Neil Patrick Harris Delivers Life & Love Advice To ‘Glamour’ Magazine Readers

How to be You, According to Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris is featured in the new issue of Glamour magazine where he doles out life and love advice to readers. Because NPH is pretty amazing at life, he is probably the best person to get advice from. Additionally, Neil was photographed by Mark Selinger for this issue of Glamour so even tho he’s not the usual kind of celeb that you’d expect to see in this particular magazine, he fits in very well. Click below to read excerpts from NPH‘s Glamour article and see if any of his nuggets of advice might prove useful to your individual lives.

If you want relationships to last, live by “for better or worse.”
Honeymoon phases end. They just do. We’re animals, and animals aren’t inclined to copulate with just each other for the rest of their lives. So here’s a challenge: How do you keep redefining your relationship? I think you have to find new elements that turn you on, and not only sexually. Having kids was one of those great moments for me. Watching David become another level of person, mastering this other domain, made me look at him with a whole other set of appreciative eyes. That sort of made me re-fall in love with him. That’s another important thing to realize. Everyone falls out of love with everything. You fall out of love with your house. You fall out of love with your job. You just have to figure out ways to keep [the love] alive.

Let people be who they are.
When Harper was one or two years old and barely talking, she would put on Disney princess outfits (which she still does, by the way). Everyone would coo and take pictures. Gideon felt left out, so he put on a dress too. We all cooed and aww-ed and there was no weirdness. But after about four minutes, you could see it: He just didn’t like it. It was too girly, too frilly, and he just took it off, like, Nah, this is not my thing. Lately he’s been wearing construction vests and hard hats, and he asks construction people if he can work with them. He couldn’t be happier.

When you see someone do something great, be inspired.
When you’re working with [director] David Fincher, the level of acting, process, and seriousness is ratcheted way up. Everyone in Gone Girl had to bring it every single take. We once did a scene 40 times, in succession, without stopping. [Fincher’s style] can be maddening to some. But to me, watching him hone and refine—not just on the actor level but even simply rotating a plant in the background of a shot just a little bit—was awe-inspiring. Sometimes I’d just watch him sit in a chair and be completely gobsmacked and think, I can’t believe I’m on a David Fincher set.

You can read more of NPH‘s advice online HERE and read the full article in the print issue of Glamour. I know it’s probably not a wise idea to take advice from celebrities in general but I think it’s pretty safe to say that Neil has pretty much figured things out and is one of the celebs that you should probably listen to. This issue of Glamour hits newsstands on August 12. Listen to NPH, your life may be the better for it.

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  1. He is talented and in demand. It’s obvious that he’s well-liked in the business and will be around for quite some time. But he’s also a narcissistic self-centric person that loves attention. He prioritize career over anything else. It is sad to see that he is an absent father and partner, I had expected better of him.

    words mean nothing if they are not followed up by handling.

    • @kristin — Whoa. I’m not sure where you’re getting this he is an “absent father” thing but you couldn’t be further from the truth. I can assure you, both Neil and David are very present parents. I’ll give you that he is very career-minded but I don’t find that to be a negative in the least.

    • I don’t know him personally and I’m guessing you don’t either, but really, where did you get this whole ‘absent father and partner’ thing from? He seems like a working father, like most, which in no way means absent or that he prioritizes his career over his family.

    • OG Emily

      Wow, @Kristen I have never heard that before nor do I think it’s true. I drink a lot of tea and there has never been a whiff of “absentee father.” Working father sure, but always devoted. Between a lack of reports (and remember, I drink A LOT of tea and would hear about it) and Trent knowing them personally and confirming the relationship, I feel fairly confident that what you say is not true. If you find something tho, please share it here.

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