Few actresses have the kind of rise as Cristin Milioti has had in the last few years. A virtual unknown in 2011, she became a bona fide Broadway star in the 2012 hit Once, appeared in a supporting role in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and was featured as the titular mother in the final season of TV’s How I Met Your Mother (and became so popular that many fans outright rejected her character’s fate in the series finale). Milioti has since gone on to star in another sitcom, A to Z.
In a conversation sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and moderated by Andrea Cuttler of Vanity Fair, Milioti speaks about her seemingly meteoritic rise in show business, the differences between acting in all mediums, and how theater “separates the men from the boys” (and she hints at her next musical project, too!)
The fifth episode of A to Z airs tonight on NBC. Until then, watch the conversation with Milioti above!