Cobie Smulders is way more ‘even-keeled’ than on ‘Friends from College’

Cobie Smulders is way more ‘even-keeled’ than on ‘Friends from College’




Cobie Smulders didn’t go to Sunday’s Golden Globes or any of its glitzy after-parties.

Instead, the 36-year-old “How I Met Your Mother” alum — now starring inside the cringe comedy “Friends from College” — opted for a lots more distinctive get-together: a weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, collectively along with her highschool buddies.

“I’m still very close with all of them,” the Canadian native tells The Post. Now residing in Los Angeles, the mother of two spent the informal reunion “drinking lots of alcohol with them, because that’s what you do in Canada and with high school friends.”

Smulders, who’s made her title on television reveals about exceptionally tight-knit buddies, will get the enchantment of conserving involved. Even more, her precise affection for earlier classmates helps her understand why the hilariously high-maintenance characters in “Friends from College,” which returns to Netflix on Friday for its second season, are nonetheless speaking to 1 one different.

“There are just some friendships you’ve had for so long, there’s this really significant bond,” Smulders says of the often-toxic crew.

These characters attended Harvard collectively and now, at 40, are nonetheless grappling with the equivalent factors that that they had in adolescence. Among them: the lofty literary ambitions of Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key), who fancies himself the following Hemingway nonetheless begrudgingly pens mainstream youthful grownup novels. Ethan, who’s married to Smulders’ character, Lisa, acts out by dishonest on her with Sam (Annie Parisse), the venomous queen bee of the group.

Meanwhile, Lisa, an affable lawyer, spends a number of the primary season turning the other cheek. And when she lastly does acknowledge the affair, she unravels spectacularly, quitting her hedge fund job in a way that makes Jerry Maguire’s iconic office exit look chill.

“I do enjoy these types of characters that are perceived as one thing and then you get to see the human side of them,” Smulders says of Lisa, along with her “How I Met Your Mother” character, wild card Robin Scherbatsky. Like Lisa, Robin comes off as uncannily cool — which makes her unusual nonetheless epic meltdowns more gratifying to take a look at.

But in distinction to her characters, Smulders says, she’s genuinely mellow. “I don’t rage,” she says. “It takes a lot for me to get really angry. It’s maybe happened like three times in my life, where I’m like, screaming at someone.”

So is she getting all of it out on-screen? Smulders says it’s attainable: “Maybe I gravitate towards these roles because it’s a relief,” she says.

She says she has her Canadian background to thank for her “even-keeled” character. The two stints she did residing in New York — one in 2001, correct after highschool, when she moved to city to pursue showing and modeling, and one different more currently, as a married mom — didn’t make her any more high-strung. (What city does, she confesses, is coax out her inside celebration girl: “My main relationship with New York is living the nightlife and being out at hours that children are asleep.”)

Now once more in Los Angeles, Smulders sounds grateful that her household life is delightfully regular. She married former “SNL” stable member Taran Killam in 2012, nonetheless they’ve been collectively for 14 years, ever since they met at a pal’s roller rink celebration. They have two daughters: Shaelyn, 9 and Joelle, 4.

She says Killam, in distinction to her TV husband, “has a lot of empathy, which was a very big initial draw.”

As for the fallout from Ethan’s deception and Lisa’s spiral? “Just wait,” Smulders says, enigmatically. “It’s really a wonderful plot for comedy, but I would never want to be in it in real life.”




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