"How I Met Your Mother" finally revealed the woman beneath the yellow umbrella in the season finale -- and it's someone you've probably never heard of.
After eight seasons, the mother turned out to be an actress by the name of Cristin Milioti. Milioti has had guest spots on "30 Rock" (she was "sexy baby" Abby Flynn) and "The Sopranos," but is perhaps best known for her Tony-nominated role in the Broadway musical "Once."
Naturally, she was spotted with a yellow umbrella at a train station paying for a ticket to Farhampton, which "HIMYM" fans learned in the season premiere would be a pivotal place for Ted and his future bride.
“It was a pretty big umbrella to fill, casting the title role in a series that's been on the air for eight years,” says Carter Bays, executive Producer and co-creator of "HIMYM" said in a statement. “And yet Cristin Milioti is, against all odds, exactly what we were looking for. She made us laugh on '30 Rock,' she made us swoon in 'Once,' and her ukulele skills are no joke. We're thrilled to welcome her to the 'How I Met Your Mother' family, and look forward to getting to know her –- and the character she plays –- much better in the coming final season. And to all the fans, on behalf of all of us writers, cast and crew: Thank you for sticking with us on this wild journey. Our ninth season will tell the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever. We hope you like it. Next stop, Farhampton ...”
It remains to be seen how exactly the character will evolve in the show's ninth and final season, but Bays statement hints that Milioti will have a substantial presence in "HIMYM" Season 9.
"We didn’t want it to be a big famous star because we didn’t want the wider audience to have associations with whatever actress this would be, where it’s like, 'Oh, it’s Anne Hathaway and I think blank of Anne Hathaway ... ' You’re waiting years to meet this woman, and it’s like, 'Oh, he’s in love with Amy Adams just like the rest of America is.' The whole idea is that Ted’s never seen this woman before, so it better feel that way to the audience," "HIMYM" co-creator Craig Thomas said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Cristin Milioti is she’s a fantastic actress .. but she hasn’t done a ton of big TV parts or bigger film parts. It seems so much more interesting and so much more Ted to find someone special and unique and new, someone that we haven’t seen before."
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