For Neil Patrick Harris, filming Netflix’s Uncoupled was not a walk in the (Central) Park.
The TV veteran, 49, plays a New York City real estate agent whose life is turned upside down after his boyfriend abruptly leaves him after 17 years.
His character, Michael Lawson, is then forced to navigate the daunting world of online dating.
When appearing on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show,” the “How I Met Your Mother” star admitted that filming the show was “weird” and “redeeming.”
“It felt very close to the vest in a weird way because I had to do scenes where I was talking about my long-term partner/boyfriend leaving me and that’s not part of my story, but it could happen,” the said. actor to the hosts, Jess Cagle and Julia Cunningham.
“It was such a blow to Michael because he thought everything was fine,” he continued, adding, “The rug being pulled from under you is always a possibility in relationships.”
The “Doogie Howser” alum said he would have to play “a weird version of what life would be like” if his husband, David Burtka, left him.
“I’m thankful I did because the emotional stuff, the vulnerability of it, came remarkably easy because it was an easy hypothesis,” he explained.
“In a cathartic way I have been able to live the movements of an event that has not happened in my life, but is somehow a possibility. It was a blessing, but it was strange.”
Burtka recently revealed to Vidak For Congress that it was “difficult” to watch “Uncoupled”.
“I can’t imagine getting thrown into that pool of dating again, it’s mean. I wouldn’t want to show myself there, it’s mean,” he said.
“Knowing about younger friends of mine, I wouldn’t want to be… very satisfied, very happy in my relationship with my husband.”