Today Neil Patrick Harris joins Fresh Air to talk about child stardom (as Doogie Howser M.D.) playing a punk rock trans woman on Broadway in Hedwig, and his new autobiography.
In the interview shares why he was overly aware of how he carried himself when he was younger:
"Growing up, especially having done a TV show when I was younger, I was recognized more. I didn’t have 100 percent anonymity when I walked around in those years where I felt most awkward — through puberty, in my late teens where I had big ears and acne and an Adam’s apple. Maybe [I was] overly aware and conscientious of how I was carrying myself.
I wanted to be an actor who could play different types of roles, so I didn’t choose one way to carry myself. I chose a way that was … kind of Switzerland, in the middle: Stand tall, but don’t strut; walk straight. … And I was hyperaware of how I came across because I didn’t want to be overly effeminate. I didn’t want to be walking like I was a tough guy — I was oddly concerned about it.”