PEOPLE."They were adorable and loved it."

Guests danced to some of the singer's greatest hits like "Holiday" and "Turn Up the Radio."

"Emma and Shay put on Madonna-inspired lace gloves and pearls while they tried voguing," the source adds.
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PHOTOS: Neil Patrick Harris Attends Cobie Smulders's Wedding with His Kids | David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris

Cobie Smulders Celebrates Wedding with How I Met Your Mother Cast

Originally posted 09/10/2012 12:30PM

Colbie Smulders's wedding to Saturday Night Live funnyman Taran Killam on Saturday was a star studded – and family-friendly – affair.

Smulders's How I Met Your Mother castmates Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan were on hand for the celebration – and so were their little kids.

"Spent the weekend with the family at one of the most fantastic weddings I've ever attended. Good times. So much love," Harris Tweeted on Sunday.

It was all about family for Smulders (who wore a Claire Pettibone gown) and Killam, who are parents to 3-year-old daughter Shaelyn.

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PHOTO: Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris Show Off Kids in Saint-Tropez

Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris Bring Families Together for Saint-Tropez Vacation

Originally posted 08/02/2012 11:45AM

Kids, sun, the south of France – a joint family vacation in Europe seems to be going swimmingly for Elton John and Neil Patrick Harris.

The singer, 65, and the actor, 39, are pictured with their families – John's partner David Furnish and son Zachary, and Harris's partner David Burtka and twins Gideon and Harper – in this gleeful shot, taken Thursday in Saint-Tropez, France.

Teaming up for a holiday seems like the perfect idea for these couples, given the ages of their kids.

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