We’ve been hearing about the Mother on “How I Met Your Mother” for about 6 1/2 years, but we haven’t actually seen much of her beyond a glimpse of her heel and a yellow umbrella.
So whenever the show does introduce her, she’ll come with a pretty hefty set of expectations — which won’t make the casting process especially easy, co-creator Carter Bays says.
“It’s very tough. There is one school of thought where you want her to turn around and she’s Jennifer Aniston because it has to be a huge star,” Bays said Wednesday (Jan. 11) at the TV critics’ winter press tour. “But maybe it should be someone we’ve never seen before.”
Bays compares the casting of the mother to the process of finding Cobie Smulders — who had only a few credits to her name at the time — to play Robin.
“We talked about a few big names at the time, but there was also a feeling because so much of the show hinges on this moment where she turns around and Ted sees her for the first time and falls in love, you want someone you’ve never seen before,” Bays says. “You want to feel like you’re seeing this person for the first time too.”
Before Ted (Josh Radnor) meets his wife — Bays and co-creator Craig Thomas say they have an endgame for the show in mind, but obviously aren’t saying what it is — he has some work to do. He’s been adrift a little bit in terms of his relationship with women, but Thomas says the show will start to address that in February.
“We’re going to see Ted do [that] assessment … like, ‘Boy, I’m years past the moment Marshall and Lily got engaged, and I’m still sort of out here looking,'” Thomas says. “He’s going to come up with what he thinks is the answer, and then we’re going to kind of explore whether it is the right answer for him.
“So there’s actually kind of big, soul-searching stuff coming up for Ted in episode 16, 17, 18 [which also ties in some with Becki Newton’s guest arc]. So stay tuned on that question, but it’s definitely something we’re going to address.”
“How I Met Your Mother” has a new episode scheduled for Monday (Jan. 16) on CBS and then takes two weeks off before returning in February.