She’s pushing the boundaries of humour and loving it, writes Shannon Molloy
Moving on from nine years of hit US sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, Cobie Smulders knew she wanted to challenge herself beyond her best known role as Robin Scherbatsky.
The 35-year-old makes the leap in a risky new Netflix comedy, Friends From College, which tackles everything from IVF and adultery, to career crises and binge-drinking.
Tell us about the new series... It’s about a group of college friends who now find they all live together in New York City for the first time as adults. When this group get together they regress because when they went to college it was this really intense period of their lives where they just went wild and did inappropriate things and were sleeping around and experimenting in all different ways. I certainly have friends like that...you become the younger version of yourself [who] is a bit more carefree.
You play lawyer Lisa and she’s very different to [ HIMYM character] Robin... She’s married to Ethan and they have been together since college. They are at this point in their lives where they want to have children and in the middle of the season, they decide they are going to do IVF. They go through the process and then things get a little bit dark.
This is sold as a comedy but can get quite dark... Yes, it’s very adult and dark. There are themes of adultery, a lot of drinking, inappropriate e behaviour and a lot of dark moments. I think in life, sometimes those are the moments that have the most humour. There’s this awkwardness, or there are in these scenes that are so hard to be in and when it’s not your life, you find really hilarious.
Did you bring much of your own experience to this series?? Not adultery, thank goodness [laughs]! I think with my character, she’s a little bit lost. She’s a lawyer and they all went to Harvard. She’s very intelligent but she goes from working for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) to a hedge fund when they move to NYC and she finds it soul crushing. I relate to her in that I have had periodsds in my life when I didn’t know what I was doing.
After nine years on HIMYM, did you feel the need to move away from a role like Robin? I just wanted to do different things ... to challenge myself, learn and get better.
WATCH FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE, FROM JULY 14 ON NETFLIX
“It’s very adult and dark. There are themes of adultery, drinking, inappropriate behaviour”
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