Neil Patrick Harris has been busy this week making a series of appearances to promote a new M&M's character named Mrs. Brown.
Still, the two-time Emmy winner and longtime star of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother says he is being more choosy about accepting work that takes him away from partner David Burtka and their twins.
'I have an unbelievable assistant who handles all of my scheduling! It's like a Tetris game,' he told Parade.com during an M7M's appearance at The Grove in Los Angeles.
'I've been doing this for a while and sometimes you have spells of busyness and other times you're clamoring for work,' Harris said. 'It's nice to not be put out by being so busy, but to try to embrace it and make smart choices. I guess I'm in a nice position that way. I get to choose things that interest me as opposed to trying to get any job that will have me, which for a vast majority of actors is the case.'
Harris says he is happy to stay with his sitcom for awhile longer even as he is offered more film roles and ius in demand for award shows and theater projects.
The schedule affords him quality time with his family. Twins Harper and Gideon were born in October 2010 and Harris is enjoying fatherhood immensely.
'I love watching them learn to understand language. And watching them interact with each other is fantastic,' he says. 'We're lucky that we have two because they always have a playmate and they get to learn complicated concepts like sharing and cooperation. They get to learn those things a little earlier because they're with each other all the time. Watching their minds tick is fun.'