Cobie Smulders is not just a pretty face. The How I Met Your Mother star has also got it where it counts—in the funny bone. As babelicious news anchor Robin, Cobie has been going toe-to-toe with comic masterminds like Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris for the past six seasons. She makes us laugh, she makes us drool—sometimes at the same time! Now that we’ve finally met Cobie Smulders in person, we won’t stop watching until our TV explodes…or she files a restraining order!
You grew up in Vancouver. Canadians are notoriously polite. Pretend that we’re Canadian. Insult us.
I don’t know if a Canadian would do that!
C’mon! If there were a gun to a Canadian’s head….
First of all, if it were a Canadian, it would be a shotgun, because we have very few handguns. Second of all, I think the word “hoser” would be used, but the Canadian would have to drink lots of beer to slip up like that.
Mmm… beer. What’s your favorite Canadian brew?
I love Moosehead. Yes, that’s a beer!
On HIMYM our favorite backstory is Robin’s teen pop-star alter ego, Robin Sparkles. Will we be getting more?
We sure will! It’ll be a variety show with me and Nicole Scherzinger. She’s an attractive lady, and she can sing, so Mama Smulders over here has got to work on the old pipes. We’re also gonna have Alan Thicke, who’s very good at playing the dirty old man. It’ll be interesting!
When you were growing up, were you more of a Tiffany fan or Debbie Gibson fan?
Debbie. In fact, the Robin Sparkles video “Let’s Go to the Mall” was sort of loosely based on her “Electric Youth.”
Did we read that you had some background in musical theater?
If you read that, it was probably a lie. My musical theater experience includes singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in a high school production of Singin’ in the Rain. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” isn’t even in Singin’ in the Rain! My mother, who’s a delightful British woman, came up to me after the play and said, “Oh, Cobie. You were wonderful. You couldn’t sing a note, but you sang it anyway!”
Smulders sounds like “smolders,” which you certainly do. Did you make up your name?
I wish I were that creative. I once did an article that stated, “Cobie is really smoldering!” It literally never dawned on me: smoldering, like hot. Whoa!
Did you give your HIMYM costar Jason Segel any shit for exposing himself in Forgetting Sarah Marshall?
I was like, “Hey, that’s your choice, man. And good for you, because I would never have the balls, quite literally, to do that.” Jason is just fearless in that way.
Your character has dated all the available men on the series.
Almost. Now I’m hoping to start a lesbian relationship with Lily on the show. Alyson Hannigan is foxy!
We love your show because it has a raunchy sense of humor without being crass.
That’s due to our eight o’clock time slot. You should come to some of our table reads.
Like the recent episode about the guy who has, shall we say, some shortcomings?
Yes, and it spurs a whole conversation within the group about what to do with someone who is not endowed.
The other way would be funny, too, if Robin were dating someone with a huge—
Wait, there are more seasons coming up! She still has time to meet men of all sizes.
Yes, and that would mean more angles for Robin to play. The character still needs to develop, and she’ll need to date men of all variations for that to happen!
We found the perfect TV combination of hot and hilarious. But mostly hot.
Cobie Smulders (Robin on "How I Met Your Mother")