Mum’s the word

Fans of Seven’s How I Met Your Mother are fi­nally … well, meet­ing the mother. Guy Davis learns about this im­por­tant char­ac­ter from the ac­tress play­ing her, Cristin Mil­i­oti.

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For years now, the Seven sit­com How I Met Your Mother has been teas­ing its view­ers with the se­cret im­plicit in the show’s ti­tle.

Ted Mosby ( Josh Rad­nor) has had his share of ro­man­tic en­coun­ters and mis­ad­ven­tures over the show’s run … but have any of the women who have crossed his path ac­tu­ally been the mother of his fu­ture chil­dren?

Well, at the end of How I Met Your Mother’s eighth sea­son, her iden­tity was fi­nally re­vealed.

Ac­claimed stage ac­tress Cristin Mil­i­oti was cast as “the mother” ( the char­ac­ter’s name has not yet been re­vealed).

But she had to keep the news of her big tele­vi­sion break a se­cret, not only from the au­di­ence des­per­ate to learn more about the char­ac­ter but even those clos­est to her.

OK, so she did tell her mother and her boyfriend. But she made them swear to keep the news to them­selves.

“My job and fi­nan­cial fu­ture lit­er­ally de­pended on it,” Mil­i­oti said.

“If any­one found out, there was prob­a­bly a pos­si­bil­ity of them fir­ing me and re- shoot­ing those episodes.”

Land­ing the role it­self was a very cloak- and- dag­ger kind of process, with How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas amount of pa­per­work Mil­i­oti had to sign even at this stage made the na­ture of the role pretty clear.

“I signed, like, a Rus­sian novel’s worth of con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments,” she laughed. “So I had my sneak­ing sus­pi­cions.”

Oh, and the fact that is meant to be, but she says she’s been given a bit of lee­way to put her own stamp on the char­ac­ter.

“I def­i­nitely keep things in mind, the lit­tle hints and fac­toids that have been dropped about the char­ac­ter,” she said.

As How I Met Your Mother makes its way through its ninth and fi­nal sea­son, Mil­i­oti says her char­ac­ter will be woven into the show’s sto­ry­line.

“So it’s not just like you meet the mother and then, done,” she said. “You get to know her. I’m get­ting to know her.”

How I Met Your Mother, Thurs­day, Seven, 7.30pm

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