Hollywood actor Cobie Smulders seems to respond to the name Robin almost as promptly as she does to her own. Even though she’s supposed to concentrate mostly on her Marvel Studios’ venture, The Avengers, enquiries about the show How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), which made her a household name, weren’t too far behind. This also may be because it’s tough not to notice how much Smulders’s character (Maria Hill) in the superhero film has in common with her part in the sit-com.
“If Robin had the drive, she’d probably get there. And yeah, there definitely are some (similarities), but I feel Maria is definitely more of a bad a**. It’s an interesting and complex character of a woman who has grown up with a military background and has fought her way to get where she is. (Probably) once Robin gets through the emotional year she’s coming out of, they will both be more on the same plane,” says the actor.
The multi-cast movie is being distributed in India by UTV Motion Pictures. And Smulders, the mother of a three-year-old girl, plays the role of a S.H.I.E.L.D agent in the Joss Whedon 3D directorial that releases in India on April 27, a week before it hits theatres in the US. But this film is far from marking the end of her association with Marvel. Talking about her inclusion in the already-hinted-at sequel of The Avengers, she says, “I’ve signed a multi-picture deal, so if they want me, they have me. I’ll do as many (films) as they (the producers) want me to.”
The actor’s decision to ink this contract with the production house also comes at a time when rumours about season eight being the last of HIMYM are abuzz in the international industry.
“If it (HIMYM) was to go on, I’d be open to it,” says Smulders, without revealing much and before suggesting that the hit sit-com just might be her last stint on television. “How I Met Your Mother is my home, it’s been my life for the last seven years; that’s all I really know of TV. I don’t know what working in another show would be like... I am going to pursue films after it.”