Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris on the first time he wore drag, ‘creepy’ Gone Girl role

July 18, 2014

Emmy and Tony Award Winning actor/producer Neil Patrick Harris stopped by SiriusXM’s OutQ and Entertainment Weekly Radio this week to talk about his role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and in the film Gone Girl, set to open this year’s New York Film Festival.

Harris talks with OutQ’s Larry Flick about transforming into the title character before hitting the stage in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. A huge deviation from his previous work.

“When Mike and Nicole, his assistant, put the makeup on … I’m in sort of in quiet land while they’re doing my face. It’s only after a lot of glitter and layers and tape to get the glitter off and then I sort of sit up and then the face is done, but the hair is still myself. So it’s really only when Perfidia, she does the wig styling, and she comes in at like quarter till and puts the wigs on. And there’s a first wig that goes on and then the big, giant, massive one goes on after that. Once that happens, it’s hard to talk like myself. Once you’re so dolled up … it suddenly becomes very German and rude.”

And let us not forget about those heels Harris has to wear!

” … the excitement for me to do [Hedwig and the Angry Inch], to take it on, was that I had never been in heels before, I’d never put drag makeup on before. It was only after I committed to doing it that we called three of our drag queen friends …  Stomping around in heels the first time is challenging. I didn’t find it fun initially, I just felt like a fraud. I was like ‘What is gonna happen? I feel like a linebacker.’ They were like ‘No, cock your hips out left and right.’ I didn’t even know what that meant … You have to learn the smoothness and the power of it, but you learn that through time. So, initially it was really nerve wracking. I thought the drag community, especially those in New York, were gonna turn their nose up to it almost universally.”

The star also talks about being in touch with his artistic side and the contest by LG Electronics to support new artists.

“Having done a prime time multi-camera sitcom for nine years in a row, that’s super fun and creative, but quite corporate and you sort of understand your place within this commercial idea. I loved doing it –  Barney Stinson was super fun — but it was rabid comedy. So that isn’t quite as intently artistic as something like Broadway musical theater or a David Fincher movie or, I’m doing this Art of the Pixel thing with LG, which is like actual artists and digital media. So it’s fun to come to New York ’cause New York is, frankly, filled with that everywhere.”

Then, on his next stop with Mario Correa on Entertainment Weekly Radio’s News & Notes, Harris shares his thoughts about his ‘creepy’ role in the upcoming David Fincher film Gone Girl.

“Desi’s a pretty creepy character, for sure. I mean not creepy in an overt way, but he’s potentially Amy’s savior and then in turn she finds that he has another kind of agenda. It’s a nice role because you think that he’s good and you realize he’s probably not quite as good as you had initially thought.”