Neil Patrick Harris on the first gay sex scene in Netflix’s ‘Untold’

Neil Patrick Harris Showing a side of ourselves that we have never seen before.

In Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman’s New Netflix SeriesunpairedHarris starred as Michael, a gay real estate agent from New York whose partner of 17 years Colin (Tuck Watkins) abandons him.

As Michael goes back to dating, stories of love, heartbreak, middle age and unexpected sexual encounters unfold.

Harris is seen dressed in different states. In fact, the actor has his first on-camera gay sex scene on “Uncoupled” with “Sex and the City” movie alum Gilles Marini.

“We made in that first scene and then in the middle he went, ‘Oh that’s true? It’s true what they say?'” Harris recalls. “And I said, ‘What do they say?’ And he goes, ‘I heard it’s better to kiss a woman than another man and I can see it now. What they say is true.’ My knees bent and I was like, ‘God, thank you so 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-winning legend Andre de Shields appeared as Michael’s neighbor Jack.

For this week’s editionjust for variety“Podcast, I sat down with Harris at Netflix’s offices in New York City a few hours before walking the red carpet at the show’s world premiere at the Paris Theater.

Here are some of the highlights:

on family life

Harris says that when she was offered “Uncapped,” she wasn’t looking for more work as she was trying to spend more time with her and her husband David Burtka’s 11-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. Were were Filming in New York helped seal the deal.

“I want to prioritize these next five or six years before I go to college,” Harris says. “I know even before that they want more freedom and don’t want to spend time with us, necessarily. 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 do some films, which I was doing.

“sex education

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

bare truth

Harris says he wasn’t too concerned about his nude scenes on “Uncoupled.”

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

Oscar Skewies

Harris remembers taking off her underwear for a skit while hosting the Oscars in 2015.

“I chose to do what I thought was funny at the time,” he says. “And then I realized that people use the same picture when they talk about me as an Oscar host and I was wearing a really cool suit. I had a really cool wardrobe for that.”

Harris had to wear two pairs of tight-whites. With only a pair of “with a bright light shining directly on it, you saw through it.”

perfect picture

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

“I said, ‘Why don’t we look for a good picture of someone online? Harris says, “I had to be pretty polite about it. It was going to make it a little insecure because you don’t want to pick up a massive dong because it’s kind of its own meta funny joke. You don’t want to pick a small dong because it’s his Its a funny joke. [We needed] Something that is normal, average size. But in a later scene the man says that it is a beautiful penis. So it had to be good-ish. I don’t know It was a strange choice. ,

true stories

During one scene, Michael is approached by a dermatologist who suggests injecting his butt with Botox to make anal sex more comfortable.

“When they were telling me this story was coming down the pipe, I laughed,” Harris says. “I said exactly what you said, ‘Is this the point?’ And apparently it is. I hope we don’t turn this into a big thing.

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

“doctor’s note

Harris recently returned from shooting for the new season ofdoctor whoIn Wales. After working together on “It’s a Sin,” the HBO Max limited series about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, showrunner Russell T. Davies offered them a role. ‘Sex Education’ star Nakuti Gatwa as Dr. She will make her debut as a new avatar.

Of Gatwa, Harris says, “I got to meet him and talk to him a little bit and he is fantastic.” “He’ll be the first gay doctor, who’s going to be super cool, a sexist doctor.”

“Uncoupled” 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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