Neil Patrick Harris has told People magazine that he is gay. (Statement here.)
Although the rumor has been around for a long time, this may surprise people who think gay men cannot feign an interest in women -- the way Harris has done not only as Barney on ''How I Met Your Mother'' but as Doogie Howser.
But acting is about pretending, isn't it? We saw that recently when T.R. Knight of ''Grey's Anatomy'' also came out. And we've seen it for long years, and not only in sexual role-playing. Think of brilliant onscreen figures played by actors who have trouble forming sentences, action stars whose physical skills are aided by stunt men, war heroes whose players have never served in the military.
Consider, too, the politicians whose public stances are at odds with their private conduct.