Co­bie Smul­ders

She’s push­ing the bound­aries of hu­mour and lov­ing it, writes Shan­non Mol­loy

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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 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.


“It’s very adult and dark. There are themes of adul­tery, drink­ing, in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour”


Co­bie Smul­ders was keen to chal­lenge her­self as an ac­tor.

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