The adventure of ‘How I Met Your Father’ has begun. HL spoke with the actors and creators EXCLUSIVELY about the father’s identity, bringing Kim Cattrall on board, and what to expect.
How I Met Your Mother is one of the most popular comedies on television. How I Met Your Father, the latest spinoff, begins on January 18 and follows a mother named Sophie as she tells her son the story of how she met his father. The mother’s identity remained a secret until the end of How I Met Your Mother, and the HIMYF EPs informed HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that the father’s identity isn’t set in stone just yet.
«When we started writing, we didn’t know who the father was,» Elizabeth Berger told HollywoodLife. «Now that we’ve spent a season with these characters, we’re starting to build ideas and formulating a strategy in our heads.»
This Is Us is where Isaac [Aptaker] and I are wrapping off our final year, and it’s a show where we were taught the importance of having a plan and knowing where you’re headed. We’re absolutely using what we’ve learned in the past to this one. But, as previously stated, nothing is fixed in stone. However, things are beginning to take shape.»
Francia Raisa, who plays Sophie’s best friend Valentina, is «constantly» inquiring about the father’s identity. «They haven’t told me, but I don’t think they will because I keep bugging them, which is annoying.» As a result, I’ll have to explore several options. So…» Francia remarked, «I’m getting friends with a lot of the writers.»
«There were clearly folks I think we were pulling for,» Tom Ainsley, who plays Charlie, said at the end of the season. You’ll see how Sophie’s tale develops during the season, but there was a point near the conclusion of the season when we all turned to each other and said, ‘Oh, she’s chosen the wrong one there.’ No, I wouldn’t have done something like that.’ As a result, we’re all cheering for someone.
Sophie’s impending son is also being kept hidden for the time being. Ted Mosby’s children were played by Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie in the original series. They haven’t determined who will portray Sophie’s son yet, according to Isaac. «That’s one of the reasons we decided to do the opposite and focus on Kim [Cattrall],» Isaac explained. «Until very, very late in the series, we have the son as an off-screen presence. So maybe it will be years before we have to consider his appearance.»
In the Hulu series, Kim plays Sophie’s older sister. Hilary Duff and Elizabeth wanted Kim from the start, but acquiring her felt «unrealistic and unreachable,» according to Isaac. «And then we were simply so fortunate,» he continued.
She responded to the materials and agreed to join us on Zoom. We went over the plot of the show and the character with her. After that, she strolled onto our soundstage a few weeks later and completely beyond all of our expectations. That day, the full cast arrived. They weren’t working, but they came in only to watch her work on the monitors. It was fantastic.»
How I Met Your Father is set in the same universe as How I Met Your Mother, and the writers aren’t ruling out the possibility of appearances from the original cast. Isaac told HollywoodLife, «It’s certainly feasible.» «I mean, that’s really fantastic.» The biggest relationship between the two shows, aside from the storytelling mechanism, is that we’re both set in the same version of New York City.
As a result, our characters could encounter absolutely random, deep, auxiliary background people or one of the series regulars, or they could cross over locales from the original show. «Everything is on the table.» Hulu will release new episodes of How I Met Your Father every Tuesday.