If that’s the case, Smulders had better like the wedding dress her character will be wearing because she’ll be in it for a big part of the year. The only break will come, as has become the norm with the Monday night CBS comedy, during episodes that will include flashbacks.
The end of “How I Met Your Mother” is bittersweet for the Canadian actress. She’s excited about the opportunity to move on to other projects, but she’s been on the show for so many years that it feels like home. The reality is that this is the end.
Just like fans of the show, Smulders got to see the “Mother” when Cristin Milioti appeared in the last moments of the Season 8 finale. There have been a lot of different candidates for the “mother” job over the years.
“In the first year, I thought I was going to end up being the mother,” Smulders says. “But that went away in seasons 2 or 3. There still have been a lot of people who wanted to offer their theory. For me, all I cared about was what I was doing.”
Smulders is glad Milioti will be on the series all season and get to interact with the cast. Her greatest fear was that the character would be revealed in the last scene of the very last episode with Bob Saget — whose been the narrator as the voice of future Ted since the start — saying “and that’s how I met your mother” and the screen going black.
After this season, the cast members will go their separate ways. Smulders has been thinking about future work that could include stage or even another series, although she’s leaning more toward work in films.
“Right now, I’m excited because since we know this is the last year, I have time to choose what I want to do,” she says.
Smulders is going to reprise her role of Agent Maria Hill — first seen in the feature film “Marvel’s The Avengers” — in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that will be released in 2014. She’s hoping to be part of the “Avengers” sequel when it starts filming.
Smulders will make guest appearance as Hill in the first episode of the new ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” which airs Sept. 24.
— The Fresno Bee
How I Met Your Mother
(30 minutes) returns Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.