Joel Grey: Neil Patrick Harris is “one of my heroes”
You gotta figure Neil Patrick Harris is quite an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.
It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar win who decided this week to publicly declare that he is gay.
Grey, best known for the film Cabaret, says of NPH: “Neil Patrick Harris is a star in every way,” Grey tells People. “And he’s a dad. He’s the most gifted, charming, talented actor who is himself, and that’s it. There are no limits.”
He calls Harris “one of my heroes” and adds: “He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is.”
Since coming out publicly in 2006, Harris has thrived on TV, film and stage, gotten married to David Burtka and become the father of twins.
Grey is thrilled to see him embraced and not be discriminated against.
“When I started to come up in the business … no one ever talked about their sexuality,” says Grey. “It was hidden. It was held against you. It was really dreadful. It could have finished a career if anyone knew. So everyone was very, very careful and fearful about it.”