'How I Met Your Mother' Mystery Mom Speaks: 'I Was Like Some Sort of Secret Assassin'
Eight seasons of anticipation are about to be satisfied as "How I Met Your Mother" finally meets The Mother (capital "T," capital "M"). Actress Cristin Milioti has already received a lot of attention for the role. Though she's had only a few seconds of screen time, she's already been deluged with fans wanting pictures and "quite a few" hugs.
The secrecy involved in The Mother's introduction (Milioti hasn't been told the character's real name — unless maybe her last name is Yourmother) has been well-documented. Smuggled in a dark coat, under cover of night, all of the extras on set were either writers and producers. "It felt like I was some sort of secret assassin," she said of her first experience on the show in a conference call with the media.
But since then, the cast members have gone out of their way to make her feel like part of the family. Plucked from a Broadway show ("Once" for which she received a Tony nomination) with a cast that had been together for two years, she was sensitive to the "HIMYM" cast having been together for eight. "But everyone really did go above and beyond to make me feel so welcome," she said, and her anxieties were quickly put to rest.
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Casting a role with so many expectations is difficult, and Milioti isn't sure what persuaded show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas to pick her. They knew her from her guest role on "30 Rock," and they saw her in "Once." But she thinks the deciding factor might have been their shared sense of humor. "Those two guys are so funny and so warm, and we just have a very similar sensibility about what's funny. And we both like 'Star Wars.'"
Though she had never watched the show before getting cast, she has since seen the entire series and was taken aback by how emotional she got watching the show, including a number of episodes that made her cry. "The one where Robin and Ted were covered in the tomato sauce and they ask each other where they're going to be in five years, when Marshall's dad dies, when Barney wants Ben Vereen to be his dad so badly."