Neil Patrick Harris Shares The Unique Way He Prepped For Those ‘Uncoupled’ Sex Scenes

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As the star of Netflix’s “Uncoupled,” Neil Patrick Harris had nary occupation portraying carnal intimacy with his co-stars. Obscuring his privates portion preparing for the show’s steamy emotion scenes, however, was a much challenging matter.

“I’ll archer you what’s weird: You’re virtually butt-ass naked, but you can’t amusement your genitals,” Harris told HuffPost. “When you spell into your trailer, determination are six oregon 7 options of things you’re expected to enactment astir your stuff. Some of them person drawstrings, immoderate of them person double-stick tape, immoderate of them are overmuch larger — I don’t caput size-wise, but they’re just, like, a elephantine portion of cloth — and I had nary thought what I was expected to bash with immoderate of them.”

Fortunately, the Emmy- and Tony-winning histrion came up with his ain solution.

“It’s called the NPH — the Netflix Penis Holder,” helium quipped. “It’s a benignant of rubbery [cock] ringing that’s attached to a stretchy, flesh-colored bundle happening that you wrapper astir each the stuff.”

That custom-designed accessory got plentifulness of usage connected the acceptable of “Uncoupled,” which premiered past week. Created by Jeffrey Richman and Darren Star, the eight-episode bid follows Michael Lawson (played by Harris), a 40-something New York existent property cause who finds himself thrust backmost into the singles country aft his boyfriend, Colin (Tuc Watkins), abruptly ends their 17-year relationship.

The recently  azygous  Michael (Harris, center) calls connected  pals Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas) and Billy (Emerson Brooks) to assistance   him navigate a dating satellite   that's go  dominated by telephone  apps.
The recently azygous Michael (Harris, center) calls connected pals Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas) and Billy (Emerson Brooks) to assistance him navigate a dating satellite that's go dominated by telephone apps.

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With the assistance of pals Billy (Emerson Brooks) and Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas), Michael attempts to navigate a dating satellite that’s go dominated by telephone apps. He besides comes to trust connected his sassy colleague, Suzanne (Tisha Campbell), and finds a kindred tone successful a monied client, Claire (Marcia Gay Harden), who is besides connected the rebound aft being blindsided by an unfaithful ex-husband.

With its affluent, cocktail-swilling characters and frank, if comically presented, instrumentality connected matters of the heart, “Uncoupled” has drawn a fair number of comparisons to different 1 of Star’s New York-based creations, “Sex and the City.” But the writer and shaper believes critics and viewers who dwell connected the perceived similarities betwixt the 2 shows are missing the point.

“‘Sex and the City’ was astir seeing women specify themselves connected their ain — not with men,” helium said. “It was precise overmuch a amusement astir pistillate empowerment. This amusement is astir heartbreak, and that’s a precise cosmopolitan experience. You’re coming to it done the eyes of a cheery character, but the emotions are universal.”

“We are successful  a divided satellite   present  much  truthful  than ever, and if we tin  make  amusement  that’s capable  to beryllium  appreciated by many, I deliberation  that it helps the origin  successful  its ain  subjective way,” said Harris, pictured with co-star Tisha Campbell.
“We are successful a divided satellite present much truthful than ever, and if we tin make amusement that’s capable to beryllium appreciated by many, I deliberation that it helps the origin successful its ain subjective way,” said Harris, pictured with co-star Tisha Campbell.

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“Uncoupled” joins a fig of mainstream Hollywood efforts, including Hulu’s “Fire Island” and Billy Eichner’s forthcoming “Bros,” successful broadening the scope of the rom-com genre to see queer characters and stories.

But the amusement is besides being released amid a troubling wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation successful the U.S. After the Supreme Court ended its word successful June with a fig of ultraconservative rulings, galore Americans accidental they fearfulness that LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage, could soon beryllium rolled back astatine the national level.

While “Uncoupled” isn’t overtly political, Harris feels the series’ quality “to entreaty to a wide berth of people” has its ain merits.

“Regardless of the coupling, everybody who’s watching it volition recognize the emotions astir it,” helium said. “We are successful a divided satellite present much truthful than ever, and if we tin make amusement that’s capable to beryllium appreciated by many, I deliberation that it helps the origin successful its ain subjective way.”

“Uncoupled” is now streaming connected Netflix. Catch the bid trailer below.

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