“I do still talk with the HIMYM cast. Mostly Cobie Smulders, because we have kids that are similar ages.”
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Neil Patrick Harris is one of those people that's so talented in so many different ways that it seems, truly, unfair. He's the reigning King of Halloween and the man behind the legendary Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, but right now he has us all mesmerized as Count Olaf on Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Neil Patrick Harris: He is devilishly handsome. He has metal. You know what that means? Not metal like in your collar, but metal, gumption!
NPH: I’d love to go back to Broadway someday! I’m looking forward to resting. Series of Unfortunate Events is super fun, but all kinds of exhausting.
What do you think happened with Barney on HIMYM after the show ended and what he’d be up to now?
NPH: Probably same old, same old. What would he be up to? Two fingers of scotch, and probably 15 chicks.
NPH: I do still talk with the HIMYM cast. Mostly Cobie Smulders, because we have kids that are similar ages, and her husband Taran lived in New York for a bit. But yeah we text and shoot the breeze. I don’t think we’d ever reunite on the show.
NPH: Ooh that’s a good question, who would play me? Josh Duhamel. And who would play David? Nick Jonas. Next question!
What’s the craziest rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?
NPH: That I was on Malcolm in the Middle.
NPH: They’re all pretty good! I think I like Detective Dupont the best. He’s in the Vile Village episodes. And he’s a hipster man, he talks like this! Everything that he says is cool bo da boo boo! Cooool.
NPH: My favorite, probably — Shirley St. Ives was fun. Because she was a girl, and I sort of got to play her like she was in Mad Men, and she talked like this. It was less fun when I had to pee, because I was wearing padding and spanx, and kind of tucking.
Is there a celebrity that you’ve met that left you completely starstruck?
NPH: David Franco. Easy to look at.
NPH: A lighter, or a tarp, or one of those phones that you can call people to save you. Luxury items I’d probably bring, I don’t know, a ukulele. Um, maybe a fleshlight.
NPH: Oh, I would love to do that again! It’s a hard job though, maybe some year. I need to take some time off. The Tony’s are a great one, a great show to host. There’s all the performances, it’s the best show to watch, because it’s all performances by people who are doing shows live, so then you get the live show all around you.
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NPH: Oh man, the birth of my children. Holding newborn babies that came from you, that’s a pretty amazing thing.
To put it bluntly, Count Olaf is a garbage human. How do you get into character to play such a despicable person?
NPH: It’s kinda easy because if you’re ever grumpy or wishing that you were — if you’re down and negative you can just channel that into the character. How often do you get to play someone that's just downright awful? Answer me!
NPH: No hints. We have talked about it! It’s much more of a negotiation now because the kids speak the English language and have opinions. Before it was so much easier, “Here, put on this lion costume. Here, you look like Dorothy!” Now it’s, “Come on! It’ll be fun!” You’re gonna do this, you’re gonna wear it, put it on! No, I don’t do that.
NPH: That’s a good question. “Rocket Man” is good. I tend to go with Elton John songs because they’re fun. I also know all the words to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, That was my New Mexico rap days.
Do you appreciate when fans come up to you in public or is it annoying?
NPH: No, it’s never annoying! I like fans when they come up, I like when people say nice things. Less fun is when they just try and take your picture while you’re eating in a restaurant, because that’s never a good picture. I’m like talking in the middle of a conversation, I’m scowling or something, I look over and someone’s like [trying to take a picture]. But if someone comes up and says something nice, that’s always fun to hear!
NPH: Playing with puppies. Well probably a perfect day would be, with my family, in Hawaii, on the beach, drinking a piña colada and riding Disney theme park attractions. I don’t think there’s a Disney theme park in Hawaii but that would be a perfect day.
NPH: I got a soft spot for Hook-Handed Man, because he’s my right, hook, man.
Be sure to catch Neil Patrick Harris in Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events streaming now on Netflix!
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