The Daily Grind Video

Between his womanizing character Barney on the hit How I Met Your Mother and his adorable family photos and Halloween costumes, it’s hard not to love the man Doogie Howser, M.D. grew up to be.

With his role on How I Met Your Mother coming to a close, Neil Patrick Harris is about to make a benchmark in his career, transitioning from the television screen to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. OUT Magazine tapped the actor for the cover of their latest issue.

For the April 2014 issue shoot, Neil was shirtless in glitter, made up in red lips, and the result was some of the most amazing ’80s club makeup looks we’ve seen in an editorial spread in quite some time.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below.

On the insecurities playing Hedwig brought up inside himself:

“Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I’ve never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really. I’ve lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys. I’m not a super effete person, and I have to turn into that, and in doing so it brings up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself.”

On how his sexuality influenced filming a sex-scene with Rosamund Pike in the thriller Gone Girl:

“We had to rehearse the sex scene with David [Fincher], like every inch of it – ‘Then you put your mouth on his dick here, and then this number of thrusts, and then you ejaculate.’ It was weird because we’re technically breaking down the sex scene. He wanted it to be almost robotic, that we know exactly where we are, position-wise, where everything goes. And yet, through all of that, the whole ‘I’m gay’ element was never even thought about.

On how women view him since his coming out:

“I’ve found that a lot of girls have no issue with me being gay. They still want to marry me. And I love that.”

Head over to OUT to see more from the glitter-infused spread.