Because the star of Netflix’s “Uncoupled,” Neil Patrick Harris had no downside portraying bodily intimacy along with his co-stars. Obscuring his privates whereas making ready for the present’s steamy love scenes, nonetheless, was a tougher matter.
“I’ll tell you what’s weird: You’re literally butt-ass naked, except you can’t show your genitals,” Harris instructed HuffPost. “When you go into your trailer, there are six or seven options of things you’re supposed to put around your stuff. Some of them have drawstrings, some of them have double-stick tape, some of them are much larger — I don’t mind size-wise, but they’re just, like, a giant piece of fabric — and I had no idea what I was supposed to do with any of them.”
Fortunately, the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor got here up along with his personal answer.
“It’s called the NPH — the Netflix Penis Holder,” he quipped. “It’s a kind of rubbery [cock] ring that’s attached to a stretchy, flesh-colored package thing that you wrap around all the stuff.”
That custom-designed accent obtained loads of use on the set of “Uncoupled,” which premiered final week. Created by Jeffrey Richman and Darren Star, the eight-episode collection follows Michael Lawson (performed by Harris), a 40-something New York actual property agent who finds himself thrust again into the singles scene after his boyfriend, Colin (Tuc Watkins), abruptly ends their 17-year relationship.
With the assistance of friends Billy (Emerson Brooks) and Stanley (Brooks Ashmanskas), Michael makes an attempt to navigate a relationship world that’s turn out to be dominated by cellphone apps. He additionally involves depend on his sassy colleague, Suzanne (Tisha Campbell), and finds a kindred spirit in a monied shopper, Claire (Marcia Homosexual Harden), who can be on the rebound after being blindsided by an untrue ex-husband.
With its prosperous, cocktail-swilling characters and frank, if comically introduced, tackle issues of the guts, “Uncoupled” has drawn a good variety of comparisons to a different considered one of Star’s New York-based creations, “Sex and the City.” However the author and producer believes critics and viewers who dwell on the perceived similarities between the 2 reveals are lacking the purpose.
“‘Sex and the City’ was about seeing women define themselves on their own — not with men,” he stated. “It was very much a show about female empowerment. This show is about heartbreak, and that’s a very universal experience. You’re coming to it through the eyes of a gay character, but the emotions are universal.”
“Uncoupled” joins a variety of mainstream Hollywood efforts, together with Hulu’s “Fire Island” and Billy Eichner’s forthcoming “Bros,” in broadening the scope of the rom-com style to incorporate queer characters and tales.
However the present can be being launched amid a troubling wave of anti-LGBTQ laws within the U.S. After the Supreme Courtroom ended its time period in June with a variety of ultraconservative rulings, many People say they worry that LGBTQ rights, together with same-sex marriage, might quickly be rolled again on the federal stage.
Whereas “Uncoupled” isn’t overtly political, Harris feels the collection’ capability “to appeal to a wide berth of people” has its personal deserves.
“Regardless of the coupling, everybody who’s watching it will understand the emotions around it,” he stated. “We are in a divided world now more so than ever, and if we can create entertainment that’s able to be appreciated by many, I think that it helps the cause in its own subjective way.”
“Uncoupled” is now streaming on Netflix. Catch the collection trailer beneath.