How I Met Your Mother
Canadian actress and former international model Cobie Smulders got a major break when she won the role of Juliet Droil in the short-lived ABC program “Veritas: The Quest” (2003), but is probably best known for playing TV reporter Robin Scherbatsky in CBS’s sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-?). She also has appeared in guest roles in such series as “Smallville,” “Tru Calling” and “Jeremiah,” as well as in a recurring part in “The L Word.” Her movie credits include the comedy The Long Weekend (2005) and the award-winning short Escape (2006) for director-writer Josh C. Waller.
Off camera, born and raised in Vancouver, the fluent Spanish speaker now becomes a resident of Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Cobie Smulders was born on April 3, 1982. As a child, the daughter of a dentist had set her sights on becoming a marine biologist or a doctor, but began to develop a love for acting in high school. In addition to participating in high school productions, the teen girl also participated in many sports like soccer, tennis and swimming, and began a career in modeling. Despite her frantic work schedule, Cobie, who voted “Most Respected” by her classmates her senior year in high school, managed to attend school and graduated in 2000 with high honors.
Veritas: The Quest
Originally wanting to become either a doctor or a marine biologist, Cobie Smulders began to explore acting as a teenager after performing in a number of high school productions. Still in her teens, the attractive girl caught the attention of a modeling agency that resulted in a five-year of world travel. She modeled in such countries as France, Italy, Japan, Germany and Greece.
After finishing high school in 2000, Smulders continued modeling internationally for a few years, before relocating to Los Angeles to launch a career in acting. Her acting break came in 2002, when she landed guest spots on television series “Special Unit 2” and “Jeremiah.” Later that same year, she had her first taste in front of the movie camera with a starring role in the short Candy from Strangers, directed by fellow Canadian rising star Eric Johnson.
However, it was not until Smulders was cast as regular Juliet Droil in the ABC adventure/drama “Veritas: The Quest” (2003) that she gained her big break. Unfortunately, the interesting show was soon axed by the network after only several episodes. The young actress went on to make herself known by guest starring in such hit shows as “Tru Calling” (2003, as Sarah Webb) and “Smallville” (2004, as Shannon Vell), before taking on a recurring role as Leigh Ostin in the drama/romance show “The L Word” (2005), about the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles and the friends and family members that either support or loath them. 2004-2005 also saw Smulders undertake small roles in films Walking Tall (2004, starred The Rock and Johnny Knoxville) and Mark A. Lewis’ comedy Ill Fated (2004), and have a larger role as Ellen in 2005’s comedy The Long Weekend, opposite Chris Klein, Brendan Fehr and Paul Campbell.
Recently, Smulders could be seen as psychotic brunette in a short movie by Josh C. Waller, Escape (2006), which won an Audience Choice for Best Short film at the 2006 Beverly Hills Film Festival. The 24-year-old performer is currently portraying Canadian television reporter Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” which debuted on September 19, 2005. The show won two Emmys in 2006 for Outstanding Art Direction and Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series.