Neil Patrick Harris | Interview excerpt
And now you’ve got two weddings to plan: Barney’s and your own. Do you and your partner, David Burtka, have a date yet?
No, we don’t. We proposed to each other with no intention of setting a date, and that was years ago, and since that time marriage equality has passed in New York but not in L.A. where we reside mostly, so I’m most interested in seeing what happens with this whole West Coast Prop 8 situation. I would certainly like to get married for reals, and not just as a fun, fancy night out.
You’re not just hiding behind the law to put off the date?
[Laughs] Oh, my gosh, no, no. With two babies, I’m in a little bit too deep to be having buyer’s remorse.
Do you see your ceremony as a political act or a private one?
I strongly felt that it was just a private act, and in fact we had the opportunity to go to the courthouse in L.A. when you were able to get married, and I said, “Let’s not do it,” because I didn’t want it to seem like some sort of statement. I really wanted to just go and get married, but I knew that there would be media down there, and I wanted to have some semblance of purity with it. I made the wrong choice ’cause now you can’t get married there.
With your twins a year and a half old, are they speaking their own secret language yet?
They understand the English language very well but haven’t chosen to speak it yet. There’s lots of gurgling. They speak like I do after a long night at the Magic Castle. Maybe that’s where they’re learning that. From my Hasselhoff-ish nature.
How’s the dad life so far?
[David]’s meant to be a dad. He’s just amazing with children; I’m a very lucky man. My bonding has increased exponentially the older that they’ve gotten. When they’re just crying and you can’t ask them what’s wrong, you have to just try different things. That’s not in my skill set.
How do you think of yourself?
I think I’m an overworked dad at the moment.
(x) June, 2012