Neil Patrick Harris has played an impressive number of what he calls “extreme characters,” which made his role in the comedy “Uncoupled” especially appealing.
“I was attracted to the notion of a bit of normalcy” and nuance, he said of his refreshing dip into the Netflix series.
He plays a suddenly single New Yorker, dumped by his partner of 17 years, stumbling into an unfamiliar dating world.
The eight-episode “Uncoupled,” which debuted Friday, represents a still relatively rare Hollywood commodity: a rom-com with a gay character as the lovable hero of the story.
That increased its value for Harris, as did the show’s veteran, TV homerun-hitting writer-producers: Darren Star
“As a gay man myself, I thought that having content that was representational was great on a streaming platform like Netflix,” Harris said
Star and Richman’s knack for making fare with broad appeal is proven, and Harris marvels at the show’s skillful juggling of the sad and the “ridiculously funny.”
“I thought that that was all something that hasn’t necessarily been done before.
And I was honored to be asked to be a part of it, to be honest,” said the Emmy-winning actor whose eclectic string of screen credits since he started as a teen actor include “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
How I Met Your Mother”; “Gone Girl” and “The Matrix Resurrections.” On Broadway, he earned a Tony Award for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
In “Uncoupled,” Harris’ Michael is a Manhattan real estate agent who works with a candid and loyal colleague , has a supportive circle of friends and is coming to grips with life as an unmoored, 40-something man.
The role’s emotional demands made it a “very risky, scary move” for Harris to sign on, Star said.
“I would say, gay or straight, I’ve never seen such vulnerability from a male character.
It’s a guy going through the pain of a breakup, and you don’t really get to see it that often.”