Cobie Smulders has every right to give polite-if-pat answers about a How I Met Your Mother reboot, but she’s not above dreaming up scenarios in which she would consider putting on the ol’ Robin Sparkles Canadian tuxedo again for another go-round as the character. Especially when a series like 90210 is getting crafty when it comes to rethinking how to make an old show new again, Cobie might just have the best HIMYM reunion pitch yet.
“Well the beautiful thing about our show is we’re constantly playing with the timeline so we could do a spinoff at like 60,” she exclusively told etalk at Comic-Con. “We’re all older, and I guess Ted and Robin are together and their kids—well we can’t have the kids—but it’s maybe like you know, the older version of all of their lives in New York City.”
We’re totally on board for a This is Us-style reboot where we go even further into the future and explore where everybody ends up after Robin and Ted officially get together. What happens to Barney? How many kids do Lily and Marshall have? Do they ever establish another slap bet? There’s so much more to explore! (But luckily, thanks to one popular app, we can likely figure our what they’ll look like in as seniors.)
Of course, a HIMYM reboot prooooobably won’t happen and while we need to accept that, Cobie said there’s one thing from the show that really stuck with her—well, one woman that is. In her new drama Stumptown (coming to CTV this fall), Cobie plays a badass military veteran working as a PI and she shared that one of the most inspiring women in her own life was HIMYM director, Pamela Fryman. She named her without hesitation as the strongest woman in her life.
“Pamela Fryman,” she said. “She is a director. She directed, I would say, almost every episode of How I Met Your Mother except for maybe six.”
Fryman is a hugely accomplished sitcom director and producer and actually directed a total of 196 episodes of the series over its nine year run. She’s also directed multiple episodes of Two and a Half Men, Frasier, Murphy Brown and One Day at a Time plus a couple episodes of Friends. NBD.
We couldn’t let Cobie go without asking her about that final second end-credit scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home. It just might change the course of the MCU, after all. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the movie, this is your FINAL WARNING to click away. At the very end of the credits, it is revealed that the Skrulls, Talos and Soren, are actually impersonating Cobie’s character Maria Hill and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury on Earth while the real versions are presumably being held captive. While that seems like a development that would have been intricately planned, according to Cobie, the scene was actually added at the last second.
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“That was a last-minute addition,” she shared. “The thing I like to think about is actually it was her the whole time but they just did CGI on me as me; but it wasn’t. They made that a last-minute addition and I don’t quite know what their plans are with it but it was cool.”
Sure, it’s “cool” if you consider blowing up our brains “cool.” Thanks for that.