February 3, 2023

‘How I Met Your Father’ Group on Sophie’s Run-in With One other ‘HIMYM’ Star

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the How I Met Your Father Season 2 premiere “Cool and Chill.”]

“Problem accepted,” How I Met Your Father mentioned relating to developing with one other shock following Cobie Smulders within the Season 1 finale.

The Hulu sequence kicked off its second season with one other How I Met Your Mom star showing within the last moments of the premiere. As Future Sophie (Kim Cattrall) shared, within the present-day, she would hit all-time low. After which we see Sophie (Hilary Duff) driving and leaving a message for her mom that she thinks she’s courting her father… earlier than rear-ending a automobile. Out steps Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) with “dude”! When Sophie’s son asks who he’s, she tells him they’ll get there quickly sufficient.

To start with, the How I Met Your Father govt producers have just about dominated out that Barney is Sophie’s father; HIMYM canon states Barney misplaced his virginity in 1998, and Sophie was born in 1992.

“We at all times wish to be true to what was mentioned in How I Met Your Mom, so we by no means wish to do something that may battle with that,” govt producer Elizabeth Berger tells TV Insider. “That being mentioned, clearly there’s numerous wiggle room and openness there, so we’re undoubtedly very conscious of the mythology and making an attempt to remain true to it, but in addition form of carving our personal path in any means that we will.”

Neil Patrick Harris and Hilary Duff in 'How I Met Your Father'

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As for that second when Sophie and Barney cross paths, “there’s much more to come back there,” govt producer Isaac Aptaker guarantees. “It’s gonna be a very main seminal second for Sophie in her life and within the sequence. In order that’s just a bit tease of form of the place she’s headed this 12 months and we’re gonna meet up with that in due time.”

Moreover, “[Barney] has a very, actually main impression on [Sophie’s] life in a really surprising means,” Aptaker teases, with Berger including, “Clearly these are two very completely different folks and once they get collectively it’s gonna be actually attention-grabbing and perhaps not take the trail that folks would precisely count on.”

When it got here to bringing in Harris, “clearly we had been so wanting to get Neil again and we had been so excited when he mentioned sure,” Aptaker says, noting that he and Duff had recognized one another and he or she had executed an interview with him for his e-newsletter final 12 months. “On set, they only actually hit it off. They each sort of exploded at a really younger age as baby stars with their very own TV exhibits, after which they each went on to be within the How I Met sequence. In order that they have a ton in widespread and it was actually thrilling to see them simply form of vibing and speaking about all their shared expertise.”

Berger additionally shares that Tom Ainsley (who performs Charlie), didn’t share scenes with Harris and Duff “however he got here down simply to look at him work.”

And bringing in Harris meant a reunion with Pamela Fryman, who directed almost all of How I Met Your Mom. That “was very thrilling,” Berger says. “They clearly labored collectively so carefully on the unique and to have him again and her directing him, it was all identical to a love fest throughout for the brand new folks to work collectively and the individuals who had executed it earlier than.”

Now that Smulders appeared within the Season 1 finale and we’re seeing Harris in Season 2, may different How I Met Your Mom stars visitor as properly? “It’s at all times on the desk,” Aptaker says. “Considered one of our favourite issues about the best way this connects to the unique present is that we inhabit the identical form of sitcom-ified New York universe. So something’s at all times on the desk from the smallest of particulars of background set design Easter eggs to clearly far more main connections like having Neil.”

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