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Neil Patrick Harris Tells A Beautiful Love Story

A photo of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

There are a handful of things in this world that I have always and will always love. Unicorns are one. Colorful leggings are another. Apple juice, tales of romance, the color purple (the actual color, not the book), swings, Neil Patrick Harris: these are all things that I can’t remember ever not loving, and that I never want to imagine living without. And while it’s true that this little story doesn’t have all those things it’s still completely magical in that it has a couple.

In the new issue of Out magazine, Neil Patrick Harris gives us another reason to adore him as he describes his one true love, David Burtka, and their beautiful tale of romance. It’s a little long, but completely worth it, I promise!

I ran into my friend Kate one day and she was with this brooding, James Dean–type guy in a leather jacket who gave me the head nod and then turned away. I assumed he was Kate’s boyfriend and said, “Nicely done.” And she said, “David? He’s not playing on my team, but he has a boyfriend.” So, then I just kept seeing him on the periphery, and in turn, catching up on him, but I didn’t want to be that guy who was creating some sort of romantic interference. So, I was always around when he was around, hoping the stars would align. When we all hung out for the first time — I was invited by Kate to anAmerican Idol viewing party — I just stammered around him. I couldn’t take my eyes off him.

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Do You Guys Want to Learn More About Ralph Fiennes?

A photo of Ralph Fiennes

Personally, I would love to learn more about Ralph Fiennes. I enjoy so many of his movies – Red Dragon, Chumscrubber, The Prince of Egypt, and of course all the Harry Potter movies – and he does seem like a super interesting dude. Not necessarily a great dude, but an interesting one nonetheless.

If you’re with me in your intrigue, today is our lucky day, because Ralph just did the Proust questionnaire! Are you as excited as I am? Then let’s get started!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Swimming naked in the sea.

What is your greatest fear?
Being eaten by a shark.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
T. E. Lawrence.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being too controlling and a bit obsessive-compulsive.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The above.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Eating out.

What is your favorite journey?
From the dressing room to the stage and back again.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
That I can’t disappear more often.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Son Has Developed a Serious Pottymouth

Photo: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, looking tough yet professorial

Jeffrey Dean Morgan—the handsome actor who looks either like Javier Bardem or like Robert Downey, Jr., depending on the angle—is a dad. I keep forgetting he’s a dad!

The dashing Jeffrey Downey Bardem recently learned the hard way that, uh, it isn’t a good idea to curse around tots, least of all your own progeny:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan might want to choose his words more carefully: his potty-mouth is rubbing off on his 22-month-old son, Gus!

“I took him to dinner the other night and he said, ‘Bulls—t!’ I couldn’t believe it, but at the same time, there might have been a high-five involved,” the 45-year-old actor joked to Us Weekly at Friday’s Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“It made me laugh a lot. I was like, ‘I really gotta start watching my language, ’cause, man, he is repeating everything he hears!’” Morgan added. “But I’m a much better father than that! It’s maybe not the best story to tell, but it did make me laugh.”

First of all, JDM, stop laughing. That is terrible parenting. You do not high-five your toddler when it might positively reinforce his adorable bad behavior. And this is coming from a woman who, when I see 22-month old just randomly smoking on the street, I always go, “D’aaawwww, how cute! A chip off the ol’ block! You need a light?” And then I hold an open flame too close to this adorable child’s head. (I know, I know. Big tobacco: cradle to grave, I tell you.)

What I’m really saying is, I totally feel you, Jeffrey Dean Stanton.

In an interesting bit of simultaneity, tonight’s episode of Modern Family focuses on little Lily’s use of the F-word.

Executive producer Steven Levitan does his best to explain:

“What happens in life is, occasionally kids stumble on a word—they say a word, maybe they heard it, maybe they just say it—they see the reaction and then it becomes their go-to word for a little while. That’s how the story came about. […] We never forced this beautiful, innocent, little child to say the actual word in real life. …To tell you the truth, she says ‘FUDGE’ in real life. We thought that would actually be funnier.”

(Image via Celebitchy.)