Cobie Smulders Never Thought That Acting Could Ever Be a Career Until She “Went Full Throttle”

Cobie Smulders

“If you’re lucky enough to get a job as an actor, I don’t think you can ever be picky” –

How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has continued to be successful as an actor after the popular sitcom wrapped and currently stars in the ABC series Stumptown. It has been a remarkable period for the Canadian actress, especially since she revealed in an interview with the Evening Standard that she never really expected that she would be able to make a living as an actor after her career as a model ended unsuccessfully.

In the interview, Smulders explains that she did a limited amount of acting when she was a teenage model, but didn’t actually realize that she could do it for a living until she returned to acting in college. She recalls:

“I was doing theater throughout my elementary, high school life, and at the same time, I was attempting to convince people that I was attractive as a model. I got to go to different cities all over the world – Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo – from the age of 14 onward, but I never took it seriously. I did it with the intention of making money to pay for college, and it was sort of a way to travel for free.

Eventually, I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve been doing this weird modeling thing for a while, I’m just going to move to New York for a year and see how it goes.’ And it was a failure. It was an epic failure, I went home so broke.

I’m like 20 at this point, and I was actually going to go to the University of Victoria that fall, but I just started getting back into theater in Vancouver. I met all of these fun actors and we started doing plays together and I started doing classes and I delayed university where I was going to study marine biology, and then I just never went back. I’ve always kind of lived in my head a little bit, but I never thought having that going in my brain or doing theater could ever amount to a career – I just didn’t put two and two together until I moved back home in my 20s and went full throttle.”

Many fans were surprised when Smulders, who was best known for playing Robin on How I Met Your Mother, was cast in a supporting role of Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, a role which has continued in several Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. On how that came about, Smulders remarks, “If you’re lucky enough to get a job as an actor, I don’t think you can ever be picky,” and points out that she aspires to have variety in her acting roles, adding, “I’m constantly trying to take the next role – if it comes to me. I’m looking to do something totally different than what I was just doing just to keep myself entertained and challenged.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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