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Neil Patrick Harris: Playing Hedwig brings up ‘homophobic insecurities’

Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City
Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Neil Patrick Harris is preparing to return to Broadway. The “How I Met Your Mother” star will be playing Hedwig, a transgender glam rock singer in the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” As ABC News reports on March 12, despite being gay, the role is bringing up some “homophobic insecurities” within Harris.

Harris is on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Out Magazine. In an interview with Out, Harris opened up about the character he is playing and the insecurities that resurfaced playing the role.

“Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I’ve never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never in heels really.”

Part of that insecurity for Harris stems from the fact that he has a strong attraction to masculinity. In playing Hedwig, Harris explores the definition of gender, which brings to surface his internal homophobia.

“I’ve lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys. 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.”

In the interview, Neil Patrick Harris also expressed how girls still want to marry him despite him being gay which is something he loves.

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