Neil Patrick Harris: “I Think To Go With The Flow More”

Neil Patrick Harris says bringing up 15-month-old twins Harper and Gideon with David Burtka has made him more of a relaxed parent.

The How I Met Your Mother star tells USA Today, “I think to go with the flow more. You know, they’re so mobile and unformed, and yet strong-willed when they’re able to run and walk and smash things with their fists … You can’t have any hard edges — both literally and figuratively. Because they’ll just kind of do what they want. You learn from them and sort teach them as things happen, rather than in a hyper-structured way.”

So does the 38-year-old actor want to do more projects dedicated for kids?

Oh, for sure — I’ve angled myself in that way already. I do a lot of books on tape for Beverly Cleary, and another Smurfs shout-out for that demographic. I’ve gotten to hang out with Elmo, I’m the Fairy Shoe Person on Sesame Street. So hopefully our kids will get to see and hear me as much as they’re able.”

Harris also says he’s pulling for Hugo to win an Oscar.

He shares, “We had been watching a lot of screeners, and we got the Hugo screener, and I refused to watch it. So we went and saw it at one of the ArcLight theaters. It is so good, and Martin Scorsese’s clearly a master of the lens. But to give him a shot at taking such a classy approach to 3-D filmmaking was just great. And it has to do with magic and automatons and great lessons … I just thought it was fantastic.”

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