“Uncoupled” star Neil Patrick Harris at 49: “I got a lot of life left to live and a lot of other co-stars to hump”
In the new Netflix series Uncoupled, Neil Patrick Harris stars as Michael Lawson, a forty-something real estate broker who suddenly finds himself alone after his partner of 17 years up and leaves him without any explanation or warning.
Here is some of what Neil had to say about the show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I find that doing a sexy show where it’s gay content, but it’s easily observed and processed by everyone is kind of a step in an interesting direction,” Harris says. “I think we’re in a very fortunate time, at least as actors, to be able to be in an Uncoupled because they wouldn’t necessarily make a show like this 10 years ago, five years ago, even.”
“The gay story was more the coming-out story. It was younger people who were struggling with their sexuality and what it means and that story’s been told and it still gets told and is great. But when you’re dealing with people who are generations above that, often in the past it’s just been comedy tropes and the purpose was that they were dried up and wistful about a life that they don’t get to live anymore. And I think this breaks that barrier down a little bit. I’ve never felt better in my own skin at 49 years old. I don’t feel dusty at 50. I got a lot of life left to live and a lot of other co-stars to hump.”
“The characters have lived lives. And the lives that they live now in 2022 allow them to just be people. They don’t have to be a certain type of person. And so we’re watching a breakup show with just two people who happen to be of the same sex. I think that’s fantastic.”