From How I Met Your Mother to her latest big-screen role, Cobie Smulders is getting ready to steal the show.
Cobie Smulders is looking for a plastic bag. Any bag will do, really. She’s opening all the drawers in the hotel room. Looking under the sink. She finds a FedEx envelope, but that won’t work. She really wants Paul, the prop guy, to take some leftover bagels home with him—after all, they shouldn’t just go to waste, and Paul loves bagels.
I’m standing there, after our eight-hour cover shoot in L.A.’s Redbury Hotel, watching her rush around in a simple white tank and floor-skimming cerulean Rachel Zoe skirt, and the only thing I can think is “Seriously?”
I shouldn’t be surprised, though. It’s actually the second time I’ve seen her demonstrate such telling thoughtfulness. That very morning, when the shoot producer scalded her own stomach with boiling water, Smulders took off down the hallway in her robe to get some ice, darting away like a willowy terry-cloth ghost.
I see what he means. The striking Vancouver-born actress is explaining that HIMYM’s creators made her character, Robin, a news anchor living in New York, Canadian because they think our country is “kind of exotic.” Then she suddenly stands up and launches into a dramatic monologue about being an “exotic” babe from the Great North. “Do you like tundra weather?” she coos. “Because that’s where I’m from....” We dissolve into giggles.
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