Neil Patrick Harris on Emmys, Prop 8 and "Lost"

Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:14pm EDT
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By Leslie Bruce

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It isn't the least bit of an exaggeration to call Neil Patrick Harris Emmy's triple threat.

The TV, film and stage veteran earned three nominations this year -- for his turn in Season five of CBS' comedy "How I Met Your Mother," for hosting the 2009 Tony Awards and for his guest spot on Fox's "Glee."

The former Emmy host and soon-to-be father spoke with THR's Leslie Bruce about his busy year, how he feels about the overturning of California's (gay marriage ban) Proposition 8, and the rumors he's taking a break from Hollywood.

The Hollywood Reporter: With projects in film, TV and on the stage, you've had a very industrious year. How does it feel to double your career Emmy nominations in one fell swoop?

Harris: I have three times as much of a chance to lose, so I'm very excited. It's been a busy year, but I'm happy to be riding the "Glee" train. In a normal world, I would not be able to do half the things I did this year, but for some reason everything fit in like a weird game of Tetris.

THR: Besides the recent news that you and your partner David Burtka are expecting twins in the fall, what other plans do you have for staying busy? Perhaps a return to "Glee"?

Harris: We just started shooting Season six of "Mother," so my focus is on that well-tailored suit of a role. Barney is on a quest to find his real dad. Which I think may give us some answers as to why Barney is the way he is. As for "Glee," Ryan Murphy mentioned something at the TCA, but I've heard nothing concrete about it. It's great what "Glee" is able to do each week. It was a really exhausting episode to film, but fun too.

THR: So there's no truth to the rumors that you may be taking a break from Hollywood?   Continued...