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‘We’ve all had our Barney phase’

tv Updated: Nov 13, 2010 12:13 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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Josh Radnor aka Ted Mosby speaks on the girl with the yellow umbrella...



Josh RadnorDo you know what kind of a cult show How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is in India?

(Chuckles) Not really. I was in India last year for my friend’s wedding, and a few people recognised me there, but do people really like it that much?



Yeah, HIMYM lingo like ‘awesome’, ‘suit up’ and ‘legendary’ has become part of college slang.

Wow, that’s amazing! I suspected early on that if this show stays true to itself, it could be culturally significant. And I really feel like it has been. (Laughs) Though I have to admit, I don’t understand that.



So are you a Ted Mosby in real life too? Or are you a Barney?

(Chuckles) Well, we’ve all had our Barney phase! Hopefully, I have grown out of that. I’m definitely not like him now, because he’s strange enough to be an alien. I do love and am charmed by Marshall’s character, and I respect Ted. Both characters are flawed, funny and charming but they are very specific archetypes, so I’m not similar to one in particular.



After having played Ted for five years, do you sometimes feel like you are turning into him?

Umm... When I started doing this, I felt a lot closer to Ted. Ironically, I find playing him easier now. I feel less connected to him. A lot of it has to do with the fact that in real life, I have evolved a lot faster than a character on TV is allowed to evolve.



Have you ever used an idea from ‘The Playbook’ to woo a girl?

(Laughs) I can’t tell you that secret, because then, when I’m trying it out, the girl would know about it, right?



Okay, now what can you tell us about the girl with the yellow umbrella?

We are getting closer to finding out about her. But I play the younger version of the character Ted in the series who doesn’t know where it’s all headed. (Chuckles) So it serves me well to be naive and not know! I also don’t think the enjoyment of the series depends on the mystery. If the mother shows up too early, the series will be over.



As Ted, what would you like the ‘mother’ to be like? How would you want the show to end?

I don’t know about the mother — the writers may script in another actress. In the last episode, Ted may open the door, and she may be standing there. But as for the end, I would just like it to be one that everyone watching across the world cries and is happy about (laughs) and that, for many, many years, people talk about how the story’s ending warmed their hearts!



What does season six have in store?

(Chuckles) I can’t tell you much, but I can just say that it’s fun to see Ted in relationships.

Factfile
How I Met Your Mother premiered on September 19, 2005 in the United States. The main character, Ted Mosby, tells his children how he met their mother. Since the show is set in 2030, it is narrated in past tense.

Apart from Ted, the main characters include his two best friends from college, Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin, who are in a relationship. When they get engaged, Ted begins to seek his own soul mate. Barney Stinson is Ted’s self-appointed best friend with a corporate job. He is shown as being a womaniser.

The show has been renewed for a sixth season this year.

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