Neil Patrick Harris: Having Kids Made Me Fall in Love with David Again

Neil Patrick Harris in Glamour

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updated 08/11/2014 AT 3:55 PM ET

originally published 08/12/2014 AT 9:25 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris says relationships change, but that’s what keeps them interesting.

“Honeymoon phases end. They just do,” the actor tells Glamour in its September issue, which features Olivia Wilde on the cover. “I think you have to find new elements that turn you on, and not only sexually.”

Harris says starting a family with fiancé David Burtka rejuvenated their relationship.

“Having kids was one of those great moments for me. Watching David become another level of person, mastering this other domain, made me look at him with a whole other set of appreciative eyes. That made me re-fall in love with him,” Harris, 41, says of becoming parents to twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, 3½.

“That’s another important thing to realize. Everyone falls out of love with everything. You fall out of love with your house. You fall out of love with your job. You just have to figure out ways to keep [the love] alive.”

Neil Patrick Harris in Glamour

Mark Seliger/Glamour

Harris is not afraid to re-examine his beliefs. He says his Tony-winning role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch encouraged him to re-think his concepts of confidence.

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