Neil Patrick Harris appears on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s May 22, 2014 issue in less clothing than a Chippendale’s dancer (I’d like to attend whatever black tie event he’s headed to in that outfit). Rolling Stone not only teases us with this great photo of the sexy star but also with some highlights of the interview:
He believes coming out helped — rather than hurt — his career.
“Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever,” Harris says. “Some actors don’t get hired because
you can’t look into their soul and see what they’re like, because they’re kept guarded.”
He found coming out to his family more difficult than telling the public.
Harris’ brother, Brian, recalls that the actor took a gradual approach to telling him that he was gay. “It was three conversations,” he said. “First he goes, ‘I just don’t think I’m going to date, really, for a while.’ And he had some bad luck with the girls he dated early on. Probably because he was gay! And then we had a different conversation about how he likes girls, but he kind of likes guys too. And we had another conversation after that: He likes guys.”
After playing the loveable lothario Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Harris has a huge following of straight guys who abide by Stinson’s “Bro Code.”
Straight dudes can’t seem to stop trying to high-five Harris. They call him Barney, they drop Harold and Kumar references. “So many frat guys,” Burtka says. “It doesn’t seem right, in a way. But it’s very exciting at the same time.”
His career being helped by coming out and having frat guy fans should give some encouragement to those actors who are still in the closet. Looks like being openly gay isn’t a career ender.
It also helps to counter the notion that a gay actor can’t convincingly play straight.