There has been an ongoing debate for years on whether straight actors should be playing gay roles and now Neil Patrick Harris is sharing his thoughts.
The 47-year-old actor, who is openly gay in real life, has played both straight and gay characters throughout his career.
One of Neil‘s most famous roles, Barney on How I Met Your Mother, was a straight character.
“I think there’s something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role — if they’re willing to invest a lot into it,” Neil said in a new interview with The Times. “I played a character for nine years who was nothing like me. I would definitely want to hire the best actor.”
He added, “In our world that we live in you can’t really as a director demand that [an actor be gay or straight]. Who’s to determine how gay someone is?”